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Easements: trial court erred in denying statutory easement or “way of necessity” where owners established all elements pursuant to section 704.01(2), Fla. Stat. – Messer v. Sanders, No. 1D13-3084 (Fla. 1st DCA July 9, 2014)...more

U.S. Bank Wins Coverage Under Delaware Law For $55 Million Overdraft-Related Settlement

Three class actions were filed against U.S. Bank in 2009 with identical allegations. The plaintiffs claimed that instead of applying transactions in chronological order, the bank posted transactions from the highest amount to...more

OIG Urges FHFA To Sue Over Force-Placed Insurance

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) is urging the FHFA to sue its servicers and lender-placed insurance (“LPI”) providers because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have suffered...more

Second Circuit Vacates Judge Rakoff’s Rejection of SEC Settlement: Consent Decree “Fair and Reasonable” Even Without Admission of...

D&O insurers should be mindful of a recent development in the Second Circuit that could have implications for D&O insurers. The developments stem from a key decision in the Southern District of New York in 2011. On November...more

Ask And You Shall Receive! Employers Should Interpret Requests For Plan Documents Broadly

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently joined a number of other appellate courts in adopting the “clear notice” standard under which a written request for copies of benefit plan documents subject to the Employee...more

Court Quashes Subpoena Seeking Unissued Arbitration Award

After striking the affirmative defense of failure to mitigate, a court quashed a subpoena issued to an arbitrator seeking an unissued arbitration award in a dispute between certain defendants and their reinsurer....more

Claims Against Loan Servicer And Force-Placed Insurer Alleging Commission And Reinsurance Kickback Scheme Survive Dismissal

A putative class action involving force-placed home insurance and an alleged scheme for mortgage lenders to obtain kickbacks in the form of commissions, reinsurance premium, and other fees, has survived a motion to dismiss. ...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

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending February 14, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SARA WITMEYER - Arbitration/Waiver: defendant waived right to arbitration by defending against claim of replevin in court litigation for two years – Gen. Elec. Capital Corp. v. Bio-Mass Tech,...more

EU Court Strikes Down Iran Asset Freeze Sanctions: Council of the European Union Urged to Act with more Rigour

In September 2013, the EU General Court annulled a series of asset freeze sanctions imposed by the Council of the European Union on a number of Iranian entities and one person. The General Court requires the EU regulators to...more

Georgia Court Holds No Coverage for Restitutionary Amounts

In its recent decision in Fidelity Bank v. Chartis Specialty Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110935 (N.D. Ga. Aug. 7, 2013), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia had occasion to consider...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending July 26, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - Inverse Condemnation: landowner entitled to money damages from state for inverse condemnation resulting from newly enacted law restricting landowner’s use of equipment and...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- Jun 27, 2013

Policyholders Who Audit Their Policy Language Before Coverage Disputes Arise Can Avoid Problems Down The Road - Policyholders purchase excess insurance policies to provide themselves with additional layers of...more

Monthly Benefits Update - April 2013

Health Care Reform: Guidance on Required Future Modifications to SBC, Other Issues - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued new guidance...more

New Whistleblower Bounty Law On The Horizon In NY?

On March 22, 2013, the New York State Senate introduced the S4362 Proposal which, through a “bounty,” gives financial awards to whistleblowers who provide original information to the Department of Financial Services (DFS)...more

New York Appellate Court Rejects MBIA’s Pursuit of Rescissory Damages

On April 2, New York’s First Department appellate court ruled that MBIA Insurance Corporation may not obtain rescissory damages in its breach of contract action against Countrywide because MBIA had freely given up its right...more

Federal District Court Issues First Ever Post-Trial Order Requiring Bank To Reimburse Monoline Insurer Over Loans Backing MBS

On February 6, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found that loans underlying two trusts issued by a Michigan bank breached the representations and warranties in the contracts the bank entered with...more

Appraisal Since Johnson – What The Hail Is Going On?

Originally published Dallas Bar Association's Headnotes on October 24, 2012. Local courts have recently seen a dramatic increase in the filing of hail damage actions. Many of these actions are not conventional lawsuits,...more

GreenPoint Mortgage Sued For Fraud By CIFG

On October 1, CIFG Assurance North America filed a summons with notice against GreenPoint Mortgage Funding Inc. in the Supreme Court for the State of New York, New York County. The monoline insurer alleges that GreenPoint...more

Federal Court Rules that Insurer May Prevail on its Representation and Warranty Claims Without Proving that the Breaches Caused...

On September 25, Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Southern District of New York issued a written opinion denying summary judgment in Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp.’s contract dispute with Flagstar Bank FSB over its insurance...more

[NEW CASE ALERT] A California Court Of Appeal Applies Equitable Subrogation To A Missed Deed Of Trust

It’s every title company’s nightmare. In the process of closing a secured real estate transaction, a previously-recorded deed of trust is missed, and now the title insurer is potentially responsible for the loss to the...more

FSA Fines and Bans Insurance Broker for Misappropriating Insurance Premia

On July 24, the FSA published the final notice issued to Stephen Goodwin, a commercial insurance broker at S Goodwin & M Best, which has now ceased trading. ...more

Premature Exhaustion Leaves Insured Feeling Unsatisfied

In JP Morgan Chase v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company, No. 603766/08, 2012 N.Y. Slip Op. 04702 (June 12, 2012), the First Department of New York’s Appellate Division recently held that, under Illinois law, an excess insurer...more

Recent Developments in the Life Settlement Industry - June 2012

The Delaware General Assembly is considering new legislation to address a contentious issue in the life settlement industry. A new law proposed in May 2012, Delaware Senate Bill No. 220 (the Senate Bill), would require a life...more

Recent Credit Card Data Breach Once Again Demonstrates Need for Insurance Coverage

The recent data breach at Global Payments Inc., which has contracts to handle the processing of credit and debit card transactions, has again focused attention on the significant risk associated with storing or transmitting...more

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