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Florida Sinkhole Statute And Recovery Of Attorneys’ Fees Without Bad Faith: Florida Supreme Court Reverses The 5th DCA And...

In Johnson v. Omega Ins. Co., 2016 Fla. LEXIS 2148 (Sept. 29, 2016), the Florida Supreme Court determined that the 5th DCA misapplied and misinterpreted two statutes, the first providing a presumption of correctness to the...more

Using corporate structures to own UK residential property – a dead end?

Historically, UK resident non-domiciled individuals have been able to achieve certain tax advantages through holding interests in UK residential property through offshore companies. In recent years, the UK government has...more

Illinois Appellate Court Affirms a Declaratory Judgment in Favor of the Insurer Where the Underlying Suit Did Not Allege an...

In Westfield Ins. Co. v. West Van Buren, LLC, the Appellate Court of Illinois, affirmed the trial court’s decision holding that the developer, West Van Buren, LLC (“Van Buren”), was not entitled to defense and indemnification...more

HUD Advocates Broad “Disparate Impact” Liability for P&C Insurers

In February 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development adopted a “Discriminatory Effects Rule,” which established liability under the Fair Housing Act for conduct that is otherwise lawful, but which has a...more

Consents to assign – one wrong invalidates two rights

The High Court decision in No.1 West India Quay (Residential) Ltd v. East Tower Apartments Ltd [2016] EWHC 2438 (Ch) is a stark reminder to both landlords and tenants of the need to be aware of and to comply with the...more

New Arizona Law Could Affect Homeowner Associations

Governor Ducey signed SB1350 on June 12, 2016, and it becomes effective January 1, 2017. The bill prohibits municipalities from restricting or regulating the ability of homeowners to use their property as vacation rentals...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 14, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Standing: foreclosing bank did not establish standing where it failed to submit evidence it was in possession of original note with blank endorsement at time of filing of foreclosure...more

The ILSA Condo Exemption – Not Out of the Woods Yet

The Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA) is a federal statute that aims to prevent land sales fraud and uninformed purchases of unimproved real property by requiring registration of subdivisions with the Consumer...more

State-law Based Claims Against Parties Other than the United States Seeking Damages Arising Out of the Procurement of Flood...

Harris v. Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company, __ F.3d __, 2016 WL 4174381 (6th Cir. Aug. 8, 2016) - Case at a Glance - Plaintiffs purchased a home located in a federal flood zone, but they did not purchase...more

Title Insurance: What is its Value?

As I type this blog post, I am sitting at my desk with a four-inch-thick binder filled with title insurance forms—form policies, form endorsements, premium rate tables, survey requirements, etc.—and it occurs to me that many...more

Should You Litigate In Court or Arbitrate the Dispute?

Faced with the rising costs of doing business in our increasingly litigious society, today's employers are looking at any way to manage fees and costs associated with resolving disputes over employment decisions. Some of the...more

Hurricane Matthew Requires Immediate Action to Maximize Insurance Recovery

After tearing through the Caribbean, Hurricane Matthew’s path brought it north to the Southeastern coast of the U.S., bringing evacuations, business closures and damages to the region. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and...more

HUD Issues Statement on Applicability of Disparate Impact Liability to Insurance Industry

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced it will continue to address disparate impact liability for discriminatory insurance practices on a case-by-case basis. HUD addressed concerns from the...more

The Eleventh Circuit has spoken: “Debtors who surrender property must get out of the creditor’s way”

In recent years, there has been a hotbed of litigation across the nation, particularly in Florida state and bankruptcy courts, regarding a debtor’s ability to contest a secured creditor’s foreclosure notwithstanding the...more

As Hurricane Matthew Approaches: A "Top Ten" List for Handling Condominium Association Claims

Condominium association property claims can be contentious and confusing. Large condominium buildings often are the subject of multi-million dollar insurance claims, lawsuits, and appraisals.The “cookie cutter” nature of...more

Mercury signing – guidance on the execution of documents

Following the decision in the Mercury Case, a practice of ‘virtual signings and closings’ has developed to avoid the logistical problems in getting a document signed. This guidance provides a non-exhaustive range of options...more

Can Disputes Related To Procurement Of Federal Flood Insurance Policies Be Litigated In State Court?

It is well-established that claim processing and wrongful denial of coverage disputes involving federal flood insurance policies belong in federal court because they present substantial questions of federal law. The U.S....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 10.5.16

Investor plaintiffs won a big discovery battle with the US gov’t over its 2012 decision to seize Fannie & Freddie’s profits. Federal Claims Court Judge Margaret Sweeney has ruled that the government improperly invoked the...more

Sometimes It’s Hard to Waive Subrogation: Pacific Indemnity v. Deming

According to the recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Pacific Indemnity Company v. Deming, 2016 WL 3607028, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 12374 (July 5, 2016) common contractual provisions that...more

Divided Third Circuit Panel Holds That Waiver Of Arbitration Clause Does Not Apply To Futile Arguments

On July 13, 2016, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit panel held that an arbitration clause is not waived simply because a party failed to raise a futile argument. The case arose out of a putative class action...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending September 23 & 30, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Hearsay/Business Records: trial court abused its discretion by excluding the mortgage records, which included records from a prior servicer, where plaintiff’s witness demonstrated...more

Indiana Court Addresses Enforceability of Retroactive Date

In its recent decision in Debbie Sunshine v. General Star Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131213 (S.D. Ind. Sept. 26, 2016), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana had occasion to consider the...more

Arizona Court Consolidates ADA Lawsuits

The number of claims under the design and construction requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) continues to increase, but a recent development in Arizona may slow this trend. The Arizona Attorney General has...more

Let's Talk North Carolina Leases: The Leased Premises Is Primary

We talked in our last piece about the parties to a lease, and the nuances of that requirement. Today, as promised in our last post, we discuss the "leased premises". A lease is a contract. It is a contract in which the...more

Surviving the Zombie [Foreclosure] Apocalypse

Preparing For A World When Lis Pendens Protections Are All But Ober - “BEWARE REAL PROPERTY LITIGATORS” warns a former chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. This advice, given...more

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