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Warning: Email Wire Instruction Fraud Scam Hitting Real Estate Industry

Warning to the real estate industry: a widespread real estate fraud is currently underway that could cost you and your client tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of dollars. The Scam The scam is simple: the scammer obtains access to information concerning a pending real estate transaction, using this information to impersonate a party to … Read More

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Mortgage Shotgunning and the Priority of Trust Deeds

Mortgage Shotgunning Definition and How to Solve this Real Estate Fraud The article below appeared in the California Real Property Journal, the Official Publication of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of California. Volume 32, Number 2, 2014. Mortgage Shotgunning and the Priority of Trust Deeds (click for PDF) By Scott Talkov This … Read More

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SB 1186 – California Disability Law Provides Minimal Help to Businesses (ADA)

SB 1186, California’s new law targeting disability access lawsuits, provides minimal assistance to business owners.  Although hailed by its sponsors, Senators Dutton and Steinberg, as a reform for what business owners describe as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) shakedown lawsuits, the law is far more limited than many believe.  A summary of the major provisions … Read More

Mortgage Shotgunning: Indexing and the Priority of Trust Deeds

District Split is Ripe for California Supreme Court Review Mortgage Shotgunning The real estate fraud known as mortgage shotgunning or slamming occurs when real property is refinanced with multiple lenders within a short period of time, such that each lender lacks knowledge of the other lenders. The prior lender and homeowner, working in cahoots, then … Read More

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Lawyer Seeks (and Obtains) White House Honey Ale Recipe via Freedom of Information Act Request

A California attorney has apparently become the first person with legal training to issue a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the White House seeking the recipe of President Obama’s White House Honey Ale. The attorney, Scott Talkov, has assisted several media organizations in compelling the disclosure of government documents through the California Public … Read More

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