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New York Court of Appeals Provides Guidance on Deficiency Judgments

The level of proof that a lender must submit to obtain a deficiency judgment following a mortgage foreclosure was recently clarified by the New York Court of Appeals. Under RPAPL § 1371, a lender may seek a deficiency...more

AZ Court of Appeals Broadly Interprets Persons Entitled to Compensation From Arizona Residential Contractors’ Recovery Fund

It’s not just for homeowners anymore – Arizona Court of Appeals decides a resident of property owned by his trust may still receive compensation from the Arizona Residential Contractors’ Recovery Fund. A recent Arizona...more

Newly-Enacted Texas Law Confirms Mechanism for Lenders to Unilaterally Rescind Acceleration

On June 17, 2015, Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 2067, which amends the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code to provide a clear mechanism for lenders to unilaterally rescind acceleration of a defaulted loan. ...more

CFPB Jolts Loan Originator Over Mortgage Origination

On June 4, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against RPM Mortgage, Inc. (RPM), and its CEO, Erwin Robert Hirt....more

Do the CFPB Mortgage Servicing Rules Provide For Rescission?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) mortgage servicing rules have now been in place for nearly 18 months. These rules have set forth extensive loss mitigation procedures that nearly all servicers must follow. In...more

Appraisers’ Failure to Perform Assessment of Property’s Existence or Damage is Reversible Error

In Lee v. California Capital Insurance Co. (No. A136280; filed 6/18/15), a California Court of Appeal held that it was error for an appraisal panel to assign loss values to items simply because they were listed in the...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: California Court of Appeal Expands Borrowers’ Ability to Recover Attorneys’ Fees Under HBOR

On June 12, 2015, the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, issued its decision in Monterossa v. Superior Court (PNC Bank), Case No. C077683, 2015 WL 3653319 (Jun. 12, 2015). The court decided an issue of...more

Changes to Arizona Purchaser Dwelling Act Affect Sellers and Construction Professionals

In its last session, the Arizona legislature amended the statutes governing Purchaser Dwelling Actions, A.R.S. 12-1361 et seq., and Homeowner Association Dwelling Actions, A.R.S. 33-2001 et seq., relating to claims against...more

Illinois AG Madigan Announces $1 Million Settlement Regarding Company’s Management of Foreclosed Properties

On June 3, Illinois AG Madigan announced a $1 million settlement with an Ohio-based company that mortgage lenders hire to manage properties throughout the foreclosure process and ensure that the properties retain their value....more

Letters of the Law: 'L' is for Lien

Contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and consultants cite “not getting paid” as one of the biggest challenges to operating in the construction industry in Qatar. Understandably, companies are starting to look for...more

Attorney’s Fees Collectable in Tax Sale

A panel of The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania held that attorney’s fees are collectable in a tax sale, notwithstanding that Act 2003-20, which authorized the collection of reasonable attorney’s fees, was retroactive to...more

CFPB Asserts Sweeping RESPA Enforcement Authority In First Appellate Decision

In a decision asserting broad authority for the CFPB and which is certain to set the tone for future CFPB appellate rulings, Bureau director Richard Cordray recently issued the Bureau’s first decision from an appeal of a...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Rhode Island Superior Court Decision Impacting Servicers

A Rhode Island superior court recently ruled that, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-27-3.2, foreclosing lenders are required to send mediation notices in any foreclosure initiated after the effective date (October 2014)...more

The Different Warranties Covering A Contractor’s Work

A general’s or subcontractor’s job is far from over when it receives final payment on a construction project. Rather, final payment begins a new phase of the project, the warranty phase, which may last years. This is true...more

HUD Obtains $200 Million in Community Investment to Resolve Redlining Allegations against Midwest Mortgage Lender

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reached a settlement agreement with Associated Bank concerning allegations that the Bank violated Section 804(b) of the Fair Housing Act. According to the...more

CFPB Director Cordray Issues First-Ever Agency Appellate Decision in RESPA Case

The Director of the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Richard Cordray, issued a decision yesterday in the first appeal of a Bureau administrative enforcement action. Cordray’s decision upholds in part,...more

CFPB settles loan originator compensation case

The CFPB has entered into a proposed consent order with a mortgage company and its CEO to settle charges that the company paid bonuses and higher commissions to loan officers in violation of the Regulation Z loan originator...more

B.C. Court Awards Remediation Costs Before They Are Incurred

The recent decision of the British Columbia Supreme Court (Court) in Dolinsky v. Wingfield may allow those who have to clean up contamination on their lands to obtain those costs from the responsible parties before actually...more

Listing Unaccrued Debts In Legal Pleadings Can Leave Creditor Attorneys Liable for FDCPA Damages

When drafting demand letters and complaints, creditors and their attorneys must be cautious when demanding fees from the debtor which the creditor has not yet incurred. The Third Circuit has announced that including a demand...more

West Virginia Supreme Court Of Appeals’ Refusal To Review Punitive Award For Excessiveness Under Due Process Clause Warrants...

As readers of this blog and litigants and their attorneys in punitive damages cases well know, the U.S. Supreme Court gets the final say on matters of constitutional interpretation, including the due-process requirements for...more

Montana Supreme Court Upholds $5 Million Punitive Award That Is Five Times The Compensatory Damages

Montana is known fondly to many as Big Sky Country, but it also is quickly gaining a reputation for big punitive damages awards. Not only are juries imposing breathtaking amounts of punitive damages with increasing...more

Mortgage Servicing Transfers: Meeting the Operational and Regulatory Demands

In This Presentation: - The “Old” Ways - New Federal Framework for Servicers - Dodd-Frank Act - National Mortgage Settlement - CFPB at the Center - CFPB Regulations (Reg X) - CFPB...more

Righting a Wrong in West Virginia – The Residential Construction Right to Cure

In residential construction, problems can arise with customers that cause expensive litigation. In West Virginia, a right to cure in residential construction by statute can alleviate such costs. The statutory term is...more

Class Action Plaintiffs Continue Attack on Residential Rent Late Fees

Plaintiffs’ lawyers have recently taken aim at REITS and other owners and managers of multi-family property portfolios - filing class action lawsuits seeking damages and to invalidate late fee charges imposed under...more

Liquidated Damages Can Create a Cap on What You Can Recover

When thinking about liquidated damages, most people focus on the fact that a properly drafted liquidated damages provision will enable the non-breaching party to recover a set amount without ever having to prove how much, if...more

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