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Navigating Derivative Lawsuits Against Mutual Funds After Northstar

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this spring held that mutual fund shareholders could maintain direct claims against the fund’s trustees for breach of their common law fiduciary duties. Before Northstar v. Schwab, such...more

The Case of the Vanishing Guaranty—Issues Facing Commercial Real Property Lenders Regarding Revocable Trust Borrowers

I have recently received numerous questions from commercial lender clients regarding structuring and enforcing commercial real property loans involving revocable trusts. Their concerns have largely centered on how to...more

Trustee Alert – Medical Identify Theft On the Rise

The increased use of electronic medical records and breaches of that data by computer hackers or handling errors by insurers and providers has increased medical identity theft in recent years. This increase reemphasizes the...more

Strong Arm Powers: Does Sovereign Immunity Trump a Claim Based on State Law?

Kohut v. Wayne County Treasurer (In re Lewiston), 528 B.R. 387 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 2015) – The debtor made property tax payments on behalf of several real estate projects.  The chapter 7 trustee sought to recover those...more

Potential Damages in RMBS Suit Against WMC Mortgage Drastically Reduced

On August 18, 2015, Judge Denise Cote of the federal district court for the Southern District of New York addressed the appropriate measure of potential damages in an action by Bank of New York Mellon (BoNY), as RMBS trustee,...more

T&E Litigation Newsletter- 9/3/15

Massachusetts courts have issued decisions on several topics of interest, including whether a revocable spendthrift trust may properly be included in a marital estate, what happens to assets left to a named beneficiary who...more

Counsel’s Corner: Does the CFPB Really Understand Non-Judicial Foreclosures?

What is the CFPB's stake in this issue? - The FDCPA is a very powerful statute. It touches a lot of areas of consumer protection. The CFPB is really just exploring it and flexing its muscles in that area. It's working on...more

Settlement Proceeds: When Does Cash Become Quasi Real Estate?

Farmer v. Citizens Nat’l Bank of Athens (In re Davis), 528 B.R. 757 (Bankr. E.D. Tenn. 2015) – A chapter 7 trustee sought a court determination that the trustee had a superior claim to settlement proceeds arising from...more

Staffing Your Estate Plan

A good estate plan can significantly reduce taxes, streamline transfers of assets after your death, sidestep costly public probate proceedings and minimize family squabbles over inheritance. But if you don’t have the...more

Growing Medical Marijuana, Problematic in Bankruptcy, and Out

Frank Arenas is licensed in Colorado to grow and dispense medical marijuana. He and his wife own a building, half of which is used for the cultivation and the other half of which is leased to a marijuana dispensary. These...more

Good News for Secured Creditors and Commercial Lessors in Chapter 13 Cases

A new administrative order was entered by Chief Judge Jennemann in the Middle District of Florida on August 10. The Middle District of Florida stretches from Jacksonville on the east coast, through Central Florida and down...more

FDIC Sues BNY Mellon For Alleged Failure As Trustee of RMBS

On August 19, 2015, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., acting as receiver for Guaranty Bank, filed suit against Bank of New York Mellon Corp. in New York federal court, alleging that BNY breached its duties as trustee of 12...more

Tenth Circuit Confirms That a Single Payment on New Purchase Contract May Satisfy Ordinary Course Defense Under 11 U.S.C. §...

In Jubber v. SMC Electrical Products, Inc. et al. (In re C.W. Mining Co.), Case No. 13-4175 (Aug. 10, 2015), the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that a single payment made by a debtor within the 90-day preference...more

CFPB’s Office of Older Americans Releases Virginia Guides Designed for Financial Caregivers

On August 17, the CFPB released Virginia state-specific Managing Someone Else’s Money guides, which are designed to make it easier for financial caregivers to follow the state’s unique fiduciary laws and procedures. According...more

Obtaining or Avoiding a Freeze on a Bank or Other Financial Account Can Require Swift Action or Reaction

During the dog days of summer, anything with the word “freeze” may sound appealing. But if the freeze is a “trustee process attachment” (tying up a bank or other institutional account), a whole different set of emotions can...more

CFPB issues state-specific guides for financial caregivers

In October 2013, the CFPB released four “Managing Someone Else’s Money” guides for financial caregivers, particularly those who handle the finances of older Americans. The booklets were designed for four different categories...more

CFPB: “F” is for “Foreclosure,” “FDCPA”

The CFPB has weighed in on whether a trustee foreclosing on a California home qualifies as a “debt collector” under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. In Ho v. ReconTrust, N.A. (9th Cir. Aug. 7, 2015), the Bureau...more

GE Mortgage Holding, LLC Motion for Summary Judgment Denied

On July 30, 2015, District Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York denied GE Mortgage Holding LLC’s (“GEMH”) motion for summary judgment in a repurchase action brought by the RMBS Trustee for the GE-WMC 2006-1...more

Third Circuit Finds Insured v. Insured Exclusion Precludes Recovery of Defense Costs

Many corporate executives may be under the impression that the defense costs they incur when sued for actions taken in their role as officers of the company would be covered by a “Management Protection” insurance policy. The...more

Just when you thought Deco-ast was clear for special servicer replacements

If you thought the wrangling over special servicer replacements was over following Richard Snowden QC’s judgment in US Bank v Titan Europe 2007-1 (NHP) plc in April last year, think again....more

No Damages Awarded for ERISA Plan Fund Mapping Claims

Mapping in a 401(k) plan occurs when an investment option is removed and the participant’s investment in that option is transferred to a different investment option (absent direction from the participant). On remand from the...more

Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

In re Estate of House, 2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 3006 (Wash. Ct. App. 2014) - A release waiving any and all claims that the parties may have or may acquire, bars recovery for unknown claims existing at the time the release...more

Reversing the Trend: Will Congress Act to Except College Tuition Payments from Clawback in Bankruptcy? - Congress Weighs...

A trend emerging in consumer bankruptcy cases around the U.S. is causing concern for many parents, students and undergraduate schools. As was reported by The Wall Street Journal in an article published on May 5, 2015, an...more

SEC's Warning — Fund Trustees Are Fair Game

In a cease-and-desist order entered on June 17, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission found that a fund adviser, two independent trustees and an inside trustee willfully violated Section 15(c) of the Investment...more

Trustee Duties are Not for the Faint of Heart

One of the most important and farthest-reaching decisions involved in the creation of a trust is the naming of a trustee. It may seem simple enough at the outset to choose either oneself or a family member in place of a...more

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