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D.C. Circuit Rules CFPB's View of RESPA Was Wrong but Its Structure is Constitutional

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On January 31, 2018, the en banc D.C. Circuit handed down its opinion in the PHH v. CFPB case, which we've discussed at length. It held, 7 to 3, that the CFPB's single-director-removable-only-for-cause structure is...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending February 9, 2018

by Carlton Fields on

Misrepresentation/Concealment: genuine issues of material fact remained in dispute regarding whether board-certified real estate attorney committed fraudulent or negligent misrepresentation or concealment by falsely assuring...more

D.C. Circuit Rules CFPB’s View of RESPA Was Wrong But its Structure is Constitutional

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On January 31, 2018, the en banc D.C. Circuit handed down its opinion in the PHH v. CFPB case, which we’ve discussed at length. It held, 7 to 3, that the CFPB’s single-director-removable-only-for-cause structure is...more

PHH’s hidden gem

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The long-awaited en banc decision in PHH Corp., v. CFPB has finally been issued. The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and reversed a prior...more

Full D.C. Circuit Rejects CFPB Interpretation of RESPA, Holds Agency Structure Constitutional

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday reinstated a three-judge panel’s decision holding that the CFPB’s interpretation of Section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) is contrary to law and...more

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Narrows the Definition of Borrower Under RESPA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) promulgated a number of mortgage servicing rules, including rules governing loss mitigation procedures. ...more

Supreme Court Considers Zoning Merger Case- How does this apply in Southampton Town?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The stakes could not be higher; would the property yield one or two waterfront building lots? On June 23, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States decided a case that involved the merger of two parcels of property...more

How "Highest and Best Use" Can Substantially Impact Just Compensation for Landowners

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The taking of private property for public use is referred to as condemnation or eminent domain. While federal, state, and municipal governments may unilaterally take private property for public use, landowners are...more

When Proposed Public and Private Projects Collide

by Nossaman LLP on

Infrastructure projects take years to develop: the environmental review, funding, design, procurement, and construction of a public project is time consuming in any state, but even more so in California given the strict...more

Florida Homestead Protections Against Forced Sale Under Threat of Dilution

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Once every 20 years, Florida convenes a Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) to review and make recommended changes to the Florida Constitution. Proposed changes are then put to Florida voters for approval or disapproval. A...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

Claims Stemming from Government Regulated Flooding After Hurricane Harvey

by Zelle LLP on

In August, Hurricane Harvey directly hit the city of Houston, leaving substantial wind and flood damage in its wake. Many home and business owners who avoided flood damage breathed a sigh of relief on August 28 when the...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

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

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

by Carlton Fields on

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: Week Ending September 1, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

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

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

Is the Retroactive Statute of Repose for Construction Defect Claims Constitutional?

by Payne & Fears on

With the February 24, 2015, enactment of Assembly Bill 125 (2015 Nevada Laws, Ch. 2), much has changed in the world of residential construction defect litigation. One of the most dramatic shifts has been the reduction of the...more

Developer Asks SCOTUS To Hear Fla. Takings Case

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A Florida developer petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a $10 million takings case against the Florida Department of Environmental Protection The developer alleged that the DEP’s denial of a development permit for a...more

Court Narrowly Defines “Public Improvement” for Inverse Condemnation Liability

by Nossaman LLP on

Under inverse condemnation law in California, a public agency is generally strictly liable for physical damage to private property caused by a public improvement. This means a public agency can be held liable even if the...more

Property Owner to Maintain Public Beach Access Over Coastal Property - California Court of Appeal Weighs in on California Coastal...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Under the California Coastal Act, a beachfront property owner must maintain public access over his property — and will be required to seek a Coastal Development Permit if he wishes to limit such public access, a California...more

California Supreme Court Petitioned to Resolve Split in Authority Regarding Inverse Condemnation Liability in Sewage Backup Cases

by Nossaman LLP on

The City of Oroville (“City”) has petitioned the California Supreme Court for review of an unpublished Court of Appeal decision, City of Oroville v. Superior Court (2017) 2017 WL 2554447 (Third District), finding the City...more

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

DOJ invited to participate in Ocwen’s challenge to CFPB’s constitutionality

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Florida federal district court has granted the motion filed by Ocwen Financial Corporation to invite the U.S. Attorney General to express the AG’s views on the CFPB’s constitutionality....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

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