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This Week In Securities Litigation

Rengan Rajaratnam settled his insider trading case with the SEC this week, consenting to the entry of a permanent injunction and agreeing to pay disgorgement, prejudgment interest, a civil penalty and to be barred from the...more

Dodd-Frank News: October 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - RECENT CASES .. Mortgage Servicing Rules .. Antiretaliation Provision ..Credit Default Swaps Antitrust Litigation ..CFPB Involvement in Litigation - IN THE...more

Editorial: Court Gives Nod to 1932 Florida Supreme Court Case, Blocking Developers’ Ability to Avoid Additional Payments

We are often asked when representing a client in defense of a claim whether the client could avoid the liability asserted by the claimant by potentially buying the cause of action out from under the claimant. The most common...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending October 10 & October 17, 2014

REAL PROPERTY CASES - - Sinkhole Loss/Statute of Limitations: homeowners’ lawsuit was barred by the one-year statute of limitations, even though lawsuit was filed promptly after FIGA processed the claim and made a...more

Mechanic’s Lien Reigns Supreme in the Battle of a Project Default? Not for a Waiving General

In what can only be described as a devastating result for a general contractor, the Fourth Appellate District held that a general contractor may prospectively waive the priority of a mechanic’s lien to the owner’s...more

Nevada and D.C. Courts Give Priority of Position to HOA Assessment "Superliens" Over First Mortgages

Mortgage lenders beware. - In late August, the D.C. Court of Appeals rendered a decision in Chase Plaza Condominium Association, Inc. v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., CA-5826-10 (August 28, 2014) determining that a...more

Implications of a homeowner association’s statutory priming lien

While representing an institutional lender in the making of a loan secured by real property located in Colorado, we came across an increasingly relevant issue regarding properties subject to a homeowner association or similar...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Final Draft RTS for Central Clearing of Interest Rate Swaps under EMIR - On October 2, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a report containing final draft regulatory technical standards...more

Homestead Exemption Cannot be Denied on Equitable Grounds

Arizona’s homestead exemption allows a person to protect from certain creditors up to $150,000 of their equity in their residence (dwelling house, condominium, or mobile home). A.R.S. § 33-1101 et seq. This homestead equity...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: September 2014 #3 & October 2014 #1

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Condominium Association/Injunction: tenants’ act of moving out of condominium unit after condominium association filed action against them for injunctive relief, eviction, and ejectment did...more

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Cert. (again) in FHA Disparate Impact Case

On October 2, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, et al. v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., No. 13-1371, a case in which the Fifth Circuit became the first...more

Strong Arm Powers: What Can Be Done With An Avoided Lien?

DeGiacomo v. Traverse (In re Traverse), 753 F.3d 19 (1st Cir. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid an unrecorded first mortgage and to preserve the lien for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. In response, the...more

After the Bank Forecloses, Must It Actually Sell Your House?

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will answer this question in Bank of New York v. Carson, No. 2013AP544. It heard argument in this case last Tuesday. The case began more than 3 1/2 years ago when a widow—physically and...more

Third Time's the Charm? Supreme Court Agrees Again To Hear FHA Disparate Impact Case

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed for the third time in recent history to decide whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The Supreme Court granted the Texas Department of...more

CFPB settles RESPA charges for marketing services agreements allegedly tied to referrals

The CFPB has announced that it has entered into a consent order with a Michigan title insurance agency to settle charges that the agency violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by paying fees to various...more

CFPB as HUD: Another Section 8 Consent Order Displays CFPB’s RESPA Approach

In a recent Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) enforcement action, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) negotiated a consent order with Lighthouse Title, Inc. (“Lighthouse”) for alleged violations of...more

Florida: Note and Mortgage Still Enforceable After Dismissal of Foreclosure Action

Unsuccessful mortgage foreclosure actions have resulted in a new wave of "quiet title" lawsuits brought by borrowers attempting to have their notes and mortgages deemed void and unenforceable. However, the federal district...more

Is the End Near for MERS Litigation in Rhode Island?

On September 25, 2014, after years of litigation on the role, authority, and legal standing of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) to act on behalf of the mortgagee, the Rhode Island Supreme Court issued 10...more

Editorial: Banks Can Fight Buyback Claims with a Little Help from BofA

Bank of America took a big hit when it reached a record-breaking $16.65 billion mortgage settlement with the United States Department of Justice in August. The company is likely to attempt to recoup as much of the penalty as...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESAs' Joint Committee Publishes Report on Risks and Vulnerabilities in the EU Financial System - On September 22, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published its bi-annual report on the...more

BuckleySandler Files Amici Curiae Brief on Behalf of Industry Groups in Supreme Court TILA Case

On September 17, BuckleySandler filed an amici curiae brief on behalf of six industry associations in a Supreme Court case addressing the right to rescind a transaction under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). In Jesinoski v....more

HUD Announces $35,000 Maternity Leave Fair Housing Agreement

On September 12, HUD announced a conciliation agreement with a Tennessee mortgage lender, pursuant to which the lender will pay $35,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the Fair Housing Act when it denied a mortgage...more

Federal Court Dismisses Industry Challenge to NYC Responsible Banking Law but Leaves Door Open For Future Lawsuit

A federal judge recently dismissed a complaint brought by the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) seeking to invalidate the New York City Responsible Banking Act (the Responsible Banking Act). In New York Bankers Ass’n Inc....more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: September 2014 #2

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Parol Evidence: trial court erred by considering extrinsic evidence to determine parties’ intent because contract for sale of property that provided certain prior deposits be paid to seller as...more

“Totality of the Circumstances” Standard Used to Sanction Mortgagee for Lack of “Good Faith” Negotiation in Foreclosure Matter

New York’s Appellate Division, Second Department, recently ruled that a mortgagee’s conduct in evaluating a borrower’s loan modification application should be judged using the “totality of the circumstances” standard to...more

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