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Cash Value of Life Insurance Policy Exempt From Garnishment

by Dickinson Wright on

DC Mex Holdings LLC v Affordable Land LLC and Dale Fuller, ___ Mich. App. ___ (July 25, 2017), Case no. 332439 - Michigan’s Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion interpreting a statutory provision exempting insurance...more

Court Declines To Quash Subpoena Issued To South Carolina Department Of Insurance In Companion Property Case

by Carlton Fields on

We previously reported on this case on January 5, 2016, June 28, 2016, July 20, 2016, and December 14, 2016. The case concerns Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Company’s participation in a fronted insurance program...more

May a vindicated trustee be reimbursed personally from the trust estate even for those defense costs that were covered by his...

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

As to whether the vindicated trustee’s claim against the trust estate for defense counsel’s fees should be offset by payments made to defense counsel by the trustee’s personal liability insurance carrier, at least one court...more

Missouri Bank Hit for Punitive Damages & Found Liable for Fiduciary’s Misappropriation of Funds

by Lathrop Gage on

In Delarosa v. Farmer's State Bank, the Missouri Court of Appeals, W.D., expounded upon the duty imposed upon Missouri Banks under § 469.270 of the Missouri's Uniform Fiduciaries Law ("UFL"). Specifically, the court addressed...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2016: V. Surety and Bond Issues: The relationship between trust and lien claims under Provincial...

by Field Law on

Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. v. Structal Heavy Steel, 2015 SCC 43, per Rothstein, J. - I. FACTS AND ISSUES - Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. (“Dominion”) was the general contractor of a football...more

Court Granted Summary Judgment For A Trustee On A Fiduciary Breach Claim Arising From Conflict-Of-Interest and Diversification...

by Winstead PC on

In Adams v. Regions Bank, beneficiaries sued a trustee for multiple claims, including breach of fiduciary duty, arising from the trustee’s seizure of collateral owned by the trust. 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1027 (S.D. Miss....more

T&E Litigation Newsletter- January 2016

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The last quarter of 2015 produced two interesting decisions from the Appeals Court. In Brady v. Citizens Union Savings Bank, 88 Mass. App. Ct. 416 (2015), the Court addressed whether legal fees and costs already paid to...more

11th Circuit Certifies Questions Regarding Insured’s Breach of Consent to Settle Clause

In its recent decision in Piedmont Office Realty Trust v. XL Specialty Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 20141 (11th Cir. Oct. 21, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, applying Georgia law, elected...more

Nowadays a Practicing Lawyer’s First Serious Exposure to Critical Unjust Enrichment Doctrine is Likely to be After Law School, Too...

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

This modified excerpt from Loring and Rounds: A Trustee’s Handbook (2013) is a primer on the wrong of Unjust Enrichment and its principal remedy, Restitution. Unjust enrichment doctrine is very much alive and well in the real...more

Judicial Modification Of Trust Barred By Trust Terms [Florida]

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

More often than not, the resolution of a trust dispute involves a settlement agreement with changes made to a trust instrument. Such modifications may be accomplished under provisions of Florida’s Trust Code (Fla.Stats....more

California District Court Grants Summary Judgment to Life Insurer in Rescission Case

Judge Virginia Phillips of the United States District Court, Central District of California, granted summary judgment to USAA Life Insurance Company, finding that Dr. Marshall Salkin made material misrepresentations regarding...more

The Owner Occupant Exception – When is a Trust a Natural Person?

by Snell & Wilmer on

A critical question for residential contractors in Arizona is whether a homeowner is an "owner occupant." When a homeowner is an "owner occupant," contractors may only record a lien on the property if they have a direct...more

Los Angeles Targets Trustee to Clean-Up Housing Mess

by Reed Smith on

The People of the State of California and The City of Los Angeles (collectively, the "Plaintiff") are seeking to hold Deutsche Bank National Trust Company and Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as trustee under hundreds of...more

UCC Case Law Update

by Jackson Walker on

We have recently seen some potentially significant Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) decisions in Texas in the last few months which may be of interest to our financial institution clients. We have given a brief synopsis of these...more

Federal Court: Egregious Facts May Permit Life Policy Rescission After Expiration of Incontestability Period

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently ruled on the parties’ motions for summary judgment in Settlement Funding, LLC v. AXA Equitable Life Ins. Co., No. 09 CV 8685 (HB) (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 29,...more

Fraudsters Beware - Homestead Exemptions Don't Always Work

by Brian Mahany on

New tax court case limits the asset protection afforded to Florida residents by Florida's homestead law. If you transfer assets to avoid creditors, do not automatically assume that Florida's powerful homestead exemption will...more

Trustee's Establishment of Litigation Reserve Deemed Reasonable Under The "Prudent Man" Standard

In Bluebird Partners, L.P. v. Bank of New York, Index No. 1996-601016, 2010 NY Slip Op 31407(U) (Sup Ct, NY County, June 7, 2010), Justice Eileen Bransten of the New York Commercial Division, granted a summary judgment motion...more

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