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No deference for CFPB amicus brief from Ninth Circuit

Many readers probably remember Edwards v. First American Financial Corp. for its ill-fated journey to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had granted certiorari to decide the issue of whether a plaintiff who brings a...more

PHH Wins Stay of $109M CFPB Enforcement Penalty

On August 5, 2015, PHH Corp. (“PHH”) won a stay of the $109M penalty handed down by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) director Rich Cordray. Cordray’s aggressive legal reasoning and the harsh penalties he imposed,...more

Pennsylvania County Recorder Cannot Sue MERS for Failure to Record Mortgage Assignments, Third Circuit Rules in Overturning...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that Pennsylvania’s recording statute does not require the recording of all conveyances. As a result, the Third Circuit reversed the district court’s refusal to enter...more

District Court Rejects Lender’s Motion to Dismiss in Ongoing Litigation with CFPB

On June 12, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California denied Castle & Cooke Mortgage’s motion to dismiss in a putative class action brought by affected borrowers stemming from Castle and Cooke’s...more

Company that entered into CFPB consent order loses motion to dismiss class action

A California federal judge has rejected the attempt of Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC, the mortgage company that entered into a consent order with the CFPB in November 2013 to settle charges that it violated the Regulation Z...more

CFPB and Florida AG Obtain Judgment Against Law Group and Corporate Affiliates for “Mass-Joinder” Foreclosure Relief Scam

On May 29, a final order was entered against a law group and its corporate affiliates in an action brought by the CFPB and the State of Florida. The July 2014 complaint alleged that the law group and its affiliates violated...more

CFPB Orders Mortgage Originator to Pay $19 Million for Steering Violations – CEO to Pay $1 Million

The CFPB filed a complaint in federal district court against RPM Mortgage, Inc. and its CEO, Erwin Robert Hirt, for illegally paying bonuses and higher commissions to loan originators to incentivize them to steer consumers...more

11th Circuit: Security Interest in Fixture Does Not Equate to Security Interest in Real Property for Purposes of TILA

In Lankhorst v. Independent Sav. Plan Co., No. 14-11449, 2015 WL 3440288 (11th Cir., May 29, 2015), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that the credit agreement the Plaintiff’s entered into did not convey the...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

CFPB and Florida AG obtain judgments against foreclosure relief companies

The CFPB announced that, together with the Florida AG, it has obtained judgments against several Florida companies and their individual operators who were charged in a complaint filed in a Florida federal court with using...more

CFPB Files Amicus Brief Regarding TILA’s Definition of “Consumer Credit”

In its most recent amicus brief, filed with the Fifth Circuit on April 9, 2015 in Billings v. Propel Financial Services, LLC, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) argues that entities who lend consumers money to...more

Foreclosures: Beware Unexpected Violations

Field v. Bank of America, N.A. (In re Gibbs), 522 B.R. 282 (Bankr. D. Hawaii 2014) – A bankruptcy trustee sued a mortgage lender to recover for defects in a prepetition non-judicial foreclosure sale. The lender brought a...more

Mortgage Servicing and Unfair Trade Practices

When can mortgage servicing and related debt-collection activities violate N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1? Two recent cases provide some answers....more

Florida Court Recognizes Need To Show Prejudice To Establish Defense Of Failure Of Conditions Precedent Under Paragraph 22 Of The...

As part of its defense at trial in a foreclosure action, the defendants asserted that the plaintiff bank failed to satisfy the condition precedent of providing notice and an opportunity to cure before filing its complaint, as...more

Seventh Circuit Clarifies “Date of Receipt” of Online Mortgage Payment

In a recent putative class action by borrowers against a mortgage servicer alleging violations of the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found that mortgage servicers must credit electronic...more

11th Circuit: Publication of Foreclosure Sale Notices Does Not Fall within Purview of FDCPA

Andrew D. Dunavant, Jr., and Mary Dunavant (the Dunavants) appealed the district court’s partial denial of their motion for summary judgment and its grant of the defendant’s motion for summary judgment. Dunavant v. Sirote &...more

CFPB files amicus brief in Fifth Circuit TILA case

The CFPB has filed an amicus brief in Billings v. Propel Financial Services, LLC, a case on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The issue in the case is whether a private lender extends“consumer credit”...more

Consent Judgments Entered Against Individuals and Law Firm Accused of Mass-Joinder Mortgage Rescue Scams

Consent judgments in a lawsuit brought by the Florida and Connecticut Attorneys General have been entered against five individuals and one law firm for their part in an alleged “mass-joinder” mortgage rescue scam....more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Third Circuit Expands Reach of FDCPA in Kaymark Decision

Just last week, the Third Circuit held that a borrower can state a claim for violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) when a foreclosing plaintiff alleges incorrect fees as part of a foreclosure complaint. ...more

Sixth Judicial Circuit Rules in Creditor’s Favor on 559.72(18) Claim Under FCCPA

A recent opinion issued by the Sixth Judicial Circuit in and for Pasco County, Florida, sitting in its appellate capacity, provides further insight regarding what constitutes a violation of section 559.72(18) of the Florida...more

Third Circuit Rules FDCPA Claims Can Be Based on Foreclosure Complaints

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently ruled that foreclosure complaints can be the basis of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims. This decision continues the Third Circuit's expansive...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

New Regulations Likely to Yield New Theories

The plaintiffs’ bar, drawing inspiration from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulations that took effect in early 2014, have begun to pursue new theories of liability under old causes of action. The new...more

Eleventh Circuit Throws Out FDCPA Complaint On Grounds of Judicial Estoppel

On March 31, U.S. Court of Appeals in the 11th Circuit concluded that the district court properly dismissed plaintiff’s FDCPA complaint, using the concept of judicial estoppel. Ward v. AMS Servicing, LLC, 2015 WL 1432982...more

U.S. Appeals Court Rules That Mortgage Company Wrongfully Imposed Late Fees Based On Delay In Crediting Payments

In This Issue: - U.S. Appeals Court Rules that Mortgage Company Wrongfully Imposed Late Fees Based on Delay in Crediting Payments - Virginia Attorney General Joins Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in...more

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