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Business Law: The Distinction of Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other. Second Circuit Upholds New York’s Prohibition on...

After nearly two years in limbo, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that the New York law that prohibits merchants from imposing a surcharge on customers who use credit cards is constitutional and, therefore,...more

Foreclosure Plaintiffs Cannot Rely Solely on Their Status as Parent Corporation

The ownership of the promissory note by a subsidiary corporation of the Plaintiff cannot alone establish standing to foreclose. In HSBC Bank USA, N.A. v. Ryan Kahan, et al., the Court granted the borrowers’ motion for...more

SEC ALJ Dismisses Case: Inside-Info Trades, But No Tipper Benefit

An SEC administrative law judge (“ALJ”) found that former Wells Fargo trader Joseph Ruggieri traded on material nonpublic information tipped him by former analyst Greg Bolan, but dismissed the insider-trading charges against...more

SEC Administrative Law Judges Ruled Unconstitutional

Introduction - A recent decision from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York concludes that the manner in which Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending September 4, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Standing: party whose motion to intervene in foreclosure action was denied did not have standing to appeal final judgment of foreclosure – Market Tampa Investments, LLC. V Stobaugh,...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending August 21 & 28 , 2015

Foreclosure/Statute of Limitations: statute of limitations did not bar foreclosure action even though filed more than five years after breach and acceleration of note upon which previous foreclosure action that had been...more

Business Court Enjoins Enforcement Of High Interest Rate Loans Made By American Indian-Related Business

Judge Gale's opinion last week in Western Sky in State v. Western Sky Financial, LLC, 2015 NCBC 84 has a little bit of everything in it: choice of law, the U.S. Constitution, claims for usury (excessive interest rates) and...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending July 31 & August 7, 2015

Foreclosure: non-borrower owner of real property as tenants-in-common with borrower not required to sign mortgage for borrower to encumber only his interest in the property and non-borrower’s signature on mortgage reflected...more

Burr Commentary: Florida’s District Courts of Appeal Continue to Tighten Standing Requirements for Foreclosures

The UCC was supposed to make enforcing negotiable instruments a simpler, more streamlined process. It has proven anything but in Florida.  Continuing a trend that now stretches back years, mortgage lenders have had an...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending July 10, 17 & 24, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Eviction/Summary Judgment: Error to grant summary judgment where plaintiff failed to refute multiple affirmative defenses including an assertion that the eviction would cause an inequitable...more

Nevada Amends Law Regarding Deficiency Judgment Calculation

By amending a statute that limits deficiency judgment amounts in certain cases, Nevada lawmakers have attempted to restore balance as the law applies to commercial properties. The amendments follow a recent wave of litigation...more

Gov. Christie’s Cuts in N.J.’s Mandatory Public Pension Funding Found to be Legal

A recent study estimated that state public pension plans are underfunded by $4.7 trillion (yes, that’s a “T”). Ten states have plans in which less than 30-percent of benefit obligations are funded, and only three states have...more

One Step Forward and One Step Back: Southern District of New York Denies Motion to Enjoin SEC’s Administrative Proceedings,...

Last week, the SEC scored a victory in its battle to defend the use of administrative proceedings in enforcement actions seeking penalties against unregulated entities or persons. On June 30, 2015, Southern District of New...more

N.J. Supreme Court Finds Chapter 78 Did Not Create an Enforceable Contract Right

In Burgos v. State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the 2011 pension and health benefit reform statute, known as Chapter 78, did not create an enforceable contract that was binding on the State to make...more

SEC Enforcement Defendants Descend on Georgia for Judicial Relief from the SEC’s Allegedly Unconstitutional In-House Tribunal

It is often hot in Georgia this time of year. In one particular Georgia federal court, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been feeling some of that heat on an issue of significant interest to subjects of...more

Georgia District Court Rules SEC’s Use of Administrative Law Judges In Insider Trading Case “Likely Unconstitutional”

On June 8, in Hill v. Securities And Exchange Commission, Civ. Action No. 1:15-CV-1801-LMM, a Georgia federal judge ruled that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s use of an in-house Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) to...more

Bridging the Week - June 2015 #3

UK Fair and Effective Markets Review Calls for Upping the Standards in UK and Global Fixed Income, Currency and Commodity Markets: The Fair and Effective Markets Review issued 21 recommendations to “restore trust” in...more

Supreme Court Decides to Maintain the Viability of the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, But a Key Question Remains Unresolved

Four years ago, in Stern v. Marshall, the Supreme Court stunned many observers by re-visiting separation of powers issues regarding the jurisdiction of the United States bankruptcy courts that most legal scholars had viewed...more

Will “Wellness” Make Us Better?

The United States Supreme Court will hand down its decision in the next few weeks in the case of Wellness Int’l Network, Ltd. v. Sharif (“Wellness”), 727 F.3d 751 (7th Cir. 2013) regarding bankruptcy courts’ jurisdiction. ...more

Forex trading probes: what is the legal position of the individual?

Forex trading cases are back in the headlines after record settlements by a group of banks with UK and U.S. authorities. The best coverage is in the FT....more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 15, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - State-Created Entity/First-Party Bad Faith: immunity of Citizens, as provided in Section 627.351(6)(s), Florida Statutes, shields it from statutory first-party bad faith claims under Section...more

The End of Bank Enforcement Titles and New Perspective at Distressed Debt Market in Poland

On April 14, 2015 the Polish Constitutional Tribunal has analyzed the constitutional status of bank enforcement titles (“BETs”). The idea behind BETs is quite simple – create a shortcut for banks to accelerate the debt...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 1 & 8, 2015

Foreclosure: trial court abused its discretion in dismissing foreclosure action with prejudice, cancelling substantial debt, and denying lender ability to refile a foreclosure action without making finding of facts as...more

Borrowers Cannot Challenge Mortgage Assignments, Says Nebraska Joining Other States

Attacking sufficiency, accuracy, or validity of assignments of mortgages and deeds of trust has been among the most common strategies employed by borrowers to challenge foreclosures. Allegations regarding the status of MERS,...more

Hampton v. Turner, C.A. No. 8963-VCN (Del. Ch. Apr. 29, 2015) (Noble, V.C.)

In a letter opinion analyzing how provisions of a limited liability company operating agreement fit together, the Court of Chancery denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to plaintiffs’ claim for judicial...more

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