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‘I’m yours … and yours’: California Supreme Court puts restrictions on ‘dual agents’

The California Supreme Court just closed a loophole as to whether a salesperson’s duties to a buyer in a real estate transaction – when that salesperson’s broker is acting as a “dual agent” – includes the duty to learn and...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

Title Bout: Second Circuit Limits Parties’ Control Over Construction Of Policies

Like other contracts, insurance policies are divided into parts, and most of the parts appear under headings or captions. A separate contract term (known as a “titles clause” or a “headings clause”) sometimes specifies that...more

Subsequent Mitigated Negative Declaration Reviewed Under Substantial Evidence Test

Coastal Hills Rural Preservation v. County of Sonoma et al. (2016) 2 Cal.App.5th 1234 - Why It Matters: The California Court of Appeal applied the substantial evidence standard of review and not the fair argument...more

Leave the “Tow Truck Guy” Alone: The Ninth Circuit Rules Foreclosure of a Deed of Trust Is Not Debt Collection

The Ninth Circuit recently clarified when a trustee of a deed of trust acts as a debt collector under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). In a break from other courts of appeal, the Ninth Circuit held that when...more

Deference for Assessment Review Boards

Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Reasonableness as Standard of Review - The standard of review of a composite assessment review board’s decision to increase a property tax assessment is reasonableness, the Supreme Court...more

Ninth Circuit Overturns Entz-White Lumber; Avoiding Default Interest Via Cure Through Chapter 11 Plan No Longer Valid

In the case of Pacifica L 51, LLC v. New Investments, Inc. (In re New Investments, Inc.), 9th Cir. November 4, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a Chapter 11 debtor could not avoid paying default...more

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Issues Regulatory Guidance Letter on Approved Jurisdictional Determinations

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has just issued a Regulatory Guidance Letter which provides to property owners (including developers) the right of appeal USACE Approved Jurisdictional...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

5 things to consider when deciding whether to include an arbitration clause in a real estate contract

Many types of contracts require the parties to submit their disputes to arbitration. For example, arbitration clauses are common in consumer agreements, such as car leases and gym memberships. While a consumer can negotiate...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

Property Tax and Valuation TOPICS: Fall 2016

October 1, 2016 Revaluations: If/When/How to Challenge Your Real Estate Property Assessment - Connecticut municipalities are required to carry out a general revaluation of all real estate within their boundaries at least...more

If I get a judgment against my commercial tenant, will I be able to collect?

At times, the easiest part of litigation can be getting a judgment, while collecting on the judgment can be time consuming and expensive. Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine whether you will able to collect on a...more

A Superficial Analysis of Competitive Foreclosure Won’t Play in Peoria

A federal trial court rejected a hospital’s antitrust claims that it was substantially foreclosed from the market by its rival’s exclusive contracts with payors. The court concluded that foreclosure in healthcare services...more

N.C. Court of Appeals Affirms Local Government Board's Recusal of One of Its Own Members In Quasi-Judicial Proceeding

A quasi-judicial land use proceeding requires an impartial decisionmaker, like any courtroom proceeding. State law does its best to spell out what constitutes an "impermissible violation[] of due process"...more

California appeals court rejects ‘creative’ sham guaranty defense

In what can only be described as pure “chutzpah,” a commercial real estate investment fund argued that it was the alter ego of its property-level SPE to avoid liability under a guaranty. While the strategy worked in the trial...more

IN the District of Columbia, Policyholders Are Out of Time and Out of Touch

In the recent opinion from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Azoroh et al. v. Automobile Ins. Co. of Hartford, Ct., --- F. Supp. 3d ---, Civil Action No. 14-1695, 2016 WL 4148184 (D.C. Cir. August 4,...more

Texas Says ‘No Way’ to One Way’s Hail Damage Claim

In a recent opinion, U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater delivered the final blow to One Way Investments Inc. in its hail damage lawsuit against property insurer Century Surety Company — granting summary judgment in favor of...more

California Supreme Court Sets New Deferential Standard for Supplemental CEQA Review

In Friends of the College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo Community College District, No. S214061 (Cal. September 19, 2016), the California Supreme Court rejected the “new project” test for determining whether a changed...more

Dispute an expert's jurisdiction appointed to provide expert determination?

In the recent decision of Zvi Construction Co LLC v. Notre Dame University (USA) in England [2016] EWHC 1924, the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) had to consider whether a party had expressly or impliedly accepted the...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

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37588 - Prime Locations of CT, LLC v. Rocky Hill Development, LLC - When a commercial condominium unit owner’s association refused to grant their approval for a...more

EU: Injunctions against intermediaries available also in the offline world

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently confirmed that the ability of rightholders to apply for an injunction against intermediaries whose services are used by a third party to infringe an intellectual...more

California Supreme Court Rejects “New Project” Argument

Friends of the College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo County Community College District (No. S214061, September 19, 2016) - Why It Matters: As land developers and investors know all too well, so-called...more

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