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Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending November 26, 2021

Real Property Litigation   |   Consumer Finance   |   Title Insurance   |   November 26, 2021
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Real Property Update

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Financial Services Update

  • TILA & RESPA / Business Purpose: Plaintiff’s loan was a business loan based on court’s review of the Ninth Circuit’s five-factor test to determine whether a loan was obtained primarily for business or personal purposes – Gilliam v. Levine, No. 2:18-cv-02580 (C.D. Cal. Nov. 12, 2021) (granting summary judgment in favor of investor in loan)
  • FDCPA / Offer to Settle: An offer to settle a debt does not violate section 1692g of the FDCPA where the debtor received a letter with a 30-day settlement offer, a section 1692g notice regarding validation of the debt, and language informing him that the settlement offer did not affect his right to dispute the debt or the notice – Graves v. Omnipoint Mgmt. Sols. LLC, No. 7:20-cv-04579 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 17, 2021)

Title Insurance Update

  • Coverage / CLTA Form 100 Endorsement: Title policy’s endorsement insuring against losses sustained by reason of homeowner association’s covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) did not bring insured’s claim within scope of coverage where insured’s claimed loss of priority was not the result of any provision in CC&Rs but was the direct result of a Nevada statute, which creates a “superpriority” for homeowner association liens – Pennymac Corp. v. Westcor Land Title Ins. Co., No. A-18-781257-C (Nev. Dist. Ct. Oct. 22, 2021) (affirming summary judgment in favor of title insurer)
  • Bad Faith: Insured’s bad faith claim against the title insurer failed because the title insurer promptly and properly denied coverage for insured’s claim – Pennymac Corp. v. Westcor Land Title Ins. Co., No. A-18-781257-C (Nev. Dist. Ct. Oct. 22, 2021) (affirming summary judgment in favor of title insurer)
  • Coverage / Post-Policy Claims: Title insurer had no duty to provide coverage for insured’s post-policy claim because the title policy expressly excluded coverage for such claims – Pennymac Corp. v. Westcor Land Title Ins. Co., No. A-18-781257-C (Nev. Dist. Ct. Oct. 22, 2021) (affirming summary judgment in favor of title insurer)

  • Timely Notice of Claim: Insured’s failure to provide timely notice of adverse litigation resulted in severe prejudice to title insurance company, thereby terminating title insurer’s obligations under the title policy – Pennymac Corp. v. Westcor Land Title Ins. Co., No. A-18-781257-C (Nev. Dist. Ct. Oct. 22, 2021) (affirming summary judgment in favor of title insurer)
  • Statute of Limitations: Insured’s claim was barred by the statute of limitations where the insured failed to make its claim within two years of discovering facts essential to its claim – Rehabbers Fin., Inc. v. Chicago Title Ins. Co., No. F081045 (Cal. Ct. App. Nov. 19, 2021) (affirming summary judgment in favor of title insurer)
  • Statute of Limitations / Tolling: Statute of limitations on insured’s claim was not tolled to some later date as a result of insurer’s alleged delayed rejection of insured’s claim where insured had already admitted that insurer previously rejected its claim – Rehabbers Fin., Inc. v. Chicago Title Ins. Co., No. F081045 (Cal. Ct. App. Nov. 19, 2021) (affirming summary judgment in favor of title insurer)


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