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  • February 24, 2024

    Up Next At High Court: Social Media Laws & Bump Stocks

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments related to three big-ticket cases this week in a pair of First Amendment challenges to Florida and Texas laws prohibiting social media platforms from removing content or users based on their viewpoints, and a dispute over the federal government's authority to ban bump stocks.

  • February 23, 2024

    MV Realty Asks NC Justices To Stay Injunction Pending Appeal

    MV Realty is defending the enforceability of a series of agreements with more than 2,000 North Carolina homeowners — asking the state's Supreme Court to overturn a trial judge's injunction finding the company likely couldn't beat claims that the deals were truly predatory, high-interest loans.

  • February 23, 2024

    8th Circ. Says Nursing Home Fraudster Owes Supplier $7.6M

    A nursing home company whose owner pled guilty in January to employment tax fraud in a New Jersey federal case must shoulder a $5 million judgment plus interest and fees for bills it failed to pay a medical supply company, an Eighth Circuit panel affirmed Friday.

  • February 23, 2024

    Homebuyers' NAR Antitrust Claims Still Fail, Ill. Judge Says

    An Illinois federal judge has again axed federal antitrust claims brought by a proposed class of homebuyers challenging the National Association of Realtors' commission rules, while allowing some of the new state law claims to move forward.

  • February 23, 2024

    Mass. Tax Panel Grants Part Of Homeowner's Value Appeal

    The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board said that the valuation of a single-family home should be slightly increased from the previous tax year because of rising home values in the neighborhood, but it determined that the local assessor's valuation was too high.

  • February 22, 2024

    Russian Bank President Charged With Sanctions Violations

    The head of a Russian-state-owned bank has been charged in New York federal court with evading economic sanctions by conspiring with others to maintain his two super-yachts and a luxury home in Aspen, Colorado, prosecutors said Thursday.

  • February 22, 2024

    Feds Say Russian Citizens Laundered Cash With Fla. Condos

    Federal officials in South Florida announced Thursday that they have initiated forfeiture proceedings against two condominium units located in Miami, saying that they're owned by a pair of Russians who were prohibited from owning U.S. property due to the 2014 invasion of Crimea in Ukraine.

  • February 22, 2024

    Texas Developer Battles DOJ's 1st Predatory Mortgages Suit

    A Texas land developer is fighting back against a high-profile predatory lending lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, telling a Houston federal judge that the government's "reverse redlining" theory isn't legally sound and relies on sloppy loan comparisons.

  • February 22, 2024

    Ex-HFZ Capital Chief Denies $86M Real Estate Fraud Charges

    The former head of troubled real estate firm HFZ Capital Group has pled not guilty in New York state court to dozens of criminal charges alleging he spearheaded a series of theft and tax fraud schemes that netted more than $86 million in total.

  • February 22, 2024

    Calif. Raises Sanctions In Testy Housing Fight With City

    California says it plans to seek sanctions against Huntington Beach, California, alleging that a cross-petition filed by the city was a clear attempt to delay proceedings amid the state's case alleging Huntington Beach is defying a state-wide housing mandate.

  • February 22, 2024

    Minn. Tax Court Says Shipping Container Not A Homestead

    A Minnesota man who said he lived in a shipping container on a 40-acre piece of property was correctly denied a homestead exemption after failing to show the property was used for agricultural purposes, the state's tax court ruled.

  • February 22, 2024

    Northwind Closes $111M Loan For Texas Condo Tower

    Northwind Group has wrapped up a $111 million mortgage deal that uses The Hawthorne — a 17-story, 67-unit Houston residential condominium building — as collateral, the private equity firm announced.

  • February 22, 2024

    ATV Accident Coverage Win Remanded Over Kid's Residency

    A Missouri appeals court remanded a lower court's decision over whether a father's farm insurance covered the $1 million in damages inflicted on his daughter after an ATV accident, saying that the central question of whether the child resided at her father's home or at his ex-wife's was still unresolved.

