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Federal Banking Agencies Explore Raising Threshold for Appraisals in Commercial Real Estate Transactions to $400,000

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Federal regulators earlier this week issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to raise the threshold for commercial real estate transactions requiring an appraisal from the current level of $250,000 to $400,000. The agencies...more

FTC Weighs in on State Lawmaking on Appraisal Fees

Last month, the FTC staff sent a letter warning North Carolina’s General Assembly that a pending bill regarding the state’s real estate appraisal board could run afoul of competitive principles. The staff notes that it is...more

GA Supreme Court Considering Landowner’s Bill Of Rights Case

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Georgia Supreme Court is considering an important case involving the state’s 2006 Landowner’s Bill of Rights statute. At issue is whether certain provisions of that statute are mandatory or merely advisory....more

Oregon Establishes Statute Of Limitations On Appraiser Liability

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Oregon has enacted legislation establishing a specific statute of limitations on civil actions against appraisers and appraisal firms for real estate appraisal activity. The law takes applies only to appraisals performed...more

Valuations in European Real Estate Finance – regulatory compliance in a global environment

by White & Case LLP on

In light of the recent ECB guidance on non-performing loans, and in particular the valuation requirements to be adhered to by banks in valuing real estate loans, what are the implications for banks with a global presence? In...more

Nutter Bank Report, June 2017

Supreme Court: Bank That Buys Debt for Its Own Account Is Not Debt Collector - The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that a bank that collects on debts it has bought and holds “for its own account” is not a debt collector...more

Chancery Holds That Deal Price Is Fair Value in Massive Appraisal Fight

by Morris James LLP on

In In re Appraisal of PetSmart, one of Delaware's largest appraisal litigations in history, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that the deal price in PetSmart Inc.'s going-private transaction was the best evidence of fair...more

What You Need to Know about a Car Insurance Dispute

If you’ve been named as the party responsible for a car accident in San Fernando Valley by an insurance company, you have the right to dispute their decision. Here’s what you need to know about car insurance disputes in...more

Appraisers’ Valuations Are Light-Years Apart, But Does That Make Them Hired Guns?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The title of this post notwithstanding, the judge’s decision in the recent, high-stakes stock valuation case I’m about to describe, featuring a clash of business appraiser titans whose conclusions of value differed by almost...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Determines Fair Value in PetSmart and SWS Group Appraisal Cases

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In recent years, the Delaware Court of Chancery has issued a number of high-profile opinions in appraisal litigations, many of which addressed the central question of whether and to what extent the underlying transaction...more

New Jersey Giveth And Taketh Away: Recent Steps to Reduce And To Increase

by Reed Smith on

Recently, the State of New Jersey has taken a small step in the direction of less regulation over home mortgage lenders and, virtually at the same time, a potentially more significant step in the opposite direction. Details...more

Resolving Disputes Regarding Value of the Loss through the Appraisal Process

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

With an increase in storm damage events throughout the Midwest, insurers are becoming increasingly frugal when adjusting storm damage losses. In the past, disputes regarding the value of the loss typically involved...more

Delaware's New Focus on Deal Process and Disclosure: Part II

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In part one of this two-part series, we discussed two of four recent developments in Delaware law that reduce the liability exposure of corporate boards and controlling stockholders in merger transactions, and also benefit...more

Delaware's New Focus on Deal Process and Disclosure: Part I

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Four recent developments in Delaware law reduce the liability exposure of corporate boards and controlling stockholders in merger transactions, and also benefit minority stockholders. Together, these developments clarify the...more

Is Appraisal Arbitrage Past Its Prime?

by Morris James LLP on

Once again, some corporate lawyers are complaining that the Delaware courts are too good to stockholders or, more often, plaintiffs’ lawyers. In the more recent past, those complaints focused on merger litigation that led to...more

Why Menchaca Changes Nothing for Appraisal Law

by Zelle LLP on

On April 7, 2017, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an opinion that some argue changed the landscape of Texas law regarding extracontractual liability in first-party insurance cases. In USAA Texas Lloyds Co. v. Menchaca, the...more

The Right to Seclusion of Personal Facts vs. Public Opinion

Unhappy with the valuation determination by Zillow’s Zestimates, a builder and related parties have initiated a class action suit against Zillow Inc. and Zillow Group, for class action complaint for (a) violation of the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 21

SEC/CORPORATE - Delaware Chancery Court Decision Demonstrates Continuing Risk to “Appraisal Arbitrage” In a stark application of the adage that one should be careful what one wishes for—because one may get it—on May 30,...more

Chancery Appraises Corporation Below Merger Price Due To Synergies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent appraisal action before the Court of Chancery, In re Appraisal of SWS Group, Inc., C.A. No. 10554-VCG (Del. Ch. May 30, 2017), Vice Chancellor Glasscock found that the fair value of the acquired entity, SWS Group,...more

Deal Price Upheld By Chancery In Petsmart Inc. Appraisal Action

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the recent PetSmart, Inc. appraisal proceeding, styled as In re Appraisal of PetSmart Inc., C.A. No. 10782-VCS (Del. Ch. May 26, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery found the deal price to be the fair value of PetSmart,...more

THE LATEST: FTC Files Complaint Against Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board

by McDermott Will & Emery on

This week, the Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint against the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board (LREAB). This complaint is the FTC’s first against a state licensing board since it prevailed in the...more

FTC’s First Test of Supreme Court’s North Carolina Dental Precedent in New Case against Real Estate Appraisal Board

by Mintz Levin on

Even with a reduced lineup of only two commissioners — the Republican Acting Chair and one Democratic Commissioner — the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) filed an administrative complaint this week against...more

Agencies Offer Solutions to Shortage of Residential Real Estate Appraisers

by Reed Smith on

On May 31, 2017, acting through interagency guidance, the federal bank regulatory agencies (the “Agencies”) highlighted two approaches for addressing a perceived scarcity of licensed residential real estate appraisers....more

Financial institution agencies provide guidance to help alleviate appraiser shortage

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The federal banking agencies together with the National Credit Union Administration (the “Agencies”) issued an Interagency Advisory on the Availability of Appraisers that is intended to help address the real estate appraiser...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Deal Price As Fair Value In Appraisal Case

by Morris James LLP on

The Court of Chancery continues to wrestle with the issue of when the negotiated deal price represents "fair value" in an appraisal case. Here, serious problems with the management projections led the Court to reject a...more

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