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Client Alert: Lease Drafting: Recover All Your Attorney Fees and Costs in an Eviction Action

As every landlord who’s successfully evicted a tenant knows, recovering all your attorney fees and litigation costs from the tenant often proves to be an unrealistic goal. Even with a creditworthy tenant or guarantor, there...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With complaint piling up, Fannie Mae has decided to stop selling REO properties to Vision Property, the rent-to-own home business that’s been the subject of predatory-lending investigations of late....more

Breaking: Mass. SJC Overhauls SLAPP Statute Practice

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) today issued two decisions which together make important changes in how Massachusetts courts apply the often troublesome SLAPP statute, M.G.L. c. 231, § 59H, enacted in 1994. While of general...more

Third Appellate District Holds Right to Repair Act Precludes Certain Common Law Claims for Damages Caused by Construction Defects

In Gillotti v. Stewart (No. C075611, filed 4/26/17, publication order 5/18/17), the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District held that the Right to Repair Act, Civil Code section 895, et seq. (the “Act”)...more

Unpaid Real Estate Tax Can Become a Lien on All of a Property Owner’s Real Estate in Pennsylvania

The basic notion that unpaid real estate taxes may become a lien against property for which those taxes have been assessed and gone unpaid is commonplace to many. The framework for this process is contained in statutes such...more

Attention Mortgage Loan Servicers: Highest Court in Massachusetts Attempts to Clarify When Default Notices Must Strictly Comply...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) provided further guidance - up to a point - on mortgagees’ strict compliance with the notice of default provisions within paragraph 22 of the standard mortgage (or the...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending May 12, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE: Foreclosure/Conditions Precedent: plaintiff not required to given notice under section 559.715 as condition precedent to foreclosure, and plaintiff’s default notice to borrowers pursuant to...more

Colorado Appellate Court Holds that Commercial Entity that Owns a Senior Living Facility Is a “Residential Property Owner” Within...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Broomfield Senior Living Owner, LLC v. R.G. Brinkmann Co., 2017 Colo. App. Lexis 261 (March 9, 2017) - R.G. Brinkmann Company, as general contractor, was retained by Sunrise Development, Inc., a major national developer,...more

Recent Cases Highlight Latest Potential Foreclosure Evidentiary Pitfall

Over the last few years, financial institutions have been forced to modify their policies and procedures to ensure that they are able to demonstrate compliance with notice provisions contained in residential mortgages prior...more

Alleged Violations of Florida Building Code Not Subject to Class Treatment

by Carlton Fields on

Two couples who own homes in central Florida attempted to bring a class action against a homebuilder, stemming from alleged violations of Florida’s building code. Section 553.84, Florida Statutes, provides for such a private...more

Supreme Court Holds That Cities Have Standing to Sue for Fair Housing Act Violations

by BakerHostetler on

On Monday, in Bank of America Corp. et al. v. City of Miami, Florida, the Supreme Court held in a 5-3 decision that the City of Miami had standing to challenge alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act by lenders. 581 U.S....more

Lenders Welcome Cinco de Mayo Ruling From NC Supreme Court on Deficiency Judgments

Readers of my case alerts may remember a July 2015 alert about the troubling North Carolina Court of Appeals decision in United Community Bank v. Wolfe, which made it a lot harder for lenders to obtain a post-foreclosure...more

Oil Field Contamination Award Upheld

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Forest Oil Corporation v. El Rucio Land and Cattle Inc. et al deserves your attention for four reasons: You won’t see another one involving damage to a rhinoceros pen...more

Supreme Court of California Ruling Elevates Responsible Agency Role Under CEQA - City's EIR Erred by Failing to Fully Disclose and...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach, et al., the Supreme Court of California held that lead agencies need to expressly disclose and consider the jurisdictional claims and regulatory opinions of responsible...more

Supreme Court Watch: Cities CAN Sue Banks for Predatory Lending

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Over the last ten years, cities like Miami, Florida have experienced a decrease in property tax revenues, an increase in demand for police, fire and other municipal services, and an increase in foreclosures and vacancies,...more

Oregon Supreme Court Revives Century-Old Statute to Award Attorney’s Fees to Policyholder

by Carlton Fields on

The general rule regarding a party’s responsibility for legal fees in U.S. courts, known as the “American Rule,” provides that, barring a contrary contractual obligation or statute, each party is responsible for its own legal...more

Supreme Court Rules that Cities Can Sue Banks for Predatory/Discriminatory Lending

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, by a 5-3 majority, that the city of Miami was authorized to bring lawsuits based on allegations that banks engaged in financial-crisis-era discriminatory lending. The city alleged that the...more

Court Holds That Family Member Did Not Owe Fiduciary Duties To Other Family Member

by Winstead PC on

In Walker v. Walker, a son sued his father and brother regarding the ownership of a beach house. No. 14-16-00357-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 2742 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] March 30, 2017, no pet. history). ...more

Suit Limitation Period In Standard Flood Insurance Policy Is Not Tolled By Filing In State Court: Hurricane Irene Claim Dismissed...

The terms and conditions of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (“SFIP”) are specified by regulations promulgated under the National Flood Insurance Act (“NFIA”). One of the terms in the SFIP provides that the insured cannot...more

Supreme Court Reaffirms Standing Under the FHA, but Requires Rigorous Showing of Proximate Cause

by Locke Lord LLP on

Whether, and under what circumstances, a plaintiff alleges facts sufficient to confer standing under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) has long been the subject of litigation. Two questions frame this analysis: Whether the FHA...more

Shrewsbury v. Bank of N.Y. Mellon: Altering the Landscape of Foreclosure Actions in Delaware or Much Ado About Nothing?

by McCarter & English, LLP on

J.M. Shrewsbury v. Bank of N.Y. Mellon, 2017 WL 1374746 (Del. Apr. 17, 2017) – The Supreme Court of Delaware, sitting en banc, issued a decision of interest to lenders seeking to foreclose on real property in the state of...more

Washington Supreme Court Applies Efficient Proximate Cause Test to Pollution Exclusion

In its recent decision in Xia v. ProBuilders Specialty Ins. Co. RRG, 2017 Wash. LEXIS 443 (Wash. Apr. 27, 2017), the Supreme Court of Washington had occasion to address the concept of efficient proximate cause as it relates...more

Supreme Court Decides Bank of America Corp. v. Miami

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 1, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Bank of America Corp. v. City of Miami, No. 15-1111, holding (1) that a city qualifies as an “aggrieved person” able to bring suit under the Fair Housing Act, but...more

The Supreme Court - May 01, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases today: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne Int’l Drilling Co., No. 15-423: Respondent companies brought suit in federal court against...more

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies When Insured May Recover Policy Benefits

by Carlton Fields on

In an effort to clarify over 20 years of conflicting precedent, the Texas Supreme Court announced five rules that, according to the court, explain the relationship between claims for breach of insurance policy and...more

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