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Statements Made in HOA Recall Election Campaign are Subject to Anti-SLAPP Protection

A Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation or “SLAPP” is a civil lawsuit brought to either prevent or punish another person for exercising their First Amendment right to petition the government or to speak about public...more

Plan Confirmation Feasibility: “I Know It When I See It”?

In re Brandywine Towhouses, Inc., 524 B.R. 889 (Bankr. N.D. Ga. 2014) – The debtor was a nonprofit that owned a low and moderate income housing cooperative. It proposed a plan of reorganization that contemplated...more

Watt Final Order

AIKEN, Chief Judge: Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee for certificate holders of the CWALT, Inc., alternative loan trust 2006-0A21, mortgage pass-through certificates series 2006-0A21 ("BNYM"), appeals the...more

Looming Right of Way Certification Deadline Threatens Butte County Project

Right of Way Certification is a key project milestone; not only does it mean a project is ready for advertising but obtaining certification by a certain date is often a prerequisite for funding. Tying certification to...more

New York Court of Appeals Hears Arguments on RMBS Put-Back Claim Statute of Limitations

On April 30, 2015, New York’s highest court heard arguments in ACE Securities Corp. v. DB Structured Products Inc. regarding the accrual date for RMBS put-back claims – i.e., the date on which the statute of limitations...more

Payments to Investors in a Securitization Structure Protected from Avoidance

In what appears to be a matter of first impression, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently held that payments made to investors in a two tiered securitization structure commonly employed in...more

New Jersey Court Applies Continuous Trigger Theory and Finds That No Coverage Is Available Because Damage Manifested Prior to...

In Cypress Point Condo. Ass’n. v. Selective Way Ins. Co., 2015 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 721 (March 30, 2015), the New Jersey Law Division dismissed a declaratory judgment action filed against an insurer for a framing...more

Supreme Court of Texas Examines an Anti-Concurrent Causation Clause for the First Time

In JAW The Pointe, L.L.C. v. Lexington Ins. Co., 2015 Tex. LEXIS 343 (Tex. Apr. 24, 2015), the Supreme Court of Texas had occasion to consider an insurance clause that federal courts and lower courts of appeals have...more

Insurance – Property Casualty – Vandalism Exclusion

Hung Van Ong v. Fire Insurance Exchange - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (April 3, 2015) - California’s standard form for fire insurance policies (Insurance Code section 2071) requires coverage for...more

It Ain’t Over Till it’s Over. Why Project Completion in California Isn’t as Straightforward as You Think

Why “Completion” is Important in California - In California, project “completion,” is important not only for getting paid, but for also understanding the deadlines associated with California’s statutory construction...more

Foreclosure Attempt Blocked? What You Should Know Before the Clock Hits Zero

Just when you thought we were out of the housing crisis weeds of ’07—think again.  Apparently when an abundance of people buy homes they can’t afford and predictably fall behind on their payments, the judicial foreclosure...more

Construction Defects – Settlement Agreement Bars a Later Suit for Latent Defects

David Belasco v. Gary Loren Wells, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (February 17, 2015) - In 2004, David Belasco (“Belasco”) bought a home from general contractor/builder Gary Wells (“Wells”)....more

Nevada Supreme Court holds that Voluntary Payment Doctrine Prohibits a Party from Recovering Amounts Wrongly Paid to Homeowner’s...

On September 30,2014, we posted “Lenders Beware: the Nevada Supreme Court Holds that Foreclosures of Homeowner’s Association Liens May Extinguish First Priority Deeds of Trust” which discussed the recent decision of SFR...more

Don’t Forget Your Corporate Formalities … It’ll Cost You

Many individuals believe that it is easy to protect themselves in starting a business by simply setting up a new corporation or LLC. But it is important that shareholders or members abide by corporate formalities. Even the...more

Servicer Foreclosing in Own Name Must Establish Standing and Ratification by Real Party in Interest

In Russell v. Aurora Loan Services, LLC, 40 Fla. L. Weekly D967a (Fla. 2d DCA Apr. 24, 2015), Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal added to the emerging line of case law regarding the proof required to establish standing...more

Seventh Circuit Clarifies “Date of Receipt” of Online Mortgage Payment

In a recent putative class action by borrowers against a mortgage servicer alleging violations of the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found that mortgage servicers must credit electronic...more

California Court Explains the Interrelationship Between the Resolution of Necessity and Project in the Manner Proposed in an...

One of the issues often disputed between public agencies and property owners in eminent domain actions is the assessment of severance damages, and in particular, whether damages should be based upon (i) the terms of the...more

Why Your Property Management Business Needs a Lawyer

A wise move when performing regular commercial transactions with members of the public is to organize or incorporate that business to limit one’s personal liability in the event problems occur. ...more

Tennessee Court of Appeals Determines Homeowners’ Action Against Contractor Barred by Statute of Repose

In Hayes v. Coopertown’s Mastersweep, Inc. 2015 Tenn. App. LEXIS 2224 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2015), plaintiff homeowners contracted with defendant Mastersweep to inspect the home’s fireplace due to consistent “smoke trouble.”...more

Illinois Supreme Court Appears Skeptical of Wrongful Death Claim Arising From Suicide

Earlier this month, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Turcios v. The DeBruler Company. Turcios poses a simple question: can a plaintiff state a claim for wrongful death arising from a suicide? Our detailed...more

Clarifying the Meaning of “Fair Market Value” in Deficiency Suits

Section 51.003 of the Texas Property Code entitles borrowers to an offset against deficiency judgments in the amount the property’s fair market value, if, on the date of foreclosure, the fair market value exceeds the...more

Smelly Cat – Closely-Divided New Hampshire Supreme Court Addresses Whether Cat Urine Is a Pollutant

Last Friday, New Hampshire’s highest court unanimously held that the pungent aroma of cat urine could constitute physical loss or damage under a property policy. In Mellin v. Northern Security Ins. Co., 2015 WL 1869572, 2015...more

Challenge to Trustee’s Standing to Foreclose Dismissed as Moot after Loan Modification

In Matt v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit dismissed as moot a borrower’s claims that HSBC as Trustee for the investor lacked authority to act under the terms of the mortgage....more

U.S. Files Complaint Against Leading Non-Bank Mortgage Lender For Alleged Improper Underwriting Practices on FHA-Insured Loans...

On April 17, Quicken Loans filed a preemptive lawsuit against the DOJ and HUD in the Eastern District of Michigan against HUD, the HUD-IG, and DOJ, asserting that it “appears to be one of the targets (due to its large size)...more

The Implied Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege Under State Farm v. Lee: A Refresher Course

Whether a party has impliedly waived the attorney-client privilege poses a mixed question of law and fact. Twin City Fire Insurance Co. v. Burke, 204 Ariz. 251, 254, 63 P.3d 282, 285 (2003). In State Farm v. Lee, the Arizona...more

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