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New York Imposes Duty on Mortgage Lenders to Maintain “Zombie Properties” and Increases Lenders’ Exposure for Premises Liability...

On June 23, 2016, New York State enacted legislation imposing a duty on banks and mortgage companies to maintain one- to four-family residential properties abandoned by their owners before they have foreclosed on the...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Jury Verdict Against Mortgage Servicer for Extreme and Outrageous Conduct

Following the Eleventh Circuit’s decision last month in McGinnis v. American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc., No. 14-13404, mortgage servicers should be aware that failing to recognize and correct miscalculations of a...more

Alabama Supreme Court Follows Line of Recent Federal Court Decisions Holding That Alabama Law Does Not Recognize a Cause Of Action...

As Chief Judge Steele in the Southern District of Alabama recently put it, “a veritable avalanche” of recent federal cases has found that Alabama law does not recognize a cause of action for negligence or wantonness in the...more

Appellate Court Notes

- AC36342 - Budrawich v. Budrawich Post-dissolution motion to modify child support denial was upheld by the Appellate Court due to lack of substantial change in circumstances, when ex-husband’s increased income was not...more

Colorado Supreme Court: Construction Lender's Subsidiary Is Not a Subsequent Purchaser - Negligence Claim May Not Be Asserted...

Lenders and contractors may want to take additional precautions before they take title to a newly constructed home through foreclosure (or deed in lieu of foreclosure) following a recent decision by the Colorado Supreme...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

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

Legal Notebook - December 2013

In honour of the current Ashes cricket series (and given that, at the time of writing, there has just been a resounding victory by Australia in the First Test), we have elected to focus this edition of Legal Notebook on a...more

Mortgagees Beware -- Appointment of a Receiver is the Preferred Course for Rental Property in Foreclosure

The recent case of Rojas v. Rubenstein, No. A-5755-10T2, 2012 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2359, 2012 WL 4935498 (App. Div. October 18, 2012), focused attention on the relative liabilities of a court-appointed receiver and a...more

$193 Million RMBS Suit Against Countrywide Dismissed as Untimely

On January 10, Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed a $193 million suit brought by mutual fund Asset Management Fund against several Bank of America...more

Diaz Reus Partner, Israel Reyes, Represents Landmark Hotel Owner In Suit Against German Bank

In a case with international financial implications, Casa Casuarina LLC, owner of a landmark Miami Beach resort property, is suing its mortgage holder German bank WestLB on multiple counts of alleged fraud. “We are...more

Too Little, Too Late For Plaintiff's Fraud-Based Mortgage Lawsuit

In Vaca v. Wachovia Mortgage Corporation, --- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, 2011 WL 3659938 (Cal.App. 4 Dist. 2011), the California Court of Appeal affirmed the dismissal of a fraud claim on statute of limitations grounds. In 2005, the...more

Mortgage Fraud in Miami, South Florida 2nd Highest in USA - But Are Con Artists That Rampant Here in Miami-Dade? No.

Mortgage fraud is a national problem that's getting more and more rampant in our area, according to Interthinx, a company that periodically releases its research analysis of national fraud numbers. Its warnings are...more

A New Front in Financial Institution Scrutiny — Treble Damage Threat Against HUD Lenders Based on Alleged Program-Level Failures

The Department of Justice has served notice that it intends to take aggressive action – and seek billion-dollar recoveries – against banks and residential mortgage lenders on a new front for conduct it alleges amounts to...more

2nd Circuit Sides with Bank on "Next Day" Availability Issue

This document provdes a link to & Mandell LLP v. Citibank, N.A., 632 F3d 793 (2nd Cir. 2011)(next dyy availability of funds by bank was a provisional advance of funds subjet to setoff rights of bank; UCC 4 governs)...more

Mortgage Fraud - Deceptive Trade Practices Demand Letter

The Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act requires that before filing suit a plaintiff send to a prospective defendant a demand letter. Each letter is different, just as each case is different. I try to not just threaten the...more

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