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Massachusetts Appeals Court Holds that Restrictive Covenants Created as Part of a Common Scheme May Be Extended Beyond Thirty...

by Mintz Levin on

On December 5, 2017, the Massachusetts Appeals Court issued an important decision in Berger v. 2 Wyndcliff, LLC, No. 16-P-336 (Mass. App. Ct. Dec. 5, 2017), clarifying the extent to which land owners in a common-scheme...more

Specific Performance of an Option Contract to Purchase Real Property is Barred Absent Agreement on All Material Terms

by Snell & Wilmer on

On November 14, 2017, the Court of Appeals (Division 1), in Offerman v. Granada, LLC, 2017 WL 5352664, reversed a trial court order directing specific performance of an alleged option to purchase real property, holding that...more

Mass. Appeals Court Clarifies Requirements For Extending Common-Scheme Real Estate Restrictions Beyond 30 Years

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In its decision in Berger v. 2 Wyndcliff, LLC, the Massachusetts Appeals Court answered an important question about extending common-scheme real estate restrictions beyond the presumptive statutory limit of 30 years. ...more

Mass. SJC Says Chapter 40B Doesn’t Authorize Override Of Municipally-Held Property Restriction

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In its recent decision in 135 Wells Avenue, LLC v. Housing Appeals Committee (pdf), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) confirmed that a property restriction held by a municipality cannot be overridden by the...more

California Lead Paint Decision Opens Door for Expanded Public Nuisance Suits

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

A California appeals court has breathed new life into the public nuisance doctrine, largely affirming a more than $1 billion trial court judgment against certain manufacturers of lead paint on the grounds that they knowingly...more

When a Park in the Sky Leads to a Lawsuit - Three Strategies for Success in High-Stakes Litigation

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

In 2002, New York City announced its support for preserving the High Line—turning an unused elevated railroad into a thriving park in the heart of Manhattan’s West Side. Fifteen years later, it is one of the City’s top...more

Superior Court Judge Grants Anti-SLAPP Special Motion to Dismiss

by LeClairRyan on

For the second time in ten months, Superior Court Judge Steven Wellner has granted a special motion to dismiss under the DC anti-SLAPP statute. Here’s the background of this case....more

City Prevails in Home Design Dispute - City of Lafayette Represented by Partners Scott Ditfurth and Mala Subramanian

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Best Best & Krieger LLP partners Scott Ditfurth and Mala Subramanian successfully represented the City of Lafayette in a dispute with homeowners over their proposed home building plan. In a fight that centered on maintaining...more

In Luce, The Seventh Circuit Joins the Third, Fifth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuits in Adopting a Proximate Causation Requirement for...

In United States v. Luce, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a plaintiff suing under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq., must demonstrate not merely that the government...more

California Court Confirms Broad Coverage Under "Ongoing Operations" Endorsements

by Payne & Fears on

A California Court of Appeal has confirmed that additional insured endorsements (“AIE”) granting coverage for liability arising out of a named insured’s “ongoing operations,” and in effect during those “ongoing operations,”...more

Mass. Appeals Court Rebuffs Mortgagee’s Novel Bid For Equitable Subrogation

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In its decision yesterday in Wells Fargo Bank v. Comeau, the Massachusetts Appeals Court rejected the plaintiff mortgagee’s attempt to use the doctrine of equitable subrogation in a novel way: to impose on a surviving wife...more

Fall 2017 Property Tax and Valuation Topics

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

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

11th Circuit Affirms FTC's $13.5 Million Judgment Against Mortgage Relief Fraudster

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On November 2, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed a $13.5 million judgment that the FTC obtained against a group of individuals, law firms, and related entities that engaged in a massive nationwide...more

In Dismissing Homebuyer’s Defective Construction Suit Against Contractor for Lack of Privity, Supreme Court of Utah Cautions...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Tomlinson v. Douglas Knight Constr., Inc., 2017 Utah Lexis 132 (August 29, 2017) - This case arises out of the construction of a residential property. Lot 84 Deer Crossing (“Lot 84”) purchased the property and contracted...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

11th Circuit Provides that Postage Fees Incurred for Sending a Request for Information under RESPA are Insufficient to...

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

If a mortgage servicer fails to comply with its obligations under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”), 12 U.S.C. 2601, et seq., or its implementing regulations, a borrower may recover “any actual damages . . ....more

California "In Lieu" Affordable Housing Fees Withstand Constitutional Challenge - U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petition to Review...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 30, 2017, denied a petition for certiorari filed by the developers of an 11-unit residential condominium project in the City of West Hollywood seeking to challenge the application by the City of...more

Would the 7th Circuit Have Changed Its FCA Standard but for Peer Pressure?

The Seventh Circuit finally abandoned its “but-for” causation standard for False Claims Act (FCA) damages. The decision comes 25 years after the Seventh Circuit first adopted its controversial standard requiring only a...more

Statistical Sampling and Individual Liability: FCA Lessons Learned from Whopping $298.5 Million Verdict in United States v....

Imposing civil penalties and treble damages under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), the Southern District of Texas recently denied defendants’ post-trial motions and entered a staggering $298,498,325 verdict against two mortgage...more

Fall 2017 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update

by Burr & Forman on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) is a U.S. government agency created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The CFPB is the first federal agency tasked solely with the...more

Federal Judge finds post loss assignment of benefits proper under Pennsylvania law

In a recent opinion, Judge Schmehl of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied a forced placed insurer’s Motion to Dismiss a suit brought by the assignee of a homeowner for water damage to the home. In Williams v....more

Alabama Supreme Court: Mortgage Requirements Must Be Strictly Followed

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

In a recent surprising loss for mortgage holders, the Alabama Supreme Court held that a failure to strictly comply with the exact terms of the mortgage when conducting a foreclosure sale can result in the sale failing. Thus,...more

U.S. District Court Issues Important Emotional Support Animal Medical Verification Opinion

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I have written in this space (and elsewhere) about the difficulties encountered by professional apartment management companies in the face of emotional support animal medical verifications from residents that are purchased...more

The Limits Of Exclusive Use Rights In Condominium Common Areas

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

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

Restrictive Covenants: The Impact on Washington Condo Owners

In 2017, the Washington Supreme Court issued a significant decision related to restrictive covenants affecting condominium units. It reaffirmed the importance of timely challenging of an amendment to condominium covenants, in...more

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