Joel Tasca

Joel Tasca

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Petitioner Opposes NY Regulator’s Motion To Dismiss Lawsuit Seeking Access to Database of Alleged Illegal Payday Lenders

The consumer financial services attorney (the petitioner) who sued the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and its superintendent, Benjamin Lawsky, to obtain access to DFS’s database of alleged illegal...more

12/17/2014 - Consumer Lenders FOIA Motion to Dismiss Payday Loans

Class Action Not Mooted by Unaccepted Rule 68 Offers of Judgment to Putative Class Representatives, 11th Circuit Holds

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit recently held that a class action was not mooted by the unaccepted offers of judgment made by the defendant to each putative class representative in the full amount of his or her...more

12/9/2014 - Appeals Class Action Mootness Offer of Judgment Putative Class Actions Rule 68

Credit Monitoring Company Enters Consent Order with Government Regarding Online ‘Negative Option’

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Attorneys General of Ohio and Illinois recently entered into a stipulated settlement order with a credit monitoring company arising out of the company’s alleged conduct concerning...more

12/1/2014 - Consent Order Credit Monitoring FTC Permanent Injunctions

Federal Trade Commission Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Used Car Rule

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that it is seeking supplemental public comments on proposed changes to its Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (Used Car Rule) and the Used Car Buyers Guide (Buyers...more

12/1/2014 - Automotive Industry Car Dealerships FTC Proposed Amendments Public Comment

St. Louis County Ordinance Requiring Pre-Foreclosure Mediation Unconstitutional, Missouri Supreme Court Holds

The Missouri Supreme Court recently ruled that a St. Louis County ordinance requiring lenders to mediate with borrowers prior to foreclosure was void ab initio because it was not directed to a matter of purely municipal...more

11/25/2014 - Banks Foreclosure Local Ordinance Mediation Mortgages Secured Lenders

Debt Collector’s Automated Calls Did Not Fall within TCPA’s ‘Prior Express Consent’ Exception, Second Circuit Holds

Yesterday, the Second Circuit held that a plaintiff did not provide his “prior express consent” under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to automated calls to his cell phone when he gave his cell phone...more

10/20/2014 - Debt Collection FCC Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA

N.Y. Department of Financial Services Sued for Access to Documents Pertaining to Database of Alleged Illegal Payday Lenders

A consumer financial services attorney (the petitioner) recently filed a petition in New York state court against the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and its superintendent, Benjamin Lawsky. The lawsuit...more

10/14/2014 - Banks Blacklist Department of Financial Services FOIA Payday Loans

Developer May Not Extinguish Contractor’s Liens by Foreclosing on Its Own Mortgage, Florida Court Holds

A Florida appellate court recently rejected a real estate developer’s creative effort to shed its property of contractor’s liens. The court applied the venerable principal of mortgage law that a borrower may not extinguish...more

10/10/2014 - Construction Liens Contractors Foreclosure Liens Mortgages

U.S. Supreme Court Invites Solicitor General’s Views On Whether Certiorari Should Be Granted In Case Involving Standing To Recover...

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court invited the Solicitor General to file a brief to express the Obama administration’s views on whether certiorari should be granted in a consumer case involving an important issue of statutory...more

10/8/2014 - Article III Certiorari CFPB Damages FCRA SCOTUS Standing Statutory Damages

Third Circuit Rejects Class Certification in Yet Another Consumer Case

Consistent with its recent emphasis on the stringency of class certification requirements in consumer cases, the Third Circuit recently affirmed the denial of class certification in a consumer case involving alleged...more

9/17/2014 - Billing Class Action Class Certification Consumer Fraud Unjust Enrichment

FDCPA Is Violated When Consumer’s Account Number Is Visible through Window of Debt Collector’s Envelope, Third Circuit Holds

In a precedential opinion rendered last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that the disclosure of a consumer’s account number through the transparent window of a debt collector’s envelope violates...more

9/5/2014 - Appeals Corporate Counsel Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA Privacy Laws

Merger Doctrine Does Not Prevent Deed of Trust Beneficiary From Extinguishing Junior Lien through Foreclosure, California Court...

