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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

Resolving The Multiple Peril Puzzle In First Party Insurance Claims

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

First party insurance claims involving multiple perils present unique challenges when assessing whether an insurance policy provides coverage. For example, suppose an insurance policy covers damage resulting from fire, but...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

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

The Perils of De Novo Review

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal issued an opinion yesterday that highlights the perils of de novo review. De novo review is the broadest standard of review for an appellate court, reserved for construing pure...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

Hospital and Homeowner Property Tax Exemptions Examined by Illinois Courts

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Illinois Courts are currently examining several different aspects of property tax exemptions, all of which impact the revenues of school districts and other units of local government. Most notably, the Illinois Supreme Court...more

South Carolina Court of Appeals Rules on Jury Trials and Class Action Waivers in Master Deeds - Decision is a good development for...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

UPDATE: Based upon a settlement reached with Respondents, Petitioners filed a motion seeking dismissal of their petition for a writ of certiorari to the Court of Appeals. They also asked the Court to vacate the opinion of...more

Communications Between Public Relations Firm and Counsel Held Not Privileged

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Behunin v Superior Court, __ Cal. Rptr. 3d ___ 2017 WL 977095 (March 16, 2017) - Brief Summary - The Second District of the California Court of Appeal ruled that communications between counsel and a public relations...more

Initiating Unlawful Detainer Actions: Perfection Not Required

by Lewitt Hackman on

In November 2016 the California Supreme Court ordered that a decision from the appellate division of the San Diego Superior Court in U.S. Financial, L.P. v. Michael McLitus (“McLitus”) be published. ...more

Third DCA Rejects 57.105 Attorney’s Fees Where Plaintiff Failed to Prove Standing

by Burr & Forman on

On March 1st, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal affirmatively held that a mortgage holder who fails to prove its standing to foreclose is not liable to a defendant borrower for prevailing party attorney’s fees. The...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending February 17 & 24, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Foreclosure: foreclosing bank’s allegation that borrowers were in a continuing state of default sufficient to satisfy five-year statute of limitations even though stated initial default date was more than five years prior to...more

Eleventh Circuit: (1) Mere Procedural Violation Insufficient for Article III Standing and (2) Certified Return Receipt Sufficient...

by Burr & Forman on

Since Spokeo v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), as revised (May 24, 2016), the consumer finance industry has continued to refine what it means to allege a concrete injury in fact and to meet Article III case and controversy...more

Lancaster County property owners, reassessment is coming!

by Barley Snyder on

After more than a decade, the Lancaster County Property Assessment Office reassessment of property values will begin this year and become effective January 1, 2018. The purpose of the reassessment is to align all property...more

Second District Court of Appeal Declines to Apply Statute of Limitations to Bar Subsequent Foreclosure Actions Premised on...

by Burr & Forman on

Following the Florida Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bartram v. U.S. Bank, N.A., 41 Fla. L. Weekly S493, 2016 WL 6538647 (Fla. Nov. 3, 2016), courts were left to interpret how Bartram would affect lenders’ reliance on...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Jury Trial Waiver Undone by a Fundamental California Policy - It is common for commercial contracts to contain a choice of law provision. Some commercial contracts may even contain a clause that waives the right to seek...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending February 10, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure: where foreclosing bank, who purchased debt from original mortgagee, failed to establish standing to enforce lost note “through evidence of a valid assignment, proof of purchase of the...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - February 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Seventh Circuit Finds Bank's Response to RESPA Request "Almost Perfect" - Perron v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Case No. 15-cv-2206 (7th Cir. 2017) - The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 27, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Lis Pendens: a proper reading of Florida Statute section 48.23(1)(d) is that “when a foreclosure action is prosecuted to a judicial sale, that sale discharges all liens, whether...more

Fourth District Court of Appeal Breathes Life Back into Lis Pendens Statute

by Burr & Forman on

Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal breathed life back into the lis pendens statute by reversing course in Ober v. Town of Lauderdale-By-the-Sea. On a motion for rehearing, the Court withdrew and replaced its August 24,...more

Ninth Circuit Overturns Entz-White Lumber; Avoiding Default Interest Via Cure Through Chapter 11 Plan No Longer Valid

by Perkins Coie on

In the case of Pacifica L 51, LLC v. New Investments, Inc. (In re New Investments, Inc.), 9th Cir. November 4, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a Chapter 11 debtor could not avoid paying default...more

Nicklaw v. CitiMortgage, Inc.: Eleventh Circuit Holds Statutory Violation Insufficient to Confer Article III Standing Absent...

by King & Spalding on

On October 6, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued its opinion in Nicklaw v. CitiMortgage, Inc., dismissing, for lack of Article III standing, a class action complaint that alleged...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Coastal Act Blocks Housing Project in Venice Despite Earlier Approvals - Judge James C. Chalfant of the California Court of Appeal on Sept. 29, 2016, affirmed a lower court ruling denying a developer’s petition...more

Construction Case Law Update - September 15, 2015

by Carlton Fields on

Home Sales, Disclosing Defects - Home purchasers appealed summary judgment granted in favor of sellers regarding claims of defects that had a material adverse effect on the property’s value pursuant to Johnson v. Davis, 480...more

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