Robert Scott

Robert Scott

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Maryland High Court Limits Liability of Assignee Lenders under State's Secondary Mortgage Loan Law

In a recent ruling, the Maryland Court of Appeals substantially limited claims of second mortgage loan borrowers under the state's Secondary Mortgage Loan Law (SMLL), holding that an assignee of a second mortgage is not...more

7/7/2014 - Assignments Borrowers Lenders Mortgages

Maryland Narrows Time Frame for Seeking Deficiency Judgments against Borrowers

The amount of time that mortgage lenders and servicers have to seek a deficiency judgment against borrowers will be shortened from 12 years to three years under new legislation enacted in Maryland. The new law takes effect...more

6/4/2014

Court Upholds Constitutionality of Pennsylvania Recording Statute

A class action suit against Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS) in Pennsylvania will go forward after a federal district court ruled that the state recording statute is constitutional. The court ruled that the...more

5/7/2014 - Class Action MERS Real Estate Transfers Recording Requirements

Borrowers' Counsel Can Be Sanctioned over Frivolous Complaints in Foreclosure and Eviction Proceedings, Michigan Court Holds

A Michigan appellate court recently held that a borrower's counsel could be sanctioned for filing a complaint for the purpose of delaying foreclosure or eviction. In Edgett v. Flagstar Bank, after multiple reviews of the...more

3/17/2014 - Action to Quiet Title Attorney Misconduct Breach of Contract Unjust Enrichment

Alabama Federal Court Ruling May Enable Borrowers with Tenants To Challenge Foreclosures

A recent decision from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama may provide borrowers who rent portions of their property to tenants with an avenue for challenging a foreclosure. The court's analysis...more

1/20/2014 - Assignments Borrowers Foreclosure Mortgages Motion to Dismiss Tenants

Maryland Defendants Can Recover Attorneys' Fees Paid by Insurance Company

Litigants that have been forced to defend groundless litigation are entitled to recover their attorneys' fees even if those costs were paid by an insurance company, Maryland's highest court has ruled. ...more

11/4/2013 - Abuse of Process Attorney's Fees Frivolous Lawsuits Recovery Laws

HUD Rule Allowing Lenders To Demand Immediate Reverse Mortgage Repayments from Widowers Violates Federal Law, Court Holds

A Washington, D.C., District Court ruled recently that a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation allowing lenders to demand that widowers immediately repay reverse mortgage loans upon the death of their spouses...more

10/29/2013 - HUD Lenders Mortgages Reverse Mortgages

HOLA Does Not Preempt Fraud Claims against Mortgage Loan Servicer, California District Court Rules

The Southern District of California recently held that claims against a mortgage loan servicer are not preempted by the Home Owners Loan Act (HOLA) when they rely on "general allegations of misrepresentation" and are only...more

9/5/2013 - Fraud HOLA Mortgage Loan Servicing Standards Mortgage Servicers Mortgages Preemption

Assignees Not Liable for Lender Violations of Maryland Secondary Mortgage Loan Law, Appeals Court Holds

In a decision that narrows the scope of potential liability for assignees of second mortgage loans secured by Maryland properties, the state’s intermediate appellate court recently rejected an attempt by borrowers to hold an...more

5/20/2013 - Assignees Borrowers Lender Liability Mortgages

Ballard Spahr Obtains Win for Servicers Holding Notes

The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled in Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., Trustee v. Brock that a servicer possessing an original promissory note endorsed in blank — the most common type of endorsement for thousands of...more

4/12/2013 - Deutsche Bank Foreclosure Loan Servicer Mortgage-Backed Securities Mortgages

Mortgage Banking Update - Febuary 06, 2013

In This Issue: - Settlement of Michigan Lending Discrimination Lawsuit Underscores Regulatory Focus on Equal Access to Credit - Industry Employers Should Prepare Now for Health Care Reform - Title...more

2/6/2013 - Affordable Care Act Agents Canning v NLRB CFPB Community State Bank Discrimination DOJ ECOA Employer Group Health Plans Equal Access to Credit FFIEC Healthcare Insurance Agents Negligence NLRB Pay or Play Race Discrimination Recess Appointments Richard Cordray Social Media Title Examination Title Insurance Underwriting

Title Insurers Not Liable For Agent's Negligence

Title insurance companies can enforce exculpatory provisions in title insurance policies that exclude liability for tort claims based on a negligent title search performed by an agent, Maryland's highest court has ruled....more

1/31/2013 - Agents Exclusionary Clauses Land Titles Mortgages Negligence Respondeat Superior Title Insurance Title Search

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