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New Jersey Supreme Court Affirms General Contractor’s Insurance Coverage for Consequential Damages Caused by a Subcontractor’s...

In an important recent decision, New Jersey joined a growing number of states holding that Insurance Services Office’s (ISO) 1986 comprehensive general liability (CGL) policy extends coverage to a property developer faced...more

Klesla et al. v. Wittenberg

Court did not abuse its discretion in denying a motion to confirm arbitration award that asked for more than was awarded. Kleslas sued for (1) the return of their residential lease security deposit, (2) statutory...more

How to Prevent a Tenant from Removing Valuable Equipment Before They Flee

A landlord may prevent a tenant from taking equipment from the premises by filing a distress writ. Before a landlord files suit for eviction, it should first consider whether there is any equipment on the premises that...more

Priority of Future Advances Under Idaho Deeds of Trust Now in Doubt

In Liberty Bankers Life Insurance Co. v. Witherspoon, No. 41993, 2016 WL 74987 (Idaho Jan. 6, 2016), the Idaho Supreme Court examined a loan modification agreement in which a lender agreed to release real property from its...more

Summary Judgment May Be Appropriate When Insured Fails to Take Reasonable Measures to Prevent Property Damage

Many first party property insurance policies exclude claims for water damage that occurs when the insured premises is left vacant or unoccupied, unless the insured has used reasonable care to prevent such losses. In...more

Don’t Mess with the Texas Prompt Payment of Claims Act: One Court’s Appraisal Result

Virtually all property insurance policies contain an appraisal clause, which outlines the appraisal procedure in broad terms. Those broad terms sometimes do not provide much guidance about the process, or about the effect...more

More Common Sense: Coverage for Collapse Requires More Than an Engineer’s Finding of Substantial Impairment

In February this blog commented on Washington State’s newly-adopted definition of “collapse” in property insurance policies that contain no specific definition of the term. (Observer, February 8, 2016, Common Sense Prevails: ...more

CFPB and DOJ Propose $10.6 Million Settlement in Discriminatory Lending Action

On June 29, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CPPB) and Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a joint enforcement action against a regional bank for alleged discriminatory mortgage lending in violation of the Equal...more

Can I Get a Money Judgment If I Can’t Locate the Defendant or If He Resides Out of State?

If you can’t locate a party and personally serve him, you can follow the less-known method of service, called substitute service. Once you have filed your complaint seeking damages for breach of a lease or guaranty, you are...more

Common Law Indemnity Claim Affirmed on Justifiable Beliefs

Yesterday, the Arizona Court of Appeals issued an interesting opinion in Hatch Development v. Solomon. Hatch illustrated two key points in real estate and construction litigation: (1) a contractor’s indemnity does not always...more

Florida Court Declines to Apply a Multiplier as to Attorneys’ Fees in a First Party Insurance Coverage Dispute

In Fla. Peninsula Ins. Co. v. Wagner, 2016 Fla. App. LEXIS 8262 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016), the Second District examined whether the trial court properly applied a multiplier as to attorneys’ fees after the insured homeowners...more

Third Circuit Holds No Estoppel In Light of Reservation of Rights Letters

In its recent decision in Nationwide Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Shearer, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 9635 (3d Cir. 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, applying Pennsylvania law, had occasion to consider...more

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Extent of HOA Super-Liens

For the past several years, Nevada courts have been flooded with quiet title actions between mortgage lenders and buyers who acquired residential properties at homeowners association (HOA) super-lien foreclosures. Recently,...more

OCC Imposes $70 Million Fine Against National Bank for Allegedly Violating Mortgage Servicing Consent Order

On May 25, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) entered a consent order with a national bank stemming from allegations that the bank violated a 2011 consent order concerning its mortgage servicing related...more

CMA warns UK estate agents against colluding in online portal selection

On 21 April 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published an open letter to estate agents in the UK stressing the importance of making independent commercial decisions and warning them against unlawful...more

Iowa’s Highest Court Enters First Decision on Certain Landlord-Tenant Issues Raised in 2013 Staley Case: Landlords Must Take Note...

As most landlords are aware, in 2013, the Iowa Court of Appeals entered a decision in the Staley v Barkalow case, which involved a group of tenants who sued their landlord over the content of their lease agreements....more

Another Case Addressing a Potential Trap for Real Estate Investors: Dedication of Private Property to the Public

In a prior post, Implied Dedication of Private Property to the Public: the Law is Unsettled, we saw that California courts have struggled with the interpretation of Civil Code section 1009, which generally makes it more...more

Florida Appellate Court Bolsters Statutory HOA Safe Harbor

A significant opinion from the Florida Third District Court of Appeal further clarifies the extent of the Florida statutory homeowners association (HOA) “safe harbor.” In the end, entities that obtain title through judicial...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC36726 - Schull v. Schull - Trial court properly refused to hold ex-husband in contempt for not paying 50 percent of child’s surgery per the original decree. The Trial...more

Bribes and the remedy of Tracing

Relations between companies and businessmen worldwide are often governed by contracts subject to English law. Bribery is – regrettably – common in worldwide business. A discussion as to how English civil law treats a bribe is...more

March 2016 Securities & Structured Finance Litigation Update

Quinn Emanuel Obtains Significant RMBS Sampling Ruling. Quinn Emanuel recently won a significant ruling permitting the use of statistical sampling to prove liability and damages on loan repurchase claims brought by the...more

Florida’s Second District Upholds Policy Requirement Regarding Payment Of Subsurface Repairs In Sinkhole Claim

In Citizens Prop. Ins. Corp. v. Amat, 2016 Fla. App. LEXIS 2412 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2d Dist. Feb. 19, 2016), the Second District remanded a final judgment awarding damages in a sinkhole claim for subsurface repairs without...more

Property Insurance Diminution in Value Class Action: Georgia Federal Court Certifies Class

One of the issues I’ve been covering on this blog is a series of putative class actions in Georgia arising out of a Georgia Supreme Court decision in 2012, which held that diminution in value of real property is potentially...more

Five-Year Dismissal Statute not Tolled by Order Staying the Case

Milton Howard Gaines v. Fidelity National Title Insurance Company - Supreme Court of California (February 25, 2016) - Code of Civil Procedure (hereafter “C.C.P.”) § 583.310 requires an action to be brought to...more

Highmark Properties Revisited: Lender Credit Bids

The dust has yet to settle on the landmark decision of High Point Bank & Trust Co. v. Highmark Properties, LLC, 776 S.E.2d 838 (N.C. 2015). Before delving into the decision that should serve as a harbinger of imminent and...more

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