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Compliance Matters: We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming…

While we strive to bring you the latest regulatory matters that we believe you will find important for compliance purposes, we would like to take a moment to bring you information that may be just as valuable....more

Maryland Changes Rules for Enforcement of Rights and Remedies Under Loan Documents Secured by Residential Property

The Maryland General Assembly has enacted legislation (House Bill 274/Senate Bill 708) that significantly impacts secured lenders’ rights to enforce financing documents secured by residential property. The legislation --...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending April 11, 2014)

Former hedge fund giant SAC Capital was sentenced this week. This concluded one of the most prominent insider trading cases. Under the terms of the sentence SAC Capital will no longer accept public funds....more

Washington Amends State SCRA Statute To Provide State Remedy For Violation Of Federal SCRA

On March 27, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed SB 2171, which amends the Washington Service Member’s Civil Relief Act (WSCRA) to provide that a violation of the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act is a violation of...more

A Million Dollars In Fees For Class Counsel in Wachovia/Wells Fargo Merger Lawsuit

When I first looked at Judge Murphy's (unpublished) Order in Ehrenhaus v. Baker earlier this month awarding attorneys' fees to the class action attorneys who sued Wachovia and Wells Fargo over their merger in 2008, I was...more

Beyond Credit Reporting: The Extension of Potential Class Action Liability to Employers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Do not be fooled by its title: the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) reaches far beyond the realm of credit reporting and governs a broad spectrum of industries. Indeed, the provisions of FCRA apply to any business entity...more

Second Circuit: Five Factors Still Relevant to ERISA Attorney Fee Awards

The Second Circuit recently had occasion to provide guidance to the lower courts on the standard for evaluating an ERISA attorneys’ fee application following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life...more

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Confirms Rectification Cannot Remedy Unanticipated Tax Consequences

The recent decision of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Graymar Equipment (2008) Inc v Canada (Attorney General), 2014 ABQB 154 is an important reminder of the limited nature of the equitable remedy of rectification...more

Canadian Court Certifies Visa/Mastercard Class Action

In reasons publicly released on Thursday March 27, 2014, Chief Justice Bauman certified two classes of Canadian merchants who allege a price-fixing conspiracy related to Visa and MasterCard interchange fees. As the first...more

Round Two – Ground Rent Holders vs. Legislature – Goes to…

In a case decided February 26, 2014, State of Maryland v. Stanley Goldberg, et al., No. 8, September Term, 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals found that legislation that replaced the remedy of ejectment with a...more

An Exception to the Fair Market Value Rule: Use the Foreclosure Sales Price for a Deficiency after a Third Party Purchaser

If the value of a foreclosed property is less than the loan amount, lenders may seek a deficiency judgment from borrowers and guarantors after the foreclosure sale. In most cases, the lender is the sole bidder at the sale and...more

The Commercial Decision Reviews Arbitrations: Three Recent Decisions Clarify Standards For Actions Brought Pursuant To Article 75...

Several recent decisions by Commercial Division Justices, two of them affirmed by the First Department, have clarified the limitations and standards applied in actions brought pursuant to Article 75 of the CPLR. Article 75...more

In Tussey, Eighth Circuit Weighs in on Excessive Fee Claims

The Eighth Circuit issued a highly anticipated decision yesterday in the appeal of the first ERISA excessive fee class action to proceed to a trial on substantially all of the pleaded claims. In Tussey v. ABB, the court...more

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari for Standing to Sue under the Electronic Fund Transfers Act

The United States Supreme Court declined to grant certiorari to decide whether Congress had the authority to confer Article III standing to sue when the plaintiff suffers no concrete harm and alleges as an injury based on a...more

U.S. Supreme Court denies certiorari in EFTA standing case

We have previously written about Charvat v. Mutual First Federal Credit Union, the case in which the Eighth Circuit held last year that denial of a statutory right is a sufficient injury to confer standing, even if the injury...more

Lender’s Title Insurance: When Should Courts Measure the Fair Market Value of Property Affected by a Title Defect?*

Title insurance is designed to pay for damages caused by any defects to title that the title company should have discovered but did not. Lender’s title insurance protects lenders who lose money due to a title defect, which...more

Mortgage Fraud Whistleblower Receives $64 Million Award

On March 7, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a stipulation and order awarding nearly $64 million to the relator in a mortgage fraud case recently settled by the federal government....more

NY Court Rejects Recourse Triggers Accepted in Cherryland and Gratiot

In a prior post (“Emerging Statutory Threats to Recourse Triggers”), we tackled Michigan and Ohio statutes that invalidated non-recourse triggers sprung by certain types of insolvency events. As noted there, the statutes were...more

Supreme Court "SOX" it to Employers by Extending Statute's Whistleblower Provision to Private Contractors of Public Companies

On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Lawson v. FMR LLC expanding the class of persons protected under the anti-retaliatory provisions set forth in the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 ("SOX"). The Court...more

Better Late Than Early - What Is “Just, Convenient And Equitable” Among Innocent Investors In Fraudulent Investment Schemes

Overview - Defrauded investors in an investment scheme rarely recover all of the funds that they have invested, and the question of the amount to which each investor is entitled is complicated when the investments are...more

Big Payout Rings Bank of America Fraud Trial

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations. - Thomas Jefferson - Edward O'Donnell, a former executive at Countrywide Financial, Inc., may collect up to $1.6 million under an almost forgotten...more

Changes in the California Legal Environment for Commercial Lenders and the Dangers of “Extending and Pretending” in Dealing with...

I have recently reviewed several articles about the recent trial court decision of Zigner v. Pacific Mercantile Bank, Orange County Case No. 30-2010-00337433 (filed in January 2010). Our firm did not represent any party in...more

Institutions of Higher Education and the Fair Credit Reporting Act: Third Circuit Holds Higher Education Amendments Offer No Safe...

In a recent precedential opinion, the Third Circuit has held that the Higher Education Act provides no safe haven from strict adherence to the Fair Credit Reporting Act for colleges and universities. Moreover, the Court...more

Reviving Construction Projects — How to Avoid Creating a Frankenstein Monster

Reviving dead or moth-balled projects presents risks and rewards. The rewards include a shorter ramp-up period. The risks include the revival of claims akin to the unintended creation of a Frankenstein monster. But those...more

Attorney Fees Are Not Proper Where Plaintiff Dismisses Claims for Unlawful Debt Collection Practices

In Tourgeman v. Nelson & Kennard, 2014 DJDAR 587 (2014), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an interesting collection case which resulted in an attorney fee award. The Court of Appeal...more

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