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DOJ Files Lawsuit Against Minnesota Bank Over Alleged Minority Redlining Practices

On January 13, 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had filed a lawsuit against a Minnesota bank, stemming from allegations that the bank engaged in illegal “redlining” of minority neighborhoods in the...more

Missouri Supreme Court Addresses Insurer Intervention, Garnishment Proceedings and Bad Faith Findings

Allen v. Bryers and Atain Specialty Insurance Company, — S.W.3d —, 2016 WL 7378560 (Mo. banc, December 20, 2016) In a recent opinion, the Missouri Supreme Court addressed the timing for an insurer’s intervention in a...more

Everything You Need To Know About Florida Deficiency Judgments – Part I

A mortgage judgment in Florida does two things – it sets the amount owed to the lender, and it orders the sale of the mortgaged property and applies the proceeds to pay down the debt. Where the sale proceeds are insufficient...more

The Risks of Suspension under Construction Contracts

Two recent cases from Australia and Hong Kong highlight the serious dangers of a wrongful suspension of works under a construction contract. Wrongful suspension may ultimately lead to the termination of a contract, and...more

Court Affirms Summary Judgment Holding Insurance Agent Owed No Fiduciary Duties To Insured

In Brown v. Carrell, homeowners filed suit against their insurance agent over damages to their home from Hurricane Ike. No. 09-15-00016-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 13782 (Tex. App.—Beaumont December 29, 2016, no pet. history)....more

Insurance – Coverage – Pyrolysis as an “Occurrence”

Tidwell Enterprises, Inc., et al. v. Financial Pacific Ins. Co., Inc. - Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District (December 20, 2016) - According to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Pyrolysis is a “chemical...more

Dissecting the Proffer Reform Bill

Virginia Code § 15.2-2303.4, the Proffer Reform Bill, went into effect on July 1, 2016. The bill was an effort by the Virginia General Assembly to overhaul localities’ proffer programs. ...more

Foreclosures – Enforcement of Judgments – Equitable Redemption

Yung-Shen Steven Lee v. Howard Rich - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (November 30, 2016) - In 1982, the California Legislature enacted the Enforcement of Judgments Law (“EJL”), Code of Civil Procedure...more

Law Alert: Villasenor v. Evans

Notice of Claim Statute Applies to Elected Official - In this case, the court of appeals confirmed that the notice of claim statute applies to elected officials. Villasenor was a consultant and lobbyist for a developer...more

Unlike Friendships, Policy Exclusions Are Not Severable In West Virginia

A homeowners insurance policy often covers every member of a family, and many policies state that the insurance applies separately to each insured. The same policies usually exclude coverage for intentional acts. But what...more

Favorable Ruling for Condo Associations in Second DCA

Recently, in Ventana Condominium Ass’n, Inc. v. Chancey Design Partnership, Inc., et al., 2016 WL 4259999 (Fla. 2d DCA), the Second District Court of Appeal held that the Plaintiff, Ventana Condominium Association, Inc. (the...more

Forcible Entry and Detainer Actions: Courts May Not Consider Tenant’s Hardship

If you own property and a tenant wrongfully refuses to vacate the premises (for example when the lease expires or after proper written notice of termination), you may have a quick and easy remedy to have the tenant removed....more

Florida’s Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Concurrent Cause Doctrine; Reverses Second District’s Application of Efficient Proximate...

In John Robert Sebo, etc. v. American Home Assurance Company, Inc., Supreme Court case number SC14-897, the Florida Supreme Court reversed a Second District Court opinion which found the efficient proximate cause doctrine...more

Australian case update: Tiuta International Ltd v De Villiers Surveyors Ltd

SNAPSHOT - In Tiuta International Ltd v De Villiers Surveyors Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 661, the English Court of Appeal delivered an important judgment in favour of lenders in a valuer’s negligence case, which has...more

Forfeiture: High Court grants relief after 14 months

Landlords and agents may have to look again at whether 6 months is sufficient time to allow the tenant to apply for relief, before exercising peaceable re-entry. In Pineport Ltd v Grangeglen Ltd [2016] EWHC 1318 (CH) the...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - November 2016

Employers across the country can now exhale. On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a Texas federal court entered a nationwide injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new federal overtime rules from taking effect...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 18 & 25, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Settlement/Waiver: borrowers permitted to raise affirmative defenses and counterclaims against lender where subject Loan Modification Agreement failed to include waiver of claims, affirmative...more

California Supreme Court Weighs In On “Associate Licensee” Duties In Dual Agencies

Dual agencies — where a broker represents both the buyer and seller in a real estate transaction — raise plenty of thorny questions regarding the duties owed. These questions can become even more difficult when “associate...more

Torts – Habitability Claims – Attorneys’ Fees

Christie Hjelm, et al. v. Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (October 5, 2016) - Civil Code § 1942.4 provides for attorneys’ fees in an unlawful detainer action in...more

Bourne Valley Redux

The dispute between lenders and the purchasers at homeowners’ association foreclosure sale regarding superiority of title has embroiled the State of Nevada since at least as early as 2012. Since the issue rose in volume and...more

Operator – Don’t Get Burned by Paying an Insolvent Contractor

Just received notice of a Texas subcontractor’s mineral lien? DO NOT continue to pay the contractor. He hasn’t paid the subcontractor. Think you owe nothing on the well on which the lien will be filed? Think what you owe the...more

Client Alert: Florida Supreme Court Rules that Dismissal of Foreclosure Action Returns Parties to their Pre-Foreclosure Action...

The Florida Supreme Court issued its long awaited decision in Bartram et al. v. U.S. Bank NA, case number SC14-1265, on November 3, 2016, affirming the decision of the Fifth District Court of Appeals in U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n...more

Beware CC&Rs — They Can Bite

In teaching Real Estate Transactions and Litigation to advanced Law and Business students at U.C. Berkeley’s School of Law, I find that one of the most difficult concepts to explain is the impact of property use restrictions...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending October 21 & 28, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE: Condominium: allocation of square footage within the declaration controls where there is lack of clarity in both the perimetrical boundaries definition and the diagram of the lobby area in question...more

Slam on the Slam – A California Court Further Limits the Sham Guaranty Defense

There has been much recent California case law regarding the sham guaranty defense and for good reason – success for a guarantor on this defense can eliminate a lender’s recovery of a deficiency against a guarantor of a...more

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