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Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Limits to its SFR Investments Decision

In September 2014, the Nevada Supreme Court, in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A., held that a portion of a homeowners’ association (HOA) lien for delinquent assessments has true super-priority status over a...more

New Putative FCRA Class Action May Signal a Trend

A borrower recently filed a putative class action against Fannie Mae under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleging that Fannie engaged in unauthorized inquiries into borrowers'...more

Recovery of Real Property in South Carolina After a Tax Sale

Acme Bank has a problem. Acme loaned $480,000 for the purchase of a beach house on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, securing the debt with a recorded mortgage. Six months ago, the bank received a letter from the county tax...more

Court Reverses Decision On The Fair Market Value Of A Residence Due To The Surviving Spouse’s Interest

In Estate of Sloan, a wife died leaving her home, and her husband was the executor of her estate. No. 02-15-00198-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 6465 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth June 16, 2016, no pet. history). The wife’s will left all...more

Court of Appeal Addresses “Prejudice” Element of Wrongful Foreclosure

If a property owner loses their property through a foreclosure sale initiated by someone who did not validly own the debt, has the property owner automatically suffered enough “prejudice” to pursue a claim for wrongful...more

M&A Update: New York Court of Appeals Rejects Extension of Common Interest Privilege to Merger Talks

On June 9, 2016, a divided New York Court of Appeals in a much-anticipated ruling held that the attorney-client privilege can only be maintained for communications involving third parties in situations where litigation is...more

Death of Defendant During Pendency of a Foreclosure Action – Connecticut Appellate Case Update

The Connecticut Appellate Court has weighed in on the topic of whether or not a lender foreclosing a mortgage in Connecticut must comply with the statutory process to make the administrator of the decedent a party to the...more

Foreclosure Firm Did Not Violate FDCPA By Alleging that Mortgagor on FHA Insured Loan Was Personally Liable for Deficiency,...

A federal district court in Illinois recently dismissed a putative class action against a foreclosure firm, holding that an allegation in a foreclosure complaint that the mortgagor is personally liable for any deficiency on a...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 29 & June 3, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Bankruptcy Stay: because borrower’s notice of appeal was filed during pendency of bankruptcy stay it was a nullity, and appellate court lacked jurisdiction to consider appeal –Hewett v....more

Bankruptcy Petition Costs Litigant Right to Appeal State Court

Learning the interplay between state rules of judicial procedure and federal bankruptcy law can be a daunting undertaking, but the pitfalls of failing to do so can be severe. A recent example of the importance of being...more

Supreme Court of Texas; Recent Texas Home Equity Lending Decisions

On May 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of Texas (the "Court") issued its opinions in two cases involving Texas home equity lending – Garofolo v. Ocwen Loan Servicing and Wood v. HSBC Bank USA. The decisions are important for the...more

California’s One-Action Rule May Apply to Federal Lenders

California’s one-action rule provides that “[t]here can be but one form of action for the recovery of any debt or the enforcement of any right secured by mortgage upon real property or an estate for years therein . . . .”...more

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Extent of HOA Super-Liens

For the past several years, Nevada courts have been flooded with quiet title actions between mortgage lenders and buyers who acquired residential properties at homeowners association (HOA) super-lien foreclosures. Recently,...more

Borrowers Cannot Rely on Technical Admissions to Defeat a Mortgage Foreclosure Action

Recounting the relevant facts, Wells Fargo initiated a foreclosure action against Ms. Voorhees in Sarasota County in June 2009. Wells Fargo filed a motion for summary judgment in June 2013. After Voorhees failed to file...more

It’s Good to be the King: Nullus Tempus Allows TN Fund’s Suit on Decade-Old RMBS Buys

Chancellor Carol McCoy allowed a Tennessee state retirement fund’s securities suit over decades-old RMBS purchases to continue last week, holding that time doesn’t run against the king – even on statutes of repose....more

Tennessee Chancery Court Denies Motion to Dismiss $164 Million RMBS Suit Brought by Tennessee Pension Fund

On May 24, 2016, Chancellor Carol L. McCoy of the Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, declined to dismiss claims brought by the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (“TCRS”) against several large financial...more

The Simplest Way to Defeat Claims Alleging an Invalid Assignment of a Deed of Trust: Judicially Noticeable Documents

Recently, much judicial ink has been deployed writing opinions addressing borrower challenges to foreclosure based on allegations that the deed of trust was not validly assigned to the foreclosing lender. Earlier this...more

I Meant it at the Time: Second Circuit Reverses $1.2BN FIRREA Judgment

It’s hornbook law that a later intentional breach of contract, alone, doesn’t equal promissory fraud. Holding it therefore cannot establish mail or wire fraud, the Second Circuit reversed the Government’s $1.2 Billion FIRREA...more

In a Major FIRREA Victory for the Banks, the Second Circuit Overturns $1.27 Billion Jury Verdict

On Monday, the Second Circuit overturned a jury verdict and $1.27 billion penalty against Bank of America imposed under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), 12 U.S.C. § 1833a....more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - May 2016

Debt Collection Letters Now Have a Safe Harbor In The Second Circuit - Avila v. Riexinger & Associates, LLC, 15-1548, --- F.3d ---- , 2016 WL 1104776 (2d Cir. March 22, 2016) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

New York Court Finds Borrower Must Strictly Comply with Notice Requirements to Hold Servicer Liable Under Regulation X

In an issue of first impression, the Supreme Court of New York refused to find a loan servicer violated Regulation X by initiating foreclosure when a borrower failed to strictly comply with the servicer’s instructions for...more

Risks of Withdrawing a Case: Reciprocity of Attorneys’ Fees in Connecticut Consumer Contract Default Actions

Lenders beware! If you have brought an action to seek recovery of a defaulted consumer loan whether it be foreclosure or a breach of contract action, Connecticut has a statutory scheme which provides that the debtor, if it...more

California Case Deals with Nuisance Lawsuit Intended to Delay Foreclosure

A recent California case provides good precedent for dealing with nuisance lawsuits that are intended to delay valid foreclosures. In Brown v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company —Cal.Rptr.3d—, 2016 WL 2726229 (May 9, 2016),...more

Federal Appellate Court Reinstates RMBS Action Against Moody’s

On May 2, 2016, the First Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a $5.9B suit brought by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (“FHLBB”), alleging that Moody’s Corp and Moody’s Investor’s Service, Inc. (together, “Moody’s”)...more

Nevada District Judge Voids HOA Foreclosure Following Evidence that HOA Hindered Bank’s Efforts to Preserve its Mortgage

Nevada Eighth Judicial District Judge Elizabeth Gonzales has voided a 2014 homeowners association (HOA) foreclosure sale and ruled that a first mortgage held by Bank of America, N.A. was unaffected by the sale. The April 20,...more

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