Adam Brandon

Adam Brandon

Rogers Towers

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Overview of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act of 2003 (SCRA) protects members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard whose financial obligations and ability to participate in civil proceedings are materially...more

4/10/2015 - Military Service Members SCRA

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Borrowers May Rescind Residential Mortgage Loans by Written Notice

The Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) requires lenders to make certain disclosures to borrowers before the parties close on a residential mortgage. TILA also affords borrowers the right to rescind a mortgage for any reason for...more

4/1/2015 - Jesinoski v Countrywide Mortgage Lenders Popular Rescission SCOTUS TILA Written Notice

Authenticating Evidence In Support of Summary Judgment

Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal recently filed an opinion that emphasizes the importance of properly authenticating evidence in support of a motion for summary judgment. In Colon v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. et al.,...more

2/26/2015 - Appeals Authentication Evidence Foreclosure

Acceleration and Florida’s Five-Year Statute of Limitations

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal recently filed an opinion that illuminates when a lender’s acceleration of debt triggers the five-year statute of limitations. In Snow v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2015 WL 160326 (Fla....more

2/5/2015 - Accelerated Payments Appeals Deutsche Bank Foreclosure Lenders Mortgage Lenders Secured Lenders Statute of Limitations Wells Fargo

Authenticating Loan Records From Prior Lenders

In special assets litigation, a bank offers into evidence its own loan records as well as the records of other lenders who previously serviced the loan. However, Florida courts treat these records as inadmissible hearsay...more

1/6/2015 - Banks Business Records Hearsay Exceptions Loan Documentation Promissory Notes

Operation Choke Point

As part of a coordinated, multi-agency initiative known as “Operation Choke Point,” the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has warned financial institutions that they might be liable for maintaining banking...more

11/24/2014 - Bank Secrecy Act Banks Choke Point FDIC Financial Institutions Money Transmitter Payment Processors Reporting Requirements

Complying with the Florida Consumer Collection Practice Act

In addition to ensuring compliance with the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), lenders should take precautions to limit its exposure to claims under the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA). For...more

10/17/2014 - Debt Collection FDCPA Lenders

Overview of the Florida Consumer Collection Practice Act

As discussed in a prior post, the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA) can apply to both debt collectors (like collection agencies) and lenders who seek to collect their own debts. The FCCPA is broader than the...more

9/12/2014 - Debt Collection FCCPA FDCPA

Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act Applies to Anyone Collecting a Debt

The Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (“FCCPA”) prohibits anyone attempting to collect a debt from using certain types of abusive, deceptive, and misleading tactics. In a recent decision, Florida’s Second District...more

8/29/2014 - Banks Debt Collection Debt Collectors FCCPA Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Bank Fraud Decision

On June 23, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Laughlin v. United States which defined what type of fraudulent activity is punishable under the federal bank fraud statute. Posing as a Mormon missionary, Kevin...more

7/30/2014 - Bank Fraud Fraud Laughlin v United States Mail Fraud SCOTUS

FIRREA Protects Purchasing Banks Against Some Claims Disguised as Affirmative Defenses

As previously discussed on this blog, the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (“FIRREA”) creates a mandatory administrative claims process for claims against the assets of failed financial...more

6/11/2014 - Affirmative Defenses Banks FDIC FIRREA

A Potential Defense for Purchasing Banks Against Lender Liability Claims Based on the Actions of a Failed Bank

Previous posts discussed how the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (“FIRREA”) creates a mandatory administrative claims process for claims against the assets of failed financial institutions. If a...more

5/13/2014 - Administrative Hearings Banks FDIC FIRREA JPMorgan Chase Lenders

"Substantial Compliance" With Notice Requirements Not Enough

Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal recently emphasized the need for lenders to strictly comply with the notice requirements of a mortgage prior to foreclosure. In Samaroo v. Wells Fargo, the borrower appealed the...more

4/15/2014 - Foreclosure Lenders Mortgages Notice Requirements Wells Fargo

Claims Against Failed Banks Must Go Through the FDIC’s Administrative Claims Process

As described in a previous post, the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (“FIRREA”) requires that anyone with a claim against a failed bank must file a claim with the FDIC within 90 days of being...more

4/14/2014 - Banks Claims Procedures FDIC FIRREA Fleet Credit

The FDIC’s Administrative Claims Process for Failed Banks

Enacted by Congress after the Savings and Loan Crisis of the 1980s, the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (“FIRREA”) gives the FDIC sweeping authority to resolve the problems posed by a failed...more

3/28/2014 - Banks Claims Procedures FDIC FIRREA

Florida Bans Texting While Driving

You may be wondering why an article about the new Florida statute banning texting while driving is being featured on a banking law blog. Admittedly, texting does not have much to do with banking, but the new law should be of...more

11/14/2013 - Distracted Driving Texting

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