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Milliken v. Jacono: Home Seller not Required to Disclose Murder/Suicide

In a unanimous decision handed down July 21, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that psychological stigma is not a material defect of real estate which sellers must disclose to buyers. The Court held that the...more

NC Supreme Court Reminds Court of Appeals That Typical Lender-Borrower Relationship is Not a Fiduciary One

The North Carolina Supreme Court recently reaffirmed that a run-of-the-mill lender and borrower are not fiduciaries, reversing the Court of Appeals decision that would have this issue to go to the jury. The case is Dallaire...more

Main Street Cashes $3.1 Billion in Checks from Wall Street

With the mortgage crisis almost a decade in the rear-view mirror, some harmed homeowners are just now starting to see reparations for the transgressions of the country’s largest financial institutions. ...more

Principal Architects on Residential Projects Liable for Construction Defects Outside Their Control; Developers and Owners May Pay...

On July 3, 2014, the California Supreme Court decided the much watched case Beacon Residential Community Assoc. v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP. The court held that the “principal architect” “owes a duty of care to future...more

California Supreme Court Holds Design Professionals Owe a Duty of Care to Future Homeowners

The California Supreme Court in Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (July 3, 2014), held – based on common law principles – that an architect owes a “duty of care” to future homeowners...more

The California Supreme Court Decides In Favor Of Homeowners In Disputes With California’s Architects

In the case of Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore Owings and Merrill et. al. (July 3, 2014, S208173) Cal.4th, a condominium homeowners association, sued the developer of the project and the project architect...more

Court Confirms Bank Can Be Held Liable for Conduct and Representations Occurring During Loan Modification Process

A California Court of Appeal recently held that a defaulting mortgagee can assert claims for breach of contract, wrongful foreclosure, unfair business practices and negligent misrepresentation against the foreclosing bank...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Design Professionals' Duty to Future Residential Purchasers

Design professionals, such as architects and engineers, often seek to avoid liability to third party property purchasers for their negligence by arguing that their role in preparing plans was too remote for a duty to be...more

Statute of Repose: A New Weapon in Environmental Defense Counsel’s Arsenal

The June 9, 2014, Supreme Court ruling in CTS Corp v. Waldburger represents a victory for companies and landowners with legacy environmental liabilities in states with a statute of repose applicable to tort claims. Moreover,...more

Idaho Real Estate & Development Law Update: Robinson v. Mueller

In the case of Robinson v. Mueller released April 1, 2014, the Idaho Court of Appeals covered some new ground and revisited some old ground. New Ground: “As between a tenant’s social guest and the landlord--the...more

Supreme Court rules that statutes of repose may bar state tort claims under CERCLA

On June 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court, in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger, ruled that an individual state’s statute of repose is not preempted by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of...more

First Circuit Addresses Definition of “You” in Liability Policy

In its recent decision in Metropolitan Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. McCarthy, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 10622 (1st Cir. June 5, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, applying Maine law, had occasion to...more

Condo Smoking Complaints

How far should the board go in accommodating unit owner complaints about smoking? In the case of Sharon MacKay v. Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corp.2014, cigar smoke penetrated from one unit to the next and became...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC18961 - Robbins v. Physicians for Women's Health, LLC - The plaintiff filed this medical malpractice against a hospital, the doctor, the midwife, and the company (“PWH”) that bought the assets of the hospital after...more

Court Of Appeal Finds Lender Is Not Entitled To Recover Portion Of Developer's Future Judgment In Connection With Property Damage...

In Thoryk v. San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (2014) 225 Cal.App.4th 386, Thoryk owned a large piece of land ("Land") in San Diego County. Encumbering the Land was a first deed of trust in favor of PFI Realty ("PFI") and a...more

City Not Liable for Flood Damage to Private Property After Court Determines City Acted Reasonably

In Biron v. City of Redding (April 30, 2014, C071094) --- Cal.App. 4th ----, the Court of Appeal declined to hold the City of Redding ("City") liable for flood damages caused to private property owned by Philip Biron, et al....more

CERCLA’s Statutory Liability Defenses — How Strict Is CERCLA Liability?

It was no surprise that the Second Circuit in In re September 11 Ligitation recently affirmed the lower court’s ruling that contamination caused by the 9/11 attacks was within CERCLA’s “Act of War” defense. Although CERCLA...more

Condominium Construction Defects Legislation Introduced

Proposed legislation to reduce the cost of construction defect claims and encourage condominium construction has been introduced in the Colorado legislature. The long-awaited bill, Senate Bill 14-220, sponsored by Sen. Jessie...more

Covenants Not to Sue in Connection with Nuisance and Other Property Claims Can Be Enforceable against Future Owners

At times, where a developer seeks to obtain an easement from a landowner for the construction of infrastructure or improvements on or adjacent to the landowner’s property, the landowner may request additional consideration to...more

Legal Pot Leads to Possible Nuisance Suits, but Viability is Unlikely

Almost four months into Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana for adults aged twenty-one and over, the weather is warming, windows are opening, and outdoor spaces are getting more use. All the while, a segment of...more

Did You Unknowingly Sign Away Your Ability To Sue? Double Check Your Construction Agreement!

By statute, the time to bring a lawsuit against a contractor for hidden construction deficiencies can be as long as 10 years. That means that, say, a property owner could sue his or her architect or general contractor for...more

Report from Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Spring 2014

In this Newsletter: - Before You Start a Business . . . - Estate Planning—Powers of Appointment - Public Use Required for Eminent Domain - Tax-Free Gains from Home Sales - Recreational-Use...more

Sellers Cannot Look to the Appraiser When Lenders Pull the Plug on a Prospective House Flip

An outgrowth of Arizona’s housing downturn in recent years has been the proliferation of would-be real estate investors who purchase, renovate and flip residential properties. On the other hand, in part to prevent the next...more

Insurance Recovery Law

Suit Alleging Drug Distributor Was a “Pill Mill” Requires Defense - Why it matters: A Kentucky federal court held that the claimed impact in a suit brought by the West Virginia Attorney General – alleging that...more

Storing Heating Oil In Residential Tank Is Not An Abnormally Dangerous Activity In New Jersey

The Appellate Division recent held that the storage of home heating oil in an underground storage tank is not an abnormally dangerous activity. In Ross v. Lowitz, the plaintiffs, John and Pamela Ross, owned property that was...more

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