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MD Insurance Commissioner Holds Hearing on Draft Proposed Changes to COMAR 31.15.12 – Valuation of Motor Vehicles

On Friday November 21, 2014, the Maryland Insurance Commissioner held a hearing to gather information from the industry on the draft proposed changes to COMAR 31.15.12 – Valuation of Motor Vehicles. The draft proposed...more

Appraisal Institute Announces new "Standards of Valuation Practice"

Last week, the Appraisal Institute unveiled its Standards of Valuation Practice (SVP). SVP will not replace USPAP (the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) -- which have long-been the mainstay of appraisal...more

Court Provides Guidelines on Valuing Natural Resources in Eminent Domain Proceedings

Valuing mineral rights in eminent domain proceedings is inherently speculative and can lead to wide swings in property valuations. So how do appraisers best deal with the uncertainty involved in mineral exploitation? The...more

What Should the Trustee of a Private ESOP Do?

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently entered into an agreement with GreatBanc Trust Company settling claims relating to its service as trustee of an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) holding stock of a private company....more

Reliance on Professional Advice Avoids Valuation Penalty

In Whitehouse Hotel Ltd Partnership v. Commissioner, No. 13-60131 (6/11/2014), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the Tax Court’s enforcement of a gross undervaluation penalty imposed on a taxpayer claiming a...more

Illinois Court Holds Services Performed By Sub for Parent Comes Within E&O Policy

In its recent decision in Hilco Trading LLC v. Liberty Surplus Ins. Co., 2014 Ill. App. LEXIS (Ill. 1s Mar. 17, 2014), the Appellate Court of Illinois for had occasion to consider whether appraisals and evaluations prepared...more

Huff Fund Inv. P’ship v. CKx, Inc., C.A. No. 6844 (Del. Ch. Nov. 1, 2013) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this post-trial memorandum opinion, Vice Chancellor Glasscock conducted an appraisal proceeding in which he found that the price paid in the acquisition of CKx, Inc. (CKx or the “Company”) by Apollo Global Management was a...more

Mississippi Supreme Court Upholds the Net Operating Income Method for Determining True Value of Affordable Housing

In a much anticipated decision, on October 17, 2013, the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the Income Approach to Valuation of Affordable Housing, which is a significant victory for affordable housing developers and the larger...more

2013 Property Tax Assessment Notices Mailed This Month

The Florida County Property Appraiser Offices have started to mail the 2013 Property Tax Assessment Notices, commonly known as TRIM Notices. TRIM Notices present the 2013 property assessments and are mailed for both real and...more

CFPB Amends Requirements for Providing Appraisals to Home Loan Applicants

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has issued amendments to Regulation B requiring creditors to provide to applicants free copies of all appraisals and other written valuations developed in connection with an...more

CFPB Issues Final ECOA Appraisal Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a final rule to implement Dodd-Frank amendments to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act that require creditors to provide to a first lien mortgage applicant a copy of all...more

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