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Supreme Court Holds That Orders Denying Plan Confirmation Are Not Final for Appellate Purposes

On May 4, 2015, a unanimous United States Supreme Court in Bullard v. Blue Hills, 135 S. Ct. 1686 (2015), resolved a long-standing circuit court split by holding that a bankruptcy court’s order denying confirmation of a...more

Wells Accused of Profiting from Foreclosure Relief Program

A recent class action lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of homeowners in New York against Wells Fargo alleges that while the bank received $25 billion in government bailout funds it failed to make a good faith effort to...more

Can A Law Firm Qualify As An Original Source?

Although a Federal district court refrained from providing a definitive answer to this question, it appears unlikely given the court’s holding and reasoning in United States v. U.S. Bank, N.A., No. 3:13-cv-704, 2015 WL...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 15, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - State-Created Entity/First-Party Bad Faith: immunity of Citizens, as provided in Section 627.351(6)(s), Florida Statutes, shields it from statutory first-party bad faith claims under Section...more

Nomura Found Liable in RMBS Trial

On May 11, 2015, Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York found Nomura Holdings Inc. liable for inaccurately characterizing the mortgage loan collateral backing seven RMBS...more

Supreme Court Decides Harris v. Viegelahn

On May 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Harris v. Viegelahn, No. 14-400, holding that when a debtor in bankruptcy converts from a Chapter 13 payment plan to Chapter 7 liquidation, any of the debtor’s post-petition...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

Southern District of New York Denies Class Certification in Fair Lending Suit Against Global Investment Bank

On May 14, the District Court for the Southern District of New York denied class certification status in a fair lending suit brought by the ACLU and NCLC against a global investment bank. Adkins v. Morgan Stanley, No....more

Pennsylvania Law Re: Execution Against Entireties Property – Not Entirely Obvious

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is one of many jurisdictions in the United States that recognizes a concept known as or similar to “tenancy by the entireties.” This refers to a form of property ownership unique to married...more

Can a Foreclosure be “Wrongful” if the Debtor is Underwater?

In most successful “wrongful foreclosure” cases (challenging an already-completed trustee’s sale), the debtor’s most obvious source of damages is the lost equity in the wrongfully sold security property....more

Sixth Circuit Rejects Due Process Clause Challenge to Michigan Foreclosure

The state of Michigan has supplied the Sixth Circuit with no shortage of foreclosure-related decisions since the financial crisis, but the court’s recent decision in Garcia v. Federal National Mortgage Association, No....more

Punishment Didn’t Fit the Crime: Court Reverses Dismissal of Action and Cancellation of Note and Mortgage

In Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co. v. Adriana Avila-Gonzalez, 2015 WL 2089094 (Fla. 3d DCA May 6, 2015), the Florida Third District Court of Appeal reversed a trial court order that dismissed a foreclosure action with prejudice...more

Burr Commentary: Florida’s 5th DCA Holds Prejudice Necessary to Show Defense Under Paragraph 22, Splits With Own Panels in Haberl...

In Gorel v. Bank of New York Mellon, 5D13-3272 (Fla. 5th DCA May 8, 2015) Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal offered relief to increasingly popular arguments using minor defects in paragraph 22 notices of default as a...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 1 & 8, 2015

Foreclosure: trial court abused its discretion in dismissing foreclosure action with prejudice, cancelling substantial debt, and denying lender ability to refile a foreclosure action without making finding of facts as...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

Florida’s 3rd DCA Reverses Dismissal Based on the Technical Admission

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals reversed the involuntary dismissal of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.’s (“Wells Fargo”) foreclosure action against borrower, Melissa Donaldson (“Donaldson”), ruling that it was an abuse of...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

Recent Nevada Supreme Court Opinions Impact Deficiency Actions

The Nevada Supreme Court recently issued two significant opinions that impact deficiency judgment actions in Nevada, and is preparing to issue a third. In Munoz v. Branch Banking and Trust Company, Inc., the Court held that...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

Sanity in Florida? New Ruling Sheds Some Light on the Business Records Exception

On May 6, 2015, Florida's Third District Court of Appeal finally weighed in on an important tactic relied on by servicers in residential foreclosure actions. In Bank of America, N.A. v. Delgado, No. 3D13-910 (Fla. 3d DCA May...more

Borrowers Cannot Challenge Mortgage Assignments, Says Nebraska Joining Other States

Attacking sufficiency, accuracy, or validity of assignments of mortgages and deeds of trust has been among the most common strategies employed by borrowers to challenge foreclosures. Allegations regarding the status of MERS,...more

California Foreclosure Law: Plaintiff May Recover Tort Damages For A Claim Of Wrongful Foreclosure

In a wrongful foreclosure lawsuit, the plaintiff may recover tort damages – i.e., any damages proximately caused by the foreclosing defendant, the Fourth District Court of Appeal held last week. Miles v. Deutsche Bank...more

Supreme Court Bankruptcy Decision Strengthens Creditor Leverage in Plan Negotiations

On May 4, 2015, in the case Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank, the United States Supreme Court held that debtors in chapter 13 (and presumably chapter 9 and 11 as well) are not entitled as of right to immediately appeal bankruptcy...more

Plan Confirmation Feasibility: “I Know It When I See It”?

In re Brandywine Towhouses, Inc., 524 B.R. 889 (Bankr. N.D. Ga. 2014) – The debtor was a nonprofit that owned a low and moderate income housing cooperative. It proposed a plan of reorganization that contemplated...more

Watt Final Order

AIKEN, Chief Judge: Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee for certificate holders of the CWALT, Inc., alternative loan trust 2006-0A21, mortgage pass-through certificates series 2006-0A21 ("BNYM"), appeals the...more

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