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Rescission of Home Mortgage Loans

The Truth-in-Lending Act (“Act”) was adopted in 1969. It has spawned dozens of lawsuits and hundreds of administrative rules and interpretations. Recently, the United States Supreme Court had an opportunity to address the...more

"Supreme Court May Nix Disparate Impact in Fair Lending Enforcement"

In recent years, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have increased fair lending enforcement under the disparate impact theory of liability. This term, however, the U.S. Supreme...more

Borrowers Need Not File Suit to Rescind Mortgage Loan Under TILA, U.S. Supreme Court Holds

Why it matters - In a victory for consumers, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) does not require borrowers to file suit to rescind a mortgage loan transaction within the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Disparate Impact Liability Under the Fair Housing Act

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Docket No. 13-1371, a case that focuses on whether claims based on...more

Second Circuit Notes Split with Ninth Circuit Over Whether Failure to Make Adequate Disclosures Under Item 303 of Regulation S-K...

In Stratte-McClure v. Morgan Stanley, No. 13-0627-cv, 2015 WL 136213 (2d Cir. Jan. 12, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of securities fraud claims against Morgan Stanley...more

Real Estate Cases: Bad Faith Filing Does Not Necessarily Mean That You Are A Bad Person

In re Sterling Bluff Investors, LLC, 515 B.R. 902 (Bankr. S.D. Ga. 2014) – A mortgagee moved to dismiss a real estate debtor’s chapter 11 case, or in the alternative for relief from the automatic stay. It contended...more

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

Post-Confirmation: Ignoring Court Orders Is Not A Good Idea

In re Castle Home Builders, Inc., 520 B.R. 98 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2014) – The debtors obtained confirmation of plans of reorganization that restructured prepetition mortgage loans.  When the servicer for some of the...more

State AGs Take Sides as U.S. Supreme Court Hears Housing Discrimination Case

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, on the question of whether disparate impact claims for discrimination are...more

A New Year and a New Arizona Anti-Deficiency Statute

In 2014, the Arizona Legislature enacted significant changes to the anti-deficiency statutes, which protect certain residential borrowers from a deficiency judgment following foreclosure. These statutory changes, which apply...more

Special Alert: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Fair Housing Act Disparate Impact Case

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, in which Texas challenged the disparate impact theory of discrimination under the...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

Delaware Chancery Court Revives Repurchase Litigation

On January 12, 2015, Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Chancery Court granted the plaintiff’s motion for reargument and revived the breach of contract claims that the court had previously held to be untimely in Bear...more

JP Morgan Reaches Agreement in Principle to Settle Dispute Over $17.6B in MBS

On January 8, 2015, plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against JP Morgan Chase informed the court that the parties had an agreement in principle to settle the case. The suit was initially commenced against Bear Stearns in...more

Foreclosing Lender Forced to File a Separate Action on Association Assessments

Foreclosing mortgagees often wait until after a foreclosure judgment and certificate of title are issued to determine the extent of liability to a homeowners or condominium association for past due assessments. But what if...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

The Status of Lien Waivers in Utah Remains Cloudy

On December 19, 2014, the Utah Supreme Court issued its opinion in Lane Myers Construction, LLC v. National City Bank, et al. 2014 UT 58 (UT 2014). In this case, a total of nine Utah jurists considered the question of whether...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Resolves Circuit Split Regarding Notice Requirement for Truth in Lending Act Right of Rescission

In Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., decided January 13, 2015, the United States Supreme Court resolved a circuit split and clarified that borrowers need not file a complaint in order to invoke their right to rescind...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

Second Bite At Fla. Foreclosures May Not Be So Sweet

Financial services companies pursuing judicial foreclosures in Florida already face a host of unique and challenging hurdles. The varying and often court- or judge-specific procedural, substantive and evidentiary requirements...more

The U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Against the Creditor in Jesinoski

We predicted here that at least five U.S. Supreme Court Justices would reject the creditor’s argument in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. that a borrower must file a lawsuit within three years of the consummation of...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

Supreme Court Decides Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc.

On January 13, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held that borrowers exercising their right to rescind a loan under the Truth in Lending Act must provide written notice to their lender within the three-year rescission period but...more

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