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High Court: Florida Supreme Court's Beachfront Property Ruling Not Unconstitutional Taking

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 17 unanimously affirmed a Florida Supreme Court ruling that the Florida Beach and Shore Preservation Act does not unconstitutionally deprive beachfront property owners of shoreline rights without just compensation ( Stop the Beach Renourishment...

Alan Hearty Joins Litigation Practice Group At Allen Matkins

LOS ANGELES - Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP , a leading California business and real estate law firm, has announced the expansion of its litigation practice group with the addition of Alan D. Hearty as associate in the firm's Century City office. Hearty's practice focuses...

Veteran Land Use Attorney Named To Head PLF’s Florida Office

STUART, Fla. - Florida attorney Alan DeSerio, a land use and condemnation practitioner with broad experience in both the private and public sectors, has joined Pacific Legal Foundation as managing attorney with PLF's East Coast (Atlantic Center) office here. Founded in 1973, PLF is the nation's...

Florida Developer Sues Halliburton Over Gulf Spill

NEW YORK - (AP) Florida real estate developer St. Joe Co. is suing Halliburton Co. over its role in the rig explosion that led to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. St. Joe said late Wednesday that Halliburton, which was responsible for encasing BP PLC's subsea well in cement. . . . Full...

Cohen & Grigsby Welcomes Attorneys Clifford Levine, Alice Mitinger

PITTSBURGH - Cohen & Grigsby, a business law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh and an office in Bonita Springs, Fla., has announced that the following highly experienced attorneys have joined Cohen & Grigsby's Pittsburgh offices: Clifford B. Levine joins Cohen & Grigsby with extensive...

Wells Fargo To Pay Citi $100M To Settle Wachovia Lawsuit

NEW YORK - (AP) Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to pay $100 million to Citigroup Inc. to settle a dispute related to its acquisition of Wachovia Corp. in October 2008, at the height of the financial crisis. Wachovia was teetering on the brink of collapse from bad real estate loans. . . . Full version...

Shutts & Bowen Launches Major Palm Beach Expansion

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Shutts & Bowen has hired four prominent lawyers in its West Palm Beach office, significantly strengthening its health care, litigation and real estate practices and its Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast presence. New partners include business litigator Eric Christu,...

Hudson Landing Pilot Sues Over California Real Estate Deal

DANVILLE, Calif. - (AP) The pilot acclaimed for safely landing a plane in New York's Hudson River has filed a lawsuit over a real estate deal in Northern California. Chesley Sullenberger and his wife, Lorraine, claim the $935,000 they paid for a building in the city of Paradise in 2002 was well above...

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Los Angeles Lawsuit Claims Deutsche Bank Is 'Slumlord'

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The city attorney sued Deutsche Bank on Wednesday, claiming the giant international lender illegally evicted tenants from foreclosed properties and left dozens of homes and apartments to rot, many in low-income neighborhoods. The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accuses...

Wyoming Associations Ask Idaho Federal Court To Rule In Land Lockup Lawsuit

Two Wyoming associations on May 9 urged an Idaho federal district court to grant partial summary judgment in a lawsuit by an environmental group to lock up tens of millions of acres of federal land in six western States. The Wyoming Stock Growers Association and the Petroleum Association of Wyoming urged...

High Court Agrees To Address Standing Issue In Lawsuit Against Title Insurer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 20 decided that it would review a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that a woman had standing to bring a suit against her title insurer for alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) ( First American...

U.S. High Court Seeks Solicitor General's Comments On Bankruptcy Conflict

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 20 asked the U.S. solicitor general for comment on a bankruptcy case in which the Bankruptcy Code and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) are in conflict as it relates to a lender's right to require debtors to deposit...

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Adds Business Litigation, Real Estate, Financial Institution, Employment, Franchise And Corporate Depth In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. has brought aboard all lawyers to its Los Angeles office from the full service litigation and transactional boutique Reeder Lu LLP, including partners Christopher S. Reeder and Richard Schloss. With the move, the firm now has close to 50 attorneys...

AZA Welcomes Houston Complex Commercial Litigation Lawyer Tim Shelby

HOUSTON - The complex commercial litigation law firm of Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Anaipakos has announced the addition of accomplished courtroom attorney Tim Shelby . Shelby has been recognized repeatedly as one of the top young lawyers in Texas, including multiple appearances in the Texas Rising Stars...

Kasowitz Launches Real Estate Practice With Leading Real Estate Attorneys Wallace L. Schwartz And Adam M. Endick

NEW YORK - Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP has announced that leading real estate attorneys Wallace L. Schwartz and Adam M. Endick have joined the firm in New York as partners to launch the firm's real estate practice. Both were formerly with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP...

William A. Ruskin: California Nixes CEQA Climate Change Review

By William A. Ruskin In an earlier blog post , we discussed a setback for the consideration of climate change impacts in "Reverse Environmental Impact Statements" as a result of a California Court of Appeal invalidating guidelines to the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"...

William A. Ruskin: Was Buyer Of Real Estate 'Ready, Willing & Able' To Perform?

By William A. Ruskin Until now, there has been a split of appellate authority in New York concerning what a prospective purchaser must show in seeking damages for a seller's repudiation of a contract for the sale of real property. It is the general rule that a prospective purchaser seeking specific...

William A. Ruskin: No Duty To Disclose To Prospective Homeowners, According To 11th Circuit

By William A. Ruskin What is the duty of a real estate developer to disclose to prospective residential purchasers information about the neighborhood that may adversely impact property values? Apparently none if the developer is not in privity with the homeowners, according to the Eleventh Circuit...

Troutman Sanders: Class Certification Of Unlawful Foreclosure Claims Defeated For Lack Of Commonality

By John C. Lynch , Jason E. Manning and Elizabeth "Liz" S. Flowers On April 30, 2012, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts denied class certification of Plaintiffs' unlawful foreclosure claims, finding that Plaintiffs failed to satisfy Rule 23(a) requirements...

Fulbright Alert: Section 8(B) Of RESPA Requires 'Split' Of A Fee Between 2 Or More Persons

The United States Supreme Court issued a significant opinion for the residential mortgage industry in Freeman v. Quicken Loans, Inc. , No. 10-1042 (May 24, 2012). The Supreme Court ruled that to recover under Section 8(b) of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) for an allegedly unearned...

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Review Ruling Upholding Dismissal Of RESPA Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 1 denied a couple's petition for a writ of certiorari seeking review of a Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that affirmed the dismissal of their suit accusing a loan servicer of violating the Real Estate Settlement Procedures...

William A. Ruskin: No Unanimity As To What New ASTM E1527-13 Standard Requires

By William A. Ruskin Some environmental practitioners contend that Phase I site assessments, commonly used in real estate transactions, will now be more costly and time consuming due to the new standard. Seyfarth Shaw counsels in its Client Alert that the new standard requires that, “if the...

This Is Real Law: Expert Witness Malpractice: Making The Case For—And Against—Civil Liability

Captain Corcoran was never, never sick at sea. Well, hardly ever —as audiences familiar with Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved 1878 comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore know so well. Indeed, they eagerly await the moment early in the opera when, challenged in song by his gallant crew, the ship’s...

Leasing Home On-line Violated Deed Restrictions

The Court of Appeals of Texas, Fourth District, San Antonio, recently upheld the determination by a Bexar County trial court that the deed restrictions for a homeowner’s association, which provide that homes should be "used solely for residential purposes," prevented a homeowner from...