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New Jersey Supreme Court Affirms General Contractor’s Insurance Coverage for Consequential Damages Caused by a Subcontractor’s...

In an important recent decision, New Jersey joined a growing number of states holding that Insurance Services Office’s (ISO) 1986 comprehensive general liability (CGL) policy extends coverage to a property developer faced...more

Changes to UK Insurance Law

Major changes to insurance law came into force on 12 August 2016 by virtue of the Insurance Act 2015. Some of the changes will be of benefit to those who have to insure UK real estate and this could provide comfort to...more

Missouri Western District Court of Appeals Reminds Us to Pay No Attention to the Headings for the Revised Statutes

The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a trial court’s issuance of summary judgment and, in the process, reminded practitioners that the bold faced headings in the Revised Statutes are not part of...more

What is Title Insurance, Really?

All real estate buyers should consider purchasing title insurance. The premium is approximately $4.00 for every $1,000 of the purchase price. Some see this as an added cost to the deal.  But the cost is well worth the value...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending August 12, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE: Jurisdiction/Deficiency Judgment: Second DCA agrees with Third DCA that “a circuit court has subject matter jurisdiction to adjudicate an independent deficiency action when the plaintiff had...more

Title Insurance Treatment of Mechanic’s Liens

The “Homeowner Amendments” to Ohio Mechanic’s Lien law significantly limits the rights of subcontractors and suppliers to file mechanic’s liens against a homeowner’s property. These apply if the owner has paid the builder in...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending August 5, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Discovery: Good cause not found to enter protective order preventing owner of property, subject to foreclosure, from deposing bank’s only witness on basis that owner of property was not...more

New Law Affects FHA Requirements for Condominium Financing

President Obama signed the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (H.R. 3700) into law on July 29. Title III of the Act will significantly modify Federal Housing Administration (FHA) condominium mortgage insurance...more

Washington Court Finds Coverage For “Collapse” Is Not Set In Stone

As this blog has documented, the language of insurance policies evolves; it changes to address new risks, and it also responds to new interpretations of old policy provisions. Even if a policyholder maintains a long-standing...more

The Nuts and Bolts of Tolling an Insurance Policy’s Suit Limitation Provision in New Jersey

A recent New Jersey Federal District Court decision provides a good example of how an insurance policy’s Suit Limitation period may be “stopped” and “re-started” by equitable tolling during the adjustment of a property...more

Summary Judgment May Be Appropriate When Insured Fails to Take Reasonable Measures to Prevent Property Damage

Many first party property insurance policies exclude claims for water damage that occurs when the insured premises is left vacant or unoccupied, unless the insured has used reasonable care to prevent such losses. In...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2016

Regulatory Developments - FDIC Seeks Comments on Third-Party Lending Guidance - On July 29, the FDIC announced that it is seeking comments on proposed Guidance for Third-Party Lending addressing steps...more

CFPB Proposes TRID Rule Modifications

As previously reported, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed substantive and technical revisions to the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, which the CFPB refers to as the "Know Before You Owe"...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 29, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Automatic Stay: because final judgment entered day after defendant’s petition for bankruptcy, automatic stay imposed by 11 U.S.C. § 362 was in effect and, thus, judgment was void, even...more

FinCEN Tightens the Screws on Money Launderers with Additional Scrutiny of High-Value Residential Real Estate Transactions

Choice real estate markets such as New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and San Antonio may offer enticing amenities like buzzing nightlife or sunny beaches, but thanks to the Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

Second DCA Reaffirms Sinkhole Insurers' Contractual Right to Withhold Payment for Subsurface Repairs Until the Policyholder...

Two new opinions show the Second DCA continues to hold that if an insurance policy providing sinkhole coverage authorizes the insurer to withhold payment for subsurface repairs until the policyholder presents a signed...more

Workmanship and Earth Movement Exclusions Preclude Coverage for Collapse As a Matter of Law

A U.S. federal district court recently granted Peerless Insurance’s summary judgment motion, concluding that, as a matter of law, under Virginia law, a property policy insuring a building under renovation would not provide...more

Is a Rock a Landslide? Montana Supreme Court Says Yes

In a recent decision, the Montana Supreme Court upheld application of an Earth Movement exclusion to bar coverage for damage to a home when a single large boulder rolled down a hill and smashed into it. In doing so, the court...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 22, 2016

Lis Pendens: a party seeking to maintain a lis pendens must establish a “fair nexus” between the party’s claim and the subject property by making “a minimal showing that there is at least some basis for the underlying claim...more

Don’t Mess with the Texas Prompt Payment of Claims Act: One Court’s Appraisal Result

Virtually all property insurance policies contain an appraisal clause, which outlines the appraisal procedure in broad terms. Those broad terms sometimes do not provide much guidance about the process, or about the effect...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 15, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Unclean Hands: defense of unclean hands insufficient where borrower alleges bank’s loan officer inflated borrower’s income and assets to qualify for loan where borrower signed off on...more

Recent Florida Legislation Will Allow for Creation of Specialty Sinkhole Coverage Lines

The Florida Legislature passed legislation this session that allows specialty limited sinkhole coverage. According to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, Florida has more sinkholes than any other U.S. state. As such,...more

Second DCA Refuses to Allow Insurer to Obtain Settlement Information from Settling Co-Defendant

In Allen v. State Farm Florida Ins. Co., 2D15-3114 (Fla. 2d DCA June 10, 2016), a sinkhole plaintiff sued two insurers for the same damage, and then settled with one of them before trial. The non-settling insurer wanted to...more

More Common Sense: Coverage for Collapse Requires More Than an Engineer’s Finding of Substantial Impairment

In February this blog commented on Washington State’s newly-adopted definition of “collapse” in property insurance policies that contain no specific definition of the term. (Observer, February 8, 2016, Common Sense Prevails: ...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Narrowly Interprets the “Permanent Property Insurance” Condition in a Builder’s Risk Policy

In Fontana Builders, Inc. v. Assurance Company of America, Case No. 2014AP821, 2016 WL 3526408 (Wis. Jun. 29, 2016), the Wisconsin Supreme Court addressed whether the purchase of a homeowner’s policy by the occupiers and...more

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