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Florida Sinkhole Statute And Recovery Of Attorneys’ Fees Without Bad Faith: Florida Supreme Court Reverses The 5th DCA And...

In Johnson v. Omega Ins. Co., 2016 Fla. LEXIS 2148 (Sept. 29, 2016), the Florida Supreme Court determined that the 5th DCA misapplied and misinterpreted two statutes, the first providing a presumption of correctness to the...more

Illinois Appellate Court Affirms a Declaratory Judgment in Favor of the Insurer Where the Underlying Suit Did Not Allege an...

In Westfield Ins. Co. v. West Van Buren, LLC, the Appellate Court of Illinois, affirmed the trial court’s decision holding that the developer, West Van Buren, LLC (“Van Buren”), was not entitled to defense and indemnification...more

What Standard Governs the Dismissal of a Relator's Claim for Violation of the False Claims Act's Seal Requirement in an Action...

In the aftermath of the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Cori and Kerri Rigsby accused State Farm Fire and Casualty Company of falsely misclassifying wind damage as flood damage, among other misdeeds, leaving...more

HUD Advocates Broad “Disparate Impact” Liability for P&C Insurers

In February 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development adopted a “Discriminatory Effects Rule,” which established liability under the Fair Housing Act for conduct that is otherwise lawful, but which has a...more

(US) Guarantor Services can help you land the dream New York City apartment

Finding an apartment in New York City is a journey in stress management. You’ve done your internet research. You’ve climbed a thousand steps. Now, you’ve found the place of your dreams. Is it too good to be true? It...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 14, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Standing: foreclosing bank did not establish standing where it failed to submit evidence it was in possession of original note with blank endorsement at time of filing of foreclosure...more

CFPB Deputy Enforcement Director mum on whether CFPB will seek further review of PHH decision

During the “Developments at the CFPB” panel this morning at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Consumer Financial Services & Banking Law Update program in Philadelphia, Jeffrey Ehrlich, the CFPB’s Deputy Enforcement Director,...more

IN Catastrophes: Preparing for Hurricane Matthew Claims in the Carolinas

Thousands of homes and other buildings both on the coast and in the interior of the Carolinas have been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, and ongoing flooding continues to cause damage and hinder recovery efforts. By...more

What the D.C. Circuit’s PHH decision means for CFPB rulemaking

In its decision last week in PHH Corporation v. CFPB, the D.C. Circuit ruled that the CFPB’s single-director-removable-only-for-cause structure is unconstitutional. While the D.C. Circuit (in footnote 19) noted that it “need...more

Hurricane Matthew flood claims may not be entirely preempted by federal law

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew and its associated flooding (particularly in North Carolina and South Carolina), a recent case of first impression in the Sixth Circuit may be cited by both damaged businesses and insurers and...more

State-law Based Claims Against Parties Other than the United States Seeking Damages Arising Out of the Procurement of Flood...

Harris v. Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company, __ F.3d __, 2016 WL 4174381 (6th Cir. Aug. 8, 2016) - Case at a Glance - Plaintiffs purchased a home located in a federal flood zone, but they did not purchase...more

DC Court of Appeals Rules CFPB’s Structure is Unconstitutional

On October 11, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) structure is unconstitutional. PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial...more

D.C. Circuit Holds Structure of CFPB Unconstitutional, Vacates $109 Million Fine Arising out of Mortgage Lender’s “Captive...

On Tuesday the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued what is already being touted as a landmark ruling in PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, No. 15-1177, 2016 WL 5898801 (D.C. Cir. Oct. 11, 2016), holding in a...more

DC Circuit Renders Landmark Ruling Restricting CFPB’s Virtually Unfettered Power

In PHH v. CFPB (Oct. 11, 2016), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) was unconstitutionally structured, and that the agency’s enforcement powers are...more

“Not A Close Call”: The D.C. Circuit Restores The Safe Harbor To Section 8 of RESPA

Noting that “[t]he basic statutory question in this case is not a close call,” the D.C. Circuit has held that a bona fide payment by one settlement service provider to another does not violate Section 8(a) of the Real Estate...more

D.C. Circuit Brings CFPB under Presidential Control

On October 11, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited opinion in PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in which the Court held that the structure of the Consumer...more

Leadership Structure of CFPB Ruled Unconstitutional

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its ruling in PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday and determined that the single-director structure of the CFPB...more

Key Consumer Finance Takeaways from the DC Circuit’s PHH Decision

On October 11, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a highly-anticipated decision in PHH Corporation, et al., v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that has far reaching...more

Title Insurance: What is its Value?

As I type this blog post, I am sitting at my desk with a four-inch-thick binder filled with title insurance forms—form policies, form endorsements, premium rate tables, survey requirements, etc.—and it occurs to me that many...more

A Truckload of Trouble for the CFPB

Within days after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau started operations, a truckload of boxes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development arrived at the CFPB Office of Enforcement. The boxes held evidence from...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 7, 2016

Foreclosure: debtor that agreed to “surrender” property in bankruptcy was required to surrender the property to the bankruptcy trustee and secured creditor, and lost right to defend secured creditor’s foreclosure action...more

D.C. Circuit Holds CFPB Structure Unconstitutional, Interpretation of RESPA Not Entitled to Deference

The D.C. Circuit yesterday issued its long-awaited decision in PHH Corporation v. CFPB. In reversing the decision of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Cordray to impose an enhanced penalty of $109 million...more

DC Circuit Rules That Basic Structure of CFPB is Unconstitutional

In a decision released on October 11, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit issued a very long opinion (110 pages) which vacates an order of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that requires PHH...more

Federal Appellate Court Deems CFPB ‘Unconstitutionally Structured’ and Overturns PHH Penalty

On Oct. 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit deemed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) “unconstitutionally structured” and overturned its enforcement action, including a $109 million penalty,...more

DC Circuit Strikes Down CFPB Leadership Structure

On October 11, 2016 the D.C. Circuit in PHH Corporation v. CFPB, No. 15-1177, struck down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) leadership structure as unconstitutional. In short, the court ruled that Congress...more

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