The California Court of Appeal recently held that a foreclosure by the beneficiary under a first deed of trust extinguished a junior lien, even though the beneficiary acquired the property by way of a deed in lieu of...more

8/1/2014 - Appeals Beneficiaries Deed of Trust Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure Foreclosure Junior Lenders Liens Mechanics Lien Merger Doctrine Real Estate Transfers Senior Lenders

The CFPB issues guidance on ensuring equal treatment for same-sex married couples

On June 25, 2014, the CFPB issued guidance setting forth basic principles on the issue of equal treatment for legally-married same-sex couples. The CFPB noted that this guidance was issued in response to the decision in...more

7/10/2014 - CFPB DOMA Marriage Equality Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Federal Court of Appeals Rejects ‘Show-Me-the-Note’ Defense to Foreclosure under Michigan Law

A federal appellate court recently confirmed that, in Michigan, a foreclosing party does not need to hold the mortgage note to have "standing" to foreclose. In the recent case, an individual borrower faced with...more

6/11/2014 - Foreclosure Mortgages Popular Standing

Federal Preemption Does Not Preclude State Law Claim Based on Alleged HAMP Violations, Minnesota Supreme Court Holds

The Supreme Court of Minnesota last week reversed the dismissal of a borrower’s action against a loan servicer arising out of the servicer’s alleged breach of its Servicer Participation Agreement (SPA) with Fannie Mae under...more

4/11/2014 - Fannie Mae HAMP Loan Servicer

Eleventh Circuit Clarifies Pre-Consummation Disclosure Requirements under TILA

Under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), lenders are required to make certain disclosures to borrowers before consummating mortgage loans. If a lender fails to make these disclosures, the borrower may have the right to rescind...more

2/18/2014 - Disclosure Requirements Fair Lending TILA

Mortgage Assignee Not a 'Creditor' for Purposes of TILA Obligations Existing over the Life of a Loan… at Least for Now

Under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the assignee of a mortgage note is not considered a "creditor" and is therefore not bound by TILA requirements imposed solely on creditors. One federal appellate court, however, has...more

12/6/2013 - Assignees Creditors Mortgages RESPA TILA

Federal Court Refuses To Dismiss Government’s Statutory Claims against Mortgage Originators That Allegedly Defrauded HUD

A federal judge recently rejected motions to dismiss in a suit in which the U.S. government alleged that two mortgage originators and their officers defrauded the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) into...more

10/9/2013 - Fraud HUD Mortgage Loan Originators Mortgages

Third Circuit Rules on Requirements of 'Home State' and 'Local Controversy' Exceptions to Federal Jurisdiction under the Class...

In a precedential opinion, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit last Friday made significant rulings on the "home state" and "local controversy" exceptions to federal subject matter jurisdiction under the Class Action...more

8/21/2013 - CAFA Class Action Federal Jurisdiction Jurisdiction Removal

Dismissal of Retained Asset Account Putative Class Action Upheld by Third Circuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has affirmed summary judgment in favor of The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company in a putative class action. In Edmonson v. Lincoln National Life Ins. Co. the plaintiff...more

8/21/2013 - Class Action ERISA Insurance Companies Lincoln National Life Insurance Company Retained Asset Accounts

Super Bowl Ticketholders Denied Bid for Class Certification

A group of Super Bowl XLV ticketholders recently lost their bid in federal court in Texas for class certification of their lawsuit arising from problems with temporary seating at the event....more

7/12/2013 - Class Certification Super Bowl Ticket Pricing

Statute of Frauds Bars Claims Seeking To Set Aside Foreclosure Sale Based On Oral Promises Related To Loan Modifications

The Fourth Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, recently held that an oral statement that borrowers should disregard notices of foreclosure sale while being considered for a loan modification is insufficient to set aside a...more

6/14/2013 - Foreclosure Loan Modifications Mortgages Statute of Frauds

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