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Depreciation of Labor Class Action - Minnesota Supreme Court Oral Argument

I’ve been following closely a series of class actions around the country alleging that, in calculating the “actual cash value” of property damage under a homeowners or commercial property insurance policy, insurance companies...more

Real Estate and Land Use - November 2015

CEQA Baseline Can Consider Historic Levels of Use - North County Advocates v. City of Carlsbad (2015)—Cal.App.4th—Case No. D066488: Why It Matters: This case addresses an important issue under CEQA relating to the...more

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds MERS’ Authority to Assign Mortgages

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently handed Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) another victory against challenges to MERS’ authority to assign a mortgage. In Ferguson v. Bank of New York Mellon, the...more

Real Estate and Land Use - September 2015 #2

Use It or Lose It: San Clemente Required to Refund $10 Million in Unused Impact Fees: Walker v. City of San Clemente (August 28, 2015, G050552) - Why It Matters: In a strict reading of a local agency’s...more

High Point Bank v. Highmark and Guarantor Liability in North Carolina

When a borrower’s default results in a foreclosure sale and purchase of the secured property by the mortgagee lender, can a guarantor’s deficiency liability be reduced by the difference between the property’s fair market...more

Deficiency Judgment Cases In North Carolina Just Got A Lot More Complex: CentsAbility: Creditors' Rights Law Update

A question that continually arose during the foreclosure deficiency actions that were spurred by the recent “Great Recession,” was whether or not a guarantor on a loan could raise the “defense” offered in N.C. Gen. Stat. §...more

Symptoms of the Texas Progressive Claim Syndrome

Those familiar with the issues faced by insurers in Texas first-party insurance claims, particularly in the realm of hail damage claims, are undoubtedly aware of what has been labeled the "Progressive Claim Syndrome.” In a...more

Colorado Supreme Court Oral Argument Held in Case Deciding Whether Courts and Commissions May Overrule Each Other in Eminent...

In June, the Colorado Supreme Court held oral argument in a case that is set to shape the way condemnation actions will be tried to commissions in the future. In Colorado, a landowner has the right to choose whether a jury or...more

Making The California Assumption Of Risk Doctrine Work For You

The doctrine of assumption of risk is a legal defense that may operate to relieve a California owner or occupier of and from liability to third parties who are injured on their premises. One species of the doctrine, primary...more

EARL e-News: The Uncertain Status of “Stigma Damages” for Property Claims in South Carolina - Updates on Environmental,...

In Chestnut, et al v. AVX Corporation, Appellate Case 2012-212143 (S.C. Supreme Court August 5, 2014), the State Supreme Court was faced with the issue of whether “stigma damages” could apply for environmental contamination...more

LOIs are nothing to LOL about: A primer on letters of intent

Letters of Intent can be minefields. On the one hand, business people want to use them to tie up a deal. On the other, they don’t want to be bound by them if they want to walk away. As one court explained, “It is a common...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions - AC36506 - Sidorova v. East Lyme Board of Education - Due to budget cuts, the Board of Education laid off the plaintiff who was a tenured French teacher. She sued for...more

No Notice of Mortgage Assignment in Florida? No Problem

Earlier this month, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Summerlin Asset Mgmt. V Trust v. Jackson decided an issue of first impression regarding whether compliance with Florida Statute...more

NC Court of Appeals Weighs in on Multiple Creditor’s Rights Issues

The NC Court of Appeals has issued a number of opinions this year involving lender foreclosure or collection efforts. Not all of the holdings have been monumental, but there is a common thread of useful principles,...more

(US) Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Agreements: Imprecise Commisson Language Can Cost You

It would be unfair (and likely bad faith) for a property owner to terminate a brokerage agreement prior to entering into a sales agreement or lease just to avoid paying a real estate commission. Yet, if a property owner is...more

Failure to File Post-Trial Motions Waives Issues

A panel of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania held that a taxpayer that did not file post-trial motions waived all issues on appeal. M.C.& P.K. Lees, Inc. v. W.R. Capenos, 215 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 282. The purchaser at a tax...more

Should California Eliminate USPAP as its Sole Standard of Valuation Practice for Real Estate Appraisers?

Six weeks ago, I wrote about California Assembly Bill 624 and the Appraisal Institute’s effort to change California law that presently requires all licensed appraisers to comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional...more

Nevada HOA Super-Priority Lien Statute Preempted by Federal Law, Holds U.S. District Court

On Monday, the U.S. District Court for Nevada issued significant decisions in three cases, holding that a foreclosure on a Nevada HOA’s super-priority lien could not extinguish a deed of trust securing a debt owned by a...more

Does the Independent Contractor Statute Apply to Real Estate Salespersons?

A few months ago we wrote about a case awaiting decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) entitled Monell, et al. v. Boston Pads LLC, et al., SJC-11661, a case then on appeal from a decision of the Suffolk...more

CT Law of the Land

Week of July 6 - In June 2015, the Connecticut Appellate Court issued two significant land use decisions summarized below. In the first decision the Court analyzed when a town’s zoning regulation might be deemed void...more

It Just Got Harder to Get a Deficiency Judgment in North Carolina

Ya’ll. (I’m in the South so it’s ok to say “ya’ll” even in a legal update). It shouldn’t be that hard to get a deficiency judgment in North Carolina. To start with, unlike some other states, North Carolina does not have a...more

As-Is Deals May Not Be so As-Is

To avoid litigation over mistaken or misinterpreted statements made in the course of negotiations, owners of real property rely on “as-is” and “independent investigation” clauses in their real estate contracts and leases....more

Property Tax And Valuation Topics - Summer 2015

The Environment and Property Taxes - It seems that many stakeholders are trying to deal with climate change. Connecticut’s hundreds of miles of coastline along the Long Island Sound include many low-lying areas...more

RLUIPA Suit Looms After Controversial Connecticut Church Denial

The Danbury Zoning Board of Appeals denied a church’s application for variances to develop an 18-acre parcel with a house of worship and priest residence. Now, Danbury could join the list of Connecticut municipalities that...more

New York’s Highest Court Clarifies Judicial Foreclosure Standing Requirements

The New York Court of Appeals has clarified the requirements for showing standing to pursue judicial foreclosures in New York state courts after borrowers default on payment obligations, in a ruling that could resolve...more

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