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New York Court of Appeals Provides Guidance on Deficiency Judgments

The level of proof that a lender must submit to obtain a deficiency judgment following a mortgage foreclosure was recently clarified by the New York Court of Appeals. Under RPAPL § 1371, a lender may seek a deficiency...more

Newly-Enacted Texas Law Confirms Mechanism for Lenders to Unilaterally Rescind Acceleration

On June 17, 2015, Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 2067, which amends the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code to provide a clear mechanism for lenders to unilaterally rescind acceleration of a defaulted loan. ...more

CFPB Jolts Loan Originator Over Mortgage Origination

On June 4, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against RPM Mortgage, Inc. (RPM), and its CEO, Erwin Robert Hirt....more

Do the CFPB Mortgage Servicing Rules Provide For Rescission?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) mortgage servicing rules have now been in place for nearly 18 months. These rules have set forth extensive loss mitigation procedures that nearly all servicers must follow. In...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: California Court of Appeal Expands Borrowers’ Ability to Recover Attorneys’ Fees Under HBOR

On June 12, 2015, the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, issued its decision in Monterossa v. Superior Court (PNC Bank), Case No. C077683, 2015 WL 3653319 (Jun. 12, 2015). The court decided an issue of...more

Illinois AG Madigan Announces $1 Million Settlement Regarding Company’s Management of Foreclosed Properties

On June 3, Illinois AG Madigan announced a $1 million settlement with an Ohio-based company that mortgage lenders hire to manage properties throughout the foreclosure process and ensure that the properties retain their value....more

CFPB Asserts Sweeping RESPA Enforcement Authority In First Appellate Decision

In a decision asserting broad authority for the CFPB and which is certain to set the tone for future CFPB appellate rulings, Bureau director Richard Cordray recently issued the Bureau’s first decision from an appeal of a...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Rhode Island Superior Court Decision Impacting Servicers

A Rhode Island superior court recently ruled that, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-27-3.2, foreclosing lenders are required to send mediation notices in any foreclosure initiated after the effective date (October 2014)...more

HUD Obtains $200 Million in Community Investment to Resolve Redlining Allegations against Midwest Mortgage Lender

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reached a settlement agreement with Associated Bank concerning allegations that the Bank violated Section 804(b) of the Fair Housing Act. According to the...more

CFPB settles loan originator compensation case

The CFPB has entered into a proposed consent order with a mortgage company and its CEO to settle charges that the company paid bonuses and higher commissions to loan officers in violation of the Regulation Z loan originator...more

Listing Unaccrued Debts In Legal Pleadings Can Leave Creditor Attorneys Liable for FDCPA Damages

When drafting demand letters and complaints, creditors and their attorneys must be cautious when demanding fees from the debtor which the creditor has not yet incurred. The Third Circuit has announced that including a demand...more

West Virginia Supreme Court Of Appeals’ Refusal To Review Punitive Award For Excessiveness Under Due Process Clause Warrants...

As readers of this blog and litigants and their attorneys in punitive damages cases well know, the U.S. Supreme Court gets the final say on matters of constitutional interpretation, including the due-process requirements for...more

Montana Supreme Court Upholds $5 Million Punitive Award That Is Five Times The Compensatory Damages

Montana is known fondly to many as Big Sky Country, but it also is quickly gaining a reputation for big punitive damages awards. Not only are juries imposing breathtaking amounts of punitive damages with increasing...more

Mortgage Servicing Transfers: Meeting the Operational and Regulatory Demands

In This Presentation: - The “Old” Ways - New Federal Framework for Servicers - Dodd-Frank Act - National Mortgage Settlement - CFPB at the Center - CFPB Regulations (Reg X) - CFPB...more

National Mortgage Servicer Pays CFPB and FTC $63 Million to Settle Claims Over Alleged Servicing Violations

On April 21, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a joint enforcement action and joint order with a national mortgage servicer. ...more

Nevada Supreme Court holds that Voluntary Payment Doctrine Prohibits a Party from Recovering Amounts Wrongly Paid to Homeowner’s...

On September 30,2014, we posted “Lenders Beware: the Nevada Supreme Court Holds that Foreclosures of Homeowner’s Association Liens May Extinguish First Priority Deeds of Trust” which discussed the recent decision of SFR...more

Challenge to Trustee’s Standing to Foreclose Dismissed as Moot after Loan Modification

In Matt v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit dismissed as moot a borrower’s claims that HSBC as Trustee for the investor lacked authority to act under the terms of the mortgage....more

Plaintiff in Foreclosure Action Snared by Evidence of Damages, Attorney’s Fees & Costs

In Colson v. State Farm Bank, F.S.B., Case No. 2D13-5526, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals just reversed a final judgment of foreclosure entered in favor of the plaintiff, finding that a “total lack of evidence as...more

Wisconsin Foreclosure Sale Process Just Got a Lot Faster

Recently, in Bank of New York Mellon v. Carson, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a decision that, in the words of Justice David Prosser, Jr., “radically revises the law on mortgage foreclosures” and could significantly...more

Arizona Courts Lacks Authority To Stay Forcible Entry And Detainer Judgments When The Judgment Itself Is Not Pending Appeal

Can a court stay the execution of a Forcible Entry and Detainer (“FED”) action when the FED judgment itself is not appealed? The Arizona Court of Appeals recently addressed this question, holding that the court did not have...more

Tenants are Left in the Cold after the Sunset of the Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act

For a time, the Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act of 2009 (“the Act”) provided some protection for tenants against foreclosures on a landlord’s property. The law gave tenants in foreclosed properties protections against...more

Important Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Holding by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals: Misstatements in Foreclosure...

On April 7, 2015, a decision in the case of Kaymark vs. Bank of America, N.A. was handed down by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, in a precedential opinion authored by Judge Fisher and joined in by Judges Fuentes and...more

Bankruptcy Beat: The Automatic Stay Does Not Preclude A Foreclosure Committee From Seeking Fees From A Non-Debtor Party In A...

On January 5, 2015, the Honorable Albert S. Dabrowski issued a decision concerning the applicability of the automatic stay of Bankruptcy Code Section 362(a) (the “Automatic Stay”), which decision highlights and clarifies...more

If Receiver’s Sales Aren’t Foreclosures, What Are They?

When no statute specifically authorizes a court-appointed receiver to sell real property, what type of sale is it? The Supreme Court of Nevada recently addressed this question, holding that “a receiver sale of real property...more

Court Approves RMBS Settlement, Rejecting Institutional Investors’ Attempts to Scuttle It

On March 12, 2015, Judge Katherine B. Forrest of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a $69 million settlement between the plaintiffs and defendants in Policemen’s Annuity & Benefit...more

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