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Eminent Domain for Public Improvements Supporting Private Development Projects

With the improving real estate economy, there have been an influx of new large development projects throughout California. With these new proposed developments, it is common for local government agencies to require public...more

City Ordered to Refund $10.5 Million in Beach Parking Fees

On August 28, 2015, a California Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's judgment against the City of San Clemente (City) ordering the City to refund approximately $10.5 million in unexpended development impact fees...more

Joint Letter to the Market by IVASS and the Bank of Italy of 26 August 2015

Considering the critical issues brought to light during the respective enquiries, in part in response to reports by several consumer associations, on 26 August 2015 IVASS and the Bank of Italy (the “Supervisory Authorities”)...more

Counsel’s Corner: Does the CFPB Really Understand Non-Judicial Foreclosures?

What is the CFPB's stake in this issue? - The FDCPA is a very powerful statute. It touches a lot of areas of consumer protection. The CFPB is really just exploring it and flexing its muscles in that area. It's working on...more

Unusual Like-Kind Exchanges

Like-kind exchanges are well-known events in the field of investment real estate. The tax law has spent about the last 30 years refining the deferred like-kind exchange, in which the taxpayer is given time to locate the...more

New Hampshire Court Approves Commutations Concerning The Home Insurance Company

A superior court in New Hampshire has entered two orders – one concerning Arrowood Surplus Lines Insurance Company, the other concerning Providence Washington Insurance Company – approving commutations regarding The Home...more

HUD’s Proposal to Terminate FHA Insurance Policies Could Terminate the FHA Program

If there is anything that galls servicers of government-insured loans, it is the forfeiture or curtailment of all accrued interest from mortgage insurance claims resulting from the failure to foreclose fast enough within...more

Settlement Proceeds: When Does Cash Become Quasi Real Estate?

Farmer v. Citizens Nat’l Bank of Athens (In re Davis), 528 B.R. 757 (Bankr. E.D. Tenn. 2015) – A chapter 7 trustee sought a court determination that the trustee had a superior claim to settlement proceeds arising from...more

TRID: New Mortgage Loan and Real Estate Closing Disclosure Requirements Already Causing Headaches

The long heralded TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) are coming, and they are already causing some headaches in the real estate market. Congress provided for the new disclosures in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...more

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Ruling That New York State’s Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing Did Not Extend the...

New York’s 2010 moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, culminating in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s formal ban of the practice in his state on December 17, 2014, made many large waves in the political, legal, and public arenas, the...more

Tax Sale Redemption: Recovering Your Lost Collateral

It is now more important than ever for lenders to not allow real estate to be sold for delinquent taxes at a tax sale—whether it is real estate owned by the lender or mortgaged to the lender. New case law has complicated and...more

FHFA’s $32 Billion RMBS Claims Are Not Time-Barred

On August 21, 2015, Judge Alvin Thompson of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut denied Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC’s (“RBS”) motion for summary judgment as to claims brought by the Federal...more

Seventh Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment Ruling in RMBS Case

On August 21, 2015, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed a Wisconsin federal judge’s ruling granting summary judgment to RBS Securities Inc. (“RBS”) dismissing all but one...more

Fannie Mae Announces New Mortgage Product for Low- and Moderate-Income Borrowers

On August 25, Fannie Mae announced that it will begin offering HomeReady, a mortgage loan product featuring new flexibilities for lower to moderate income borrowers. For the first time, income from a non-borrower household...more

Is a “Receiver’s Sale” a Foreclosure Sale?

Earlier this year, the Nevada Supreme Court held in U.S. Bank Nat’l Assn. v. Palmilla Dev. Co. that under Nevada law, a “receiver’s sale” of real property securing a loan qualifies as a judicial foreclosure sale, and...more

Red Flags for Homebuilders Related to DOL's Latest Guidance on Independent Contractors

On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an “Administrator’s Interpretation” (AI 2015-1) providing guidance on whether workers are employees or independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

California Court Considers Reimbursement of Legal Fees Under D&O Policy

In its recent decision in Clark v. Travelers Cas. Ins. Co. of America, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114877 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 28, 2015), the United States District Court for the Central District of California had occasion to consider...more

Where There Is A Well There Is A Way - Out Tract Title Issues Regarding Horizontal Wells

Oh for the days of simplicity when a wellbore tract meant just that—a piece of property upon which a well has been located, drilled, and touched down all within the same tract. Vertical wells were so simple for title...more

McMillin Albany, LLC v. Superior Court Rejects Reasoning and Outcome of Liberty Mutual on SB800

In McMillin Albany, LLC v. Superior Court (available here), the Fifth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal held that SB800 (Civil Code sections 895 through 945.5, the “Right to Repair Act”) is the only remedy...more

Commission creates APRC simulator

The Commission has added a new section to its webpage on the Mortgage Credit Directive (MCD) containing a simulator for calculating the annual percentage rate of change (APRC). Alongside this, the Commission has also provided...more

Reports of the Death of SB800 are Greatly Exaggerated – The Court of Appeal Revives Mandatory SB800 Procedures

In a 20 page opinion, the Court of Appeal for the Fifth District repudiated the holding of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Brookfield Crystal Cove, LLC (2013) 219 Cal.App.4th 98 (“Liberty Mutual”), and held that plaintiffs in...more

Facing a Condemnation? Take These 5 Initial Steps

Unlike most types of litigation, a direct condemnation case generally assures the owner of at least some compensation for the property taken. So when an owner approaches an attorney, it’s usually to see if it’s possible to...more

Four Things to Know About Lis Pendens

Lis pendens is a long-standing, frequently misunderstood doctrine concerning unorthodox interests in real estate. The doctrine of lis pendens literally means “pending suit,” and lis pendens notices are the machinery whereby a...more

CFPB Issues Monthly Complaint Snapshot – Failure to Provide Normalization and Other Necessary Comparison Metrics Continues

On August 15, 2015, the CFPB released its latest “consumer complaint snapshot.” The Bureau’s “snapshots” generally provide updated national complaint information, and further include product and geographic spotlights that...more

No deference for CFPB amicus brief from Ninth Circuit

Many readers probably remember Edwards v. First American Financial Corp. for its ill-fated journey to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had granted certiorari to decide the issue of whether a plaintiff who brings a...more

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