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Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending January 29 & February 5, 2016

Real Property Update - Foreclosure/Standing: filing of original note and mortgage with assignment after complaint filed does not establish standing to sue at inception of suit where endorsement undated and assignment...more

Did the Fourth Circuit Just Create a Cause of Action for “Unconscionable Inducement” Under West Virginia Law?

In McFarland v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 14-2126 (4th Cir. Jan. 15, 2016), the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals examined the argument that a loan was substantively unconscionable because it vastly exceeded the worth of the...more

Less Than Half of 2014 Virginia Consumer Protection Cases Receive Class Treatment: A Review of Virginia Consumer Class Action...

In 2014, twenty (20) cases were filed in Virginia seeking to redress alleged violations of various consumer protection statutes on a class-wide basis. Most of these cases were concluded in 2015 without the certification of a...more

Claims Against RMBS Trustees Dismissed

On January 19, Judge Richard Berman of the Southern District of New York dismissed, for lack of jurisdiction, the vast majority of claims asserted against Deutsche Bank and Wells Fargo in their respective capacities as RMBS...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending January 1 & 8, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Statutory Easement/Attorney’s Fees: appellants that were granted a statutory easement by way of necessity were not entitled to attorney’s fees pursuant to Florida Statutes, Section 704.04 because...more

Commerzbank AG Sues Four RMBS Trustees Alleging Violations of Duties to Investors

On December 23 and 24, Commerzbank AG filed four actions in the Southern District of New York against Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and the Bank of New York Mellon in their...more

TILA Notice Requirement Not Retroactive: Ninth Circuit

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that a 2009 amendment to the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) does not apply retroactively. In a putative class action, Plaintiffs Mohammad and Rosa Talaie brought a claim...more

Bright Bulbs Bring Bank Branding Battle

Just as the Minnesota Vikings exceed expectations this year and push into the NFL playoffs, the Vikings’ still-unfinished new stadium is producing some interesting (if not expected) branding-related litigation....more

Ninth Circuit: TILA Amendment Not Retroactive

On December 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s ruling that a 2009 amendment to TILA, which requires creditors to provide borrowers with written notice of the sale or transfer of...more

New Fifth Circuit Opinion is a Warning to Lenders Using “As Is” Waivers in Real Estate Contracts

In Jones v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 15-30031, — F. App’x —, (5th Cir. Sept. 29, 2015), the Fifth Circuit reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit against Wells Fargo for its alleged failure to disclose known mold problems,...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 12.15.15

The Supreme Court just added a “Part IV” to the Times’ series on the impact of arbitration clauses on average consumers – NYTimes... Dealbook’s White Collar Watch column asks what makes a misstatement material in a...more

No-Action Relief Granted to Foreign Branch of US Swap Dealer for Transaction-Level Requirements

In a recently released no-action letter, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission indicated it would not seek enforcement action against a US swap dealer and its counterparties where a foreign branch of the US swap dealer...more

MassDEP Agrees to Settlements with Financial Institutions to Resolve Alleged Violations of Massachusetts Environmental Laws at...

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“MassDEP”) recently entered into consent orders with two financial institutions to resolve alleged Massachusetts environmental law violations occurring at two bank...more

Florida Appellate Court Rejects Conditional Notices of Voluntary Dismissal – Treats as Totally Ineffectual

In Wells Fargo Bank v. Lauri Mailloux, 2D14-5116 (Fla. 2d DCA October 30, 2015), the Second District Court of Appeal held that the inclusion of language purporting to render a notice of voluntary dismissal conditional upon an...more

SEC Partially Settles Insider Trading Action Based on Gift to Romantic Partner

The SEC filed an insider trading action in which the tipper partially settled the action. While the complaint alleged that the tippee knew of the breach of duty and that the information was gifted to him by his romantic...more

What Does the Trust Requirement of ERISA Mean?

ERISA requires that plan assets be held in trust so that they are protected from claims of the employer. With pension plans, it is generally easy to determine when assets become plan assets and when they should be held in...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 23, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Documentary Stamp Tax: deferred interest on a “pick-a-payment” mortgage did not amount to future advance, which would have required payment of documentary stamp tax - Steinberg v. Wells...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 16, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing: although bank established it had possession of note prior to commencement of action, bank did not demonstrate when blank endorsement was placed on note, nor did it prove it...more

New Jersey Court Holds Financial Institutions are Not Required to Report Suspected Elder Fraud

In a case of first impression, the Superior Court of New Jersey held that financial institutions do not have an affirmative duty to report suspected fraud upon senior citizens or vulnerable individuals. See Lucca v. Wells...more

Eleventh Circuit Allows Miami’s Claims under the Fair Housing Act to Move Forward

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a lower court ruling that dismissed discriminatory lending claims against Wells Fargo & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc., all brought by the City of Miami....more

Court Of Appeals Affirms Business Court Award Of $1 Million In Fees To Class Counsel

It seems like forever ago that the then venerable North Carolina institution, Wachovia Bank, failed and was acquired by Wells Fargo. (This was actually seven years ago). But just last week came what might be the final...more

Class Action Round-Up: Summer 2015

The big news this quarter is the U.S. Supreme Court’s acceptance of Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, an employment case likely to have major ramifications across the whole spectrum of class action litigation. The Court is set...more

Recent Case Offers Insight Into the Protection of Security Interests

The failure to perfect a security interest could result in losing property rights altogether despite being the unqualified owner of the property. A very recent example of this is the case of Wells Fargo Foothill Canada ULC v...more

Avoiding the Fire Sale: Protecting Your Security Interest Against Multiple Creditor Claims

The failure to perfect a security interest could result in losing property rights altogether in receivership proceedings despite being the owner of the property. A very recent example of this is the case of Wells Fargo...more

SEC ALJ Dismisses Case: Inside-Info Trades, But No Tipper Benefit

An SEC administrative law judge (“ALJ”) found that former Wells Fargo trader Joseph Ruggieri traded on material nonpublic information tipped him by former analyst Greg Bolan, but dismissed the insider-trading charges against...more

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