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Under Construction - December 2016

Welcome to the winter 2016 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. We hope your year has been good to your family, your company and you as we wrap up these remaining few weeks of 2016. A recent hot topic with...more

Programs to bring investment capital to rural communities

The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) offers a variety of loan programs designed to spur investment in rural communities located throughout the United States of America. These loans are available to...more

Amendments to real estate legislation for the third quarter of 2016

Amendments to federal laws - Changes to the RF Town-Planning Code - In the summer of 2016, roughly a dozen federal laws were adopted to amend the RF Town-Planning Code (RF TPC).1 The main changes of significance to...more

What Standard Governs the Dismissal of a Relator's Claim for Violation of the False Claims Act's Seal Requirement in an Action...

In the aftermath of the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Cori and Kerri Rigsby accused State Farm Fire and Casualty Company of falsely misclassifying wind damage as flood damage, among other misdeeds, leaving...more

HUD OIG Announces Termination of FHA Fraud Investigation

On September 29, the Office of Inspector General for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD OIG) announced the termination of an investigation of a national mortgage lender relating to a purported...more

DOJ Announces FHA Settlements with Two Utah-Based Mortgage Lenders

On October 3, 2016, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that two Utah-based Direct Endorsement (DE) lenders agreed to pay $5 million and $4.25 million dollars to settle separate cases relating to their...more

HUD OIG Announces PFCRA Settlement with FHA Lender

On September 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its Office of Inspector General (HUD OIG) announced a settlement with a mortgage lender relating to two audits of the lender’s Federal...more

DOJ Secures $83 Million Settlement Over Alleged FHA Underwriting Violations

On September 29, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had secured a settlement from a national lender, resolving allegations that the lender violated the False Claims Act, Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act,...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Are Not Agents of the Government Under the False Claims Act

In United States ex rel. Adams v. Aurora Loan Servs., 813 F.3d 1259 (9th Cir. 2016), the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Relators False Claims Act (“FCA”) complaint, holding that the Federal National...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2016 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Amendments to Department of Defense (“DOD”) Mentor-Protégé Program DOD has issued a proposed rule which will amend the DFARS to implement Section 861 of the NDAA 2016, which provides amendments...more

August 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

This month’s news update includes three initiatives by the U.S. Department of Labor to combat IC misclassification. The first was the issuance of a new page on the DOL website called “Misclassification Mythbusters.” We...more

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2016 #2

Proactive Predevelopment for Successful P3s - A new report was recently published by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) called Successful Public/Private Partnerships: From Principles to Practice. The report provides valuable...more

Real Estate Market Intelligence: Multifamily Development Quarterly Report - Q2 2016

Key Findings - The multifamily asset sector saw nearly $35.4 billion of investment sales activity for the first-quarter of 2016. This figure represents an 8.6% increase compared to the first-quarter of 2015 and...more

Issues for overseas companies relating to UK land and UK government work

Recent government proposals will affect overseas companies that own UK land and that bid for UK government contracts. On 12 May 2016, the UK's Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced plans to introduce a public register...more

North Carolina General Assembly Makes Public-Private Development Agreements More Available And Attractive

Before 2005, North Carolina's laws on vested rights offered developers some protection, but not enough, for the large, multi-phased, multi-year, mixed use developments that are becoming the norm. Developers and their lenders...more

Will the DOJ Kill FHA Loans Through Their Use of the False Claims Act?

The purpose of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is "to help creditworthy low income and first time homebuyers, individuals and families often denied traditional credit, to obtain a mortgage and purchase a home." This...more

The Glass Is Half Full – Proceed With Cautious Optimism

Last month, the New England Real Estate Journal published an article by Rebecca Nolan touting an awakening of growth in the Connecticut region. In her article, Ms. Nolan reminds us that our Yankee perseverance has seen us...more

Relators Recover Over $1 Billion in Non-Intervened Cases in Fiscal Year 2015

In fiscal year 2015, more than $1 Billion of the Government’s False Claims Act (FCA) recovery was derived from cases in which the Government declined to intervene. This significant recovery far exceeds the typical, annual...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of $2.3 Billion FCA Case Due to Prior Public Disclosure

Last week, in U.S. ex rel. Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) v. U.S. Bank, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) suit against U.S. Bank because the conduct alleged by the qui tam...more

Accutest Laboratories New England Notifies Clients of Potential Data Concerns

Notification of potential data quality issues by a Massachusetts laboratory is raising concerns about the possible impact on current and closed remediation sites in Massachusetts that relied on that data. Accutest...more

Ninth Circuit holds that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not officers, employees, or agents of the United States under 31 U.S.C. §...

On February 22, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an FCA claim brought by relators alleging that various lenders and loan servicers made false certifications to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, concluding that claims...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Whistleblower Argument that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are Federal Instrumentalities under the False Claims...

Liability under the False Claims Act (FCA) is premised on the submission of a claim for money or property either to a federal government “officer, employee, or agent” or, under certain circumstances, to a nongovernmental...more

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Not Considered Government Agents Under the FCA

In United States ex rel. Adams v. Aurora Loan Servs., Inc., 2016 WL 697771, — F.3d —- (9th Cir. Feb. 22, 2016), the Ninth Circuit found that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were not government entities for purposes of the False...more

Construction news round-up

Our construction news round-up covers a range of regulatory, industry and contractual issues that affect UK construction businesses....more

CEQA Year In Review 2015

In 2015 the California appellate courts continued to chart new ground as they grappled with some of CEQA’s most difficult and controversial questions. The Supreme Court of California led the way, issuing four opinions on...more

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