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Tenth Circuit Affirms Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration As To The Claims Of Non-Signatory Plaintiffs

by Carlton Fields on

A buyer of a manufactured home sued the manufacturer, seller and lender in connection with toxic mold that was found in the home’s water system. The underlying retail installment contract contained an arbitration agreement...more

Iris House Provides Valuable Reminder to Landlords About Non-Profit Renters

Recently, the Supreme Court, Appellate Term, First Department, handed down a decision affirming the lower court in 2363 ACP Pineapple, LLC v. Iris House, Inc, 2017 NY Slip op 27047. As the attorney on this case, Michael D....more

An Unusual Way To Hold an Oil and Gas Lease

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Here is what we believe is an unusual situation: A gas unit is formed. The gas well ceases to produce. Another gas well produces from an oil unit, but the lease at issue is not included in the oil unit. Is the lease...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

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

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

Attention Mortgage Loan Servicers: Highest Court in Massachusetts Attempts to Clarify When Default Notices Must Strictly Comply...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) provided further guidance - up to a point - on mortgagees’ strict compliance with the notice of default provisions within paragraph 22 of the standard mortgage (or the...more

Colorado Appellate Court Holds that Commercial Entity that Owns a Senior Living Facility Is a “Residential Property Owner” Within...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Broomfield Senior Living Owner, LLC v. R.G. Brinkmann Co., 2017 Colo. App. Lexis 261 (March 9, 2017) - R.G. Brinkmann Company, as general contractor, was retained by Sunrise Development, Inc., a major national developer,...more

Supreme Court Watch: Cities CAN Sue Banks for Predatory Lending

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Over the last ten years, cities like Miami, Florida have experienced a decrease in property tax revenues, an increase in demand for police, fire and other municipal services, and an increase in foreclosures and vacancies,...more

Oregon Supreme Court Revives Century-Old Statute to Award Attorney’s Fees to Policyholder

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The general rule regarding a party’s responsibility for legal fees in U.S. courts, known as the “American Rule,” provides that, barring a contrary contractual obligation or statute, each party is responsible for its own legal...more

Suit Limitation Period In Standard Flood Insurance Policy Is Not Tolled By Filing In State Court: Hurricane Irene Claim Dismissed...

The terms and conditions of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (“SFIP”) are specified by regulations promulgated under the National Flood Insurance Act (“NFIA”). One of the terms in the SFIP provides that the insured cannot...more

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies When Insured May Recover Policy Benefits

by Carlton Fields on

In an effort to clarify over 20 years of conflicting precedent, the Texas Supreme Court announced five rules that, according to the court, explain the relationship between claims for breach of insurance policy and...more

District of New Jersey Dismisses Third Party Claims Sounding in Policy Handling on Preemption Grounds

A federal court in New Jersey recently dismissed state law claims brought by third party plaintiffs, including the insured’s broker, against a Write Your Own insurance carrier. The claims at issue in Residences at Bay Point...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published in the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Thomson Reuter’s Real Estate Finance Journal, Samantha Alves Orender provides guidance on how debtors who misuse collateral may be at risk of losing the benefit of...more

No Negligence? No Causation? No Problem. Arizona Appellate Court Holds General Contractor Need Not Prove Subcontractor’s...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Amberwood Dev., Inc. v. Swann’s Grading, Inc., No. 1 CA-CV 15-0786, 2017 Ariz. App. Unpub. LEXIS 207 (Ct. App. Feb. 23, 2017) - This case arose out of a housing development project, with Amberwood Development Inc....more

New York Court Upholds Suit Limitation Period, Ruling Appraisal is Not a Condition Precedent to Filing Suit

by Carlton Fields on

Courts will generally uphold reasonable suit limitation periods in property insurance policies, if the insurer does not affirmatively waive or extend them. In MZM Real Estate Corp. v. Tower Ins. Co. of New York, No....more

What is the Effect of an Untimely Challenge to the Timeliness of a Trustee’s Sale?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Ever wonder what happens if a person challenges the timeliness of a trustee’s sale after the sale already occurred? Waiver of the argument of course! And, in the case of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Waltner, the affirmance of...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 31 & April 7, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Deficiency Judgment: where a foreclosing bank acquires in rem jurisdiction via service by publication in underlying foreclosure action, bank may still seek personal service over an...more

Georgia Diminished Value Putative Class Action: Motion to Dismiss Decision

In prior blog posts, I’ve covered developments in the putative class actions against insurance companies in Georgia involving diminution in value on property insurance claims (see my March 11, 2016 post, for example)....more

The Graber Opinion is Confirmed as an Outlier in Matters Involving Texas Appraisals

by Zelle LLP on

With the continued onslaught of hail and other weather related litigation in Texas, insurance carriers often elect to resolve claims through the appraisal process outlined in the policy. Insurance carriers historically...more

Third DCA Rejects 57.105 Attorney’s Fees Where Plaintiff Failed to Prove Standing

by Burr & Forman on

On March 1st, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal affirmatively held that a mortgage holder who fails to prove its standing to foreclose is not liable to a defendant borrower for prevailing party attorney’s fees. The...more

Labor Depreciation: Growing Trend Can Result In Trouble for Individual and Commercial Policyholders

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

A trend in insurance called labor depreciation could leave you holding the proverbial bag when it comes time for a covered repair. The practice, which only continues to grow, can leave claimants without the necessary funds...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending February 17 & 24, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Foreclosure: foreclosing bank’s allegation that borrowers were in a continuing state of default sufficient to satisfy five-year statute of limitations even though stated initial default date was more than five years prior to...more

Innocent or Unintentional Mistake in Application is Irrelevant: NY’s Second Department Finds Rescission Appropriate and Affirms...

When an insurer finds that the insured misrepresented a material fact in an application for insurance, the insurer may rescind the policy of insurance, and take the position that no coverage exists for a claimed loss. In a...more

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