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The Privilege Maintains Its Power: Texas Supreme Court Blocks Discovery of Insurer Attorney’s Billing Information

by Carlton Fields on

When (if ever) are an insurer’s attorney’s fees and billing information discoverable in a coverage dispute? Though the question is straightforward, the answer can vary from case to case and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The...more

Court Holds That Board Of Trustees Of A Nonprofit Do Not Owe The Same Duties As A Trustee Of A Trust

by Winstead PC on

In Young v. Heins, Young brought third-party claims against the board of trustees of a nonprofit home owner association for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, breach of contract,...more

In Supreme Court Showdown, California Appeals Courts Choose Sides Regarding Whether Right to Repair Act is Exclusive Remedy for...

Earlier, we wrote about an appellate court split concerning the Right to Repair Act (Civil Code sections 895 et seq.) which applies to construction defects in newly constructed residential properties including single-family...more

Debtor May Be Entitled to Credit for “Reasonable Value” of Property Purchased by Lender at Mortgage Foreclosure Sale

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In Idaho, it has long been understood that a secured creditor that has foreclosed a mortgage may be able to also get a judgment against the debtor for the remainder of the debt, if the proceeds of the foreclosure sale are not...more

When the Same Lender Has Both a Senior and Junior Deed of Trust….

If the same lender has both a senior and junior deed of trust on the same security property, can that lender foreclose on the senior lien by trustee’s sale, and then sue the debtor personally for the junior debt?...more

A primer for contractors: Getting paid -- fact or fiction?

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

As a contractor, getting paid for work completed isn't always as easy as collecting onsite or sending an invoice. Hellmuth & Johnson construction law attorney Blake Nelson answers fact or fiction when it comes to collections,...more

Anonymous Poster of Defamation Unmasked

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Anonymity on the Internet has encouraged some to feel they live in a culture that feels no responsibility for what might be posted and where there may be no consequences for what one posts. That is, however, not the case as...more

California Supreme Court Settles Split of Authority re Implied Dedication of Private Property to the Public

In a 2015 post on Money and Dirt, we reviewed a then-recent Court of Appeal decision, Scher v. Burke, and discussed the split of authority among California courts on the topic of “implied dedication” of private property to...more

Double Trouble—Is Black Sky Capital Blue Skies for Lenders?

by Perkins Coie on

An annoying question for lenders is whether or not a lender can enforce two loans to the same borrower and secured by the same property. The nagging issue is usually raised when a lender makes (1) a first loan and an...more

Building seawall erodes homeowners' rights to challenge conditions

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The California Supreme Court recently held that you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. Two adjacent homeowners, with oceanfront properties in Encinitas, California, live on a coastal bluff that “cascades steeply down to...more

Texas Passes Bill to Curb Hail Litigation

Texas governor Greg Abbott recently signed legislation designed to curb the state’s recent spate of hail litigation against homeowner’s insurers. The new legislation, House Bill 1774 (and its counterpart Senate Bill 10), will...more

SCOTUS denies petition for certiorari in case asserting recess appointment defense to CFPB enforcement action

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari in CFPB v. Chance Edward Gordon, a case filed by the CFPB in 2012 that alleged the defendant had duped consumers by falsely promising loan modifications in...more

Construction Defect – Right to Repair Act

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Ann. E. Gillotti v. Eugene W. Stewart, et al. - Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District (April 26, 2017) - In Gillotti v. Stewart, the California Court of Appeals held that the Right to Repair Act, Civil Code § 895 (the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Establishes New Test for Evaluating Property Rights Under the Takings Clause

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214, 2017 WL 2694699 (U.S.S.C. June 23, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court, in a majority opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, addressed "one of the critical questions" in the law of regulatory takings:...more

Court holds that displaying photos requires more than making them available

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

While a donut with no hole may be a Danish, a photograph is not publicly displayed if the public never sees it. And in photography copyright cases, these near metaphysical questions matter....more

A Prevailing Party May Now Recover Attorney’s Fees in a Vested Rights Dispute

by Jackson Walker on

Chapter 245 of the Texas Local Government Code (the “Vested Rights Statute”), provides a regulatory scheme in which developers and the public may rely upon regulations of a regulatory agency in effect at the time an initial...more

Kerfuffle on statute of limitations issue in PHH case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 7, the CFPB submitted a Rule 28(j) letter to the D.C. Circuit in the PHH case. In the letter, the CFPB embraced the fact that the Supreme Court’s recent Kokesh v. SEC decision makes the five-year statute of...more

Leegstandschade en bankgarantie: eindelijk duidelijkheid? (Dutch)

by Dentons on

Leegstandskade: Can such damage or not be covered by a bank guarantee? This is one of the questions that both the tenant lawyer and the market have been taking for some time. Background is a stream of case law, in which with...more

Dry Cleaner Who Contaminated Neighbour’s Property Ordered To Pay Significant Damages

In Huang v. Fraser Hillary’s Limited the plaintiff, a property owner, brought an action against his neighbour, Fraser Hillary’s Limited (“FHL”), a dry cleaning business, and David Hillary (“Hillary”) the owner of a...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending June 2, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Real Property Update - Lease: where lessee transfers leasehold interest to third party, but retains easement in leased property, lessee transfers less than “entire interest” in property, and such sublease not tantamount to...more

Iowa Supreme Court Hands Down Decisions in Two Iowa City Residential Landlord-Tenant Cases

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

On May 19, 2017, the Iowa Supreme Court handed down decisions in two highly publicized Iowa City cases in which tenants had brought suit against their landlords - Kline v. Southgate Property Management and Walton v. Gaffey....more

Client Alert: Lease Drafting: Recover All Your Attorney Fees and Costs in an Eviction Action

As every landlord who’s successfully evicted a tenant knows, recovering all your attorney fees and litigation costs from the tenant often proves to be an unrealistic goal. Even with a creditworthy tenant or guarantor, there...more

Oil Field Contamination Award Upheld

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Forest Oil Corporation v. El Rucio Land and Cattle Inc. et al deserves your attention for four reasons: You won’t see another one involving damage to a rhinoceros pen...more

Oregon Supreme Court Revives Century-Old Statute to Award Attorney’s Fees to Policyholder

by Carlton Fields on

The general rule regarding a party’s responsibility for legal fees in U.S. courts, known as the “American Rule,” provides that, barring a contrary contractual obligation or statute, each party is responsible for its own legal...more

Washington Supreme Court Applies Efficient Proximate Cause Test to Pollution Exclusion

In its recent decision in Xia v. ProBuilders Specialty Ins. Co. RRG, 2017 Wash. LEXIS 443 (Wash. Apr. 27, 2017), the Supreme Court of Washington had occasion to address the concept of efficient proximate cause as it relates...more

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