  • February 22, 2024

    IRS Failed To Investigate Tax Exemption Abuses, Justices Told

    A group claiming the IRS has ignored abuses of tax-exempt status by certain issuers of mortgage-backed investments asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling affirming the agency's discretion, saying billions of dollars in taxable income are at stake.

  • February 22, 2024

    Kaufman Dolowich Adds Partner In New Delaware Office

    Kaufman Dolowich has added to its newly launched Delaware office the former co-managing partner of Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP's office in the First State.

  • February 21, 2024

    NY Judges Question Lehman's Bid To Undo CDS Trial Loss

    A panel of New York appeals court judges on Wednesday appeared reluctant to undo a bench trial loss Lehman Bros.' bankrupt European unit suffered last year in a suit attempting to clawback nearly half a billion dollars from Assured Guaranty over alleged losses on credit default swaps tied to the 2008 financial crisis.

  • February 21, 2024

    Judge Rejects $5.2M Atty Fee Bid In Poultry Farm Loan Suit

    A New York federal judge rebuffed attorneys' attempt to collect a nearly $5.2 million fee for representing an affiliate of two billionaire brothers that accused an investment adviser of fraudulently inducing the affiliate to provide a loan for a Russian poultry operation, saying the adviser wasn't improperly defending himself.

  • February 21, 2024

    Listing Services Say Zillow Is Weaponizing Antitrust Law

    A pair of regional multiple listing services have told an Arizona federal court that Zillow is trying to use antitrust law to kill competition for its ShowingTime service, which helps real estate agents and others manage property showings.

  • February 21, 2024

    NYC Lawmakers Ask To Join Housing Voucher Suit

    New York City Council asked a state court on Wednesday to let it intervene on the side of a proposed class of New Yorkers suing the city to make it implement laws that aim to expand a housing voucher program.

  • February 21, 2024

    Justices Turn Away Meta Bid To End Ad Discrimination Suit

    A proposed class action accusing Facebook owner Meta of permitting discrimination in choices regarding which users could see housing ads appears headed for discovery after the U.S. Supreme Court denied the company's petition to appeal a split Ninth Circuit ruling.

  • February 21, 2024

    Mass. Landlords, Brokers Sued For Alleged Voucher Refusals

    A national housing advocacy group on Wednesday sued 20 Boston-area landlords and real estate brokers in state court, alleging they illegally refused to rent apartments to potential tenants with housing vouchers.

  • February 21, 2024

    Peer Street Needs To Revise Ch. 11 Disclosures, Judge Says

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge sent crowd-funded real estate investment platform Peer Street Inc.'s disclosure statement back to the drawing board on Wednesday, telling the company that it needed to add more details and understandable language amid outcry from some small investors who wanted to convert the Chapter 11 bankruptcy to a liquidation.

  • February 21, 2024

    Lenders Seek To Toss NYC Condo Building's 'Bad Faith' Ch. 11

    Lenders to bankrupt New York City condominium complex Hudson 888 Owner moved on Wednesday to dismiss the Chapter 11 case, saying it was filed "in bad faith" as an attempt to duck litigation.

  • February 21, 2024

    Mass., Property Developer Strike Deal Over Wetlands Pollution

    The state of Massachusetts and a nationwide residential property developer have settled claims the company caused sediment runoff in wetlands in a town about 16 miles south of Boston, in violation of the Clean Water Act.

  • February 21, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Sotheby's Insured For Fla. Agent Theft Row

    An Eleventh Circuit panel affirmed Wednesday that an insurer must defend One Sotheby's International Realty against allegations that its agent bamboozled married Russian investors into selling their Miami Beach-area condo at below market value, eventually stealing $3.7 million in sale proceeds.

Expert Analysis

  • DC's Housing Tax Break Proposal: What's In It, What's Missing

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    Proposed Washington, D.C., rules implementing the Housing in Downtown Tax Abatement program — for commercial property owners who convert properties into residential housing — thoroughly explain the process for submitting an application, but do not provide sufficient detail regarding the actual dollar value of the abatements, says Daniel Miktus at Akerman.

