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Round Two – Ground Rent Holders vs. Legislature – Goes to…

In a case decided February 26, 2014, State of Maryland v. Stanley Goldberg, et al., No. 8, September Term, 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals found that legislation that replaced the remedy of ejectment with a...more

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari for Standing to Sue under the Electronic Fund Transfers Act

The United States Supreme Court declined to grant certiorari to decide whether Congress had the authority to confer Article III standing to sue when the plaintiff suffers no concrete harm and alleges as an injury based on a...more

U.S. Supreme Court denies certiorari in EFTA standing case

We have previously written about Charvat v. Mutual First Federal Credit Union, the case in which the Eighth Circuit held last year that denial of a statutory right is a sufficient injury to confer standing, even if the injury...more

Attorney Fees Are Not Proper Where Plaintiff Dismisses Claims for Unlawful Debt Collection Practices

In Tourgeman v. Nelson & Kennard, 2014 DJDAR 587 (2014), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an interesting collection case which resulted in an attorney fee award. The Court of Appeal...more

Cert Petition Asks Supreme Court To Decide Whether Congress Can Allow Uninjured Plaintiffs To Sue In Federal Court

For years, defendants have argued that federal courts may not entertain class-action lawsuits when the plaintiff does not allege that he or she suffered any concrete personal harm and instead relies solely on an “injury in...more

Bank of New York Mellon Corp. Sues to Block City of Richmond’s Condemnation of Home Loans

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY) is seeking an injunction to prevent the City of Richmond, California from using eminent domain powers to seize and refinance more than 600 home loans with outstanding balances...more

New York Federal Court Blocks Enforcement of “No Credit Card Surcharge” Law

Commenting that “Alice in Wonderland has nothing on” a New York law that prohibits merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases, a New York federal court has entered a preliminary injunction that prohibits the...more

Condeming Underwater Mortgages: Another Look at the Legality of it

OK, I'll admit it. A year ago I thought this whole condemnation-of-underwater-mortgages thing would die off pretty quickly. I predicted we'd never see any large-scale condemnation effort. So far, I've missed badly on the...more

California City Votes To Pursue Eminent Domain Plan, Legal Challenge Found Not Ripe For Injunction

On September 11, the California city of Richmond reportedly voted to proceed with a plan to employ its eminent domain authority to seize certain mortgages. As previously described, the city recently demanded that owners and...more

Federal Court Halts Lender Underwater Mortgages Lawsuit Against Richmond

On September 12, the City of Richmond caught a small reprieve with respect to its plan to condemn underwater mortgages. As reported by Reuters, the federal district court ruled that the lawsuit filed by lenders Wells Fargo,...more

Condemnation of Property in California Can Get Messy: BB&K Attorney James Wyman Details Ways Public Agencies Can Ensure a Clean...

Condemning property for public projects in California is a hard reality for both government officials and the owners of property that is in the path of a new road, freeway expansion or mass transit project. There is often...more

Showdown in the Richmond: The City of Richmond Threatens Eminent Domain on Underwater Loans

BREAKING NEWS: In a contentious 4-3 decision and amid more than 300 community members on both sides of the issue, the City Council for the City of Richmond voted to continue pursuing its eminent domain plan in the early...more

CFPB moves to dismiss Morgan Drexen’s D.C. lawsuit; Morgan Drexen moves to enjoin CFPB’s CA action

In response to the motion for summary judgment filed by Morgan Drexen in its Washington, D.C. lawsuit against the CFPB, the CFPB has filed a motion to dismiss. After it was sued by Morgan Drexen, the CFPB filed an enforcement...more

Investors Sue To Preempt Locality’s Planned Seizure Of Mortgages Using Eminent Domain; FHFA Outlines Potential Responses

On August 7, trustees representing the interests of investors in mortgage backed securities filed two separate suits to halt the planned use of eminent domain by the city of Richmond, California to seize a group of mortgages....more

Lenders React to Richmond's Plan to Condemn Mortgages by Filing Suit

We all knew this was coming (see my post from July 23). If you poke a sleeping giant, it's going to file a lawsuit against you in federal court. Yesterday, in response to the City of Richmond's preliminary actions to...more

Banks are Entitled to Recover Compensation in Condemnation Actions

Eminent domain or condemnation is the process by which the government is permitted to acquire a citizen’s private property for public use, after paying just compensation. Typically, property is acquired by the government...more

Update on cases challenging Cordray appointment

We have been following two federal court cases that involve challenges to Director Cordray’s appointment. The California case, CFPB v. Chance Edward Gordon, was filed in summer 2012 by the CFPB against an attorney and his law...more

Stanislaus County Moving Forward with Claribel Road Project

After two years of negotiating with residential property owners, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved acquisition of the property by eminent domain. The Modesto Bee reports that the board approved the...more

As the CFPB Turns … And Other Consumer Financial Services News

In this week’s episode of As the CFPB Turns questions remain regarding Director(?) Richard Cordray’s constitutional authority to act as the Director of the CFPB. House Financial Services Committee Chairman, Jeb Hensarling,...more

Harold C. Wallace v. Midwest Financial & Mortgage Services Inc., et al

Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals re: Summary Judgment Reversed for Appraisal Fraud

A Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on April 23 reversed an award of summary judgment to a mortgage lender, a mortgage brokerage firm and its principals after finding that an appraisal that inflated the value of a...more

Cyprus: To Litigate or Not to Litigate?

Harneys’ Cyprus Banking Group is closely monitoring a legal challenge to the bail-out legislation which is currently before the Cyprus courts....more

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Rejects Aiding and Abetting Liability for Civil Damage Claims Under the...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion on February 14, 2013, holding that the civil liability provision of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1990, 18 U.S.C.§ 2333(a) (the “ATA”) does not permit...more

Prejudgment Attachment

...Florida law provides that a judge may issue a writ of attachment “when the debtor (1) Is actually removing the property out of the state; (2) Is fraudulently disposing of the property to avoid the payment of his or her...more

Prejudgment Attachments and Fraudulent Conveyance Claims in Fidelity Litigation

I. Introduction - It is not difficult to imagine that you file an action to recover a loss and the defendant hastily transfers the cash to friends, wires money to relatives overseas, hides the vehicles out of state,...more

Preventing a Windfall: Getting a Dismissal When Plaintiff Fails to Disclose the Claims in Bankruptcy

The bankruptcy code provides protection and relief to individuals facing insurmountable debt, but it carries certain obligations and limitations, notably requiring them to list all of their assets, including any claims or...more

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