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INDUSTRY NEWS
Due Process: Trial court violated developer’s due process rights by considering and ruling upon developer’s motion to quash service of process, which was not set for hearing, despite developer’s objection to having the motion heard and demand for an evidentiary hearing – Bluebone Dev., LLC v. Malibu Bay Cmty. Ass’n, Inc., No. 3D19-1099 (Fla. 3d DCA Dec. 4, 2019) (reversed and remanded)

After passing the House in September with bipartisan support, the SAFE Banking Act seemed to have momentum. Senate Banking Chair Mike Crapo even stated he wanted his committee to mark up the bill before the end of this calendar year.

LEGAL NEWS
Law360 (December 12, 2019, 10:01 PM EST) -- First American Title Insurance Co. on Thursday asked to remove to federal court a proposed class action accusing it of improperly charging real estate buyers closing fees, saying the Middle District of Florida has jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act.

A recent New York appellate court decision highlights the danger of contractors, subcontractors and suppliers not having a complete understanding of Section 38 of the Lien Law.

In the second half of this year the Massachusetts Appeals Court decided three cases in which a party claimed adverse possession or prescriptive rights in real estate. In each case the focus was on one particular element of all such claims: actual use of the subject property. And in each case the Appeals Court focused on the character of the property in question, and what constitutes typical or normal use of such property.

In Akeson v Inc. Vil. of Asharoken, 2019 NY Slip Op 32756(U), Index No. 57/2018 (Sup Ct, Suffolk County 2019), the Supreme Court dismissed a petition challenging the Incorporated Village of Asharoken’s (“Asharoken”) decisions to deny permits for the construction of seasonal and removable docks at two residential properties along Northport Bay. 

TECHNOLOGY & SOCIAL MEDIA
In recent years, many states have been updating their data privacy laws to account for new technologies and security risks. On Oct. 23, 2019, a New York law on data breach notification requirements became effective.

It was supposed to be groundbreaking. When New York City’s task force to develop policy on algorithm technologies was introduced two years ago, it was praised as a beacon of transparent and equitable government. It was supposed to inform other policymakers grappling with how to address their own use of automated technologies that make decisions in place of humans.

Home and business owners who've had to go through a series of hurdles to close a mortgage can now breathe a sigh of relief.

TITLE AGENCY & PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
Wagoner County Abstract Company is all about details concerning all things land. And, since they are not making any more land at the moment, it is an important job to keep straight on who owns what and where.

Pam Brown Courtney is a real estate developer and investor who has been making moves in the Arkansas real estate market. Her company, Pam Brown Courtney Inc., manages a multimillion-dollar real estate portfolio and real estate consulting business.

Title Agents Go Nationwide
For agents interested in growing their businesses by expanding into multiple states, we’re here to make the process simple and profitable. We offer you one point of contact to streamline your options and solutions...

OTHER TRENDING NEWS
If you frequently travel to other countries around the world, you've probably come face to face with the language barrier. Fortunately, there are plenty of amazing apps out there that can help bridge that gap. Here are some of the best translation apps you can use abroad.

Marianne Mathieu, NTP
Vice President/National Agency Accounts
Fidelity National Title Group
(347) 987-0677