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Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update

Easements: trial court erred in denying statutory easement or “way of necessity” where owners established all elements pursuant to section 704.01(2), Fla. Stat. – Messer v. Sanders, No. 1D13-3084 (Fla. 1st DCA July 9, 2014)...more

Guarantors Score Two Victories Before the Nevada Supreme Court

On May 29, 2013, the Nevada Supreme Court issued two decisions that all real estate lenders need to be aware of because they have the potential to eliminate the ability of a lender to recover a deficiency judgment from a...more

Six Months in Review: Florida Case Law

Florida has witnessed developments in three areas of mortgage foreclosure litigation already this year. The opinions offered by various courts of appeal have come at a time when litigants crave guidance more than ever, but...more

Real estate salesperson succeeds in mission to collect commission

A.R.S. § 32-2152 allows a real estate broker or salesperson to file a court action to collect earned compensation if he was a “qualified licensed broker or salesperson at the time the claim arose.” In Focus Point Prop., LLC...more

Too Little, Too Late: Seventh Circuit Reaffirms the Limits of a Registration Proceeding Under 28 U.S.C. § 1963

In Goldman v. Gagnard, No. 12-2706 (June 27, 2014), the Seventh Circuit (in an opinion authored by Judge Tinder) waded into a long-running, continent-spanning dispute, which it characterized as “Dickensian” in character,...more

Section 75-1.1 and Mortgage Servicing: Lessons From a Federal Bankruptcy Court in New York

Claims under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 can turn up in unexpected places—including a bankruptcy court in Manhattan. Recently, a section 75-1.1 claim made its way from Hyde County, North Carolina, to the Big Apple, courtesy of...more

Court Awards Sanctions Against Buyer and Attorney for Meritless Claims Against Sellers’ Agent

Plaintiff Joanne Peake purchased a home from the Underwoods, who were represented by a real estate agent, John Ferrell. Two years after close of escrow, she discovered that subfloors had been damaged and not repaired by the...more

Virginia Supreme Court Allows Damages Claim for Violation of HUD Regulation Requiring Face-to-Face Meeting before Seeking...

The Virginia Supreme Court recently expanded the grounds under which a private borrower can sue a lender for violations of HUD regulations. In Squire v. Virginia Housing Development Authority, a decision issued on April 17,...more

Maryland Narrows Time Frame for Seeking Deficiency Judgments against Borrowers

The amount of time that mortgage lenders and servicers have to seek a deficiency judgment against borrowers will be shortened from 12 years to three years under new legislation enacted in Maryland. The new law takes effect...more

Aurora Resolves Mortgage Modification Class-Action Lawsuit for $5.3 Million

A former goliath of the non-prime lending market, Aurora Loan Services, LLC (“ALS”), recently resolved a class-action lawsuit alleging that it fraudulently induced distressed California borrowers to enter into purported...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

Unsettled Questions Remain Under The SCRA

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) protects active duty members of the military in civil actions, including foreclosures and collections. Section 533 of the Act applies to persons entering the military after incurring...more

N.C. Supreme Court Poised to Decide Value of Long-Term Express Warranties on Construction Projects

Is a twenty-year product or construction warranty really good for twenty years? The North Carolina Supreme Court is poised to hear arguments in the case of Christie v. Hartley Construction, Inc. and the outcome will be...more

Good News For Grove Isle Condo Owners

Grove Isle condo owners, who have been in the middle of a battle over a proposed 18-story condo tower which will replace the low-rise Grove Isle Hotel & Spa, received some good news when the Third DCA overturned the dismissal...more

Federal Court Rejects Homeowners’ Expert’s Valuation of Alleged Diminution in Value Due to Environmental Contamination

In a recent environmental contamination case, a New Jersey federal judge rejected an expert valuation of alleged diminution in value on Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 U.S. 579 (1993) grounds. In Leese, et al. v....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

Certain Residential Developers are Unprotected by the Anti-Deficiency Statute after Foreclosure of a Deed of Trust on Vacant...

Nearly three years ago, in M&I Marshall & Isley Bank v. Mueller, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that the Arizona anti-deficiency statute (A.R.S. § 33-814) protects a borrower who started, but never completed, construction...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES & ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - - Landlord/Tenant: lessor did not breach commercial lease by failing to complete construction by date certain where lease did not provide date by which...more

Florida, Georgia And Texas Appraisal Update: Is Causation A Coverage Question For The Court Or A Damages Question For The Panel?

In most jurisdictions, underlying coverage issues must be resolved prior to invoking appraisal in a first-party property claim. The question of what constitutes a coverage issue (typically reserved for a court’s judicial...more

Real Estate Agents Need To Be Careful About Disclosing Dual Agency

Dual agency is a big deal to real estate agents. It lets them represent both a buyer and a seller in a transaction. Dual agency was the focal point of the Business Court's opinion last week in BDM Investments v. Lenhil,...more

Construction Law Alert: Long Term Express Warranties

A recent holding by the North Carolina Court of Appeals is threatening to render many long-term express warranties ineffective. In a divided opinion in Christie v. Hartley Construction, Inc., the court held that the...more

Round Two – Ground Rent Holders vs. Legislature – Goes to…

In a case decided February 26, 2014, State of Maryland v. Stanley Goldberg, et al., No. 8, September Term, 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals found that legislation that replaced the remedy of ejectment with a...more

“Procedural and Evidentiary Issues in Condemnation Cases: What Gets in and What Doesn’t?”

Traditional eminent domain trial work is unique. Liability, in the true sense of the word, is not at issue, and very often there is only one simple question for the jury to answer – what amount of money will adequately and...more

And So it Begins . . .

This past year I wrote about a case that caused an uproar in the homebuilding industry - Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. Brookfield Crystal Cove LLC, 219 Cal.App.4th 98 (August 28, 2013) – in which the California Court of...more

Homeowners Beware: Fraud in Claims Process Can Lead to Judicial Sanctions in Bad Faith Action

A federal court for the Southern District of Texas has sanctioned a pro se litigant for making fraudulent misrepresentations to his homeowner’s insurer following a fire, and for bringing a bad faith action against the...more

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