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Construction Advisory: Colorado Supreme Court Affirms Developer’s Right to Consent to Removal of Mandatory Arbitration Provision...

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On June 5, 2017, the Colorado Supreme Court gave developers and contractors another reason to consider jumping back into the condominium construction market. By upholding the Colorado Court of Appeals decision in the Vallagio...more

Vallagio Ruling Favorable for Condominium and Planned Community Developers

On June 5, 2017, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its eagerly anticipated ruling in Vallagio at Inverness Residential Condominium Association, Inc. v. Metropolitan Homes, Inc., et.al. (217 CO 69) (“Vallagio”). In its 5-2...more

Personal liability for false and misleading statutory declarations (and supporting statements) - Fancy putting your home on the...

by Dentons on

The Federal Court in 470 St Kilda Road Pty Ltd v Robinson has found that the declarant of a statutory declaration as to a contractor’s payment of subcontractors, workmen and insurances personally liable under the Australian...more

The ILSA Condo Exemption – Not Out of the Woods Yet

by Carlton Fields on

The Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA) is a federal statute that aims to prevent land sales fraud and uninformed purchases of unimproved real property by requiring registration of subdivisions with the Consumer...more

Limitations of Liability Clause Does Not Violate Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Contractors often attempt to limit their liability by including a limitations of liability clause in the contract. Plaintiffs attempt to avoid the limitations of liability by asserting that the clause is unconscionable under...more

CFPB Construction Loan "Fact Sheet" Falls Far Short of Necessary Guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a "fact sheet" regarding the disclosure of construction-to-permanent loans under the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, which the CFPB refers to as the...more

CFPB Releases Guidance on Construction Loan Disclosures

by BakerHostetler on

On January 12, the CFPB released a Construction Loans Fact Sheet reviewing the basics of construction loan disclosures under the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (“TRID”) Rule. This resource briefly summarizes the TRID...more

CFPB construction loan “fact sheet” falls far short of necessary guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued what it calls a “fact sheet” regarding the disclosure of construction-to-permanent loans under the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, which the CFPB refers to as the Know Before You Owe rule....more

Can Contract Ambiguity Cause Liability for Unfair Trade Practices?

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Most of the time, a contract breach—even if intentional—does not violate N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. A contract breach, however, can turn into a 75-1.1 violation if the breach is accompanied by “substantial aggravating...more

The Legal Lessons of Data Breaches

Every business would love to find a fortune teller to give it insight into what trends to follow, which risks to take, and when “exposure” will convert to liability. Some clients might say that, unfortunately, their lawyers...more

Wells Fargo Ends Marketing Services Arrangements with Builders

Concerned about “increasing uncertainty surrounding regulatory oversight of these types of arrangements,” Wells Fargo is ending all of its roughly 200 mortgage marketing services and desk rental agreements with builders and...more

Coming Soon... New Closing (no, Consummation...) Rules!

by Barley Snyder on

What?! We can’t call it a closing anymore? Under new federal regulations regarding the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”), the terminology for a “closing” or “settlement” is...more

Business Processing Debit Card Payment Held Liable for Failure to Obtain Written Authorization

by Varnum LLP on

With the increasing use of debit cards to pay for goods and services comes risk for businesses who do not routinely process debit card payments. A recent example of this risk is highlighted in Kelsey v Pitsch Companies. ...more

Tennessee Legislation Wrap Up: What You Need to Know Before July 1st

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

We have previously updated you on Tennessee's new "non-retaliation for the lawful possession of a firearm" law which will go into effect on July 1, 2015. However, now that the State Legislature has wrapped up its 2015...more

Ohio Builders Beware: Stiff Penalties Remain

For several years, home builders and residential contractors in Ohio were subject to the Consumer Sales Practices Act – an arduous consumer protection law that imposes heavy penalties upon service “supplies” like builders,...more

Devastating TCPA Fine Levied Against Small Roofing Company

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

David Randall Associates, Inc. has provided commercial roofing services in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and mid-state Delaware for the past 25 years. Last Friday, the company was hit with a $22,405,000 TCPA fine in a...more

Condominium unit ILSA sales exemption now effective

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Effective March 25, 2015, the sale of condominium units are no longer subject to the registration requirements of the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA) under a new exemption. This new exemption applies only to...more

Avoiding Liability Under the Home Solicitation Sales Act

By now most contractors are familiar with Ohio’s Home Solicitation Sales Act and have added language to their consumer contracts incorporating the standard 3 day notice of a consumer’s right to cancel. ...more

CFPB Finalizes Minor Changes to “Know Before You Owe” Rules

On January 20, CFPB finalized two minor modifications to the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rules. The changes, which were proposed in October 2014, address when consumers will receive updated disclosures after...more

Condo Developers Getting Relief From Washington

In an uncharacteristic bipartisan style, the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress passed H.R. 2600 on September 26, 2013, and almost a year later, on September 19, 2014, the Senate followed by enacting S.2101....more

New exemption under ILSA for condo units: relief for developers, key points to note

by DLA Piper on

President Barack Obama has signed into law an amendment to the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act of 1968 (ILSA). The new law, signed by the President on September 30, expands registration exemptions under ILSA...more

Completed Condominium Units to be Exempted from ILSA Registration Requirements

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

A bill exempting completed residential condominium units from the burdensome registration provisions of the Interstate Land Sales Act (“ILSA”) was passed by the U.S. Senate on September 18, 2014, after earlier passage by the...more

Shafer Electric & Construction v. Mantia: PA Supreme Court holds that noncompliance with the Home Improvement Consumer Protection...

Pennsylvania’s Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (“HICPA”), which went into effect in 2009, generally requires that home improvement contracts be in writing and contain thirteen specific items (including the...more

Caveat Venditor (Let the Seller Beware):Consumer Protection Laws Can Have Significant Implications

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A decision by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals emphasizes the need for real estate developers to proceed with caution when making representations to potential home buyers in jurisdictions with consumer protection...more

Developers Beware: Consumer Protection Procedures Act Strikes Again in D.C.

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A recent court decision emphasizes the need for real estate developers to proceed with caution when making representations to potential home buyers in the District of Columbia, as well as in other jurisdictions with similar...more

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