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The Graber Opinion is Confirmed as an Outlier in Matters Involving Texas Appraisals

With the continued onslaught of hail and other weather related litigation in Texas, insurance carriers often elect to resolve claims through the appraisal process outlined in the policy. Insurance carriers historically...more

Pending Appeal in Michigan Supreme Court May Warrant Filing a Protective Property Tax Appeal This Year

On February 1, 2017, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that it would hear oral arguments on the application for leave to appeal in Menard. One of the issues to be considered is “whether the Michigan Tax Tribunal may utilize a...more

Land Court Finds that Texting Can Bind Parties

The Massachusetts Land Court has held that text messages may form a binding contract in connection with the sale of real estate!! While neither punctuation nor colorful texting acronyms can make this decision more noteworthy...more

Federal Courts Refuse to Enforce Waiver of Subrogation Clauses in Certain Residential Situations

In two recent decisions, federal courts sitting in New Jersey and Pennsylvania refused to dismiss subrogation claims filed by the insurers of a homeowner and lessees of apartments who suffered damages paid by their carriers....more

Professional negligence: Another decision on liability for identity theft leaves the law uncertain

In Dreamvar (UK) Limited v (1) Mishcon de Reya (a firm) and (2) Mary Monson Solicitors Limited [2016] EWHC 3316 (Ch), Mr David Railton QC, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery Division of the High Court of...more

BEWARE: Certain Acts of Community Management Companies Constitute the Unauthorized Practice of Law in South Carolina

In an opinion expected to affect community management companies and owners’ associations throughout the State, the South Carolina Supreme Court has provided clarification as to what it deems to constitute the unauthorized...more

When it Rains it Floods: California Rainstorms and Flood Insurance

Until very recently, the scarcity of water and the decline in oil prices in California prompted the joke that oil was being used as fracking fluid to get water out of the ground. In the last week, however, so much rain has...more

Depreciation of Labor Costs Class Action: Nebraska Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Insurer

I’ve regularly followed on my blog key developments in the numerous class actions against the insurance industry involving the application of depreciation to the labor cost component of estimated replacement cost value in...more

Recent California Court of Appeal Decision Invalidates Jury Trial Waiver Made Under New York Law

A recent California Court of Appeal decision may have a major impact on the enforceability of jury trial waivers in loan agreements and other documents governed by New York law. In Rincon EV Realty LLC v. CP III Rincon...more

I Have a Judgment, Now What? Priority of Judgments

Litigation can often be long and tiresome. Unfortunately, a successful verdict does not always lead to the desired outcome – the defendant paying up. Previous parts of this series addressed other aspects of collecting and...more

Michigan Tax News - January 2017

Michigan’s 2017 property tax assessment notices are in the mail. Should you appeal? Local assessors are in the process of sending annual notices of real and personal property tax assessments to property owners/taxpayers,...more

New Ohio Decision Clarifies Role of Judge and Jury in Eminent Domain Cases

As a general rule, injuries that are shared in common with the general public are not compensable under Ohio eminent domain law. Ohio’s 4th District Court of Appeals recently ruled that the question of whether an injury is...more

D.C. Superior Court Denies Nursing Facility Residents Protection Under TOPA

The D.C. Superior Court recently denied residents of a nursing facility protections under the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (“TOPA”) (D.C. Code § 42-3401 to -3405) when the residents sought an injunction to temporarily...more

Amendments to Alberta's Municipal Government Act Likely to Reduce Time and Cost of Property Tax Review Process

As of January 1, 2017, amendments to the Municipal Government Act, R.S.A. 2000 c. M 26 (MGA), came into force, changing how property owners can seek court review of Assessment Review Board decisions in Alberta....more

Court Denies City of Chicago's Tax on Assignments of Mortgages

In October 2015, we discussed Cook County, Illinois circuit court cases City of Chicago v. KTCP and Halsted West v. City of Chicago, which held that an assignment of a mortgage is a transfer of a “beneficial interest in real...more

Indiana Tax Court Reverses Classification Of An Apartment Complex’s Common Area, Modifying Application Of The 2% V. 3% Tax Caps

The Tax Court in Hamilton Square Investment, LLC v Hamilton County Assessor (Oct. 5, 2016) explained, “Indiana’s property tax caps provide taxpayers with credits against their Indiana property tax liabilities” and the “amount...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: December 2016

Unlawful Detainer Appeals Process Creates Uncertainty for Landlords - The California Court of Appeal decided the case of Beach Break Equities, LLC v. Martin Lowell on Nov. 22, 2016, and released it for publication on...more

Forcible Entry and Detainer Actions: Courts May Not Consider Tenant’s Hardship

If you own property and a tenant wrongfully refuses to vacate the premises (for example when the lease expires or after proper written notice of termination), you may have a quick and easy remedy to have the tenant removed....more

Forfeiture: High Court grants relief after 14 months

Landlords and agents may have to look again at whether 6 months is sufficient time to allow the tenant to apply for relief, before exercising peaceable re-entry. In Pineport Ltd v Grangeglen Ltd [2016] EWHC 1318 (CH) the...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: November 2016 #2

California Appellate Court Overturns “Sham Guaranty” Defense - The single-purpose entity (SPE) has become a ubiquitous tool in commercial real estate acquisitions and financing in California. Lenders increasingly require...more

Purchasers of NJ Tax Sale Certificates - What You Include in Your Proof of Claim Can Cause a Loss of Your Claim and Lien

In Princeton Office Park, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the bankruptcy and district court rulings that the purchaser of a NJ tax sale certificate forfeited its claim and lien because it included the...more

Attachment Issues: Staple the Allonge to the Note or Else!

In attempting to fend off lenders’ mortgage foreclosure actions, borrowers will often assert defenses challenging the lenders’ right to foreclose. Two recent Connecticut Superior Court decisions provide cautionary tales on...more

Hurricane Matthew flood claims may not be entirely preempted by federal law

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew and its associated flooding (particularly in North Carolina and South Carolina), a recent case of first impression in the Sixth Circuit may be cited by both damaged businesses and insurers and...more

N.C. Court of Appeals: Absent Notice to the Federal Government, Foreclosure for Unpaid Local Taxes Won't Extinguish Federal Tax...

North Carolina is a "pure race" state, for real estate title purposes. That is, “first to record an interest in land holds an interest superior to all other purchases for value, regardless of actual or constructive notice as...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Gives Easement Holders 20 Years to Challenge Encroachments

On August 19, 2016, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued a decision that will benefit all companies that own easements. Patrolling easements and clearing them of vegetation and structures can be very costly, but the...more

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