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Common Sense Prevails: State of Collapse Nonexistent Thirteen Years before Discovery of Decay

For years, property insurance policies that exclude rot damage have been called upon to cover rot because the policies extend coverage to “collapse”—an undefined term—caused by hidden decay, even if the structure remains...more

Business Succession Planning - February 2016

The transition of a family owned or closely-held business is a significant undertaking even with the best laid plan. This article will outline the issues that should be considered by the business owner in transitioning a...more

Property Insurance Diminution in Value Class Action: Georgia Federal Court Dismisses Declaratory Judgment Claim

A while back, I wrote about a Georgia Supreme Court decision, Royal Capital Development LLC v. Maryland Casualty Co., that held that diminution in value of real property is potentially covered under a property insurance...more

Texas Federal Court Rejects Insured’s Attempt To Destroy Diversity By Naming Adjuster As Defendant

The insured in Patel v. Acceptance Indem. Ins. Co., No. 4:15-CV-944-A, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10300 (N.D. Tex. Jan. 28, 2016), alleged that Acceptance Indemnity Insurance Company and its adjuster, Charles Payne, did not fully...more

Coverage for Direct Physical Loss Does Not Necessarily Include “Matching” or Require “Aesthetic Uniformity”

When a property insurance policy covers a multi-story building or multi-building property, and a portion sustains damage, there is often a question regarding the extent to which undamaged property should be replaced to ensure...more

California Department of Insurance Orders California Fair Plan To Make Coverage Changes

On January 20, 2016, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) issued an Order to the California Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plan Association to expand the coverages offered under its residential property...more

Disclose of Cash Real Estate Purchases

The purchase of real estate without bank financing presents an opportunity for those with unclean funds to launder those funds and make them appear legitimate, at least in the opinion of the Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

“Insanity Defense” Fails To Preserve Coverage For Insured’s Arson

Missouri resident James Roller set fire to his garage in an attempt to commit suicide. When smoke and fumes surrounded him he changed his mind, fled the garage, and alerted his wife of the fire. Mrs. Roller called 911. A...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 22, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Condition Precedent: providing a notice of the assignment of mortgage loan, as required by section 559.715, Florida Statutes, is not a condition precedent to filing a mortgage...more

FinCEN Geographic Targeting Order Affects Miami-Dade County Residential Purchases Exceeding $1 Million

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on Jan. 13, 2016, issued a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO or the Order) requiring title insurance companies, subsidiaries and agents (each a...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: Jan. 2016 #3

Reporting Leases on the Balance Sheet - The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) announced on Jan. 13, 2016, a new ­– and materially different – manner of accounting for leases. The new standard, IFRS 16...more

The Federal Housing Finance Agency Releases Final Rule on Federal Home Loan Bank Membership

On January 12, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) issued a final rule establishing new requirements for membership in the Federal Home Loan Banks (“FHLBanks”). The FHLBanks are 11 U.S. government-sponsored...more

FHFA Issues Final Rule Amending Regulations Governing Eligibility for FHLBank Membership

On January 12, the FHFA issued a final rule amending membership eligibility in the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) system. The final rule, which follows the FHFA’s September 2014 proposal to revise the requirements for...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 15, 2016 (and bonus opinion from January 20)

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Amendment to Foreclosure Rules and Forms: Florida Supreme Court amended Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.115 and Forms 1.944 and 1.996 to conform with § 702.015, Fla. Stat. (2015) and “expedite...more

Insurance Focus (Italy): Investments covering technical provisions

The draft regulations on investments and assets covering technical provisions (consultation document no. 26/2015) were published on the IVASS (Italian Insurance Supervisory Authority) website on 16 December 2015....more

From Park Avenue to Ocean Drive, High End Residential Real Estate Transactions Under the Microscope

The U.S. government’s aggressive push to combat international money laundering is entering a new phase by focusing on real estate investments. On January 13, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the U.S....more

Florida District Court of Appeals Addresses Voluntary Payment By Insurer After Suit Filed

In a recent decision, another Florida District Court of Appeals weighed in on the issue of whether voluntary payment by an insurer after suit is filed is a “confession of judgment” for purposes of awarding the insureds’...more

New Flood Hazard Maps Released for Boston

After several years of study and an appeal by the City of Boston, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop, which become effective...more

U.S. Treasury Seeks to Stanch Flow of Proceeds of Corruption and Other Crimes Into Manhattan and Miami Luxury Real Estate

On January 13, 2016, the U.S. Treasury’s financial intelligence unit, known as the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), announced the issuance of geographic targeting orders (GTOs) to certain unnamed real estate...more

The Federal Housing Finance Agency Releases Final Rule on Federal Home Loan Bank Membership

On January 12, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) issued a final rule establishing new requirements for membership in the Federal Home Loan Banks (“FHLBanks”). The FHLBanks are 11 U.S. government-sponsored...more

FinCEN Targets High-Value Real Estate Transactions in New York and Miami

On January 13, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) announced that it had issued a Geographic Targeting Order (“GTO”) which will temporarily require certain title insurance companies to report the...more

Labor Depreciation Class Action Update

It’s been a while since I updated you on the status of class action litigation regarding the application of depreciation to labor costs on property insurance claims. There have been three decisions since my last update, with...more

FinCEN Targets “All Cash” Real Estate Deals in Manhattan and Miami

On January 13, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury), as part of its continued efforts to combat money laundering, issued its first Geographic...more

U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency Acts to Prohibit Federal Home Loan Bank Membership by Captive Insurance Companies

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA or Agency) on January 12, 2016 finalized a portion of the proposed rule that it had issued on September 12, 2014 redrawing the criteria for Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) membership....more

Court Denies Motion To Dismiss By Bank And Its Affiliated Reinsurer In RICO Suit

This dispute involves class action claims under RICO, claims for unjust enrichment and allegations that Bank of America and its affiliate reinsurer engaged in a conspiracy to defraud home mortgage borrowers into funding sham...more

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