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CFPB Fines Real Estate Entities Over RESPA Violations

Targeting violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by a mortgage lender, two real estate brokers, and a mortgage servicer, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced almost $4 million in...more

Late Charges on Balloon Payments: How Big Can They Be?

Getting charged extra for a late payment is standard protocol in lending practices. Judges, lawmakers and regulators have long agreed there’s an administrative hassle lenders should be compensated for when having to recover...more

Legal Aspects of Smart Contract Applications - Digital Asset Sales and Capital Markets, Supply Chain Management, Land Registries,...

by Perkins Coie on

Smart contracts have received significant attention from legal academics and attorneys for the impact they may have on contract law and the role of lawyers. Some have also identified and described a series of use cases for...more

Section 1111(b) Election Not Available When Collateral Is Sold Post Petition

by Dechert LLP on

The facts in Salamon are straightforward. Salamon (“Buyer”) purchased real property from Behrend (“Seller”) that was already subject to two liens (the “Preexisting Debt”). Instead of paying cash at closing, the Buyer executed...more

Attention Mortgage Loan Servicers: Highest Court in Massachusetts Attempts to Clarify When Default Notices Must Strictly Comply...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) provided further guidance - up to a point - on mortgagees’ strict compliance with the notice of default provisions within paragraph 22 of the standard mortgage (or the...more

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Properly Perfected Assignment of Rents Not Property of Bankruptcy Estate

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a significant ruling impacting commercial real estate lenders in Michigan, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an absolute assignment of rents that had been fully perfected (by demanding payment from tenants to...more

Debt Dialogue: April 2017 - Minnesota Appeals Court Addresses Accounting for Trustee’s Fees and Expenses

In a short decision, In re that Certain Indenture Date as of April 1, 2010 (MN Ct. App. April 3, 2017), the Court of Appeals of Minnesota recently addressed a challenge to the award of trustee fees and legal expenses brought...more

Landmarks - Spring 2017

by Benesch on

There continues to be very strong demand for high-quality commercial real estate. From 2011–2015, the volume of commercial real estate transactions nationally grew at an annualized rate well in excess of 10%, and projections...more

Conflicts of Laws, Deficiency Actions, and Statutes of Limitations – Oh My!

by Snell & Wilmer on

What law governs a deficiency action if the choice-of-law provisions in the note and deed of trust conflict? The Arizona Court of Appeals answered that very question in ZB, N.A. v. Hoeller, No. 1 CA-CV 16-0071 (Ct. App. April...more

Landlords Beware: Subordination Agreements

by Snell & Wilmer on

In the recent Arizona Court of Appeals case Earle Investments, LLC v. Southern Desert Medical Center Partners, 762 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 12 (2017), the Court of Appeals addressed the question of the scope of a subordination...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - SEC Publishes Compliance and Disclosure Guidance for Regulation Crowdfunding - On April 5, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Lenders And Leases: Important Legal Issues

by Snell & Wilmer on

Financial Institutions that make loans on commercial real estate frequently have to contend with issues pertaining to commercial leases. Aside from the underwriting issues, there are numerous legal issues that can arise in...more

Tax Considerations For The Closely-Held Foreign Investor In U.S. Real Property – Part I

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Over the last few years, we have received an ever-increasing number of inquiries from “foreigners” who are interested in acquiring U.S. real property (“USRP”). Some of these foreigners – meaning closely-held business...more

Even a “Bona Fide Purchaser” Can’t Rely on a Void Judgment

Under California law, “bona fide purchasers” who buy property with no notice (actual, constructive, or otherwise) of a competing claim to the property are generally protected. The law’s favorable treatment of bona fide...more

Protecting Tax Deferral for A Contribution to A Partnership

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

When a taxpayer (“Taxpayer”) sells a property (“Property”) with a fair market value (“FMV”) in excess of Taxpayer’s basis in Property in exchange for cash in an arm’s-length transaction, the amount of gain that he realizes on...more

RESPA Two-Step: CFPB Shows Continued Expansive Interpretation of Section 8

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On January 31, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced a Consent Order (“Order”) with Prospect Mortgage LLC and certain of its affiliates (“Lender”). The CFPB alleged in the Order widespread...more

Arizona Supreme Court Holds a Credit Bid at a Trustee’s Sale Should Not be Credited to a Title Insurer Under a Standard Lender’s...

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Arizona Supreme Court recently addressed what impact, if any, a lender’s credit bid at an Arizona trustee’s sale has on an insurer’s liability under Sections 2, 7 and 9 of the standard’s lender’s title policy (“Policy”),...more

FinCEN Renewal of GTOs for High-End Cash Buyers in Six Markets

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

FinCEN announced today that it is renewing the existing Geographical Targeting Orders (GTOs) issued in July 2016 that require all title insurance companies to identify and report on the natural persons behind shell companies...more

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

by Goodwin on

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

So you think you can avoid California’s anti-jury waiver?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District in San Francisco recently held that commercial borrowers are entitled to a trial by jury even though they signed loan documents that contained a jury waiver...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

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Strong Arm Powers

by Polsinelli on

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Curing Default in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy May Require Debtors to Pay Default Interest to Secured Creditors.

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently took up the issue of a Chapter 11 Debtor’s requirements to cure a loan default through its Chapter 11 plan. The result was a ruling that overturned previous law that entitled...more

Management Contracts Safe Harbors Revisited – IRS Releases Updated Guidance (Again)

by Bracewell LLP on

Demonstrating the “user-friendly” side of the IRS, on January 17, 2017, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2017-13 (“Rev. Proc. 2017-13”) (available here) to address many (but not all) of the comments received on the rather...more

Second Circuit Finds Special Servicer's Repurchase Claim Barred by Statute of Limitations, POLSINELLI'S Loan Originator Client...

by Polsinelli on

The Second Circuit recently REVERSED a S.D.N.Y decision granting summary judgment in favor of a CMBS Trust whose Special Servicer sued POLSINELLI'S commercial loan Originator client seeking repurchase of a loan due to the...more

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