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Utah Legislative Update

The 2015 Legislative Session in Utah came to a close earlier this year and the lien laws once again got a makeover, although not as significant as prior changes the past few years. Prior to this session, the biggest change...more

Hawaii Finds Arbitration Agreement With “Severe Limitations on Discovery” is Unconscionable

Hawaii issued a bold arbitration decision this month. It applied its state contract law to conclude that the parties did not form a clear arbitration agreement, but even if they did, it was unconscionable because it...more

Wisconsin's Supreme Court Creates More Power for the Arbitrator

Most commercial litigators know that a circuit court will enforce an arbitration agreement as long as a given dispute falls within the agreement’s scope. What is or is not within the scope of an agreement, however, has not...more

Construction Defect Reform Bill Defeated

Senate Bill 15-177, a bill introduced to reform Colorado’s construction defect litigation process, was defeated in a House of Representatives Committee on April 28, 2015 without being presented for a full vote in the House....more

Banking & Financial Services E -Note - March 2015

In This issue: - 6 Things You Need to Know Before Filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - Don’t Get Left in the Dark: Pre-eviction Noticing Requirements Following Sunset on the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure...more

Arbitration Agreements in Residency Contracts Offer Valuable Protections—Part II

As I explained back in December, arbitration agreements can save your company a significant amount of money. However, not all arbitration agreements are created equal. Although the law varies from state to state, here...more

Arbitration Denied In Mortgage Life Insurance Dispute Where Neither Note Nor Policy Referenced Arbitration Agreement

A court refused to compel arbitration in a dispute surrounding the cancellation of and failure to pay life insurance benefits under a debtor group life insurance policy. The relevant note and insurance policy did not contain...more

Florida’s Fifth District Holds Method of Repair is within the Scope of Appraisal and a Party’s Attorney may not Serve as a...

In Florida Insurance Guaranty Assoc., v. Branco, 39 Fla. L. Weekly D2020a (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. Sept. 19, 2014), the Fifth District affirmed in part and reversed in part a Hernando County trial court’s order...more

Fifth Circuit Holding Breathes Life Back Into the Contractual Liability Exclusion

Liability insurance policies typically exclude coverage for obligations arising out of the insured’s “assumption of liability in a contract or agreement.” Earlier this year, the Texas Supreme Court took a narrow view of this...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19089 - Travelers Casualty & Surety Co. of America v. Netherlands Ins. Co. - Travelers brought a declaratory judgment action, claiming that the Netherlands Insurance Company had to participate in the defense costs of...more

Report From Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Summer 2014

In this Issue: - Small Businesses and Job Discrimination - Noncompetition Agreements and Arbitration - Real Estate Deals Gone Wrong - Ensure Your Financial Privacy - Excerpt from Small...more

Nonresidential Condominium Bill Becomes Law

Last week Governor Rick Scott signed into law SB 440, which became Chapter 2014-14 of Florida Laws. This bill removes the requirements imposed on residential condominiums under the Florida Condominium Act regarding elections...more

Construction Defect Disputes and the Abandoned Policyholder: Getting the Carrier to the Table

There is much that can go wrong in any large construction project: improper installations, defective products, errors and omissions made by designers, unexpected site conditions—the list is long. Insurance coverage or a...more

Tale of the Texas Appraisal Provision

A long time ago in a land far, far away, property insurers and their insureds recognized that not every insurance dispute necessitated the expense and headache of a full-blown lawsuit. The result of this recognition was the...more

Summary of Amendments to RI Foreclosure Mediation Regulation

This alert will discuss the Mediation Law and some of its unanticipated consequences, as well as the latest amendments to Banking Regulation 5. The latest amendments contain helpful clarification and guidance for...more

A Decision to Arbitrate in the Mountain State: The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Rejects Retroactive Application of the...

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently issued a decision addressing mandatory arbitration in connection with a residential mortgage loan that will impact litigants in the Mountain State and potentially influence...more

West Virginia Has A Change Of Heart About Arbitration

A few months ago, you would have reasonably thought that West Virginia was one of the most anti-arbitration states in the country. There was not an unconscionability argument that the state didn’t seem to buy with respect to...more

Five Legal Topics for Washington Bankers to Consider This Fall

Summer vacations are over, and now bank management and directors need to focus on compliance. Below are five current legal topics that Washington bankers should be considering this fall. 1. Loans Secured by Residential...more

Changes to Rhode Island Foreclosure Statute Require Mediation for Certain Foreclosures

Changes to Rhode Island foreclosure law are set to become effective for certain mortgage foreclosures on September 12, 2013. New Section 34-27-3.2 entitled “Mediation Conference” has been added to Rhode Island General Laws,...more

Rhode Island Adopts Foreclosure Mediation

On July 15, Rhode Island enacted HB 5335 to create a temporary foreclosure mediation program....more

Burr Alert: Case Summary Of Pulte Home Corp. v. Vermillion Homeowners Association

In a lawsuit alleging construction defects in homeowners’ individual townhomes, Florida's Second District Court of Appeal ruled that a homeowners’ association was bound by arbitration agreements between its members and the...more

Nevada Alters Foreclosure Mediation Program

Recently, Nevada enacted AB 273, which altered the state’s foreclosure mediation program to require a trustee under a deed of trust to send certain information concerning the foreclosure mediation program to a borrower...more

Connecticut Expands Foreclosure Mediation Program

On June 18, Connecticut enacted HB 6355, which expands the state’s existing foreclosure mediation program and adds new mortgagee requirements....more

Foreclosure Avoidance Mediation Program is Expanding to Include Judicial Foreclosures

On June 4, 2013, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed into law Senate Bill 558, which expands the Foreclosure Mediation Program created in 2012 to include judicial foreclosures. The original program applied only to...more

Oregon Expands Foreclosure Mediation Program

On June 4, Oregon enacted SB 558, which creates a foreclosure mediation program for judicial foreclosures....more

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