INDUSTRY EVENTS
Look For NEW Events Posted Since The Last Issue!
INDUSTRY NEWS
Disputes over WeWork's use of data, New York's rent control law and a zoning decision by a city in the San Francisco Bay Area are among the cases real estate lawyers will be watching in 2020.

The impact of recent sweeping changes to rent control and attempts to rezone an area in Brooklyn are among the areas of regulation and legislation New York real estate lawyers will be watching in 2020.

The New Jersey Supreme Court seemed reluctant to allow a county register to impose a $3 convenience fee for the electronic filing of property-related documents, saying Monday that no state law or regulation allows for such a charge.

A New York state appeals court reinstated rules that bar title insurance companies in the state from treating their clients to services like meals and entertainment. The court sided with the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) in its Dec. 26, 2019, ruling.

Attorneys are expecting a busy year for the Florida Supreme Court, which is set to tackle the state’s summary judgment standard, the newly implemented regulatory framework for medical marijuana and whether a traffic ticket app is practicing law by connecting consumers to attorneys.

LEGAL NEWS
The Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston recently issued an opinion that will have profound impacts on mineral liens and contractual provisions purporting to waive mineral liens. 

If you break into an empty house, move in your family and your belongings and call it home, can you ever stake a legal claim to the property?

The answer is yes. But it’s a difficult process, and it rarely ends successfully.

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey recently dismissed a breach of contract and a legal malpractice claim against a title insurance company after the insured owner sold the property.

TECHNOLOGY & SOCIAL MEDIA
How far has AI come in a year? In 2018 I generated cocktails using textgenrnn and char-rnn, two neural networks that learn to imitate text.

No matter the size of the company, many employees have received an email similar to the one below.

TITLE AGENCY & PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
The owner of a local real estate company made the holidays a little easier for a group of people recently.

A Houston attorney who won fees and sanctions after defeating allegations that he interfered with a deal to take over a title company is defending his victory in a state appellate court, arguing that the underlying suit was “frivolous and baseless.”

A convicted felon who insisted on defending himself at trial for trying to assert squatter’s rights on a Mountain Valley home last spring did not show up Monday for a pre-trial hearing and is now a wanted man.

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
In 2023, owners of more than 7,800 properties could theoretically be stuck with land that had been rendered unbuildable, creating a potential takings liability of $317.7 million.

On a cuteness scale of zero to 100, where zero is “not cute at all” and 100 is “the cutest thing I have EVER seen,” raters gave the fluffy white puppy with black eyes and button nose a respectable 82.70

If you’re like many Shelter Islanders, you may not know where Taylor’s Island is or what role it has played in the Island’s history, much less visited there, though you may have heard about the fabulous benefit clambakes held there each summer.

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