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Federal Law Does Not Prevent Foreclosure Against Surviving Spouse of “Reverse-Mortgage” Borrower If Contractually-Authorized

The federal statute that prevents HUD from insuring a reverse mortgage that permits foreclosure while the borrower’s surviving spouse lives in the mortgaged property does not similarly prohibit the lender from foreclosing after the borrower’s death, as long as the foreclosure is otherwise permitted by the loan documents. Estate of Jones v. Live Well Fin., Inc., __ F.3d __, 2018 WL...

Eleventh Circuit Invalidates Liquidated Damages Provision As Impermissible Penalty

In Autauga Quality Cotton Association v. Crosby, 2018 WL 3097948 (June 25, 2018), the Eleventh Circuit invalidated a liquidated damages provision, holding it to be an impermissible penalty under Alabama law. Appellant Autauga Quality Cotton Association is a not-for-profit cotton-marketing association based in Central Alabama whose mission is to provide price stability to both farmers...

Forfeited Deposit Not Capital Gain in Real Estate Deal

In a case of first impression, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed that a taxpayer could not treat as long-term capital gain its retention of a nonrefundable deposit after a would-be buyer defaulted on an agreement to purchase real property used in the taxpayer’s trade or business. CRI-Leslie, LLC v. Comm’r, 882 F.3d 1026 (11th Cir. 2018). Under the facts of the case, the taxpayer,...

“This is a tax case. Fear not, keep reading.”

These are the opening words of Judge Kevin Newsom’s opinion for the court in Morrissey v. United States, 2017 WL 4229063 (11th Cir. Sept. 25, 2017).  What interested the court in the case were two issues:  whether the expenses that a gay man incurred to father children through in vitro fertilization are deductible medical expenses under section 213 of the Internal Revenue Code; and, if...