  • Assessing The Future Of Colorado's Economic Loss Rule

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    The Colorado Supreme Court's decision to review a state appellate court's ruling in Mid-Century Insurance Co. v. HIVE Construction will significantly influence the future of Colorado's economic loss rule, with high stakes for the cost of doing business in the state, says David Holman at Crisham & Holman.

  • How Recent Laws Affect Foreign Purchase Of US Real Estate

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    Early diligence is imperative for U.S. real estate transactions involving foreign actors, including analysis of federal and state foreign investment laws implicated by the transaction, depending on the property's nature and location, the parties' citizenship, and the transaction's structure, say Massimo D’Angelo and Anthony Rapa at Blank Rome.

  • What Shareholder Approval Rule Changes Mean For Cos.

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently approved proposed rule changes to shareholder requirements by the New York Stock Exchange, an approval that will benefit listed companies in many ways, including by making it easier to raise capital from passive investors, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

  • High Court Case Could Reshape Local Development Fees

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    If last month's oral arguments are any indication of how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in Sheetz v. County of El Dorado, it's unlikely the justices will hold that the essential nexus and rough proportionality tests under the cases of Nollan, Dolan and Koontz apply to legislative exactions, but a sweeping decision would still be the natural progression in the line of cases giving property owners takings claims, says Phillip Babich at Reed Smith.

  • White Collar Plea Deals Are Rarely 'Knowing' And 'Voluntary'

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    Because prosecutors are not required to disclose exculpatory evidence during plea negotiations, white collar defendants often enter into plea deals that don’t meet the U.S. Supreme Court’s “knowing” and “voluntary” standard for trials — but individual courts and solutions judges could rectify the issue, says Sara Kropf at Kropf Moseley.

  • How 2 CFPB Advisory Opinions Affect Reporting Agencies

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued two advisory opinions last month that demonstrate a continued commitment to address inaccuracies in background check reports and consumer file disclosures through broad interpretation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, expanding on a coordinated federal agency effort, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • Algorithmic Pricing Programs Caught In Antitrust Crosshairs

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    The Justice Department's investigation into software company RealPage follows a host of federal antitrust cases alleging that property owners and casino hotel operators use the same proprietary software programs to fix and maintain pricing, which means algorithmic pricing programs are considered a key price-fixing tool in the digital age, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Welcome Turning Of The Page For Residential Real Estate

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    After one of the most challenging years on record for residential real estate, 2024 will likely be a time of transition to a stabler business climate, as sellers lose some of their excess bargaining power and the pace of sales picks up, says Marty Green at Polunsky Beitel.

  • Strict Duty To Indemnify Ruling Bucks Recent Trend

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    A South Carolina federal court's recent decision that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction to decide an insurer's duty to indemnify prior to the finding of insured liability sharply diverges from the more nuanced or multipronged standards established by multiple circuit courts, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Ill. Insurance Ruling Helps Developers, Community Orgs. Alike

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    The Illinois Supreme Court's decision in Acuity v. M/I Homes of Chicago, holding that commercial general liability policy exceptions did not prevent coverage for damage caused by faulty workmanship, will bring more potential insurance coverage for real estate developers and, in turn, larger payouts when community organizations sue them, say Howard Dakoff and Suzanne Karbarz Rovner at Levenfeld Pearlstein.

  • NJ Foreclosure Law Will Have Multifaceted Impact On Lenders

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    New Jersey's A.B. 5664 introduces significant reforms to foreclosure proceedings in the state, potentially lessening the burden on lenders and servicers to maintain foreclosed properties, but also brings new limitations and time frames, say Christina Livorsi and Wael Amer at Day Pitney.

  • 11 Noteworthy CFPB Developments From 2023

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    Under Rohit Chopra’s leadership, 2023 was an industrious year for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, with developments including the release of the proposed personal financial data rights rule, publication of proposed rules involving public registries for nonbanks and the bureau's continuous battle against junk fees, all of which are sure to further progress in 2024, say attorneys at Husch Blackwell.