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CFPB Fines Real Estate Entities Over RESPA Violations

Targeting violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by a mortgage lender, two real estate brokers, and a mortgage servicer, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced almost $4 million in...more

New Wave of Lehman Litigation Appears to Be Imminent

Thousands of mortgage lenders across the country either recently received, or will soon be receiving, this document from Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. (LBHI). It is a notice of a motion to approve a proposed settlement of...more

Avoid Legal Pitfalls Selling Minnesota Multifamily Properties

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

Whether you are new to selling rental proper­ty or deal exclusively in rental property, this article offers two examples of state and local laws that apply dif­ferently to sellers depending on the number of rental units at...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Changes Proposed to CAS and STACR Programs - On May 8, 2017, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced that they are considering certain changes to the structure of their CAS and STACR...more

Attention Mortgage Loan Servicers: Highest Court in Massachusetts Attempts to Clarify When Default Notices Must Strictly Comply...

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) provided further guidance - up to a point - on mortgagees’ strict compliance with the notice of default provisions within paragraph 22 of the standard mortgage (or the...more

Lender's Edge Newsletter

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Deeds in Escrow - Deeds in escrow, or “pocket deeds,” have increased in popularity in recent years. But are they the right option in connection with a workout of your distressed loan? Please see full Publication...more

Multiple Instances of Defectively Designed, Manufactured, or Installed Windows Does Multiple Occurrences Make

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After previously holding that various claims against the insured, Pella, alleged property damage caused by an “occurrence,” thus triggering Liberty Mutual Insurance Company’s (“Liberty”) coverage obligations under various CGL...more

Gavel to Gavel: What to know about disaster relief statutes

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With Oklahoma’s storm season approaching, businesses should be aware of the Oklahoma Disaster Relief Materials Price Stabilization Act and the Emergency Price Stabilization Act. When Oklahoma’s governor or the president of...more

Negotiating Construction Agreements with Japanese Contractors for Domestic Projects

A foreign owner contracting with a Japanese construction company to build facilities in Japan, whether a hotel, a manufacturing facility, a process plant or otherwise, faces a number of challenges....more

Colorado Appellate Court Holds that Commercial Entity that Owns a Senior Living Facility Is a “Residential Property Owner” Within...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Broomfield Senior Living Owner, LLC v. R.G. Brinkmann Co., 2017 Colo. App. Lexis 261 (March 9, 2017) - R.G. Brinkmann Company, as general contractor, was retained by Sunrise Development, Inc., a major national developer,...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - May 2017 - #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Federal Court Upholds Termination of Navy Lease Bid Due to Environmental Concerns - In Open Spirit, LLC v. United States, No. 15-370C (Fed. Cl. filed April 28, 2017), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims upheld the...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending April 28 & May 5, 2017

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure: final summary judgment in borrower’s favor inappropriate where borrower merely asserted that lender mistakenly filed copy of original note with court, instead of original, and where...more

Supreme Court Watch: Cities CAN Sue Banks for Predatory Lending

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Over the last ten years, cities like Miami, Florida have experienced a decrease in property tax revenues, an increase in demand for police, fire and other municipal services, and an increase in foreclosures and vacancies,...more

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

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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

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Finalizes Effective Date Extension for Prepaid Accounts Rule - On April 20, 2017, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) issued a final rule to delay the...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Decision Under Florida Law Barring Contractor’s Performance Bond Claim for Failure to Comply With Notice...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Int’l Fidelity Ins. Co. v. Americaribe-Moriarty JV, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 3628 (11th Cir. Feb. 28, 2017) - Americaribe-Moriarty Joint Venture (“Americaribe”) entered into a subcontract with Certified Pool Mechanics I,...more

Suit Limitation Period In Standard Flood Insurance Policy Is Not Tolled By Filing In State Court: Hurricane Irene Claim Dismissed...

The terms and conditions of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (“SFIP”) are specified by regulations promulgated under the National Flood Insurance Act (“NFIA”). One of the terms in the SFIP provides that the insured cannot...more

In Florida, House Bill 805 Will Likely Allow Insurance Policy Transfers

by Carlton Fields on

The Florida Legislature passed House Bill 805, regarding insurance policy transfers. If, as anticipated, the governor signs the bill into law, it will allow insurance companies writing personal lines residential and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Investors’ decreasing appetite for actively managed mutual funds appears to have helped drive the major shake-up at AllianceBernstein Holding, which said so long to CEO Peter Kraus and removed nine board members in favor of 6...more

Insurance Coverage for Property Damage Caused by Defective Workmanship

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

One of the principal points of contention between insurers and insureds is whether defective construction work is, or can be, an occurrence, thereby triggering coverage. Originally published in ConsensusDocs (Vol. 3,...more

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies When Insured May Recover Policy Benefits

by Carlton Fields on

In an effort to clarify over 20 years of conflicting precedent, the Texas Supreme Court announced five rules that, according to the court, explain the relationship between claims for breach of insurance policy and...more

District of New Jersey Dismisses Third Party Claims Sounding in Policy Handling on Preemption Grounds

A federal court in New Jersey recently dismissed state law claims brought by third party plaintiffs, including the insured’s broker, against a Write Your Own insurance carrier. The claims at issue in Residences at Bay Point...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 2017

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In an article published in the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Thomson Reuter’s Real Estate Finance Journal, Samantha Alves Orender provides guidance on how debtors who misuse collateral may be at risk of losing the benefit of...more

CFPB Spring 2017 Supervisory Highlights focuses on mortgage origination/servicing, student loan servicing deficiencies, service...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s newly-released Spring 2017 edition of Supervisory Highlights covers supervisory activities generally completed between September and December 2016. The report indicates that supervisory resolutions resulted in...more

No Negligence? No Causation? No Problem. Arizona Appellate Court Holds General Contractor Need Not Prove Subcontractor’s...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Amberwood Dev., Inc. v. Swann’s Grading, Inc., No. 1 CA-CV 15-0786, 2017 Ariz. App. Unpub. LEXIS 207 (Ct. App. Feb. 23, 2017) - This case arose out of a housing development project, with Amberwood Development Inc....more

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