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California Court Of Appeals: Discrepancy Between Insurer’s Initial Repair Estimate And Actual Cost Of Repairs Did Not Constitute...

Meuser v. Allstate Ins. Co., A136243, 2014 WL 802535 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 28, 2014). Court of Appeals of California finds no breach of contract or bad faith where actual cost of repairing fire-damaged home was higher...more

Construction E-Note - April 9, 2014

In This Issue: - Ongoing Or Completed Operations? Fifth Circuit Finds No Duty To Defend Contractor Under Additional Insured Endorsement - Your Venue, My Bond Claim: A Florida Law Primer - The Condominium Form Of...more

Must Claims Severed From A CAFA Class Action Be Remanded To State Court? The Fifth Circuit Says No.

Following Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana filed a class action to recover under homeowners’ insurance policies that the state had received by assignment through a disaster relief program. The insurers successfully...more

Indiana Changes Course on Application of Intentional Acts Exclusion in Homeowners Policies

In Deeter v. Ind. Farmers Mut. Ins. Co., 999 N.E.2d 82 (Ind. App. 2013), the Indiana appellate court denied property damage proceeds to a husband when his wife admitted to intentionally causing the fire that burned down their...more

5 Things Every CMBA Member Should Know

A Loan Policy Of Title Insurance. It is required as part of every loan originated by members of the California Mortgage Bankers Association – or at least it should be. Title insurance is supposed to protect lenders and...more

Rumble in the Construction Defect Jungle

Lately, reading the advance sheets of construction defect cases has been like watching one of the Rocky movies. There’s the punches (owww!). Then there’s the counter-punches (ohhh!). And on and on it goes with blow meeting...more

Additional California Rulings on Right to Repair Act Defense

In August 2013, we reported that Christmas had come early for the California subrogation community due to a recent decision from the Court of Appeals which found that the “Right to Repair Act” (SB 800) did not apply to cases...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules Lenders Can Demand Flood Insurance Coverage That Exceeds Loan Balance

Agreeing with the First Circuit’s recent en banc ruling in Kolbe v. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, — F.3d —, 2013 WL 5394192 (1st Cir. Sept. 27, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Declares No Vacancy for Insured in Asbestos Coverage Dispute

In Phillips, et al. v. Parmelee, et al., – N.W.2d –, 2013 WL 6818145 (Wis. Dec. 27, 2013), the Supreme Court of Wisconsin affirmed trial and appellate court decisions in favor of an insurer arguing that an asbestos exclusion...more

Tale of the Texas Appraisal Provision

A long time ago in a land far, far away, property insurers and their insureds recognized that not every insurance dispute necessitated the expense and headache of a full-blown lawsuit. The result of this recognition was the...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending January 17, 2014

II. 11TH CIRCUIT CASES - JIN LIU - - Quiet Title: banks’ failure to respond to borrowers’ demands for proof of validity of mortgage and assignment did not render mortgage and assignment invalid or create a cloud on...more

Herculean Metaphors, Other Peculiarities Of Heller v. Ace

Does a party waive its right to demand appraisal if it states in open court, “We don’t like appraisal,” simultaneously opposes a motion to compel appraisal in a companion case with nearly identical facts, attempts a...more

Legal Alert: NAIC Report: Fall 2013 National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) returned to Washington, D.C. for its Fall meeting – the final national meeting for 2013. Two notable events overshadowed technical work on various NAIC initiatives: ...more

Prudential Regulators Clarify Supervisory Approach Relative to CFPB Mortgage Regulation

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “Prudential Regulators”) have...more

What The Hail Is Going On In Texas?

Every lawyer knows that most state court lawsuits fall into a few general categories: slip and falls, auto accidents, employment disputes and collection actions. Year after year after year, the majority of state court...more

Pennsylvania Court Holds Defectively Designed Windows and Doors May Give Rise to an “Occurrence”

On December 3, 2013, the intermediate Pennsylvania Court of Appeals decided Indalex, Inc. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, and concluded that an “occurrence” under a commercial umbrella liability policy may...more

PNC Bank and Freddie Mac Reach Settlement Agreement

On December 6, PNC Bank announced an agreement in principle to an $89 million dollar settlement agreement with Freddie Mac resolving outstanding and potential repurchase claims arising out of the sale of some 900,000 loans to...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: December 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES - Homeowners Association: court may consult references commonly relied upon to supply accepted meanings of words not defined in agreement – The Grove at Harbor Hills Homeowners...more

Insured May Retain Rights to Insurance Proceeds for Covered Losses Predating Foreclosure

In Peacock Hospitality, Inc. v. Association Casualty Ins. Co., — S.W.3d —, 2013 WL 6188597 (Tex. App-San Antonio Nov. 13, 2013), a Texas appellate court overturned a summary judgment ruling in favor of an insurer, Association...more

FHFA Holds Conforming Loan Limits Steady, Announces Overhauled Mortgage Insurance Master Policy Requirements

On November 26, FHFA announced that 2014 maximum conforming loan limits will remain at $417,000, unchanged from 2013. On December 2, FHFA announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac soon will provide guidance to lenders and...more

Under Construction - December 2013

Welcome to our final issue of Under Construction in 2013. We hope your year has been filled with health, happiness, peace and prosperity. We thank you for your readership, and we continue to appreciate the opportunities we...more

New Jersey Bill Would Compel Insurers to Cover Faulty Construction Work

The New Jersey Legislature has entered the ongoing national debate about whether faulty construction work is considered an “occurrence” under general liability insurance policies. Introduced on November 25, 2013, A. 4510...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: November 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SARA WITMEYER & SASHA FUNK GRANAI - - Implied Warranties of Fitness and Merchantability: warranties apply to improvements that provide essential services to residential subdivision, including...more

Anti-Concurrent Causation Clauses Get More Attention

Catastrophe losses rarely involve a situation where the loss is solely caused by an excluded peril. Anti-Concurrent Causation (ACC) clauses were drafted to address the scenario where two perils contribute to the same loss....more

Flood Insurance Statute of Limitations Remains Intact After Proof of Loss Deadline Extensions

Following Superstorm Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) extended the deadline to submit a proof of loss for Sandy-related claims from the 60-day period provided for by the agency’s regulations to 12 months....more

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