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CFPB: “F” is for “Foreclosure,” “FDCPA”

The CFPB has weighed in on whether a trustee foreclosing on a California home qualifies as a “debt collector” under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. In Ho v. ReconTrust, N.A. (9th Cir. Aug. 7, 2015), the Bureau...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

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

Leases: Avoid Unnecessary Headaches With Precise Drafting

Charter v. Kearney (In re Colen), 516 B.R. 618 (Bankr. D. Or. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sued the tenants’ landlord to recover payment of a fee that he contended was illegal under state law. The issue turned on...more

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): The New Federal Landscape For Lenders and Servicers

Following the recession and financial crisis of the late 2000s, the “Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection”—commonly known as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)—was created. Aimed at promoting “fairness and...more

Mortgage Debt Lesson: Don't Pursue Collection Of A Discharged Mortgage

Creditors should double check the bankruptcy status of a debtor/borrower before pursuing collection. As a pending case illustrates, pursuing collection of an initially reaffirmed, but later discharged mortgage could be a...more

CFPB Refines Mortgage Rules to Resolve Conflicts and Inconsistencies

On October 15, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an interim final rule and bulletin refining and making technical changes to certain provisions of its January 2013 mortgage rules. The interim rule...more

Virginia Financial Institutions - June 2013

In this issue: - CFPB Amends Ability-to-Repay Rule to Ease Standards for Small Creditors - Assistant Managers Fail to Break the Piggy Bank...For Now - Federal Agencies Make Changes to Regulation...more

GILBERTO T SALDIVAR vs. JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.,

MEMORANDUM OPINION Defendants, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (“Chase”) and Deutsche Bank National Trust Company’s (“Deutsche Bank”),...

This decision is important because of the reasoning, the logic and most importantly the application of New York law. Virtually all the REMIC trusts were common law trusts formed under New York law for a lot of reasons. So...more

Maryland's highest court blocks another foreclosure defense

On March 22, 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals clarified the meaning of an "endorsement in blank" on mortgage notes, saying that physical transfer without additional endorsement stamps gives the loan servicer standing to...more

Home Loan Modification Help FAQs from the State Bar of California

Senate Bill 94 does not prevent an attorney from earning fees for helping consumers with home loan modifications. However, no one can accept fees up front for the work, nor can they place fees in their trust...more

Debtor v. Bank of America, N.A.; 2:11-ap-01983-VZ

Court Transcript on Summary Judgment Hearing

Debtor's counsel successfully defeated this summary judgment motion brought forth by Bank of America, N.A. and a successive motion in this case. A pretrial conference is scheduled for May 23, 2013. The findings of fact...more

MICHAEL L. JONES v WELLS FARGO BANK

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA OPINION AFFIRMING $3.1 MILLION PUNITIVE DAMAGE AWARD AGAINST WELLS...

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA MICHEAL L. JONES vs WELLS FARGO BANK OPINION Before the Court is Appellant Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.'s Appeal from a decision of the United States...more

Aldridge v. OneWest Bank, FSB

Evidence filed with Motion for Summary Judgment

View the evidence yourself and decide whether OneWest Bank, FSB has a perfected security interest in the real property belonging to the Debtor in this case. Attorney for the Debtor is now preparing to take this case to...more

Aldridge v. OneWest Bank, FSB

Motion for Summary Judgment

Court denies Debtor's Motion for summary judgment despite OneWest Bank's pattern and practice of filing 'questionable' documents with bankruptcy courts all over the country. ...more

David L. Gibbs Interviewed by LexisNexis About Online Q&A Sites

Recently, Senior Partner David L. Gibbs of The Gibbs Law Firm, APC was asked by LexisNexis | Martindale-Hubbell to discuss Legal Question & Answer Forums. The interview addresses the benefits of such forums for both consumers...more

In re: Chapter 7 Case No. 11-24269 JUANITA STRASSFIELD, Debtor.

ORDER DENYING WELLS FARGO’S MOTION TO VACATE AUTOMATIC STAY BASED ON FILING FALSE DOCUMENTS WITH THE COURT

ORDER DENYING WELLS FARGO’S MOTION TO VACATE AUTOMATIC STAY AND PARTIALLY GRANTING RELIEF SOUGHT IN OBJECTIONS THERETO Upon the motion, dated January 24, 2012 (the “Motion”), of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (“Wells Fargo”) to...more

CFPB Proposes New Servicing Rules - TILA

On September 26, 2012, we notified you about the proposed rules promulgated by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) to amend Regulation X, which implements the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)...more

How Chapter 13 Bankruptcy can Resolve Foreclosure

Chapter 13 bankruptcy can be the easiest way out of foreclosure and the best chance to save your home....more

Financially Adrift and Lost on Long Island

A recent HBO documentary details the impact of the "Great Recession" on Long Island residents....more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - July 2012

In This Issue: - White House Mortgage Refinancing Efforts Limited by Banks' Capacity - CFPB Proposes New Rules to Increase Mortgage Disclosure - U.S. Lawmakers Urge Strong Legal Protection for Mortgage...more

CFPB: Next Up, Reverse Mortgages!

In a June 28, 2012 Report to Congress, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB or the Bureau) published its study of reverse mortgage transactions. This study was required by Section 1076 of the Dodd-Frank Wall...more

What does the Eaton decision mean for Massachusetts homeowners facing foreclosure?

If you are a Massachusetts resident that faces foreclosure or may be facing foreclosure in the future, you sure want to read this post. Contact: George E. Bourguignon, Jr. Phone: (508) 769-1359 or (413)...more

Can a Second Mortgage be Wiped Out in Bankruptcy?

Changes may be on the horizon allowing debtors to "cram down" or "strip" second mortgages in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy....more

Eaton v. Federal National Mortgage Association

Final decision in Eaton, the decision that changes foreclosure practice in Massachusetts.

This is a copy of the long-awaited, important Massachusetts decision concerning foreclosures in Massachusetts titled Eaton v. Federal National Mortgage Association. It was issued 22 June 2012 and makes a substantive change...more

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