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Fall 2017 Property Tax and Valuation Topics

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Property Assessment Class Action Fails - On previous occasions, the editors of Property Tax and Valuations Topics have noted that Connecticut courts tend to be rather strict in requiring property owners to pursue statutory...more

Trustees of Cambridge Point Condominium Trust v. Cambridge Point, LLC

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In Trustees of Cambridge Point Condominium Trust v. Cambridge Point, LLC, No. MICV-2014-03136, 2016 WL 9753783 (Mass. Super. Nov. 18, 2016), appeal argued, SJC No. 2017-P-0113 (Mass. 2017), the trustees (“Trustees”) of the...more

The Limits Of Exclusive Use Rights In Condominium Common Areas

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It’s not unusual for condominium documents to set aside parts of the development’s common area for the exclusive use of particular units.  This device allows the developer to offer a degree of privacy in decks,...more

Mortgage Foreclosure Alert: Attaching Promissory Note in Illinois Sufficient to Show Standing; but HUD Letters Require Proof of...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In a foreclosure action, the Illinois Appellate Court recently held that the foreclosing lender established its standing by attaching the blank-indorsed note to its complaint, but reversed judgment and remanded for the trial...more

Disqualification Not Warranted Where Attorney Was Involved in Prior Real Estate Transaction Between Two Parties That Resulted in a...

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Lynn v. George (2017) 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 817 - Brief Summary - The California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District held in an action arising from an alleged partnership for buying and selling real property that...more

Claims and Concurrent Causation Issues in the Wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma delivered one of Mother Nature’s most powerful one-two punches in U.S. history. Harvey struck first. On August 25, 2017, the storm made landfall near the Texas Gulf Coast as a Category 4 Hurricane...more

What Happens When a Secured Creditor Files a Late Claim in an Equity Receivership?

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Pitting a receivership court’s inherent equitable powers against pre-existing property rights can lead to some pretty interesting questions. In SEC v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 848 F.3d 1339, 1343-44 (11th Cir. 2017), the...more

A Void Default Judgment Is No Way To Establish Title

In a post from March of this year — Even a “Bona Fide Purchaser” Can’t Rely on a Void Judgment — we reviewed the recent decision from California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, OC Interior Services, LLC v. Nationstar...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Awards Attorneys’ Fees in Quiet-Title Action

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In Arizona, a party successfully quieting title to property may recover its attorneys’ fees if it satisfies three requirements: (1) the party requests a quitclaim deed from the party adversely claiming title twenty days...more

Well, Isn't That a Special Use? Navigating the Special Use Permit Process in North Carolina

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North Carolina statutes provide that cities and counties may issue special use permits in accordance with the principles, conditions, safeguards, and procedures specified in their zoning regulations. A special use permit...more

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies the Litigation Waiver of the One-Action Rule

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Nevada has a one-action rule which, with limited exceptions, requires a creditor seeking to recover a debt secured by real property to proceed against the security first prior to seeking recovery from the debtor personally....more

Maximizing Insurance Recoveries for Hurricane Harvey Losses

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With Hurricane Harvey having pummeled much of the Texas Gulf Coast, businesses will soon look to secure insurance recoveries for the estimated billions of dollars in property damage and business income losses left in its...more

Spate of Suits Brought by California Communities for Sea Level Rise May Change Landscape of Climate Change Litigation

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A recent trio of cases filed in California state court seek to hold major fossil fuel companies liable for the effects of sea level rise they allege to be caused by climate change....more

Murr v. Wisconsin: Defining the Property Affected by a Regulatory Taking

The Supreme Court of the United States recently decided the case Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214 (June 23, 2017), which laid out a new test for determining whether separate parcels of land should be evaluated as a single parcel...more

California Supreme Court Settles Split of Authority re Implied Dedication of Private Property to the Public

In a 2015 post on Money and Dirt, we reviewed a then-recent Court of Appeal decision, Scher v. Burke, and discussed the split of authority among California courts on the topic of “implied dedication” of private property to...more

Property Tax & Valuation Topics: Summer 2017

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Declaratory Judgment Not the Correct Remedy - Danping Li sued the Town of Woodbury with regard to the assessments of three properties she owned in that community. One of the counts of her complaint seeking a declaratory...more

Texas Passes Bill to Curb Hail Litigation

Texas governor Greg Abbott recently signed legislation designed to curb the state’s recent spate of hail litigation against homeowner’s insurers. The new legislation, House Bill 1774 (and its counterpart Senate Bill 10), will...more

PA Supreme Court Limits School District Real Estate Tax Appeals

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In a long-awaited decision on a hotly debated issue, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has held that taxpayers whose apartment buildings were singled out for school district tax appeals have stated a valid claim that such...more

Perfecting and Renewing Judgment Liens

A judgment is only as good as your ability to get it satisfied. That means you need to ensure that your judgment is properly recorded and turned into a valid lien....more

Real Estate and Land Use - California Supreme Court Restricts Implied Dedication Rule

Scher v. Burke (June 15, 2017, S230104) - Why It Matters: Many large private landowners record notices under the provisions of the Civil Code in order to ensure that public use of their property does not morph into an...more

Massachusetts Courts Issue Key Decisions Concerning Zoning and Anti-SLAPP Law

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Makes it Harder to Dismiss Lawsuits by Utilizing the “Anti-SLAPP” Statute - In Blanchard v. Steward Carney Hospital, SJC-12141 (May 23, 2017) (Slip Op.) the Massachusetts Supreme...more

SCOTUS Announces New Multi-Factor Test to Determine the Relevant Parcel in Regulatory Takings Cases

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On June 23, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States finally decided Murr v. Wisconsin, __ U.S. __ (2017) (Case No. 15-214), a case that addressed land use regulations that “merged” adjacent parcels (the first of which...more

Redefining the Denominator: Supreme Court Adopts New Test in Regulatory Taking Case 

In Murr v. Wisconsin, the US Supreme Court declined to find that a landowner's riverfront property was the subject of a regulatory taking. In a 5-3 decision, the majority adopted a new test for defining the bounds of the...more

Iris House Provides Valuable Reminder to Landlords About Non-Profit Renters

Recently, the Supreme Court, Appellate Term, First Department, handed down a decision affirming the lower court in 2363 ACP Pineapple, LLC v. Iris House, Inc, 2017 NY Slip op 27047. As the attorney on this case, Michael D....more

A Prevailing Party May Now Recover Attorney’s Fees in a Vested Rights Dispute

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Chapter 245 of the Texas Local Government Code (the “Vested Rights Statute”), provides a regulatory scheme in which developers and the public may rely upon regulations of a regulatory agency in effect at the time an initial...more

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