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New Authentication Lawsuit Filed Against Agnes Martin Catalogue Raisonné

For several years the topic of litigation against appraisers and authenticators has been a controversial issue, causing a number of artists’ foundations and independent professionals to refrain from giving opinions for fear...more

Dismissed Dell Appraisal Claimants Settle With Company

Appraisal litigation has been a topic at the forefront of the minds of many legal practitioners over the past few years. Recently, amendments to Section 262 of Delaware's General Corporation Law went into effect that were...more

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Rejects Department of Revenue’s Attempt to Expand Realty Transfer Tax on Leases

In a decision issued yesterday in Saturday Family and Techspec Inc. v. Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court reversed the decisions of the administrative boards and rejected the Department of Revenue’s attempt to...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Fee Award In Appraisal Case

Plaintiffs’ attorneys in representative litigation may obtain awards of fees and expenses when their efforts prove successful and provide benefits to the represented class. This decision explains how the Court of Chancery...more

U.S.-India Newsletter - Vol. 2016, Issue 3

Summer 2016 was a season of change. In Europe, we saw the "Brexit," with the United Kingdom voting to withdraw from the European Union. The June referendum sent shockwaves through the business and finance communities and...more

Inside the Courts: An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - September 2016 / Volume 8 / Issue 3

We are pleased to present Inside the Courts (Volume 8, Issue 3), Skadden’s securities litigation newsletter. This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between...more

Indiana Court Addresses Enforceability of Retroactive Date

In its recent decision in Debbie Sunshine v. General Star Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131213 (S.D. Ind. Sept. 26, 2016), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana had occasion to consider the...more

How Appraisal Protects Against Texas Insurance Code Abuse

Insurance practice in Texas has become somewhat rote. Typically, a petition is filed against both an insurance company (that is often not based or incorporated in Texas) and a local adjuster. In addition to a breach of...more

Court Relies on DCF Valuation to Appraise Private Company

In an appraisal proceeding under Section 262 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, the Delaware Court of Chancery determines the "fair value" of a company's "shares exclusive of any element arising from the accomplishment...more

Improving Waterfront Property: Challenges to the Fifty Percent Rule are Strictly Construed

Anyone working in waterfront construction long enough has a story (or knows someone who does) about pulled permits or burdensome local rules and regulations which may turn a waterfront dream renovation into a nightmare....more

CFPB, OCC, and Federal Reserve Propose Clarifications to Small Loan Exemption from HPML Appraisal Requirements

On August 4, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”), and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Federal Reserve”) (together, the...more

Perspectives - August/September 2016

We’ve all heard about India’s rape crisis, but not everyone knows that it’s the result of the larger problem of gender inequality. According to UNICEF, India is the worst place to be born a girl. The birth of a baby girl is...more

USPAP to Remain the Sole Standard of Valuation Practice in California for Real Estate Appraisers

Last summer, I wrote about the Appraisal Institute’s controversial effort to promote legislation in California (known as AB 624) that would enable licensed real estate appraisers performing appraisals for...more

ATTENTION PROPERTY OWNERS: Your Property Tax (TRIM) Notices for 2016 Have Been Mailed To You!

August 23, 2016 By: S. Brendan Lynch Property Appraisers in Florida have now sent out Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices to all property owners, so these notices have either already been received or will be waiting in your...more

What’s Happening in Delaware M&A – Summer 2016

This update provides a summary of recent Delaware caselaw and statutory developments concerning mergers and acquisitions, including new cases regarding appraisal rights, fraud claims and fiduciary duty and deal process...more

FHA Issues Final Guidelines on PACE Assessments

The U.S. Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued final guidance in the form of Mortgagee Letter 2016-11 regarding the subordination of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) assessments on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. As...more

California Supreme Court Addresses Intersection of City Right-of-Way Dedication Requirements and Project Influence in Valuing...

Just compensation in condemnation has long been held to require payment that is fair to both the property owner having its property seized and the public taking it. Two of the rules that have developed in this pursuit of...more

Appraisal Arbitrage: Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

Delaware state courts have seen a rise in appraisal petitions filed by shareholders dissenting from mergers, with 34 actions filed in the first half of 2016, compared to 16 in all of 2012, according to a recent Wall Street...more

2016 Changes to Delaware Law Go into Effect

Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law - Several significant amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the DGCL) were signed into law on June 16, 2016, and went into effect on August 1, 2016.1 Most...more

Are Appraisal Cases to Decline?

Among the most-discussed issues in corporate law today is whether appraisal actions should be curtailed. Triggered by above-merger price awards after deals were shopped in the market, the argument is that the appraisal...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Agencies Issue Proposal on Method to Adjust Threshold for Exempting Small Loans from Special Appraisal Requirements - On July 22, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Reserve Board and the Office...more

Do the Provisions of the Judicial Code Automatically Apply in Eminent Domain Cases? The Commonwealth Court Recently Said No.

On June 22, 2016, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court decided the case of Township of Millcreek v. Angela Cres Trust of June 25, 1998, 1725 C.D. 2015, which decided whether 42 Pa.C.S. § 5505 applies to eminent domain cases. ...more

CFPB Proposes Changes to Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans Exemption Threshold

On August 4, 2016 the CFPB published for comment proposed substantive and organizational changes to the Regulation Z Commentary regarding the calculation of the annual exemption threshold  amount for the special appraisal...more

Fair Value in Arm's-Length Third-Party Transactions

With the rise of appraisal arbitrage, an increasing number of appraisal petitions and an increase in the size of appraisal classes, corporate practitioners have closely followed recent appraisal decisions in the Delaware...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Agencies Issue Proposal on Method to Adjust Threshold for Exempting Small Loans from Special Appraisal Requirements - On July 22, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Reserve Board and the Office...more

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