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West Coast Real Estate Update: Feb. 2016 #2

New Legislation Limits Tax Sharing Agreements - California Senate Bill (SB) 533, which was signed into law in October 2015, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, and limits local government from executing tax-sharing...more

Antideficiency Protection Applies to Both Short Sales and Foreclosure Sales

In January, the Supreme Court of California affirmed the Court of Appeal’s application of Code of Civil Procedure section 580b and held that the statute’s antideficiency protection applies to short sales just as it does to...more

Property Insurance Diminution in Value Class Action: Georgia Federal Court Dismisses Declaratory Judgment Claim

A while back, I wrote about a Georgia Supreme Court decision, Royal Capital Development LLC v. Maryland Casualty Co., that held that diminution in value of real property is potentially covered under a property insurance...more

Rhode Island Supreme Court Rules That Condominium Assessment Liens Could Extinguish First-Priority Mortgages

First mortgage holders in Rhode Island beware: in a 4-1 decision handed down on December 4, 2015, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has ruled that pursuant to the Rhode Island Condominium Act, RIGL § 34-36.1-1.01 et seq., liens...more

“Insanity Defense” Fails To Preserve Coverage For Insured’s Arson

Missouri resident James Roller set fire to his garage in an attempt to commit suicide. When smoke and fumes surrounded him he changed his mind, fled the garage, and alerted his wife of the fire. Mrs. Roller called 911. A...more

Third Circuit Reaffirms High Burden To Establish Delegation Of Class Arbitrability Determination

Earlier this month, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed its holding that the availability of class arbitration constitutes a question of arbitrability to be decided by courts unless the arbitration agreement...more

Intervention by Individual Homeowners Deemed Timely

Ziani Homeowners Association v. Brookfield Ziani LLC, et al. - Court Of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three - (December 22, 2015) - The Court of Appeal considered the issue of timeliness of a...more

What Creditors Need to Know - Two Recent Bankruptcy Rulings Affect Rights and Risks Regarding the Automatic Stay

Immediately upon the commencement of a bankruptcy case an automatic stay prohibits actions against the debtor to, among other things, collect pre-petition obligations and to obtain control over property of the bankruptcy...more

Lack of Reaffirmation Agreement Results in Finding That Bank Violated Discharge Injunction by Enforcing Post-Bankruptcy Loan...

In Venture Bank v. Lapides, 800 F.3d 442 (8th Cir. 2015), the Eighth Circuit found that a bank could not recover from its borrower and, in fact, had violated the post-discharge injunction by relying on change in terms...more

Rescinding a Foreclosure Sale (or Any Other Real Estate Deal) — Act Quickly, or Lose the Remedy

In a prior post, Respect the Remedy of Rescission in Real Estate Disputes, I highlighted the often under-appreciated remedy of rescission.  With rescission, both parties are restored to their pre-contract positions and issues...more

Guarantors’ “Lost Profits” Completely Offset Lender’s Deficiency Claim

Believe it or not, lenders can breach loan agreements too…and when they do, there can be significant consequences. In Great Western Bank v. LJC Dev., LLC, 726 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 21 (Ariz. Ct. App. Nov. 10, 2015), the Court of...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Arbitration Timelines

This decision explains the timelines for seeking to vacate an arbitration award. It illustrates that an arbitration proceeding has its own rules that the parties better understand or lose their rights....more

Creditors Rights Suffers a Major Depression in North Carolina

So, What can a Lender Count on from a Guarantor? - In 1933, the North Carolina legislature in reaction to the Great Depression enacted certain defenses against alleged abuses by lenders exercising remedies under...more

The Eleventh Circuit Issues Two Unanimous Opinions Finding No Private Right of Action Under TARP

On October 3, 2008, George W. Bush signed the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) into law as part of the government’s efforts to combat the subprime mortgage crisis and shore up the faltering economy. In general terms, TARP...more

Appellate Division Rules that Town Cannot Use Contract Law Provisions to Recover Taxes

In Town of Amherst v Brewster Mews Hous. Co., Inc and Town of Amherst v. Pepper Tree Hgts. Hous. Co., Inc. (4th Dept. 2015), the Appellate Division held that a taxing jurisdiction could not use contract remedies to recover...more

Georgia Court Confirms Measurement of Damages from Construction Stormwater Runoff onto Adjacent Property

The Georgia Court of Appeals recently upheld the assessment of damages against a property owner for the damage caused to a neighboring pond by erosion and sedimentation resulting from grading and construction inRidley v....more

Deed by a Disabled Person is Void, Not Voidable

The Maryland guardianship laws do not fully describe the consequences of a disabled person’s entry into a transaction without the knowledge of their guardian. Is the transaction void or voidable? Is one who advances funds...more

School district’s condemnation of a private road passes the test

The power of eminent domain allows a government or quasi-governmental entity to condemn (take) private property for a public use upon a showing of necessity. In exchange, the property owner must receive “just compensation”...more

[Event] Construction Liens: Understand the Complexities; Protect Your Interest - Jan. 13th, Grand Rapids, MI

Please join us to learn about the Michigan Construction Lien Act and other important laws affecting the construction industry. Learn how to use the lien act to secure payment for your work and avoid common...more

Nevada Federal District Court Rules Lien Statute Unconstitutional

We have reported before on a decision last fall from Nevada’s Supreme Court holding that a homeowners association (HOA) lien is a true super-priority lien that, if foreclosed upon, extinguishes a first deed of trust. Lenders...more

Indiana Court Weighs in Deficiency Judgments

The Indiana Court of Appeals recently held that creditors must move for an in personam remedy in the original foreclosure judgment or forfeit their right to collect deficiency funds. In Elliott v. Dyck O’Neal, the bank...more

A Contractual Attorney Fee Provision Cannot Override the Statutory Cap on Attorney Fees in a Small Claims Appeal

Michael Dorsey v. The Superior Court of San Diego (Crosier) - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (October 22, 2015) - Small Claims Court exists so those with meritorious claims under $10,000 can have their...more

Caltrans’ Highway 101 Overpass Condemnation Case Ends in Split Decision

For several years, we’ve been following an eminent domain lawsuit in Marin County involving Caltrans’ acquisition of 34 acres for a $29.7 million interchange project at the Redwood Sanitary Landfill, which would widen the...more

Legal Ramifications of the Bedbug Renaissance

Recently, several states and municipalities have increased landlords’ responsibility pertaining to prevention, disclosure and treatment of bedbugs in their housing units. As many unfortunately know, controlling a bedbug...more

Sixth Circuit Files Win for Bankruptcy Debtors Harassed During Automatic Stay

Creditors of bankruptcy debtors beware: a recent opinion from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals makes clear that creditors cannot circumvent the ban on collection efforts following the petition for bankruptcy by trying to...more

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