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|Florida Division II Contractors Face New Fines and Liabilities|
Ryan W. Owen; Adams and Reese LLP;
August 11, 2016, previously published on June 20, 2016On July 1, 2016 House Bill 535 will become effective. It was unanimously approved by the House and Senate, signed by the Governor, and significantly affects many facets of the Construction Industry. As one result, all Class II Contractors including:
|10th Cir. Ruling Extends Application of CO's Unreasonable Delay/Denial Statute to Underwriting|
Lisa F. Mickley, Stephanie A. Montague; Hall & Evans, LLC;
August 10, 2016, previously published on July 6, 2016The Tenth Circuit’s July 5, 2016 ruling in The Home Loan Investment Company v. The St. Paul Mercury Insurance Company significantly expands the application of Colorado’s Unreasonable Delay or Denial Statute, holding that the statute is not limited to claims handling, but also applies to...
|Y2K or Reverse Big Bang?|
Chris Ahern, Giles P. Elliott, Neil Ferguson, John Phillips, David A. Roberts; Jones Day;
August 10, 2016, previously published on August 2016As the Millennium approached, concerns about computer systems malfunctions, and the possible impact of what became known as Y2K, grew to the point that nearly all large organisations had Y2K task forces and contingency plans. The history is well known. 1 January 2000 came and went, and the Y2K...
|FinCEN Tightens the Screws on Money Launderers with Additional Scrutiny of High-Value Residential Real Estate Transactions|
Jodi L. Avergun, Nicholas E. Brandfon, Steven M. Herman, Colleen D. Kukowski; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
August 10, 2016, previously published on August 1, 2016Choice real estate markets such as New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and San Antonio may offer enticing amenities like buzzing nightlife or sunny beaches, but thanks to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), they now also come with an extra dose of...
|Developer Control of Homeowner Associations Could Diminish in South Carolina|
John P. Carroll; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
August 5, 2016, previously published on April 28, 2016The South Carolina 2015-2016 Appropriation Act established the "South Carolina Committee on Homeowners Associations." Thirteen individuals, consisting of lawmakers, developers, homeowner association managers and property owners were appointed to debate various issues affecting the level...
|First Aid for Property Owners Association|
Margaret Shea Burnham, Erin Sloan Cowan; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
August 5, 2016, previously published on May 9, 2016In December 2015, Margaret Burnham and Erin Cowan presented a course entitled "First Aid for POAs: Tips for preventing and repairing mistakes in planned communities." It begins
|U.S. Treasury Department Expands its 'Real Estate GTOs' to Require Title Insurance Companies and Their Agents To Report the Ultimate Beneficial Owners of Entities Used To Buy Residential Real Estate in All-Cash Purchases in Six Metropolitan Areas|
Shannon L. Bothwell, Jared E. Dwyer, Carl A. Fornaris, Robert J. Ivanhoe, Gary A. Saul; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 29, 2016On July 27, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (FinCEN) issued a press release announcing new Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) applicable to certain U.S. title insurance companies and their subsidiaries and “agents” (collectively, the...
|Supreme Court Allows Landowners To Challenge Wetlands Determinations|
Margaret M. Witherup; Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
August 5, 2016, previously published on June 10, 2016The U.S. Supreme Court gave private property owners a victory last week in holding that a landowner can challenge an Army Corps of Engineers determination that its peat mining operation contained a wetland protected by the Clean Water Act. In the case of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co.,...
|New Zealand Authorities Impose Fine for Real Estate Agency Price Fixing|
Prudence Smith, Nick Taylor; Jones Day;
August 3, 2016, previously published on July 2016New Zealand's High Court has fined a real estate agency that engaged in price fixing and other anticompetitive conduct in the Manawatu real estate market. Unique Realty Limited had entered into an agreement with at least 10 other agencies to pass on to home sellers, rather than to absorb, listing...
|Community Hub Strategies for Social Enterprise|
Brennan M. Carroll, Ryma Nasrallah, Nick G. Pasquino; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
August 3, 2016, previously published on July 25, 2016In August 2015, Premier Wynne's Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group released a report titled Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan (the "Community Hubs Action Plan"). The report identified barriers to community hub development and presented recommendations,...