VA: Foreclosure Purchasers Face New Potential Hurdle In Virginia

In Parrish v. Federal National Mortgage Association, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that when a defendant raises a bona fide question of the plaintiff’s title in an unlawful detainer/ejectment action before the General District Court, that court loses subject … Read More

Virginia Supreme Court Rejects Role of Juries in Title Insurance Bad Faith Claims

Virginia-Supreme-CourtIn a new opinion that merits review by anyone who underwrites title or defends title insurers in Virginia, a 6-1 majority of the Virginia Supreme Court held that Virginia Code sec. 38.2-209 requires that judges, not juries, make the determination … Read More

VA Supreme Court: Shevlin Smith v. McLaughlin

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The opinion in Shevlin Smith v. McLaughlin provides a veritable cornucopia of rulings—15 assignments of error were considered!—that touch on important areas of legal malpractice and civil litigation that all practitioners should review. The case concerns a legal malpractice case … Read More

DC: Filing a lis pendens may expose filer to claim if the underlying lawsuit was filed in bad faith

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In Havilah Real Property Services, LLC v. VLK, LLC, et al., the D.C Court of Appeals recently addressed the merits of litigation and the privilege associated with the recordation of lis pendens in a lengthy dispute between Havilah and … Read More