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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

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

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

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

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

Court Clarifies Rules for Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees in Eminent Domain Actions

In California eminent domain actions, absent special circumstances (such as an abandonment, successful right to take challenge, or inverse condemnation finding), a property or business owner is typically only entitled to...more

Plaintiff in Foreclosure Action Snared by Evidence of Damages, Attorney’s Fees & Costs

In Colson v. State Farm Bank, F.S.B., Case No. 2D13-5526, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals just reversed a final judgment of foreclosure entered in favor of the plaintiff, finding that a “total lack of evidence as...more

Wisconsin Foreclosure Sale Process Just Got a Lot Faster

Recently, in Bank of New York Mellon v. Carson, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a decision that, in the words of Justice David Prosser, Jr., “radically revises the law on mortgage foreclosures” and could significantly...more

Arizona Courts Lacks Authority To Stay Forcible Entry And Detainer Judgments When The Judgment Itself Is Not Pending Appeal

Can a court stay the execution of a Forcible Entry and Detainer (“FED”) action when the FED judgment itself is not appealed? The Arizona Court of Appeals recently addressed this question, holding that the court did not have...more

Texas Court Talks Insurance And Actual Cash Value

When an insured suffers a property loss, the insurance policy defines the parameters of recovery. Typically, a property insurance policy’s default valuation provision for a property loss is the actual cash value of the...more

Important Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Holding by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals: Misstatements in Foreclosure...

On April 7, 2015, a decision in the case of Kaymark vs. Bank of America, N.A. was handed down by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, in a precedential opinion authored by Judge Fisher and joined in by Judges Fuentes and...more

A Lesson in Lease Administration

What must a Louisiana lessee do to avoid statutory penalties for non-payment of royalty, and what must a royalty owner do to put the lessee on notice that royalties are not being paid? The answers are, more than the lessee...more

Texas Supreme Court Opinion and Orders - 3/15

The Court issued its opinion in No. 13-0337, PlainsCapital Bank v. Martin. In an opinion by Justice Johnson (joined by Chief Justice Hecht, and Justices Green, Willett, Lehrmann, Devine, and Brown) the Court again addressed...more

Bankruptcy Beat: The Automatic Stay Does Not Preclude A Foreclosure Committee From Seeking Fees From A Non-Debtor Party In A...

On January 5, 2015, the Honorable Albert S. Dabrowski issued a decision concerning the applicability of the automatic stay of Bankruptcy Code Section 362(a) (the “Automatic Stay”), which decision highlights and clarifies...more

If Receiver’s Sales Aren’t Foreclosures, What Are They?

When no statute specifically authorizes a court-appointed receiver to sell real property, what type of sale is it? The Supreme Court of Nevada recently addressed this question, holding that “a receiver sale of real property...more

Erasing The Invisible Line In The Sand: The Need To Amend Section 1307(C) Of The Bankruptcy Code To Establish A Statutory Basis Of...

Bad faith. These two words alone are troublesome to almost all attorneys, especially those who regularly practice in bankruptcy court. Yet there have always been Petitions for Relief filed for improper reasons. ...more

Texas Claims Are Getting Nasti: The Insured’s Burdens

Texas courts have long taken the position that “[w]hen covered and excluded perils combine to cause an injury, the insured must present some evidence affording the jury a reasonable basis on which to allocate damages.”...more

Injunctive Relief for Building Encroachment. Do I Have to Move the House?

When a land owner mistakenly builds a house or other building or structure that encroaches on a neighbor’s property, what is the remedy? Does the offending land owner have to physically remove the structure from the...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Texas Supreme Court Authorizes Attorney Fees’ Awards in Home Equity Cases

On Friday, February 6, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court issued its decision in Case No. 13-0236, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Murphy, and held that the Texas Constitution’s prohibition against non-recourse home equity loans, see...more

Tax Sale Voided

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that a tax sale of owner-occupied property was void because of the failure of the sheriff to include a copy of the notice of the tax sale with affidavits filed in the proceeding....more

Tucker Arensberg Vindicates Rights of Government Landlords In Bankruptcy Appeal

Attorneys Michael Shiner and Irving Firman obtained a successful decision on appeal confirming the right of a governmental landlord to evict tenants following rejection of leases in bankruptcy. The Housing Authority sought a...more

Is a tenant is entitled to attorney fees when landlord's anti-SLAPP motion is denied?

In Ben-Shahar v. Pickart, 2014 DJDAR 15712, the California Court of Appeal for the Second District decided a complex landlord/tenant case involving the interplay of unlawful detainer proceedings and California’s Special...more

Defining the “Larger Parcel” in Eminent Domain & Inverse Condemnation Actions

When a public agency acquires a portion of property, under California law the property owner is entitled to “severance damages” — or damages to the remainder portion of the property that was not acquired. Usually,...more

Property Insurance Law: 2014 Year in Review

Hurricane Sandy continued to generate a significant amount of litigation during 2014 which resulted in several important property insurance decisions. Most notably, as a result of Sandy and other events, the courts...more

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