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Florida's Credit Card Surcharge Prohibition Found Unconstitutional

Landlords, real estate owners and retail owners have experienced cuts into their bottom line as a result of having to absorb the costs of consumers using credit cards. Such landlords and business owners typically have to pay...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 22, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Condition Precedent: providing a notice of the assignment of mortgage loan, as required by section 559.715, Florida Statutes, is not a condition precedent to filing a mortgage...more

Are Groundwater Pumping Fees or Charges Subject to Proposition 218? California Supreme Court to Resolve Conflicting Precedent

In 2015 California’s Sixth and Second District Courts of Appeal issued conflicting opinions regarding whether groundwater extraction fees or charges are subject to Article 13D of the California Constitution (Proposition 218)....more

Another Twist in California’s Right of Entry Rules

Eminent domain practitioners have been waiting for nearly two years for the Supreme Court to issue its decision in Property Reserve v. Superior Court. At issue is the constitutionality of California’s “Right of Entry”...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending January 1 & 8, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Statutory Easement/Attorney’s Fees: appellants that were granted a statutory easement by way of necessity were not entitled to attorney’s fees pursuant to Florida Statutes, Section 704.04 because...more

Florida Appellate Courts Reject New Title Holder’s Efforts to Intervene In Foreclosure Where Title Taken After Lis Pendens...

As the foreclosure crisis dies down, lenders are seeing more creative tactics employed to stall foreclosures. One tactic is that during the pendency of the first lien holder’s foreclosure, the borrower will convey title, or...more

UPDATE: Pa. Commonwealth Court Affirms Trial Court Decision Permitting Use of Eminent Domain by Pa. Gas Utility to Supply Private...

A three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, in a pair of memorandum opinions, recently affirmed a trial court decision authorizing a natural gas public utility to use its eminent domain power to condemn an...more

Commentary on Elsman: Copy of Note Attached to Complaint May Evidence Standing to Foreclose

With its recently-issued opinion in Elsman v. HSBC Bank USA as Trustee for MLMI 2006-AF1, slip op. 5D14-1753, 41 Fla. L. Weekly D57b, 2015 WL 9491875 (Dec. 31, 2015), the Fifth DCA has added to a growing body of case law...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending December 18, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Standing: because plaintiff was not original lender, plaintiff failed to prove standing to foreclose on mortgage loan where plaintiff failed to submit note with blank or special...more

NC Court of Appeals rules Emerald Isle’s restriction on the use of privately owned oceanfront property is not a compensable...

What part of a beach in North Carolina is subject to public use and what part is private property was recently addressed by the North Carolina Court of Appeals in Nies v. Town of Emerald Isle (Nov. 17, 2015). This case...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending December 4 & 11, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Priority: bank entitled to relief from judgment where junior lienholder foreclosed on subject property and Court ordered sale of property free and clear of all claims by bank – Bank of...more

School district’s condemnation of a private road passes the test

The power of eminent domain allows a government or quasi-governmental entity to condemn (take) private property for a public use upon a showing of necessity. In exchange, the property owner must receive “just compensation”...more

Nevada Federal District Court Rules Lien Statute Unconstitutional

We have reported before on a decision last fall from Nevada’s Supreme Court holding that a homeowners association (HOA) lien is a true super-priority lien that, if foreclosed upon, extinguishes a first deed of trust. Lenders...more

Right of Entry Statutes Are Back in Business – For Now

For decades, California public agencies have utilized a statutory "right of entry" procedure to gain access to private property to conduct investigations and testing before deciding whether to move forward with acquiring the...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

Banking & Financial Services E- Note - October 2015

Last week the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") issued its muchanticipated Staff Guidance on what sort of supervision states should provide to regulatory boards in order for those boards to qualify for antitrust...more

Reach of Contractual Jury Trial Waivers Narrowed By Alabama Supreme Court

In Ex Parte Acosta, No. 1140200, — So. 3d —, No. 1140200, 2015 WL 3537476 (Ala. June 5, 2015), the Alabama Supreme Court refused to incorporate a jury trial waiver from a collateral loan document into a Promissory Note. ...more

Caltrans’ Highway 101 Overpass Condemnation Case Ends in Split Decision

For several years, we’ve been following an eminent domain lawsuit in Marin County involving Caltrans’ acquisition of 34 acres for a $29.7 million interchange project at the Redwood Sanitary Landfill, which would widen the...more

What If We Have Too Much Water: El Niño and Flood Damages

If recent weather forecasts hold true, we can expect an El Nino this rainy season. And with an El Nino comes flooding and related litigation. As counter-intuitive as it may be during this drought, it makes sense for...more

CFPB Deems Federally-Approved CRA Assessment Area to Be Discriminatory

The Federal Community Reinvestment Act (“CRA”) requires regulated financial institutions to focus on meeting “the credit needs of the local communities in which they are chartered.” See 12 U.S.C. § 2901(a)(3). Under the CRA,...more

A Quick Refresher on the Tax Consequences of Condemnation

Most of us are at least vaguely familiar with the tax on gains from the sale of property. Many of us know that when property is sold voluntarily and the funds re-invested, the gain may be deferred under Internal Revenue Code...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 16, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing: although bank established it had possession of note prior to commencement of action, bank did not demonstrate when blank endorsement was placed on note, nor did it prove it...more

Mortgage Assignment Validity

In Marcuzzo v. Bank of the West, 862 N.W. 2d 281 (Neb. 2015), the Nebraska Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that the borrower-plaintiffs in a consumer foreclosure action lacked standing to challenge the validity of...more

Waivers of Rights to Compensation are Enforceable in Eminent Domain Actions

It’s not every day you’re involved in a successful eminent domain case before the California Court of Appeal. It’s even more unusual when the case deals with a number of interesting legal issues, such as the enforceability...more

EXPECT FOCUS: Onboard Technology, NAIC Cybersecurity, DOL, ACA Litigation, SEC Regulation (Vol. III, Summer 2015)

In This Issue: IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - Your Data Breach Collided With My Personal Injury Coverage LIFE INSURANCE - - Phantom Injury Dooms “Shadow Insurance” Case - Latest NAIC Cybersecurity News...more

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