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SDNY Certifies Interlocutory Appeal In Lender-Placed Insurance Dispute

On April 3, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York certified an interlocutory appeal of an order denying a motion to dismiss filed by a group of insurers facing class allegations of unlawful...more

Georgia District Court Judge Rules that FIRREA Precludes D&O Insurer Declaratory Judgment Actions Against FDIC as Receiver and...

On March 5, 2014, Judge Richard Story in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued an order denying Plaintiff OneBeacon Midwest Insurance Company’s (OneBeacon) Motion for Limited...more

Employee Benefits Developments - March 2014

On January 9, 2014, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) issued additional health care reform guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Weeks Ending March 14 & March 21, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SCOTT FEATHER & JOURDAN HAYNES - - Summary Judgment: reversal of summary final judgment of foreclosure because of disputed issues of fact concerning amount of rents received from property that...more

Ambiguities In Reinsurance Broker Agreement Preclude Summary Judgment

A federal district court in Arkansas recently examined provisions of a Broker Authorization Agreement between a reinsurance broker (Global Risk) and a ceding insurer (Aetna). In denying cross-motions for summary judgment on...more

Federal Court Refuses To Dismiss Plaintiffs’ Putative Class Action In Captive Reinsurance Case

On their third attempt to state a claim for mortgage services fraud pursuant to the Real Estate Services Settlement and Procedures Act (“RESPA”), Plaintiffs in a putative class action overcame defendants’ motion to dismiss on...more

Defendants See Success With Limitations Defenses Post Heimeshoff

Defendants have recently received three favorable decisions involving contractual and statutory limitations defenses. In each case, a federal court held that claims for benefits under ERISA plans were time-barred. Costa v....more

Court Denies Motions To Dismiss Putative Class Action Alleging Unlawful Reinsurance Arrangement

A federal court in Pennsylvania denied defendants’ motion to dismiss in a putative class action based on purported mortgage services fraud. Defendants Fifth Third Bank, Fifth Third Mortgage Company, Fifth Third Mortgage...more

Sietzema v. Economical

Some appellate clarity on the issue on non-earner benefit is now emerging some two years after the confusion arising from the appellate decision in Galdamez v. Allstate....more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Weeks Ending February 21 And 28, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES & ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - Relation-Back: amended complaint naming third-party defendant as defendant relates back to filing of third-party complaint where (a) third-party complaint...more

Reinsurance Discovery Dispute Transferred

The FDIC receiver of a bank served subpoenas on reinsurers, seeking information as to how the cedent insurer interpreted certain ambiguous terms in the underlying liability insurance policy. The insurer and reinsurer objected...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds Lender Can Require Increased Flood Insurance Coverage

For the second time in less than five months, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the FHA Model Mortgage sets a floor, not a ceiling, on the amount of flood insurance coverage a borrower must maintain. Feaz v. Wells Fargo...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending February 14, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SARA WITMEYER - Arbitration/Waiver: defendant waived right to arbitration by defending against claim of replevin in court litigation for two years – Gen. Elec. Capital Corp. v. Bio-Mass Tech,...more

Court Declines To Seal Confidential Reinsurance Provisions

A New York federal court declined to seal portions of a reinsurance agreement at the request of intervening reinsurer Battenkill Insurance Co., LLC (“Battenkill”). Battenkill intervened in an interpleader action brought by...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending February 7, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SCOTT FEATHER - - Insurer’s Duty to Defend: order staying insurer’s declaratory action seeking coverage determination departed from essential requirements of law and caused insurer irreparable...more

Update on disparate impact lawsuit against HUD

The settlement and Supreme Court’s dismissal of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. has increased the potential significance of the lawsuit filed in June 2013 in federal district court in Washington,...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending January 31, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES - ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - - Sinkhole Insurance Claim: trial court was required by Fla. Stat. § 627.7074 to stay insured’s lawsuit against insurer immediately after insurer filed request for neutral...more

Google Case Provides Spoliation Exception to Living Document Safeguard

Google has come under scrutiny in the last few years over collecting information from users’ email accounts to provide targeted advertising for its paid clients. ...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending January 10, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES - ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - - Jurisdiction: court violated jurisdictional principle of priority when it ordered disbursement of sales proceeds that were already the subject of declaratory judgment action...more

Litigation Hold Extends to Third Party Independent Agents

Insurance and financial institutions understand the importance of data preservation, but from time to time – usually in the throes of complex litigation – the specific requirements of federal and state data preservation laws...more

Wealth Management Update - January 2014

January Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The January § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

Section 6 and defence costs – NZ Supreme Court overturns Bridgecorp

On 12 July, Flashlight reported on the NSW Court of Appeal’s unanimous decision that in circumstances where a section 6 charge had been asserted on insurance moneys, that charge did not extend to insurance moneys payable in...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: December 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES - Homeowners Association: court may consult references commonly relied upon to supply accepted meanings of words not defined in agreement – The Grove at Harbor Hills Homeowners...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: December 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SASHA FUNK GRANAI - Final Judgment: final judgment not final appealable order where related claim for breach of note remained – Centennial Bank v. NFP 1, LLC, No. 1D13-4516 (Fla. 1st DCA Dec....more

Insured May Retain Rights to Insurance Proceeds for Covered Losses Predating Foreclosure

In Peacock Hospitality, Inc. v. Association Casualty Ins. Co., — S.W.3d —, 2013 WL 6188597 (Tex. App-San Antonio Nov. 13, 2013), a Texas appellate court overturned a summary judgment ruling in favor of an insurer, Association...more

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