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West Coast Real Estate Update: March 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Gov. Brown Opposes Measure S - In a statement published less than two weeks before Los Angeles' Consolidated Municipal and Special Elections to be held on March 7, 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown came out in opposition...more

Seeing is Believing: ALTA’s New Survey Standards

by Dechert LLP on

For those of you who read our commentary regularly, you’ll see that we span the commentariat world from musings of perhaps little practical utility but great import (at least to us) to the more mundane. Today, mundane. Let’s...more

Texas Tornadoes: Why Risk Mitigation Matters

by Zelle LLP on

On Dec. 26, 2015, 12 confirmed tornadoes struck the North Texas area, killing 13 people.[1] Property damage resulting from the tornadoes is currently estimated at $1.2 billion. According to the National Oceanic and...more

New Flood Hazard Maps Released for Boston

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

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

True To Form: Eleventh Circuit Rules Rejects Penalties for Non-Conforming Policies

by Carlton Fields on

Insurance contracts are subject to numerous statutes and regulations specifying whether and how certain facts must be disclosed, certain coverages must be offered and certain coverage options must be accepted or declined. ...more

Pennsylvania Joins Oklahoma, Bans Homeowners Insurers From Attributing Earthquakes to Fracking

by Cozen O'Connor on

Last month we reported that the Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner had issued a bulletin cautioning earthquake insurers against denying claims on the basis that the quake was attributable to a man-made cause, which is to say oil...more

Supreme Court of Texas Examines an Anti-Concurrent Causation Clause for the First Time

In JAW The Pointe, L.L.C. v. Lexington Ins. Co., 2015 Tex. LEXIS 343 (Tex. Apr. 24, 2015), the Supreme Court of Texas had occasion to consider an insurance clause that federal courts and lower courts of appeals have...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 27, 2015

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Marketable Record Title Act: right-of-way held by Florida Department of Transportation qualifies for right of way exception under MRTA and remainder of property held in fee by Florida Department...more

Texas Supreme Court Accepts a Concurrent Cause and Ordinance or Law Matter Involving Hurricane Ike

by Cozen O'Connor on

On October 3rd, the Texas Supreme Court granted a policyholder’s petition for review in a Hurricane Ike matter that potentially gives Texas’ highest court an opportunity to address several important insurance issues. They...more

Comment Periods Begin for Boston’s Newly Mapped Flood Hazard Areas

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) has released proposed Flood Insurance Rate Maps (“FIRMs”) showing updated flood hazard areas for all of Boston, as well as nearby Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop. Interested...more

Fifth Circuit Adds A Third Dimension To Title Insurance Claims

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Title insurance policies typically contain a "survey exception" that excludes coverage for certain title defects that cannot be discovered without a physical survey. In some jurisdictions, insurers also offer to waive that...more

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

And You Thought Ending Flood Insurance Subsidies Would Be Difficult? Try Persuading a Politician to Support “Managed Coastal...

Earlier today, I posted about the political difficulties inherent in reforming flood insurance programs to avoid subsidizing those who choose to live in coastal areas subject to flooding. When even Democratic legislators...more

A Compilation and Summary of Real Estate Related Legislation Enacted by the 51st Arizona Legislature

by Snell & Wilmer on

On Friday June 14, 2013, at 12:59 a.m., on the 152nd day of the regular legislative session, the 51st Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die, or “without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing.” Generally, except...more

North Carolina Legislature Uncovers "Hidden Liens"

Executive Summary: North Carolina implements “lien agent” law for construction projects. The North Carolina General Assembly recently enacted significant changes to North Carolina's mechanics lien laws. These changes...more

Real Estate Alert - New Jersey Enacts New Rebuilding Rules In Response To Superstorm Sandy

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The impact of Superstorm Sandy on New Jersey was enormous: nearly 346,000 housing units either destroyed or damaged and 190,000 businesses affected. Sandy demonstrated just how vulnerable to damage much of the low-lying areas...more

Maryland establishes tort duty of care for title companies

by Thomas Valkenet on

On January 29, 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued a decision that your title company can now be sued for negligent title searching, and for preparation of an incorrect or incomplete title commitment. This duty of...more

Marketability of Title: In Reaffirming Hocking, the Court of Appeal in Dollinger Draws a Clear Distinction Between Market Value...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Market value and marketable title are not synonymous. Dollinger DeAnza Associates v. Chicago Title (6th Dist. 2011) 199 Cal.App.4th 1132 (“Dollinger”), provides an excellent summary of several key cases interpreting what...more

Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), August 29, 2012

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN E-mail Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper Hamilton are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update. Our...more

Insurance Companies into Senior Housing Industry—Risks Not To be Overlooked

by Qin Qu on

Since this June the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (“CIRC”) issued 13 draft regulations for public opinion, paces for insurance companies towards senior housing are further picked up. Loosened policy for senior...more

Changes to North Carolina Mechanics Lien Laws

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

In July, Governor Perdue signed two bills into law which make substantial changes to the state’s mechanics lien and bond laws. With respect to private projects, the most significant changes relate to the creation of “Lien...more

Ejerskifteforsikring og tilstandsrapporter - nyeste domme/kendelser

by Simon Heising on

Oversigt i summarisk form over den nyere praksis vedrørende tilstandsrapporter, bygningssagkyndiges ansvar og ejerskifteforsikringer....more

Municipalities Beware: The Perils of Enacting Immigration Ordinances and Know What Your Insurance Policy Covers

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Two weeks ago, a panel from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a District Court decision to require the City of Hazleton, PA, to pay $2.4 million in legal fees to Pedro Lozano, Casa Dominicana of Hazleton Inc.,...more

2010 South Carolina Constrution Law Update

by William Watkins on

This is an update on the key decisions in South Carolina concerning Construction Law. Mechanics liens, contract, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, litigations,...more

From The Capital to the Courthouse

by Kweku Darfoor on

This paper analyzes the land administration policies in Ghana to determine what the impact on the real estate sector has been. Additionally, this paper will briefly analyze title insurance in the United States market and...more

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