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Chairman Camp’s Tax Proposals Would Affect REITs and Real Estate

Chairman David Camp (R-MI) of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee recently issued a discussion draft of a comprehensive tax reform proposal which would materially modify the taxation of REITs and real estate related...more

Anti-Deficiency Protection Held Not to Extend to Vacant, Unimproved Residential Lots

In a recent opinion, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that borrowers who obtained a loan secured by a vacant, unimproved residential lot are not protected from a deficiency judgment following a non-judicial trustee’s sale of...more

Lenity, Chevron Deference And Consumer Protection Laws

Several federal statutes, including the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”), the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) permit the government to seek either civil or...more

Federal Court Dismisses FCA Claims Against Bank’s Outside Directors

On January 3, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that a relator failed to support allegations that the outside directors of a failed bank misrepresented to the FDIC the quality of the bank’s...more

District Judge Reaffirms Denial of Motion to Dismiss RMBS Repurchase Suit

On January 7, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied WMC’s motion to reconsider the denial of its motion to dismiss in light of the intervening New York...more

Arizona Residential Mortgage Brokers: Potential Additional Liability Exposure on the Horizon

Arizona Senate Bill 1026, introduced by Senator Ableser, proposes some significant changes to the law governing Arizona’s residential mortgage brokers that could expand their potential liability arising out of their...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 13, 2014

European Parliament Committee Publishes Opinion on Money Laundering Directive 4 - On January 7, the European Parliament published an opinion, written by its Committee on Legal Affairs (or JURI) relating to the...more

New CFPB Mortgage Resources

On January 7, the CFPB released additional resources for consumers in anticipation of the January 10 effective date for its mortgage rules, including sample letters and mortgage tips....more

CFPB’s fact vs. fiction guide: useful information for consumers or defense planning?

With the January 10 effective date imminent, the CFPB has issued what it labels a “fact vs. fiction guide” on its ability-to-repay/qualified mortgage rule. According to the CFPB, the guide is intended “to help dispel some of...more

Wisconsin Revises Mortgage Satisfaction Requirements

On December 12, Wisconsin enacted SB 290, which repealed an existing law governing mortgage satisfaction requirements and adopted provisions similar to the Uniform Residential Mortgage Satisfaction Act (URMSA). Effective...more

CFPB, State AGs Announce First Nonbank National Servicing Settlement

On December 19, the CFPB and attorneys general for 49 states and the District of Columbia, and a nonbank mortgage servicer, filed a proposed consent order in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, pursuant to...more

NY Appellate Court Reverses Decision on Statute of Limitations for Mortgage Buyback Claims

On December 19, 2013, correspondent lenders were the beneficiaries of a long-awaited common sense ruling on when the statute of limitations begins to run under New York law for purposes of a mortgage buyback claim. The...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At Federal Agencies

Agencies Adopt Final Rules Exempting Certain Higher-Price Mortgage Loans from Appraisal Requirements - On Thursday, December 12, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal...more

Legal Notebook - December 2013

In honour of the current Ashes cricket series (and given that, at the time of writing, there has just been a resounding victory by Australia in the First Test), we have elected to focus this edition of Legal Notebook on a...more

Real Estate Newsletter - December 2013

The Alabama Supreme Court recently addressed whether a lender must own a mortgage when it initiates foreclosure proceedings and, if not, whether that would invalidate the ownership rights in the property that the lender...more

Revival of REIT Rulings Could Mean Good News for Companies with Non-Traditional Assets Considering Becoming REITs

In recent years, there has been a considerable expansion of the types of companies holding non-traditional real estate assets that have elected to become real estate investment trusts for US federal income tax purposes...more

Italy Real Estate Update – November 2013

A NEW TAX FRAMEWORK FOR REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS: A FEW CERTAINTIES AND SEVERAL DOUBTS PENDING THE CLARIFICATIONS FROM THE TAX AUTHORITY - Starting from 1 January 2014 significant changes will come into effect with...more

OCC Lending Handbook Needs Parenting on Important Legal Topics

In an earlier posting, I reviewed the OCC’s new Commercial Real Estate Lending handbook . The purpose of the handbook is to give parenting – I mean guidance – on risks inherent in commercial real estate lending. On legal...more

The Government Shutdown and its Effect on the Real Estate Market

On September 30, the federal government shut down or significantly reduced staffing for many of its programs because of Congress’ failure to pass a budget for this fiscal year. The shutdown appears set to affect the real...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Weeks Ending August 9 & 16, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES & ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - Slander of Title: slander of title counterclaim barred by statute of limitations could not be brought as recoupment claim to avoid limitations because it...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending August 2, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES - Attorneys’ Fees: trial court did not abuse its discretion in awarding attorneys’ fees and costs of $74,429 against bank following dismissal of foreclosure action as sanction...more

CFPB Proposes Modifying Mortgage Rules

CFPB Proposes Modifying Mortgage Rules - On June 24, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed seven separate “clarifications” and “narrow revisions” to certain mortgage rules it first issued in...more

Real Estate Mortgage Excess Servicing Spread is a Real Estate Asset for REIT Purposes

On July 12, the IRS released a private letter ruling issued on April 12, 2013, ruling that certain real estate mortgage excess servicing spread would constitute a real estate asset, and that income received from the spread...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - July 22, 2013

SEC and EU Supervisory Cooperation for Asset Management Industry - On July 19, the SEC announced that it signed various memoranda of understanding with the financial regulators of 25 member states of the EU and 3...more

State Law Update: Tennessee, Kansas Update Mortgage-Related Provisions

On April 11, Tennessee enacted HB 160, a bill that makes certain minor changes to the state’s mortgage licensing law. The bill removes current licensing exemptions for (i) a person who owns a vacant tract of real property...more

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