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Is There a Silver Lining with Hurricane Irma?

by Wilson Elser on

On September 10-11, 2017, Florida was pounded by Hurricane Irma. It appears that only northwest Florida was spared the wrath of this storm. Landfall occurred near Cudjoe Key in south Florida and for the next 24 hours the...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Sep. 15th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Distribution Update for the week ending September 15, 2017 is below. The week’s short Update features a heavy dose of OTA stories...more

In Alabama: Lenders Must Strictly Comply with Notice Requirements

The Alabama Supreme Court recently released an opinion interpreting the pre-foreclosure notice requirements contained in paragraph 22 of the standard mortgage form. In short, strict compliance is required. The Court in Ex...more

Update on The CFPB’s Enforcement Case against Ocwen Financial Corporation

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Ocwen Financial Corporation (Ocwen) is one of the country’s largest nonbank mortgage loan servicers, and it has had its hands full the last six months. On April 20, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed an...more

Landlord-Tenant – Collateral Estoppel Doctrine Bars Issues Adjudicated in Unlawful Detainer Action

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Alfonso Ayala v. Randy Dawson - Court of Appeal, First District (August 4, 2017) - Property owner Randy Dawson and tenant Alfonso Ayala signed a written contract in December, 1999, entitled “Residential Lease with...more

Lender-Affiliated Captive Reinsurer Obtains Dismissal Of Mortgage Insurance Lawsuit Brought By Illinois Director Of Insurance

by Carlton Fields on

The suit arose out of an arrangement where lenders would refer borrowers to (now-defunct) Triad Guaranty Insurance Company (Triad) to obtain private mortgage insurance. The lender-affiliated captive insurance company would...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending September 8 & 15, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Summary judgment: trial court erred by denying borrower’s motion to amend answer and defenses, and therefore erred in entering summary judgment in favor of lender. Reyes v BAC Home Loans Servicing...more

Selling or Buying an HUD Financed Nursing Home or Assisted Living: A Baker's Dozen Tips for TPA Transactions

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Interest rates are on the rise after being low for so long. Owners have taken advantage of those long-term, low fixed-rate loans insured under HUD Section 232 in record numbers. It is possible to keep those below-market loans...more

Builder's Risk Insurance: Resurrecting the Project After the Storm - Best Practices for Securing Coverage for Project and Claim...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Catastrophic storms such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma invariably cause property damage, schedule delays and other "soft costs" when they hit during a project's construction. • Owners and contractors engaged in...more

Rebuilding After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: Recovery Through Tax Deductions

by Bowditch & Dewey on

It is estimated that less than 20% of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and a week later Hurricane Irma, had flood insurance. Home owner’s and renter’s insurance policies exclude damage caused by floods. Those affected...more

Are Contractor Joint Ventures the Next Development in Development?

by Reed Smith on

The construction industry is witness to some fascinating developments, particularly around trophy properties in prime US coastal cities. Within the US –and California particularly- we’re seeing a large number of reputable,...more

Not for Bermuda Only—"Bermuda Form" Pollution Insurance for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Jones Day on

If your company has insurance under the so-called "Bermuda Form" of liability insurance, it might have coverage for property damage or personal injury that otherwise might be excluded by a pollution exclusion. But prompt...more

Handling Assignment of Benefit ("AOB") Claims in the Wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have damaged large areas of Florida, Texas, and Louisiana, as well as brought heavy rain and wind to Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. As insurers handle thousands of property damage...more

Will the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) be reauthorized, extended, or what?

by Downey Brand LLP on

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will expire at the end of the month. For anyone that has read the newspaper lately, this is a lousy time for the program to expire with two hurricane’s bearing down on the Eastern...more

The North Carolina Uniform Power of Attorney Act: A Practical Introduction for Real Estate Practitioners

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Can we all agree that dealing with a power of attorney in North Carolina has long been, at best, a frustrating experience? Well, help is on the way! On July 20, 2017, Governor Cooper signed Senate Bill 569, "An Act to Adopt...more

How to Protect Yourself from Financial Disaster in the Wake of a Natural Disaster

In light of Hurricane Harvey and all the damage that it caused, as well as the potential damage that may be inflicted by Hurricane Irma, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has provided advice on measures to take...more

Severe Weather And Apartment Management

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Severe weather hit Texas a couple of weeks ago. And a new storm system is turning toward Florida as I write this post. Real life and real serious. While safety of our residents and employees remains paramount, it is a best...more

Rebuilding: Construction Considerations in the Wake of Disaster

by Jackson Walker on

Southeast Texas has started to move from immediate recovery, including evacuations and draining of flood waters, to removal of water-damaged materials in homes and business and preliminary efforts to start rebuilding....more

Assignment of Condominium Limited Common Element Use Rights

Condominiums are comprised of “units” owned by individual owners and “common elements” owned collectively by all owners. Pursuant to Chapter 718, Florida Statutes, “units” include all areas designated as such in the...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending September 1, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure / Statute of Limitations: trial court improperly found that, because payments due under a note and mortgage were accelerated in a prior 2009 action, the second action filed over five...more

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies the Litigation Waiver of the One-Action Rule

by Snell & Wilmer on

Nevada has a one-action rule which, with limited exceptions, requires a creditor seeking to recover a debt secured by real property to proceed against the security first prior to seeking recovery from the debtor personally....more

Online Vacation Rental Marketplace Sends Claims Packing with Carefully Drafted Terms

In a resounding victory for well-drafted terms and conditions and robust immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230 (“CDA Section 230”), a Massachusetts district court granted summary...more

The Importance of Documenting Flood Damage

by Jackson Walker on

As the effects of Hurricane Harvey begin to dissipate, a number of you have asked another important, practical question: Can I and should I start making temporary repairs and/or removing damaged items from my home?...more

New Law That May Affect Hurricane Harvey Claims Takes Effect Sept. 1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

While insurance claims may be far from the first priority for clients affected by Hurricane Harvey, a new law takes effect on Sept. 1, 2017, that may affect first-party property insurance claims stemming from Harvey, floods...more

Louisiana Adds Check Casher License to NMLS

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On September 1, 2017, the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions will start accepting new applications and transition fillings on NMLS...more

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