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Brief Primer on Real Estate Arbitrations

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

Real estate agents often question what rights and remedies they may have against the seller in the event of a non-disclosure claim. In many home sales, the buyer, seller and agent sign an arbitration agreement requiring that...more

“The cold never bothered me anyway!” SEC again uses its power to freeze an alleged EB-5 scam

Like Elsa, the Princess in Disney’s classic Frozen, once again the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has utilized its power to freeze. In this case, the freezing of assets. In what has become an increasingly common...more

Who says you can’t choose between liquidated damages or actual damages?

by Snell & Wilmer on

In Colorado, courts enforce liquidated damages provisions if three elements are satisfied: (1) the parties intended to liquidate damages; (2) the amount of liquidated damages was a reasonable estimate of the presumed actual...more

Washington Mechanic’s Liens: How Recent Changes Impact Contractors

Construction contracting is a complex business. Whether you are the owner, contractor, or general contractor on a project, your attention must shift between numerous moving parts, regulatory requirements, and deadlines as the...more

Keeping It Real Estate Blog: The Rise and Rise of Short Term Lettings

by Hogan Lovells on

Thanks to the popularity of short term lettings, we are benefiting from a wealth of choice and flexibility in holiday accommodation. Wherever the destination, there will certainly be unique properties available at reasonable...more

11th Circuit Draws a Line on Actual Damages Under RESPA

by Burr & Forman on

In Baez v. Specialized Loan Servicing, LLC, 16-17292, 2017 WL 4220292 (11th Cir. Sept. 22, 2017) the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal recognized a limit to the requirement to the phrase “actual damages” in Section 2605 of the...more

Jury Verdict Expands to $298 Million in False Claims Act/FIRREA Case as Court Assesses Treble Damages and Penalties

A federal court in Texas recently entered a massive judgment against a mortgage originator for financial crisis conduct, transforming an already severe $93 million jury verdict into a $298 million punishment, and issuing one...more

Faulty Foreclosure Service Results in Lienholder Having to Pay Property Owner

When a lienholder starts a foreclosure, it usually is focused on getting money into its pocket. Yet a recent opinion from the North Carolina Court of Appeals (In re: Ackah – Sept. 5, 2017) should provide a warning to all...more

Landlord-Tenant – Collateral Estoppel Doctrine Bars Issues Adjudicated in Unlawful Detainer Action

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Alfonso Ayala v. Randy Dawson - Court of Appeal, First District (August 4, 2017) - Property owner Randy Dawson and tenant Alfonso Ayala signed a written contract in December, 1999, entitled “Residential Lease with...more

Court denies restitution sought by CFPB in lawsuit against biweekly mortgage payment companies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In another recent defeat for the CFPB, a California federal district court refused to award restitution sought by the CFPB in its lawsuit filed in May 2015 against two related companies offering a biweekly mortgage payment...more

Court Awards Nearly $280 Million in Treble Damages Against Former FHA Lender

by Goodwin on

On September 14, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued an opinion and order against two former mortgage companies and their former president and CEO. The order, which followed a previous jury...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Awards Attorneys’ Fees in Quiet-Title Action

by Snell & Wilmer on

In Arizona, a party successfully quieting title to property may recover its attorneys’ fees if it satisfies three requirements: (1) the party requests a quitclaim deed from the party adversely claiming title twenty days...more

Open and Obvious Dangers; New Evidence Submitted in Reply Briefs

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Jacques Jacobs, et al. v. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company - Court of Appeal, Second District (July 25, 2017) - Defendant Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company (Coldwell) marketed for sale a vacant,...more

Comfort Stations May Be Permitted Uses of Public Streets

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

After Hurricane Sandy devastated Long Beach and its boardwalk in 2012, officials sought to reconstruct the city’s iconic esplanade. As part of the rebuild, the Long Beach City Council determined to award contracts for the...more

New Law That May Affect Hurricane Harvey Claims Takes Effect Sept. 1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

While insurance claims may be far from the first priority for clients affected by Hurricane Harvey, a new law takes effect on Sept. 1, 2017, that may affect first-party property insurance claims stemming from Harvey, floods...more

HB 1774’s “Hail Bill” and Hurricane Harvey-Time for Action

• Action Item #1: Insureds should try to report claims for all property damage, including those caused by Hurricane Harvey, by no later than August 31, 2017, in order to avail themselves of the opportunity for an 18 percent...more

What a New Texas Insurance Law Means, and Doesn’t Mean, for Harvey’s Victims

As Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak historic damage in Texas, recent updates to a state law dealing with the responsibilities of insurers are scheduled, by sheer coincidence, to take effect this Friday, September 1, 2017....more

Texas House Bill 1774 and Hurricane Harvey

by Jackson Walker on

Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of our employees, clients, and friends affected by Hurricane Harvey and the devastation caused by the storm. Your personal safety, and that of your family and loved ones, is our top...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - August 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published on August 17, 2017 by Law360, Burr’s Larry Litow and Kapila Mukamal’s Barry Mukamal discuss their recent involvement in a case involving a South Florida beachfront condominium hotel that successfully...more

In Idaho, Make Sure Your Deal Includes an Exact Description of the Land Involved

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Two recent opinions from the Idaho Supreme Court demonstrate the risks you take when you document a real estate deal without an exact description of the land. In Hoke v. Neyada (Docket No. 43343) (Idaho 2016), the seller of...more

Arizona Supreme Court Confirms a Prevailing Homeowner Can Recover Fees on Implied Warranty Claims

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 9th, in Sirrah Enterprises, L.L.C. v. Wunderlich, the Arizona Supreme Court settled the question about recovery of attorneys’ fees after prevailing on implied warranty claims against a residential contractor. The...more

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

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