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Large National Bank Faces Class Action Suit Over Alleged SCRA Violations

On January 15, an Army Reserve sergeant filed a class action suit against a large national bank for allegedly violating the SCRA limitation on a lender’s ability to foreclose on an active duty service member’s property. ...more

No Lawsuit Required to Rescind: U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Mortgage Rescission Notification Requirements for Borrowers under...

Background of Notice versus Lawsuit Issue - The Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”), as implemented by Regulation Z, provides borrowers with a powerful tool: the right to rescind certain mortgage loan transactions. This...more

High Court Clarifies TILA Rescission Procedure

In Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, et al. (No. 13-684), the U.S. Supreme Court has eased the process by which a borrower may seek to walk away from his home mortgages, holding that the borrower, in order to avail himself...more

Ballard Spahr submits amicus brief in Inclusive Communities

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral argument tomorrow, January 21st, in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., the case presenting the issue whether...more

An Unlikely Condition Precedent to Foreclosure in Florida

Mortgage servicers beware. Mortgagors in Florida are defending residential mortgage foreclosures based on the allegation that the servicer failed to give them notice of assignment of the right to bill and collect on the debt...more

Special Alert: Supreme Court Holds That Notice of Rescission Is Sufficient For Borrowers to Exercise TILA’s Extended Right to...

The Supreme Court on January 13, 2015 held in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. that a borrower seeking to rescind a loan pursuant to the Truth In Lending Act’s (“TILA’s”) extended right of rescission need only submit...more

SCOTUS Ruling Makes it Easier for Borrowers to Rescind Home Loan Under Truth in Lending Act

On January 13, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that borrowers may reserve and effect their right to rescission by simply notifying creditors of their intent to rescind a loan within three years after receiving...more

2014 Survey Of Class Action Cases In Virginia: The Statistics

In Virginia, class action lawsuits are not permitted in state court. This limitation, however, does not mean that companies doing business in Virginia are not defending class action lawsuits in Virginia....more

Aggressive Regulators and the Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Who Follow Them

As soon as a putative class action complaint hits the clerk’s office alleging a new theory of liability, plaintiffs’ lawyers rush to sign up potential class representatives and file copycat suits in as many jurisdictions as...more

What Types of Debt Collectors Can Be Sued for Abusive Debt Collection Tactics?

Debt Collectors: These are companies and individuals who do nothing but debt collection. They are no the original creditor and don’t work directly for the original creditor but work for an outside collection agency. If...more

It’s Not Personal: Ninth Circuit Denies Putative Class Representative’s Appeal as Moot

In Campion v. Old Republic Protection Company, Inc., No. 12-56784, (Dec. 31, 2014) the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a putative class representative’s appeal was moot because he had no personal stake in the case...more

Responding to Frivolous Notices

I love the internet and the convenience of quickly searching through my friend, Google. You have probably done this too. You are out with friends and someone questions who won the World Series in 2001. It is fun to be able to...more

Beware of Civil Copycat Suits Following Agency Enforcement Actions

Why it matters - Over the years, companies and individuals that have been the subject of enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general, or other agencies have often found themselves on...more

D.C. Court Strikes Down HUD Disparate Impact Rule

The District Court of the District of Columbia has issued a decisive order vacating HUD’s 2013 Fair Housing Act disparate impact rule. The rule, as we’ve discussed, has always been based on a shaky legal foundation, but is...more

Antitrust Claims Survive Motions to Dismiss in the New Jersey Tax Lien Bid-Rigging Class Action

The plaintiffs’ antitrust claims in the New Jersey municipal tax lien auction bid-rigging class action may proceed, the federal judge presiding over the litigation has ruled. New Jersey municipalities hold public...more

If Your Home Can’t Move, It’s Not a “Consumer Product” under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

In Bennett v. CMH Homes, Inc., No, 13-5423, — F.3d — (6th Cir. Oct. 30, 2014), the Sixth Circuit ruled that a manufactured home is not a “consumer product” under the federal Magnusen-Moss Warranty Act. Plaintiffs Dan and...more

Federal District Court Vacates HUD Disparate Impact Rule

In a Fair Housing Act (FHA) case we have been watching for some time, the federal district court in Washington, D.C., recently issued an opinion vacating the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s)...more

Mortgage company that entered into CFPB consent order moves to dismiss class action claims

Earlier this week, 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 loan originator compensation rule (“LO...more

Dodd-Frank News: October 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - RECENT CASES .. Mortgage Servicing Rules .. Antiretaliation Provision ..Credit Default Swaps Antitrust Litigation ..CFPB Involvement in Litigation - IN THE...more

CFPB settles RESPA charges for marketing services agreements allegedly tied to referrals

The CFPB has announced that it has entered into a consent order with a Michigan title insurance agency to settle charges that the agency violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by paying fees to various...more

CFPB as HUD: Another Section 8 Consent Order Displays CFPB’s RESPA Approach

In a recent Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) enforcement action, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) negotiated a consent order with Lighthouse Title, Inc. (“Lighthouse”) for alleged violations of...more

Federal Court Dismisses Industry Challenge to NYC Responsible Banking Law but Leaves Door Open For Future Lawsuit

A federal judge recently dismissed a complaint brought by the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) seeking to invalidate the New York City Responsible Banking Act (the Responsible Banking Act). In New York Bankers Ass’n Inc....more

“Totality of the Circumstances” Standard Used to Sanction Mortgagee for Lack of “Good Faith” Negotiation in Foreclosure Matter

New York’s Appellate Division, Second Department, recently ruled that a mortgagee’s conduct in evaluating a borrower’s loan modification application should be judged using the “totality of the circumstances” standard to...more

The Brave New World of Consumer Compliance

Compliance has changed from a checklist-based, technical science to a principles-based, qualitative art. Gone are the days when an institution that is compliant with all substantive consumer protection laws can breathe easy;...more

Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act Applies to Anyone Collecting a Debt

The Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (“FCCPA”) prohibits anyone attempting to collect a debt from using certain types of abusive, deceptive, and misleading tactics. In a recent decision, Florida’s Second District...more

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