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PA Property Tax Reassessment Update

Several counties in Pennsylvania are conducting countywide property reassessments. This update provides status changes for Washington, Blair and Lancaster Counties, along with a set of important deadlines and basic assessment...more

According to the Right and Good of Ancient Law

“You don’t know what you don’t know” is a popular catchphrase. So, do you know what a “betterment” is and how the law of betterments operates? Land use law has ancient roots. Sometimes, a case requires an appellate...more

A Trifecta of Legal Victories for Lenders in Florida

Deutsche Bank Trust Co. v. Beauvais, Case No.: 3D14-575 (Fla 3rd DCA April 13, 2016) - Based on Beauvais, lenders should take a look at their loan documents, paying particular attention to any non-waiver and...more

Statutory Elimination of the Real Estate Broker's Fiduciary Duty

Will the California Supreme Court’s anticipated decision in Hiroshiike v. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company, significantly impact real estate agency law and the fiduciary duty of real estate agents? 25 states have...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC36040, AC36270 - Barton v. Norwalk - Congratulations to Elliott B. Pollack and Tiffany K. Spinella on their big win before the Appellate Court. This decision upheld a...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: April 2016 #1

Residential Communities: Calderon Process for HOAs Likely to Be Extended Again - The California Assembly Committee on Judiciary in early April unanimously passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1963 to extend the pre-litigation...more

The sky’s the limit…

What would you do if; - ..your property development business had obtained planning permission to construct a 62 storey tower comprising 200,714 sq.m; ..you had secured funding in principle to commence the...more

State Statutes Requiring MERS To Pay Higher Recording Fees Declared Constitutional

On February 23, 2016, in the case of MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. et al. v. Dannel P. Malloy et al., the Connecticut Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of certain state statutes which impose higher fees for mortgage...more

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Decision Excluding Guarantors from ECOA Protection

4-4 Decision Keeps Issue Unresolved Outside of 8th Circuit - On March 22, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of Lathrop & Gage LLP client Community Bank of...more

Court Finds All of a Taxpayer’s Work for His Employer to be Personal Services in a Real Estate Business

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas recently held that all of a taxpayer’s work for his employer, a property management company, counted toward the taxpayer’s satisfaction of the material...more

The Uncertainty of Remand in Texas

The United States District Courts in Texas continue to issue conflicting opinions regarding the analysis to be used in determining whether a state court petition contains sufficient allegations against a nondiverse defendant...more

Aesthetics and Land Use Regulations

Perhaps disappointing to those who enjoy debating architecture, the North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a challenge to a historic district commission’s approval of a house located across the street from the...more

Property Owners and Developers Take a Hit from Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for a new form of exaction from property owners and real estate developers by refusing to hear an appeal from a decision by the California Supreme Court upholding San Jose’s inclusionary...more

Illinois Supreme Court Expands Who Can Seek TILA Rescission

A recent Illinois Supreme Court opinion may expose banks to a flood of TILA rescission claims by anyone who claims an ownership interest in mortgaged property. The state supreme court ruled that the right to rescind includes...more

California Supreme Court Opens Door For Wrongful Foreclosure Lawsuits and Challenges to Transfers of Mortgages: Practical...

In Yvanova v. New Century Mortgage Corporation et al, the Supreme Court of California reversed the Court of Appeal’s ruling, and held that a borrower plaintiff who has been subject to a nonjudicial foreclosure has standing to...more

Actual knowledge is a prerequisite to liability: Houston Appeals Court reiterates Chapter 95’s central role in suits against...

The Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Oiltanking Houston, L.P. v. Delgado, No. 14-14-00158-CV, 2016 WL 354439 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Jan. 28, 2016, no pet. h.) has reversed a $21 million verdict against a property owner...more

California Supreme Courts Holds that Borrowers Can State a Claim for Wrongful Foreclosure Based on a Void Assignment of the Loan;...

In recent years, the plaintiffs' bar for borrowers resisting foreclosures has pushed the theory that a claim can be stated for wrongful foreclosure where a loan was transferred into a securitized trust after the closing date...more

Will The Supreme Court Loosen The Reins On Regulatory Takings Claims?

It is an understatement to say that pursuing a claim against the government for a Fifth Amendment regulatory taking is difficult. The United States Supreme Court has described such claims as presenting “an especially steep...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Statute Targeting MERS Documents For Increased Recording Fees

States have long imposed fees for recording land records documents, and until recently they have generally done so uniformly, without regard to who the parties to the document might be. The Connecticut Supreme Court has,...more

Developers Dodge Bullet with Northern Long-Eared Bat

Developers have to deal with a number of environmental issues. These include stormwater management and potential impacts to wetlands, historic resources, and threatened and endangered species. The northern long-eared bat is...more

REAL NEWS – WINTER EDITION 2015/16

IN THIS EDITION - Ben Barrison reports on the long awaited Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Marks & Spencer plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Limited (pg 03); We dedicate two...more

Purple Line Continues to Move Forward

The Maryland Court of Appeals issued an opinion on January 22, 2016 holding in favor of Montgomery County, Maryland that the future Purple Line (the proposed light rail between Bethesda and New Carrollton that includes a stop...more

Can Lenders Foreclose While a Borrower’s Loan Modification Application is Under Review?

A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal held that the practice called “dual tracking” – when a lender forecloses on a property while the borrower’s application for a loan modification is under review – violates...more

Texas Federal Court Rejects Insured’s Attempt To Destroy Diversity By Naming Adjuster As Defendant

The insured in Patel v. Acceptance Indem. Ins. Co., No. 4:15-CV-944-A, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10300 (N.D. Tex. Jan. 28, 2016), alleged that Acceptance Indemnity Insurance Company and its adjuster, Charles Payne, did not fully...more

Contractors can be Liable for Following Owners’ Directives

In Downey v. Chutehall Construction Co. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-001-16), the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled a contractor can be liable for violating building codes despite the fact that the party suing it directed the...more

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