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Pennsylvania Federal Court Finds Continuing Violations Doctrine Applicable To RESPA Claims

by Carlton Fields on

A Pennsylvania federal court applied the continuing violations theory to RESPA’s one-year statute of limitations, and allowed Plaintiffs leave to amend their complaint to modify their RESPA claim....more

Orchestrating Bias: Arbitrator’s Undisclosed Membership in Philharmonic Group with Pauly Shore’s Attorney Not Grounds to Reverse...

by Snell & Wilmer on

The California court of appeal recently issued an unpublished decision in Knispel v. Shore, 2017 WL 2492535, affirming a judgment confirming an arbitration award in a real estate dispute involving Pauly Shore. The court of...more

District Court Rebuffs CFPB’s RESPA “Continuing Violations” Theory

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 6, 2017, a federal district court in Menichino v. CitiBank rejected an interpretation of the RESPA Section 8 statute of limitations espoused by the CFPB in captive reinsurance cases, instead concluding that RESPA’s...more

The New 2016 ALTA Commitment with Florida Modifications: Expressing the Limitations on Liability

by Carlton Fields on

A significant change to one of the standard title insurance forms recently took effect. The new 2016 ALTA Commitment with Florida Modifications both streamlines the existing features of the title insurance commitment and, for...more

New ALTA Closing Protection Letter With Florida Modifications Corrects Unfortunate Case Law

by Carlton Fields on

The new American Land Title Association (ALTA) Closing Protection Letter (CPL) form recently took effect in Florida. The new form both streamlines the previous CPL’s language and addresses and corrects many of the problems...more

California Supreme Court Hands Victory to Private Property Owners Over Public Use

by Snell & Wilmer on

In 1970 the California Supreme Court held that, under certain circumstances, private property owners impliedly dedicate their property to the public if they permit the public to use it. Gion v. City of Santa Cruz (1970) 2...more

A Prevailing Party May Now Recover Attorney’s Fees in a Vested Rights Dispute

by Jackson Walker on

Chapter 245 of the Texas Local Government Code (the “Vested Rights Statute”), provides a regulatory scheme in which developers and the public may rely upon regulations of a regulatory agency in effect at the time an initial...more

Kerfuffle on statute of limitations issue in PHH case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 7, the CFPB submitted a Rule 28(j) letter to the D.C. Circuit in the PHH case. In the letter, the CFPB embraced the fact that the Supreme Court’s recent Kokesh v. SEC decision makes the five-year statute of...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Holds That Liberal Standard of Notice Pleading Applies to Judicial Foreclosure Actions

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In an important decision for creditors, the North Carolina Supreme Court recently clarified the distinction between judicial foreclosure and non-judicial foreclosure by power of sale. In U.S. Bank v. Pinkney, the Supreme...more

CFPB Announces Consent Order for Mortgage Servicing Violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB recently announced that it has entered into a consent order with Fay Servicing, LLC (“Fay”) to settle alleged mortgage servicing violations. A copy of the consent order can be found here. As is typical for CFPB...more

South Carolina Court of Appeals Rules on Jury Trials and Class Action Waivers in Master Deeds - Decision is a good development for...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

UPDATE: The Petitioners Motion for Rehearing was denied. While the Petition for Certiorari was pending, a settlement agreement was reached, part of which seeks for the Court to dismiss this matter and vacate this opinion....more

Appeals of Rulings by The Registrar of Contractors Must Be Timely Filed in Superior Court.

by Snell & Wilmer on

Recently in Johnson v. Arizona Registrar of Contractors, the Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a homeowner’s late appeal of an adverse decision by the Registrar of Contractors (“Registrar”)...more

D.C. Circuit Publishes Transcript of PHH v. CFPB Oral Arguments

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 6, 2017, the D.C. Circuit published the 85-page transcript of the May 24, 2017 oral arguments in the PHH v CFPB case...more

Rhode Island Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss FDCPA Case against Law Firm Pursuing Mortgage Foreclosure

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Should a law firm pursuing foreclosure on behalf of a mortgagee be considered a debt collector? That is a question at issue in a Rhode Island federal court case, in which borrower Lloyd Amesbury filed a class action lawsuit...more

Removing the limits - a new class of real estate investment vehicle

by Hogan Lovells on

UK limited partnerships have been go-to investment vehicles for United Kingdom real estate for many years. Their attraction lies principally in their tax transparency, contractual flexibility and the limited liability...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Arguments to Expand Scope of Liability under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

by Locke Lord LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected arguments that would have expanded the scope of liability under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act for lenders, or other participants, in the secondary mortgage market....more

Can a Receiver be Sued for Not Paying a Pre-Receiver Creditor?

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Question: I am the Receiver for a condo project. A pre-receivership creditor has threatened to sue me because I won’t pay for the services he provided the defendant. I have explained to the creditor that the receivership is...more

Supreme Court Decides Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates, Inc.

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 5, 2017, the Supreme Court decided Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates, Inc., No. 16-605, holding that a litigant who wishes to seek relief different from that sought by a party with standing in a lawsuit may not...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Strengthens Protections For Property Owners In Landmark Civil Forfeiture Decision

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Elizabeth Young is a 72-year-old grandmother whose home and car the government sought to forfeit based on several relatively minor drug sales her adult son conducted out of the house and car. Young fought the forfeiture and...more

South Carolina County Government Must Give Taxpayers a Hearing on Property Tax Penalty Where the Taxpayer Raises County Error

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

If South Carolina property taxes are not timely paid, the county Assessor must assess a late-payment penalty. However, the county Treasurer is given authority to waive an assessed late payment penalty if a taxpayer can...more

Lease-Termination Fee Class Fails Third Circuit Ascertainability Requirement

by Carlton Fields on

Using the Third Circuit’s comparatively robust ascertainability standard, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently denied certification of a class of tenants allegedly charged an...more

Equitable Easement Without Preexisting Use?

When a landowner whose parcel is landlocked needs to gain legal access to the property, an “equitable easement” is often the remedy of choice. An equitable easement is normally supported by preexisting use of the easement...more

Ruling Eases Lenders’ Path to Deficiency Judgments in NC

Winning a deficiency judgment following foreclosure may become less costly for lenders following a May 5 ruling by the North Carolina Supreme Court in United Community Bank v. Wolfe. Reversing a previous ruling by the Court...more

D.C. Circuit poised to decide constitutionality of CFPB structure in PHH case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On May 24, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (D.C. Circuit) held oral argument in the PHH case, which we have blogged about extensively. The constitutionality of the CFPB’s structure was the central issue at...more

Tennessee Enacts New Appraisers Statute Of Limitations Law

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Tennessee has enacted a law establishing a new statute of limitations regarding civil lawsuits and disciplinary actions against real estate appraisers. Under HB 376, any action to recover damages against a real estate...more

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