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Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 13 & May 20, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Contracts/Personal Liability: official title of “President” underneath signor’s signature on contract did not shield individual from personal liability because contract language reflected...more

CFPB Proposes Ban on Class-Action Limitations in Arbitration Agreements

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or the “Bureau”) issued a long anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for arbitration agreements (the “Proposal”) that, if finalized as proposed, is...more

Supremes Require Actual Harm to Pursue FCRA Claims

In a carefully drawn 6-2 decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court of the United States has today ruled in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins that a plaintiff must show an injury in fact before pursuing a claim for...more

Georgia's New Garnishment Code Takes Effect on May 12, 2016

On April 12, 2016, Governor Deal signed into law Senate Bill 255 (SB255) which was passed by the Legislature to repeal and replace the existing garnishment code. SB255 was drafted in response to orders from Judge Shoob of the...more

Trial Court Dismisses Georgia Patronage Capital Lawsuits

On May 2, a trial court in DeKalb County, Georgia, dismissed two class action patronage capital lawsuits filed against Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC) and certain distribution electric...more

Waive Goodbye to Juries

The right to a trial by jury is considered a fundamental right in Connecticut. However, our Supreme Court has held that this right is subject to certain limitations. Indeed, the right to a jury may be specifically waived by...more

Testing The 5th: Compelled Testimony From Foreign Regulators

The circumstances of the prosecution of Anthony Allen and Anthony Conti exemplify how cross-border cooperation and parallel investigations can give rise to novel issues in a subsequent criminal trial. Allen and Conti were...more

Increased Regulations Spawn New Trade Associations

The 1st Amendment of the Constitution provides for the right of the people to peaceably assemble. Embedded in that right is the freedom of association; the right or ability of people to come together and collectively express,...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.29.16

Major news for the extended Blackstone & private equity family yesterday, as federal authorities arrested Wall Street exec Andrew Caspersen on charges of securities and wire fraud in what they’re labeling a “’brazen’ scheme...more

Supreme Court Considers Preemption of Puerto Rico's Recovery Act

On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Puerto Rico v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust and Acosta-Febo v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust, which address the constitutionality of Puerto...more

You Can Lead a Horse to Water, But You Can’t Call it an Airplane: Supreme Court Oral Arguments Suggest Puerto Rico’s Recovery Act...

A few thoughts on Tuesday’s oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the litigation over whether Puerto Rico’s Public Corporations Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act, an insolvency statute for certain of its government...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending March 11 & 18, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing: substitute plaintiff failed to establish standing to enforce note and fact that original plaintiff had filed original note endorsed in blank before assignment did not...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 7, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Reverse Mortgage: lender not entitled to accelerate debt on reverse mortgage after death of borrower where surviving spouse not designated a borrower on note, but designated a...more

Texas Film Commission Permitted to Slice and Dice Financial Incentives to Machete Films

It’s been a disappointing few months for Machete, Danny Trejo’s “Mexploitation” character created by Robert Rodriguez. After making powerful enemies in Mexico, former Federale Machete found himself a day laborer and...more

California Supreme Court Rules in Yvanova That Borrowers May Have Standing To Allege Certain Defects In Assignments

Do borrowers have standing to challenge a non-judicial foreclosure on the ground of alleged defects in an assignment from the original lender to a successor? This is a question that has divided courts, both in California and...more

CA Supreme Court Unanimously Holds that a Mortgage Loan Borrower Has Standing to Sue for Wrongful Foreclosure due to Allegedly...

Action Item: In a ruling last week, the California Supreme Court supported Glaski and issued a narrow holding that, post-foreclosure, borrowers have standing to assert wrongful foreclosure based on allegations that an...more

California Supreme Court Finds Borrowers Have Standing To Challenge “Void” Assignment Of Loan After Foreclosure Sale

On February 18, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued its eagerly anticipated decision inYvanova v. New Century Mortgage Corporation, et al., Case No. S218973, finding that a borrower has standing to state a claim for...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending January 29 & February 5, 2016

Real Property Update - Foreclosure/Standing: filing of original note and mortgage with assignment after complaint filed does not establish standing to sue at inception of suit where endorsement undated and assignment...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.26.16

Quick recap: another Monday, another rough start to a trading week in what’s turned into an ugly pattern for the year – WSJ... Which, coupled with more pessimism about the Chinese economy, helped drive stocks down in...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending December 18, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Standing: because plaintiff was not original lender, plaintiff failed to prove standing to foreclose on mortgage loan where plaintiff failed to submit note with blank or special...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending December 4 & 11, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Priority: bank entitled to relief from judgment where junior lienholder foreclosed on subject property and Court ordered sale of property free and clear of all claims by bank – Bank of...more

Que Certa, Certa: Supreme Court Creates Uncertainty with “Cert” Review of Puerto Rico Recovery Act

It is said that muddy water is best cleared by leaving it be. The Supreme Court’s December 4 decision to review the legality of Puerto Rico’s local bankruptcy law, the Recovery Act, despite a well-reasoned First Circuit...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.18.15

The Journal reports that Federal prosecutors are “actively pursuing” criminal cases against executives from RBS and JPMorgan for the toxic securities sold in the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis. If filed, the charges...more

Reach of Contractual Jury Trial Waivers Narrowed By Alabama Supreme Court

In Ex Parte Acosta, No. 1140200, — So. 3d —, No. 1140200, 2015 WL 3537476 (Ala. June 5, 2015), the Alabama Supreme Court refused to incorporate a jury trial waiver from a collateral loan document into a Promissory Note. ...more

Dodd-Frank News: November 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

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