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Indiana Court Dismisses Bad Faith Allegations and Praises Insurer for Timely Claims-Handling

A recent federal District Court decision from Indiana, Autumn Glen Homeowners Ass’n. v. Travelers Ind. Co. of America, 2015 WL 1256391, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33317 (S.D. Ind., Mar. 18, 2015) provides insight into both...more

A Beacon for Homeowners and HOAs. Not So Much for Design Professionals - Construction Practice Newsletter

Earlier we wrote about a case that made architects none too happy – Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Case No. A134542 (December 13, 2012) – in which the California Court of Appeals...more

Supreme Court Provides TILA Home Loan Rescission Guidance

In a recent unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court held that a borrower exercising her right to rescind a mortgage loan under the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) merely had to provide written notice of rescission...more

Court Exclaims “Enough!” To Homeowner Who Kept Raising Wrongful Foreclosure Claims

“There are no free houses,” began the decision issued by the Court of Appeal on March 23, 2015 in Boyce v. T.D. Service Company (B255958). Examining three years of litigation in bankruptcy court, unlawful detainer court, and...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 20, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Probate/Quit Claim Deeds: trial court correctly ordered personal representative to issue deeds conveying properties to son and mother, subject to life estate held by son – Ciungu v. Bulea, Case...more

Defeating Another Challenge to the Mortgage Electronic Registration System

Since the mortgage crisis began several years ago, the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (“MERS”) has faced numerous legal attacks relating to foreclosures, assignments and what interest MERS holds in a deed of trust or...more

US Bank Cannot Revive Majority of MBS Suit Against Citigroup

U.S. Bank NA v. Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corp., No. 1:13-cv-06989 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 1, 2013) - On March 16, 2015, Judge George B. Daniels of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied...more

If Receiver’s Sales Aren’t Foreclosures, What Are They?

When no statute specifically authorizes a court-appointed receiver to sell real property, what type of sale is it? The Supreme Court of Nevada recently addressed this question, holding that “a receiver sale of real property...more

Ninth Circuit Opinion May Open Litigation Doors Most Thought Closed

A recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion charts potential new pathways for claims for damages resulting from portfolio losses by mutual fund shareholders against both a fund’s trustees and its investment adviser....more

Texas Court Upholds Engineer’s Tort Duty to Third Parties

The Texas appellate decision recently confirmed that state’s general rules regarding the outer limits of common law tort liability arising from alleged construction defects. USA Walnut Creek, DST v. Terracon Consultants,...more

Court Allows Putative Class Action To Proceed With Discovery Regarding Equitable Tolling Of RESPA Violations

M&T Bank Corporation, M&T Bank, and M&T Mortgage Reinsurance Company unsuccessfully sought to stay all discovery in a suit brought against it in a putative class action involving allegations that M&T violated the federal Real...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 6 & 13, 2015

Real Property Update: Deed Restriction: genuine issue of material facts remains concerning whether original parties to deed with restrictions contemplated future unilateral amendments to restrictions that would bind...more

Insurance Payout Goes Up In Smoke: Sixth Circuit Finds Manufacturing Marijuana Changes Use Of A Residence.

In Nationwide Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. McDermott, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 3012 (6th Cir. Feb. 24, 2015), a homeowner’s claim for a total fire loss was denied based on the policy’s “change of use” endorsement. On January 13,...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: New Jersey Appellate Court Rules That HAMP Does Not Bar State Breach of Contract Claims

In Miller v. Bank of America Home Loan Servicing, L.P., A-0169-13T2, the New Jersey Appellate Division recently held that while HAMP precludes a private right of action, it “does not preempt pursuit of valid state law claims...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Illinois Supreme Court Closes Back Door on Dina - Holds Only Absence of Jurisdiction Renders a Judgment...

In LVNV Funding, LLC v. Trice, 2015 IL 116129, the Illinois Supreme Court recently held that only the absence of personal or subject matter jurisdiction renders a circuit court’s judgment void. Thus, a judgment entered with...more

Eleventh Circuit defines “structural damage” under an insurance policy to mean more than simply “physical” damage

Although commonly used in insurance policies, the term “ structural damage ” is typically an undefined term, leaving it to insurers, insureds, and sometimes the courts to define. In Florida, federal district courts had come...more

Court Finds Potential for Personal Umbrella Coverage of Sexual Assault Not Covered by Underlying Homeowners Policy

In Gonzalez v. Fire Insurance Exchange (No. H039368, filed 2/5/15), a California appeals court ruled that a personal umbrella policy's broader coverage gave rise to a duty to defend sexual molestation allegations that were...more

Texas Claims Are Getting Nasti: The Insured’s Burdens

Texas courts have long taken the position that “[w]hen covered and excluded perils combine to cause an injury, the insured must present some evidence affording the jury a reasonable basis on which to allocate damages.”...more

Morgan Stanley Reaches Agreement to End DOJ Investigation into MBS Deals

On February 25, 2015, Morgan Stanley announced that it reached an agreement in principle with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Califoirnia, Civil...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds Not All Damage Is “Structural Damage” For Purpose Of A Sinkhole Claim

In Hegel v. The First Liberty Insurance Corporation, 2015 U.S. App. Lexis 3024 (11th Cir. Feb. 27, 2015), the Eleventh Circuit reversed summary judgment in favor of the homeowners because the trial court applied an improper...more

Western District of Washington: Insured That Violated Duties of Notice and Cooperation Could Not Make Out Claim for Bad Faith...

Granite State Ins. Co. v. Integrity Structures, LLC, No. C14-5085BHS, 2015 WL 136006 (W.D. Wash. Jan. 9, 2015). The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington held that an insurer did not act in bad faith...more

UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - 2/25/2015

Every week, courts around the United States issue decisions addressing aspects of civil UDAAP claims. In an effort to illuminate the UDAAP standards, below is a sampling of some of this week’s UDAAP decisions on the meaning...more

Is the Attorney's Fees Clause Moot in an Illegal Contract? – Depends On Your Involvement, Explains First Appellate District Court

The Court of Appeal recently clarified when a party can recover attorney's fees under a real estate purchase contract that is ruled to be illegal. California courts have previously enforced attorney's fees provisions in a...more

The Pennsylvania Superior Court Continues to Muddle the Answer to the Question of When Faulty Workmanship is an “Occurrence” Under...

Pennsylvania courts continue to struggle with complex concepts underpinning when faulty workmanship can be an “occurrence” triggering coverage under Commercial General Liability (“CGL”) policies. In Kvaerner Metals Division...more

District Court Strikes Homeowners Policyholders’ Class Action Allegations

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio granted defendant State Auto’s motion to strike plaintiffs’ class allegations, holding that the complaint itself demonstrated that the proposed class was not...more

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