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Seventh Circuit Finds Faulty Work Not a Covered “Occurrence”

In Allied Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Metro North Condo. Ass’n, No. 16-1868, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 4107 (7th Cir. Mar. 8, 2017), the Seventh Circuit had occasion to consider whether claims of faulty workmanship could constitute...more

Still No “Free House” in Florida – Florida Supreme Court Denies Motions for Rehearing in Bartram

On March 16, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court solidified the position of its November 3, 2016 opinion in Bartram v. U.S. Bank, N.A., SC14-1266, 2016 WL 6538647 by denying the motions for rehearing filed in response to the...more

Justice Department Tells Court CFPB is Unconstitutional

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief in the case of PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and is scheduled for...more

Trump’s DOJ supports striking Cordray’s removable-only-for-cause protection from Dodd-Frank

The DOJ submitted its amicus brief in the PHH case on Friday, March 17.  We have blogged extensively about this case since its inception. Unsurprisingly, the Trump DOJ supports striking from Dodd-Frank the...more

Florida Supreme Court Refuses to Reconsider Landmark 2016 Ruling on Statute of Limitations for Mortgage Foreclosure

On March 16, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court denied motions for rehearing and/or clarification filed by petitioners Lewis Brook Bartram, the Plantation at Ponte Vedra, and Gideon M.G. Gratsiani. All three petitioners...more

The Graber Opinion is Confirmed as an Outlier in Matters Involving Texas Appraisals

With the continued onslaught of hail and other weather related litigation in Texas, insurance carriers often elect to resolve claims through the appraisal process outlined in the policy. Insurance carriers historically...more

Two’s Company, but Three’s a Crowd: A Third Party's Right to Intervene in a Foreclosure Lawsuit

Are subsequent title holders who obtain an interest in real property during the pendency of a foreclosure lawsuit where a lis pendens has been properly recorded (referred to as a “Purchaser Pendente Lite”), entitled to join...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2017: IV. PRACTICE ISSUES B.

In an action by homeowners against a chimney sweep, it was held that deficiencies in the plaintiffs’ expert Investigation and reports deprived the court and the other trial experts from being able to determine what actually...more

PHH files opening en banc brief; seven supporting amicus briefs filed

On Friday, PHH filed its opening en banc brief with the D.C. Circuit in the rehearing of its appeal of Director Cordray’s June 2015 decision that affirmed an administrative law judge’s (ALJ) recommended decision concluding...more

Pending Appeal in Michigan Supreme Court May Warrant Filing a Protective Property Tax Appeal This Year

On February 1, 2017, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that it would hear oral arguments on the application for leave to appeal in Menard. One of the issues to be considered is “whether the Michigan Tax Tribunal may utilize a...more

Third DCA Rejects 57.105 Attorney’s Fees Where Plaintiff Failed to Prove Standing

On March 1st, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal affirmatively held that a mortgage holder who fails to prove its standing to foreclose is not liable to a defendant borrower for prevailing party attorney’s fees. The...more

D.C. Circuit grants motion of U.S. for leave to file amicus brief in PHH by March 17; denies motions to intervene

The D.C. Circuit has entered an order granting the unopposed motion of the United States for leave to file an amicus brief in PHH by March 17, 2017.  As we previously observed, the motion appears to signal the DOJ’s intention...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending February 17 & 24, 2017

Foreclosure: foreclosing bank’s allegation that borrowers were in a continuing state of default sufficient to satisfy five-year statute of limitations even though stated initial default date was more than five years prior to...more

Innocent or Unintentional Mistake in Application is Irrelevant: NY’s Second Department Finds Rescission Appropriate and Affirms...

When an insurer finds that the insured misrepresented a material fact in an application for insurance, the insurer may rescind the policy of insurance, and take the position that no coverage exists for a claimed loss. In a...more

Motion filed by U.S. seeking leave to file amicus brief by March 17 signals support for PHH

The United States, at the Solicitor General’s request, has filed an “unopposed motion” with the D.C. Circuit for leave to file an amicus brief in PHH by March 17, 2017.  The motion states that both PHH and the CFPB have...more

Texas Supreme Court Broadly Defines Successor When Enforcing the Insured v. Insured Exclusion

The Underlying Dispute - Robert Primo (Primo) served as the director and treasurer for a condominium association. Shortly before he resigned from that position, he wrote himself two checks totaling more than $100,000...more

New Jersey Appellate Division Applies Anti-Concurrent Causation Clause to Bar Combined Flood/Sewer Backup Claim

Frequent readers of the blog will appreciate that disputes involving the application of anti-concurrent causation language in the context of claims for flood or water damage have appeared with some frequency in recent years....more

Eleventh Circuit: (1) Mere Procedural Violation Insufficient for Article III Standing and (2) Certified Return Receipt Sufficient...

Since Spokeo v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), as revised (May 24, 2016), the consumer finance industry has continued to refine what it means to allege a concrete injury in fact and to meet Article III case and controversy...more

Estimates from Common Metering System are Insufficient to Maintain Oil and Gas Lease

Recently, the Seventh District Court of Appeals of Ohio in Joseph and Anna Lang v. Weis Drilling Company, et al., Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-88213, held that estimates derived from a common metering system are insufficient to...more

Land Court Finds that Texting Can Bind Parties

The Massachusetts Land Court has held that text messages may form a binding contract in connection with the sale of real estate!! While neither punctuation nor colorful texting acronyms can make this decision more noteworthy...more

Burr Alert: “Alakazam”(or not): No Magic Language Necessary for Confirmation Waivers as Georgia Courts Continue to Allow...

In last March’s edition of this newsletter, we discussed the Supreme Court of Georgia’s decision in PNC Bank, National Association v. Smith, in which the Court held that compliance with O.C.G.A. § 44-14-161 “is a condition...more

PHH opposes intervention by plaintiffs in another case challenging CFPB’s constitutionality

PHH has filed a response opposing the motion of the plaintiffs in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew to intervene in the en banc rehearing.  The D.C. Circuit granted the CFPB’s petition for en banc...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Arguments to Expand Scope of Liability under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

In a published opinion issued February 16, 2017, the Fifth Circuit rejected arguments that would have expanded the scope of liability under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), 15 U.S.C. § 1691 et seq., for lenders, or...more

D.C. Circuit Agrees to Hear Controversial PHH Case En Banc

On Feb. 16, 2017, the D.C. Circuit granted the CFPB’s petition to rehear en banc the court’s landmark October 2016 decision finding that the structure of the CFPB was unconstitutional. In its Feb. 16, 2017, order the D.C....more

Second District Court of Appeal Declines to Apply Statute of Limitations to Bar Subsequent Foreclosure Actions Premised on...

Following the Florida Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bartram v. U.S. Bank, N.A., 41 Fla. L. Weekly S493, 2016 WL 6538647 (Fla. Nov. 3, 2016), courts were left to interpret how Bartram would affect lenders’ reliance on...more

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