The Supreme Court of Virginia holds that Virginia law does not permit a court to modify a confessed judgment over the objection of the creditor, absent a trial.
The Court of Appeals of Maryland held that a foreign statutory trust, which merely served as a special purpose vehicle to own a mortgage loan, was not required to obtain a collection agency license prior to pursing foreclosure through its substitute trustees.
Supreme Court of Virginia clarifies the jurisdiction and power of the Commissioner of Accounts, explaining that “[a] commissioner’s authority to assist the circuit court with the settlement of estates is simply an extension of the circuit court’s subject matter jurisdiction to administer estates.”
Recording of Declaration in land records providing for utility assessments does not create a lien, but merely authorizes the creation of lien upon compliance with Maryland Contract Lien Act.
Real Estate Broker subject to discipline for failing to disclose to a Buyer potential well-water contamination in the neighborhood due to a well-known gas leak, and that the Property was subject to periodic well-testing for possible contamination.
The Supreme Court of Virginia determined that an easement by necessity could be modified as “reasonably necessary” to benefit a landlocked parcel, so long as it did not unreasonably burden the underlying property, i.e., the servient estate. The Court held that as a matter of law, the trial court had the authority to grant the owner of the landlocked parcel the right to widen the established easement without the servient owner's consent.