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Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Fair and Effective Markets Review Publishes Final Report - On June 10, 2015, the Fair and Effective Markets Review (FEMR), established by the Chancellor in June 2014 to conduct a review of fixed income, currency and...more

Nevada Senate Passes Bill Affecting Super-Priority Liens in Foreclosure

The Nevada Legislature recently passed a bill intended, in part, to address issues resulting from the Nevada Supreme Court’s decision that a homeowners association lien is a true super-priority lien that, if foreclosed,...more

Supreme Court Reaffirms a Chapter 7 Debtor's Inability to Strip a Lien Against Real Property

Reaffirming its 1992 decision in Dewsnup v. Timm, on June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court in Bank of America v. Caulkett, No. 13-1421, once again ruled that a chapter 7 debtor may not void a junior lien under Bankruptcy Code...more

Real Property 101 for Community Bankers in the Spilman Footprint

What is the difference between a Deed of Trust and a Mortgage? The terms “Deed of Trust” and “mortgage” are often used by people interchangeably. Both serve to give the lender a lien as collateral for a loan but, these...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Personal Property Securities Law (Updated)

PERSONAL PROPERTY SECURITIES LAW - Personal property securities law in Australia was recently overhauled with the introduction of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA). The PPSA applies across all...more

Chapter 7 Debtors Cannot Strip Off Junior Liens on Underwater Home Loans, United States Supreme Court Rules

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that debtors in Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases cannot “strip off,” or completely void, junior mortgages that—based on the value of the property and the amount of claims secured by...more

Calculating Title Insurance Claims: Reduction in Value vs. Insured Claim

After a mortgagor filed bankruptcy, a lender brought claims under a ship mortgage insurance title policy. [See, First Am. Bank v. First Am. Transp. Title Ins. Co., 759 F.3d 427 (5th Cir. 2014).] The lender appealed the...more

Should Underwater Junior Liens Survive Bankruptcy?

On March 24th, the Supreme Court heard oral argument on the consolidated appeals of two decisions from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Bank of America v. Caulkett and Bank of America v. Toledo-Cardona. The appeals...more

How to Ensure Creditor Protection in Cyprus

This article outlines the many ways in which under Cypriot law businesses can protect their interests in their commercial dealings. Any creditor needs to ensure that he will receive payment for the sale of his goods or...more

Equitable Subordination Allowed Even Though First Lienholder Had Constructive Knowledge of Subordinated Mortgage at Closing, S.C....

The Supreme Court of South Carolina recently held that a lienholder’s ability to obtain equitable subordination of a prior mortgage was not precluded by its agent’s knowledge that the prior mortgage had not been satisfied. In...more

Developer May Not Extinguish Contractor’s Liens by Foreclosing on Its Own Mortgage, Florida Court Holds

A Florida appellate court recently rejected a real estate developer’s creative effort to shed its property of contractor’s liens. The court applied the venerable principal of mortgage law that a borrower may not extinguish...more

Nevada Supreme Court Holds Foreclosure Of A Homeowners Association’s Assessment Lien Extinguishes A First Mortgage

On September 18, the Nevada Supreme Court decided that a homeowners association may foreclose its assessment lien non-judicially and that the foreclosure extinguishes a first mortgage. SFR Investments Pool v. US Bank (130...more

Strong Arm Powers: What Can Be Done With An Avoided Lien?

DeGiacomo v. Traverse (In re Traverse), 753 F.3d 19 (1st Cir. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid an unrecorded first mortgage and to preserve the lien for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. In response, the...more

D.C. Court of Appeals, Nevada Supreme Court Extinguish Lender's Mortgage Lien Following Association Lien Foreclosures

A recent decision by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals brings into renewed focus the tension between condominium/homeowner associations and lenders when it comes to payment of delinquent association assessment...more

New Changes to Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law Take Effect

On July 9, 2014, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill (S.B. 145) into law that amends the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law of 1963 (the “Lien Law”). The new law took effect on September 8, 2014 and affects...more

Foreclosure of DC Condominium Association’s Lien for Unpaid Assessments Extinguishes First Mortgage

(Chase Plaza Condominium Association, Inv. V. JP Morgan Chase Bank, No 13-CV-623 & 13-CV-674, decided August 28, 2014). In a case of first impression, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals held that a condominium...more

D.C. Court of Appeals Extinguishes Lender’s Mortgage Lien Following Association Lien Foreclosure

A recent decision by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals brings into renewed focus the tension between condominium and homeowner associations and lenders when it comes to payment of delinquent association assessment...more

Arizona Supreme Court to Contractor: Sorry But Equitable Subrogation of a Bank’s Later Deed of Trust Trumps Earlier Mechanics’...

The smoke has finally cleared in a hard and long-fought battle between a bank and contractor both claiming priority to foreclose millions of dollars on a Phoenix condominium project. The project, well-known as Summit at...more

Who is Reading Your Mail? The Florida Condominium Termination Trap

Crowded dockets, understaffed courts, increased foreclosure times, mandatory mediation, trial mortgage modifications, last-minute bankruptcy petitions and litigation tactics, which in far too many instances fell somewhere...more

Lenders Across North Carolina Can Breathe Sigh of Relief - NC Supreme Court reverses decision in significant banking litigation

In a case that has implications for all banks in North Carolina, the North Carolina Supreme Court removed a cloud of uncertainty that has remained over the North Carolina banking industry for more than 18 months. The Supreme...more

Borrowers Can Avoid Liability Even After a Trustee’s Sale

Since a lender must have a valid debt and valid lien to conduct a trustee’s sale, a borrower that allows the foreclosure sale to occur impliedly agrees that the debt and lien are valid. In Madison v. Groseth and BT Capital,...more

SCOTUS Denies Certiorari In Lien Stripping Case

On March 31, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in an Eleventh Circuit case that raises the issue of whether, under section 506(d) of the Bankruptcy Code, a chapter 7 debtor can “strip off” a...more

Natural Gas Boom Fuels Requests for Partial Releases from Mortgage Liens

Residential lenders and servicers are continuing to see a larger impact from the natural gas boom, and it is not just from properties hosting drilling operations. More lenders are seeing increasing numbers of borrowers...more

Making Home Affordable Supplemental Directive

On July 30, the Obama Administration released a supplemental directive providing updates to the Making Home Affordable program, specially with respect to the Second Lien Modification Program (2MP)....more

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo: Eminent Domain Needs More Than a Magic Wand to Overcome Title Defects

Oh, if it only were that easy. A city seizes “underwater” residential mortgage loans through eminent domain, waves its magic wand, says Abracadabra or Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, and then the mortgage lien of the prior loan holder...more

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