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Attachment Issues: Staple the Allonge to the Note or Else!

In attempting to fend off lenders’ mortgage foreclosure actions, borrowers will often assert defenses challenging the lenders’ right to foreclose. Two recent Connecticut Superior Court decisions provide cautionary tales on...more

District Court Holds That a Late Assignment to a Securitized Trust Is Voidable, Not Void, and Does Not Permit a Claim for Wrongful...

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has issued an opinion in Spangler v. Selene Finance, LP, rejecting a borrower’s allegation that an assignment of a deed of trust recorded after a foreclosure...more

Federal Appeals Court Finds CFPB's Structure Unconstitutional

While certainly a big blow to the Bureau, the court’s remedy did not go as far as some CFPB opponents would have liked. In a blockbuster ruling on October 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...more

CFPB Structure Ruled Unconstitutional and Enforcement Reach Under RESPA Curtailed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Oct. 11, 2016, held unconstitutional the current structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), broadly condemning the agency's unparalleled...more

Breaking News: In PHH v. CFPB, D.C. Circuit Holds that CFPB Structure is Unconstitutional

Yesterday, the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in PHH Corporation v. CFPB. The court made several landmark rulings. First, it held that the CFPB’s single-director-removable-only-for-cause structure is...more

DC Court of Appeals Reinforces Long-Standing RESPA Interpretation; Rules CFPB Director’s “For-Cause Only” Removal Unconstitutional

Today the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit issued its long-awaited ruling in the PHH v. CFPB appeal. LLW has written about the PHH case before, and below are some quick takeaways from the court’s 110-page...more

One Appellate Court’s Message to Debtors: Do What You Say!

Mortgage lenders received some good news from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals last week! In Failla v. Citibank, N.A., Case No. 15-15626 (11th Cir. Oct. 4, 2016), the Court affirmed a bankruptcy judge’s order for a...more

The Eleventh Circuit has spoken: “Debtors who surrender property must get out of the creditor’s way”

In recent years, there has been a hotbed of litigation across the nation, particularly in Florida state and bankruptcy courts, regarding a debtor’s ability to contest a secured creditor’s foreclosure notwithstanding the...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016

California Coastal Act Blocks Housing Project in Venice Despite Earlier Approvals - Judge James C. Chalfant of the California Court of Appeal on Sept. 29, 2016, affirmed a lower court ruling denying a developer’s...more

Divided Third Circuit Panel Holds That Waiver Of Arbitration Clause Does Not Apply To Futile Arguments

On July 13, 2016, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit panel held that an arbitration clause is not waived simply because a party failed to raise a futile argument. The case arose out of a putative class action...more

11th Circuit Holds That Entity Collecting Its Own Debt, Which It Acquired After Default, Is Not a “Debt Collector” Under the...

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed its prior holding in Arencibia v. Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. that an entity that acquires and collects debt on its own behalf does not qualify as a debt collector under...more

Sixth Circuit Lifts the Lid On Pre-Approved Filings Under Seal

Any thought that the Sixth Circuit’s June decision regarding filings under seal in Shane Group, Inc. v. BlueCross Blue Shield of Michigan, 825 F.3d 299 (6th Cir. 2016), might be narrowly construed based upon the nature of the...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending September 16, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Vacation of Subdivision Plats: boards of county commissioners have limited authority under Fla. Stat. sec. 177.101(3) to grant or deny platted property owner’s request for vacation of plat; if...more

Maine Mortgagees: Send Your Mortgagor the Actual Recorded Release, Not a Copy

On September 13, Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court (the “Law Court”), in a 4-2 split decision, issued an opinion that may expose mortgagees and mortgage servicers to significant liability under the Maine statute that governs the...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending September 2 & 9, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE: Foreclosure/Standing: where copy of note attached to foreclosure complaint contained no endorsement and original note presented at trial had endorsement in favor of plaintiff, plaintiff required to...more

Liens Recorded Between Foreclosure, Sale Date Ruled Valid by Florida Appellate Court

In a case of first impression among the Florida appellate courts, the Fourth District Court of Appeal held that liens recorded between the foreclosure judgment and the sale date are valid and enforceable against the property...more

Same Verse, Different Chapter: The Statute of Limitations Saga Continues in Florida

The Second District Court of Appeals joins the Third District in affirming a final judgment of foreclosure in favor of the bank in an action based on a breach date that falls outside the five-year statute of limitations under...more

District Court Dismisses Disparate Impact Claims in Texas

After several years of litigation, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas recently dismissed disparate impact claims filed against the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) in the fair...more

District Court Dismisses Disparate Impact Claim of Inclusive Communities

A federal court in Texas recently dismissed a housing discrimination claim that was based on alleged disparate impact under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the latest in a series of decisions applying landmark U.S. Supreme Court...more

Florida Appellate Court Rules Lis Pendens Does Not Bar Post Judgment Liens

In a recent decision issued by the Fourth District Court of Appeal, the court held that while a lis pendens may discharge liens that exist prior to entry of a final judgment of foreclosure, it does not affect those that...more

Equitable Subrogation Part Deux: Mechanic’s Lien vs. Later Bank Deed of Trust

This post follows, almost two years to the day, Rick Erickson’s post of August 29, 2014. As noted by Rick Erickson in his August 29, 2014 post, the Arizona Supreme Court in the Weitz case (2014) had determined that equitable...more

Spokeo Can't Help Bank Avoid $6.2M Settlement

Invoking the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Spokeo v. Robins, a federal court in New York held that a bank remained on the hook for a $6.2 million class action settlement. What happened - Plaintiffs were...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending August 19 & 26, 2016

Real Property Update: - Lis Pendens/Subsequent Liens: lis pendens statute only serves to discharge liens that exist or arise prior to entry of foreclosure judgment but does not affect liens that arise after entry of...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - August 2016

Seventh Circuit Rules: Filing a Proof of Claim for Old Debt Is Okay — Circuits Split - Owens et al. v. LVNV Funding LLC et al., Nos. 15-2044, 15-2082, 15-2109 (7th Cir. Aug.10, 2016) - In Owens v. LVNV Funding LLC,...more

“Eviscerate” is the Proper Term for What the Ober Opinion Did to the Lis Pendens Statute—But What About Jurisdiction?

Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal sent the real property and mortgage world into a frenzy this week after issuing its opinion in Ober v. Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, dramatically weakening the protections of Florida’s...more

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