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Avoiding Gamesmanship in Appointing Appraisal Umpires

Appraisal has long been utilized as a tool for resolution of disputes over the amount of loss at issue in property insurance claims. Unfortunately, the appraisal process has devolved in recent years. What was once considered...more

Second Circuit Upholds District Court Decision, Applies New York’s Six-Year Limitations Period on Contractual Claims

On November 16, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the Southern District of New York’s decision to dismiss a leading global bank’s complaint against a nonbank mortgage lender alleging breach of contractual...more

New Jersey Court Rejects Theory of Spoliation By Encouragement

Three years out, Superstorm Sandy litigation continues to wend its way through New Jersey’s courts.  Last weekend, a federal judge in the state handed a victory to the insurer in Stiso v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2015 U.S....more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 13 & 20, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Property Damage/Breach of Contract: insurer failed to prove that it provided insured with notification of its right to mediate at the time insured made his claim pursuant to Florida Statutes,...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.19.15

NY state regulators have tagged Barclays with an extra $150 million in fines for its role in a Forex-manipulation scandal that’s already cost the bank $2.4 billion – NYTimes and Law360... As expected, the minutes from...more

Florida Court Clarifies When Coverage Is Available Under Commercial Property Policy For Matching To Achieve Aesthetic Uniformity

In Great American Insurance Co. of New York v. The Towers of Quayside No. 4 Condominium Assn., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150358 (S.D. Fla. November 5, 2015), the court analyzed a Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Great...more

Insurance Benefit Assignment to Contractors: Not in Texas

In Florida and other states, a post-loss assignment of insurance benefits (or AOB) has become commonplace and a hot-topic issue. The typical scenario is that after suffering a loss, the insured assigns the right to policy...more

Eric Stern on How Higher Education Does Real Estate [Video]

Eric Stern, partner and co-leader of the real estate practice at Morgan Lewis, talks about the ways universities and colleges in the United States work with real estate developers to make their institutions more attractive to...more

Latest Salvo in the Ongoing Nevada HOA Dispute

The Nevada Supreme Court recently sent shockwaves through the mortgage lending industry when it issued its opinion in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A., holding that the foreclosure of an HOA lien could...more

A Contractual Attorney Fee Provision Cannot Override the Statutory Cap on Attorney Fees in a Small Claims Appeal

Michael Dorsey v. The Superior Court of San Diego (Crosier) - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (October 22, 2015) - Small Claims Court exists so those with meritorious claims under $10,000 can have their...more

The Writing is On the Wall – The CFPB Wants MSAs Gone; What Does This Mean for You?

The CFPB's mission is to promote policies and adopt regulations to allow consumers to make a fully educated decision when they purchase any consumer loan product, with the goal of such consumers taking control over their...more

PRA update letter on Solvency 2

PRA has written a letter to directors of life and general insurance firms which sets out information on implementation of Solvency 2. It covers: - PRA’s intention to carry out an industry-wide review of equity release...more

Are CCAA Proceedings a Panacea for Assignment or Novation Without Consent?

A purported assignment of a contract without consent and an alleged novation were ineffective, the BC Court of Appeal recently held in Barafield Realty Ltd. v. Just Energy (B.C.) Limited Partnership, 2015 BCCA 421 [Barafield]...more

New York Commercial Division to Tighten Eligibility Requirements For Two Categories of Disputes

Parties and counsel involved in disputes arising out of domestic arbitrations or home improvement contracts soon will have to clear heightened eligibility requirements before being able to proceed in the Commercial Division...more

Can Contract Ambiguity Cause Liability for Unfair Trade Practices?

Most of the time, a contract breach—even if intentional—does not violate N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. A contract breach, however, can turn into a 75-1.1 violation if the breach is accompanied by “substantial aggravating...more

Real Estate Gazette - Issue 22: Focus on Specialized Assets

It is clear that demographics play a part in dictating which investment opportunities are prominent at any point in time. For example, in France, the rise in student numbers has boosted demand for student accommodation in the...more

Florida Court Rejects Claim Replacement Of Undamaged Property Is Necessary For Aesthetic Uniformity

Late last week a federal court in Florida tossed a condominium association’s claims that it was entitled to replace undamaged hallway carpeting, wallpaper, baseboards, and woodwork in order to “achieve aesthetic uniformity”...more

Final HMDA rule makes significant changes

As we previously reported, the CFPB has issued a final rule amending Regulation C, which implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. The final rule makes many significant changes, including changes to the rule’s coverage and...more

Summary of HUD's LEAN 232 Program Email Blast Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF) October 30, 2015

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN Email Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper Hamilton are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update. Our aim...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending October 30 & November 6, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Eminent Domain: property owners forced to defend against excessive litigation caused by condemning authority entitled to attorneys’ fees: (1) for hours defending excessive litigation, fees should...more

Third DCA Rejects Use of Strict Compliance Standard for Paragraph 22 Notices, Expressly Adopts Substantial Compliance

Many judges in Miami-Dade County and elsewhere held the view that “strict” compliance was the standard to determine if a notice of default complied with the provisions of a paragraph 22 of a mortgage.  To this day, no...more

Depreciation of Labor Class Action - Minnesota Supreme Court Oral Argument

I’ve been following closely a series of class actions around the country alleging that, in calculating the “actual cash value” of property damage under a homeowners or commercial property insurance policy, insurance companies...more

Vermont Supreme Court Collapse Case Underscores Danger of Insuring Against the “Risk” of a Peril

Three months ago in Equinox on the Battenkill Mgmt. Ass’n. v. Philadelphia Indem. Ins. Co., 2015 VT 98 (Vt., Aug. 7, 2015), Vermont’s highest court held that a policy insuring against the “risks of . . . collapse” affords...more

Litigation Alert: Washington Supreme Court Clears Up Ambiguity on "Holder" versus "Owner" of Secured Notes

The Washington Supreme Court, sitting en banc, affirmed in Brown v. Washington State Department of Commerce the Department of Commerce’s denial of a mediation request under the Foreclosure Fairness Act (FFA) made by a...more

CFPB issues Fall 2015 supervisory report

In its Fall 2015 Supervisory Highlights, which covers supervision work generally completed between May and August 2015, the CFPB highlights legal violations resolved using non-public supervisory actions involving consumer...more

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