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What Standard Governs the Dismissal of a Relator's Claim for Violation of the False Claims Act's Seal Requirement in an Action...

In the aftermath of the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Cori and Kerri Rigsby accused State Farm Fire and Casualty Company of falsely misclassifying wind damage as flood damage, among other misdeeds, leaving...more

Attachment Issues: Staple the Allonge to the Note or Else!

In attempting to fend off lenders’ mortgage foreclosure actions, borrowers will often assert defenses challenging the lenders’ right to foreclose. Two recent Connecticut Superior Court decisions provide cautionary tales on...more

Supreme Court Allows Early Challenges to Wetlands Jurisdictional Determinations

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a property owner can go to court to challenge a determination by the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) that part of the property is “waters of the U.S.” or connected wetlands and therefore...more

Hurricane Matthew flood claims may not be entirely preempted by federal law

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew and its associated flooding (particularly in North Carolina and South Carolina), a recent case of first impression in the Sixth Circuit may be cited by both damaged businesses and insurers and...more

Nicklaw v. CitiMortgage, Inc.: Eleventh Circuit Holds Statutory Violation Insufficient to Confer Article III Standing Absent...

On October 6, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued its opinion in Nicklaw v. CitiMortgage, Inc., dismissing, for lack of Article III standing, a class action complaint that alleged...more

State-law Based Claims Against Parties Other than the United States Seeking Damages Arising Out of the Procurement of Flood...

Harris v. Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company, __ F.3d __, 2016 WL 4174381 (6th Cir. Aug. 8, 2016) - Case at a Glance - Plaintiffs purchased a home located in a federal flood zone, but they did not purchase...more

District Court Holds That a Late Assignment to a Securitized Trust Is Voidable, Not Void, and Does Not Permit a Claim for Wrongful...

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has issued an opinion in Spangler v. Selene Finance, LP, rejecting a borrower’s allegation that an assignment of a deed of trust recorded after a foreclosure...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinion Affecting Local Government Law: September 22, 2016

The Virginia Supreme Court issued one additional opinion in September affecting local government law, on September 22, 2016. This opinion addressed the priority to be given a local government special assessment lien over a...more

Should You Litigate In Court or Arbitrate the Dispute?

Faced with the rising costs of doing business in our increasingly litigious society, today's employers are looking at any way to manage fees and costs associated with resolving disputes over employment decisions. Some of the...more

Federal Appeals Court Finds CFPB's Structure Unconstitutional

While certainly a big blow to the Bureau, the court’s remedy did not go as far as some CFPB opponents would have liked. In a blockbuster ruling on October 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...more

CFPB Structure Ruled Unconstitutional and Enforcement Reach Under RESPA Curtailed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Oct. 11, 2016, held unconstitutional the current structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), broadly condemning the agency's unparalleled...more

Breaking News: In PHH v. CFPB, D.C. Circuit Holds that CFPB Structure is Unconstitutional

Yesterday, the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in PHH Corporation v. CFPB. The court made several landmark rulings. First, it held that the CFPB’s single-director-removable-only-for-cause structure is...more

DC Court of Appeals Reinforces Long-Standing RESPA Interpretation; Rules CFPB Director’s “For-Cause Only” Removal Unconstitutional

Today the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit issued its long-awaited ruling in the PHH v. CFPB appeal. LLW has written about the PHH case before, and below are some quick takeaways from the court’s 110-page...more

One Appellate Court’s Message to Debtors: Do What You Say!

Mortgage lenders received some good news from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals last week! In Failla v. Citibank, N.A., Case No. 15-15626 (11th Cir. Oct. 4, 2016), the Court affirmed a bankruptcy judge’s order for a...more

The Eleventh Circuit has spoken: “Debtors who surrender property must get out of the creditor’s way”

In recent years, there has been a hotbed of litigation across the nation, particularly in Florida state and bankruptcy courts, regarding a debtor’s ability to contest a secured creditor’s foreclosure notwithstanding the...more

New Opinion Clarifies Takings Law Regarding Affordable Housing Programs

Last year, my partner Ben Rubin reported on the California Supreme Court’s decision in California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose, which analyzed an inclusionary housing ordinance and held that such...more

Give Me a Break! Pitfalls to Avoid When Drafting and Exercising Break Rights

Bringing a lease to an early end is not without its problems. There are countless examples of break clauses which have been disputed in court and the resulting decisions can often be unexpected. Over the last year, there has...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016

California Coastal Act Blocks Housing Project in Venice Despite Earlier Approvals - Judge James C. Chalfant of the California Court of Appeal on Sept. 29, 2016, affirmed a lower court ruling denying a developer’s...more

Can Disputes Related To Procurement Of Federal Flood Insurance Policies Be Litigated In State Court?

It is well-established that claim processing and wrongful denial of coverage disputes involving federal flood insurance policies belong in federal court because they present substantial questions of federal law. The U.S....more

Sometimes It’s Hard to Waive Subrogation: Pacific Indemnity v. Deming

According to the recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Pacific Indemnity Company v. Deming, 2016 WL 3607028, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 12374 (July 5, 2016) common contractual provisions that...more

Divided Third Circuit Panel Holds That Waiver Of Arbitration Clause Does Not Apply To Futile Arguments

On July 13, 2016, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit panel held that an arbitration clause is not waived simply because a party failed to raise a futile argument. The case arose out of a putative class action...more

11th Circuit Holds That Entity Collecting Its Own Debt, Which It Acquired After Default, Is Not a “Debt Collector” Under the...

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed its prior holding in Arencibia v. Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. that an entity that acquires and collects debt on its own behalf does not qualify as a debt collector under...more

Sixth Circuit Lifts the Lid On Pre-Approved Filings Under Seal

Any thought that the Sixth Circuit’s June decision regarding filings under seal in Shane Group, Inc. v. BlueCross Blue Shield of Michigan, 825 F.3d 299 (6th Cir. 2016), might be narrowly construed based upon the nature of the...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19586 - Harrington v. Freedom of Information Commission - The Court started off by saying..... We have not previously had occasion to squarely address..... [this]...more

Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Reverses Summary Judgment Granted in Favor of Mortgage Servicer Based on Res Judicata Defense

In Sims v. JPMC Specialty Mortgage, LLC, No. 2150437, a borrower had been involved in two previous lawsuits arising out of a mortgage servicer’s foreclosure upon the borrower’s property. The servicer obtained summary judgment...more

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