Topic: Real Estate

Most Popular Corporate Law Posts – May 2012

What are the issues that interest you the most? HIPAA compliance, human trafficking, and the JOBS Act, among other things. For your reference, here’s a look at the most-read Corporate Law Report posts during the month of May, 2012: 1. California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Takes Effect January 1, 2012 “The California Transparency in… Read more »

RadLAX & Credit Bidding Rights: “One of the Most Important Business Bankruptcy Cases in a Decade”

On May 29, 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that debtors must allow lenders to “credit bid” when auctioning off assets as part of the bankruptcy reorganization process. Law firm Morrison & Foerster: “In a unanimous opinion in RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank, the Court held that a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization that… Read more »

Doing Business in the Middle East: A JD Supra Legal Reader

For your reference, here’s a roundup of recent legal advisories on the broad topic of doing business in the Middle East: Iraq Iraq Perspectives – May 2012 (Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP) “Iraq is recovering from decades of war, sanctions and domestic unrest, and the country is in urgent need of all types of infrastructure… Read more »

RESPA Update: Quicken’s Loan Fees Do Not Violate Federal Rules

In a unanimous decision published yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled in Freeman, et al. v. Quicken Loans, Inc., that Quicken Loans did not violate the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) when it charged what plaintiffs considered to be “unearned” settlement service charges. RESPA rules bar unearned fees when they are split between two or… Read more »

California Law News: On Brinker, Arbitration, Social Media Access, Health Insurance, Church Solicitations, & More

For your reference, a roundup of legal advisories on issues of relevance to companies doing business in the state of California: Calif. Assembly OKs Bill To Shield Workers’ Facebook Logins (Mintz Levin – Employment, Labor & Benefits) “A landmark bill that aims to protect California employees and prospective workers from being asked by a company… Read more »

Doing Business in China: a JD Supra Legal Reader

For your convenience, recent legal advisories on a broad range of corporate issues related to doing business in and with China: China’s Anti-Monopoly Law Makes it Easier to Sue in Cases of Anti-Competitive Conduct (McDermott Will & Emery) “Recently, the Supreme People’s Court of China issued final rules to build a working framework for civil… Read more »

Mineral Rights: 5 Tips for Property Owners Negotiating Shale Gas Leases

From Is That Legal?: “The scope of development activities that have resulted from the race to extract natural gas from newly discovered unconventional shale gas formations promises to affect the marketability of real estate in Pennsylvania for years to come. While the focus of this article is on land within the… Read on: Mineral Rights:… Read more »

$25B Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement: Lawyers Weigh In

We’re beginning to see insightful legal commentary on the $25 billion foreclosure fraud settlement formally filed on March 12, 2012 between the federal government, 49 state attorneys and the five largest mortgage servicers: Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Ally Financial. [Update, March 19, 2012: see below for a video interview… Read more »

Redevelopment Agencies Eliminated: What’s Next for California?

We recently reported on the California Supreme Court decision in California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos, which upheld a state law that will dissolve the nearly 400 redevelopment agencies across the state. But that isn’t likely to be the final word on the subject, as recent commentary and analysis on the ruling would seem to indicate:… Read more »