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SEC Charges Attorneys Who Implemented Fraud Scheme

Two attorneys, with fiduciary duties to their clients by virtue of their role as escrow agents, served not as the protector of client funds, but enablers of a fraudulent scheme. The plot was uncovered by OCIE during an...more

No Closure Yet on the Issue of Aggregation of Claims Against Solicitors

The Court of Appeal in AIG Europe Ltd v OC320301 LLP (formerly The International Law Partnership LLP) has ordered a retrial of the question of whether actions brought by 214 investors in two failed holiday property schemes in...more

Mooting Class Actions by Offer of Judgment – Episode 2: The Ninth Circuit Strikes Back

In Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, 136 S. Ct. 663 (Jan. 20, 2016), the Supreme Court resolved a split among courts and held that an unaccepted settlement offer of complete individual relief does not moot the plaintiff’s lawsuit. ...more

CFPB Issues Second Rule to Implement the HELP Act, Expanding Qualified Mortgage Coverage for Lenders in Rural and Underserved...

As we have addressed, Congress passed the Helping Expand Lending Practices in Rural Communities Act of 2015 (HELP Act) on December 4, 2015, in efforts to expand the designation of additional areas as being "rural" under...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Mootness Where Defendant Escrows Offered Funds, Broadening Campbell-Ewald

The Ninth Circuit has answered questions left open by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez decision by finding a putative class action was not moot even where the defendant deposited the offered funds into...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Advancement Rights Of Seller Representative

This is an interesting advancement case as it applies the usual test of whether the former directors have been sued “by reason of the fact” they were directors in the context of suit against former owners’ representative for...more

The Advantage of Crossover Refunding of Build America Bonds

Many governmental entities considering an advance refunding of their Build America Bonds (“BABs”) can achieve a better economic result by using a crossover refunding. While an advance “net” refunding typically results in a...more

CFPB invites comments on “Application Process for Designation of Rural Area under Federal Consumer Financial Law”

As we previously addressed, the CFPB issued a final rule to expand the definition of “rural areas” under Regulation Z with regard to the authority of small creditors to make certain qualified mortgage loans under the ability...more

TRID Rule Technical Correction?

In the Federal Register the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a correction to the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule supplementary information as published on December 31, 2013, with regard to...more

Federal Register Publishes Correction to CFPB’s KBYO Rule

On February 10, the CFPB published a correction to amend the preamble of the Know Before You Owe (KBYO) rule. Under the former RESPA rules, prepaid property taxes, HOA dues, condo fees, and co-op fees were not subject to...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Announces Steps to Improve Checking Account Access - On Feb. 3, the CFPB announced that it was taking three steps to expand checking account access to the approximately 10 million...more

Smart Selling And Buying: 5 Main M&A Pitfalls to Avoid

Marcellus Shale drilling was taking off, and the owner of an oil and gas service company fielded a buyout offer from a Wall Street private equity firm. Golden opportunity, right?...more

New Abu Dhabi Real Estate Law - Abu Dhabi Law No 3 of 2015 Concerning the Regulation of the Real Estate Sector in the Emirate of...

The long-awaited real estate law aimed at regulating the real estate industry in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been released amid much enthusiasm with industry participants hoping it will give impetus to the real estate...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 23, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Documentary Stamp Tax: deferred interest on a “pick-a-payment” mortgage did not amount to future advance, which would have required payment of documentary stamp tax - Steinberg v. Wells...more

Third Circuit Provides Gifting Guidance in § 363 Sales

Under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, a debtor is permitted to sell substantially all of its assets outside of a plan of reorganization. Over the past two decades, courts have increasingly liberalized the standards under...more

New Condominium Sponsor-Developers Guidelines Go Into Effect November 1: Certificates of Occupancy

Earlier this week, the Real Estate Finance Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General (REF) provided significant guidance on several issues facing sponsor-developers of new construction and gut-renovation...more

Maryland Corporate Law Update – 2015

In the 2015 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly implemented several useful changes to the Maryland General Corporation Law (the “MGCL”). House Bill 522 (now Chapter 526 of 2015 Session Laws and referred to...more

Escrowed Payments May Leave Federal Subcontractors High and Dry

Companies providing products or services as subcontractors to prime federal contractors often struggle with how best to ensure prompt and full payments from primes. Prime contractors, particularly small business concerns,...more

CFPB Finalizes Rule Allowing Small Creditors to Increase Lending in Rural and Underserved Areas

On September 21, the CFPB issued a final rule, amending certain mortgage rules and comments relating to lending activities by small creditors in rural and underserved areas. Initially proposed in January 2015, the final rule,...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending September 4, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Standing: party whose motion to intervene in foreclosure action was denied did not have standing to appeal final judgment of foreclosure – Market Tampa Investments, LLC. V Stobaugh,...more

Representation and Warranty Insurance: No Longer Optional - Deal Terms and Trends - Summer 2015

Representation and warranty insurance (R&WI) has become an integral component of the M&A landscape and is here to stay. The data speaks for itself: in 2014, more than 700 U.S. R&WI policies were issued, which was double the...more

Court Reviews Validity of Escrow Claims

Gore, et al., v. Al Jazeera America Holdings I, Inc. emphasizes not only the necessity to carefully draft indemnification claim provisions in merger agreements but the need to carefully draft indemnification claims as well....more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending July 31 & August 7, 2015

Foreclosure: non-borrower owner of real property as tenants-in-common with borrower not required to sign mortgage for borrower to encumber only his interest in the property and non-borrower’s signature on mortgage reflected...more

M&A: Facilitate Deal-Making through the Use of Representation and Warranty Insurance

In this frothy, seller-driven M&A market, representation and warranty insurance can help bridge the gap between a buyer and seller and facilitate deal-making. In M&A transactions, a seller seeks to limit the extent to...more

Abu Dhabi Global Markets: New Regulations: Strata

The ADGM Strata Title Regulations 2015 (the “Strata Regulations”) introduce a set of strata specific laws which deal with the stratification of real estate interests situated within the Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”), which...more

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