Statute of Frauds

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Florida High Court to Decide Whether Statute of Frauds Applies to Oral Agreement to Split Lottery Winnings

On June 20, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court accepted review of a Fifth District decision that certified the following question of great public importance...more

“2 Sign or Not 2 Sign:” Which Statute of Frauds Governs Oil & Gas Leases?

In a recent decision, the Pennsylvania Superior Court resolved an open question of state law regarding which one of two alternative statutes of frauds apply to oil and gas leases, in the process making clear that for an oil...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19047 - Commissioner of Public Safety v. Freedom of Information Commission - 1994 legislation that expanded the disclosure requirements of law enforcement agencies beyond just the name, rank & serial number of the...more

Legislature Enacts “5 Second Rule” For Electronic Contracts To Sell Real Property

The Statute of Frauds has been a part of Anglo-American jurisprudence for centuries. It made its first appearance in the wake of the English Civil War (yes, they had one too but for very different reasons) when King Charles...more

Ohio Supreme Court Holds Statute of Frauds Applies To Defenses, Too

On March 6, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio held that the statute of frauds barred a group of guarantors from raising, as a defense to a collection suit, a claim that the bank’s right to enforce the guaranties was barred by...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: November 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SASHA GRANAI FUNK - Foreclosure: final judgment of foreclosure without amounts due and owing invalid and precludes foreclosure sale - King v. US Bank, No. 1D13-3109 (Fla. 1st DCA Nov. 6, 2013)...more

California Appellate Court Holds Lender Failed to Follow HAMP Procedures

The California Court of Appeal reversed a lower’s court’s dismissal of a lawsuit by a borrower alleging that her lender breached an agreement to offer a permanent loan modification after she made all required payments under a...more

An Accidental Peril of Electronic Communication

Text message: “Awesome.” Is that any way to form a contract? In 2011, a Florida state court said it was. It was as early as 1677 that the British Parliament passed the Statute of Frauds, which generally provided...more

Lost Writings And The Statute Of Frauds

In 1677, the English Parliament enacted a law establishing a legal principle that was eventually adopted by all of the future states of its nascent colonies – the Statute of Frauds....more

Sign those Real Estate Agreements!

The Statute of Frauds is a BIG deal in real estate transactions and litigation. (This is our second post about it already…)....more

Statute of Frauds Bars Claims Seeking To Set Aside Foreclosure Sale Based On Oral Promises Related To Loan Modifications

The Fourth Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, recently held that an oral statement that borrowers should disregard notices of foreclosure sale while being considered for a loan modification is insufficient to set aside a...more

What Is An Enforceable Property Description?

Valid Description? We don’t need no valid stinking description! Actually, in May v. Buck, a Texas Court of Appeals says you do. The need for a sufficient property description in a oil and gas transaction seems like an...more

Real Estate Litigation Update: Statute of Frauds? It Had Better Be Written. Sort of.

Leave it to Don King to muddy the legal waters. Consistent with its recent pattern of strictly enforcing agreements, the Florida Supreme Court issued a decision that refused to expand exceptions to the Statute of Frauds. DK...more

Texas Appeals Court Affirms Holding That Certain Emails Read Together Can Be Construed As One Contract

On March 7, the Texas Court of Appeals of the Thirteenth District affirmed a trial court’s holding that the essential terms of an option contract for the purchase of real estate were present when three e-mail messages...more

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