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Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending May 11, 2018

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Summary Judgment: incorporation of an affirmative defense by referencing “previously filed pleadings” does not obviate movant’s obligation to comply with particularity requirements mandated by rule...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending April 6 & 13, 2018

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Lis Pendens: lawsuit to foreclose mortgage on real property is an action "founded on a duly recorded instrument" - National American Home, LLC v Deutsche Bank Nat. Trust Co., Case No. 4D17-2614 (Fla....more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 23, 2018

Foreclosure / Amendments to Conform to Evidence: trial court erred in allowing Wells Fargo to amend its complaint during trial to conform to evidence presented of two unpled modification agreements – Tracey v. Wells Fargo...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending March 9 & 16, 2018

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Condition Precedent: trial court properly rejected motion to dismiss for failure to satisfy condition precedent of pre-litigation non-binding arbitration, required by Chapter 718, Florida Statutes,...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 2, 2018

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Standing: borrower's standing arguments failed because they were based on notion that note changed hands after it was delivered to World Savings Bank in 2007, when in fact the note...more

Real Property & Financial Services Update: Week Ending February 16 & 23, 2018

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Breach of Contract/Damages: court erred by precluding setoff when calculating damages because purpose of award is to restore the injured party to the position it would have realized no for the other...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 12, 2018

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Standing/Foreclosure: pursuant to Florida Rule of Procedure 1.260, the assignee of a note during pendency of a foreclosure acquires standing of original plaintiff lender - Spicer v Ocwen Loan...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending December 1 & 8, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Errors in Legal Description: error in legal description did not preclude judgment of foreclosure because property was sufficiently identified by accurate lot and tract, street address,...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 17 & 24, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Receiver/Barton Doctrine: individual could not bring negligence action against discharged receiver of commercial property until individual first obtained leave to do so from the court that appointed...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 3 & 10, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE FINANCIAL SERVICES UPDATE TITLE INSURANCE UPDATE - Misrepresentation: developer entitled to directed verdict on claims of fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation asserted by condominium association...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 20, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE FINANCIAL SERVICES UPDATE  TITLE INSURANCE UPDATE - Foreclosure: witness may testify as to business records of another company so long as that witness can lay proper foundation of personal knowledge...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending October 6 & 13, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE FINANCIAL SERVICES UPDATE - Ad Valorem Taxes: land lease holders are considered equitable owners of land for tax purposes if land lease renews automatically and is perpetual; owners of condominium...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending September 22 & 29, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Constructive Notice: a memorandum of agreement that is recorded in the official records of the county in which the property is located and refers to an unrecorded agreement entered into by the...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending September 8 & 15, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Summary judgment: trial court erred by denying borrower’s motion to amend answer and defenses, and therefore erred in entering summary judgment in favor of lender. Reyes v BAC Home Loans Servicing...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending September 1, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure / Statute of Limitations: trial court improperly found that, because payments due under a note and mortgage were accelerated in a prior 2009 action, the second action filed over five...more

Bullet-Point Update: Electronic and Federal Court Discovery Issues for the Week of August 13, 2017

Deposition Conduct - Use this against improper coaching by an opponent. IPS Group, Inc. v. Duncan Solutions, Inc., 2017 WL 3457141 (S.D. Cal. Aug. 11, 2017) (Counsel admonished for improperly using "calls for a legal...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending August 18 & 25, 2017

Foreclosure: general reservation of jurisdiction in a foreclosure judgment is very limited, and certainly does not give trial court jurisdiction to eliminate a lien more than three years after Final Judgment of Foreclosure...more

Bullet-Point Update: Electronic and Federal Court Discovery Issues for the Week of July 31, 2017

Use this when the other side tries to dig up dirt on your expert. Collett v. GEICO Cas. Co., 2017 WL 3336614 (E.D. La. Aug. 3, 2017) (denying motion to compel expert witness to testify about fraud allegations that had been...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending August 11, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Short Sale/Statute of Limitations: Florida Statute section 95.11(5)(h)’s one year statute of limitations period does not apply to bar Bank’s cause of action for deficiency judgment arising...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 28 & August 4, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Redemption: foreclosure sale conducted without knowledge of bankruptcy affirmed, but trial court orders denying mortgagor opportunity to redeem property before certificate of sale actually...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 14 & 21, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Standing: note owner had constructive possession of promissory note in original servicer’s physically possession of blank-endorsed note when it filed the complaint, and had standing to...more

Are the Bad Old Days of Blind Stonewalling in Discovery Finally Coming to a Close?

When I started as a litigator in 2001, a technique I call “blind stonewalling” ruled discovery practice everywhere from BigLaw to the smallest boutiques. But the slow evolution of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP),...more

Bullet-Point Update: Electronic and Federal Court Discovery Issues for the Week of July 14, 2017

Cloud Computing - • Use this to convince your clients that their cloud storage may be discoverable: Open Text Corp. v. Grimes, 2017 WL 2733937 (D. Md. June 26, 2017) (Noting earlier entry of an agreed order requiring a...more

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal Should Abandon the Standing at Inception Rule in Mortgage Foreclosure Cases

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, in Rigby v. Bank of New York Mellon, Case No. 1D16-0665, appears to be considering receding from the “standing at inception” doctrine in the mortgage foreclosure context. That rule...more

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