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Attorney's Fees Mortgages

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending June 2, 2017

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Real Property Update - Lease: where lessee transfers leasehold interest to third party, but retains easement in leased property, lessee transfers less than “entire interest” in property, and such sublease not tantamount to...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending April 14 & 21, 2017

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Attorneys’ Fees: mortgage foreclosure plaintiffs seeking attorney’s fees must support their claim with competent, substantial evidence of the number of hours worked and evidence that...more

Florida's Fourth DCA Holds Borrower is Not Entitled to Attorney’s Fees for Dismissal Based on Lack of Standing to Foreclose

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Florida’s Fourth DCA issued an opinion on April 12, 2017 in Nationstar Mortgage LLC v. Glass, No. 4D15-4561, following suit with the Third and Fifth DCAs in denying a borrower’s motion for attorney’s fees based on a provision...more

Third DCA Rejects 57.105 Attorney’s Fees Where Plaintiff Failed to Prove Standing

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On March 1st, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal affirmatively held that a mortgage holder who fails to prove its standing to foreclose is not liable to a defendant borrower for prevailing party attorney’s fees. The...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending February 17 & 24, 2017

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Foreclosure: foreclosing bank’s allegation that borrowers were in a continuing state of default sufficient to satisfy five-year statute of limitations even though stated initial default date was more than five years prior to...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 20, 2017

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Vacating Judgment: estate failed to either allege or prove any basis under Rule 1.540 to vacate final judgment of foreclosure to which it had consented – The Bank of N.Y. Mellon v....more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending December 2 & 9, 2016

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Deficiency/Subject Matter Jurisdiction: approving the 3d DCA’s opinion that an assignee of a foreclosure judgment can maintain a separate action for deficiency under Florida Statutes, Section...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending October 21 & 28, 2016

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE: Condominium: allocation of square footage within the declaration controls where there is lack of clarity in both the perimetrical boundaries definition and the diagram of the lobby area in question...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 7, 2016

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Foreclosure: debtor that agreed to “surrender” property in bankruptcy was required to surrender the property to the bankruptcy trustee and secured creditor, and lost right to defend secured creditor’s foreclosure action...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19389 - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Concurrence - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Concurrence - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Dissent - State v. Edmonds...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending September 2 & 9, 2016

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE: Foreclosure/Standing: where copy of note attached to foreclosure complaint contained no endorsement and original note presented at trial had endorsement in favor of plaintiff, plaintiff required to...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19496 - Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities v. Echo Hose Ambulance - The issue of this case was whether or not an unpaid volunteer, in this case for an ambulance...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 29, 2016

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Automatic Stay: because final judgment entered day after defendant’s petition for bankruptcy, automatic stay imposed by 11 U.S.C. § 362 was in effect and, thus, judgment was void, even...more

Sometimes even when the borrower wins, she still loses.

by Shutts & Bowen LLP on

Litigation is expensive. If you get sued, winning the case can still be a loss if you can’t recover your attorneys fees from the other side. Mortgages usually contain a “one-way” fee provision requiring the borrower to...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending June 10 & 17, 2016

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing/Hearsay: copy of a note with undated allonge containing blank endorsement sufficient to establish standing as a matter of law, even though bank did not have formal...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending April 29 & May 6, 2016

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Requests for Admission: trial court erred by involuntarily dismissing foreclosure action based solely on lender’s failure to respond to requests for admission because lender’s...more

Florida Appellate Court Bolsters Statutory HOA Safe Harbor

A significant opinion from the Florida Third District Court of Appeal further clarifies the extent of the Florida statutory homeowners association (HOA) “safe harbor.” In the end, entities that obtain title through judicial...more

Purely “Compensatory” Debts Owed by Attorneys to Clients (Which Are Not Disciplinary or Punitive Fees Imposed by the State Bar)...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Scheer v. The State Bar of California (4/14/16 – Case no. 2:14-cv-04829-JFW) reversed the district court’s affirmance of the bankruptcy court’s decision that a...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending March 11 & 18, 2016

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing: substitute plaintiff failed to establish standing to enforce note and fact that original plaintiff had filed original note endorsed in blank before assignment did not...more

Can I Get My Legal Fees Back for Having to Defend This Case?

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One of the most common questions I get from my clients is whether they can recover their legal expenses for having to defend a meritless case. The short answer is that in most cases, no. That may seem unfair, especially...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 16, 2015

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing: although bank established it had possession of note prior to commencement of action, bank did not demonstrate when blank endorsement was placed on note, nor did it prove it...more

Federal Courts Rejecting Hyper-Technical Claims on Reg X Notice of Error/Request for Information Provisions

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In Russell v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, No. 14-61977-CIV, 2015 WL 5029346, at *5 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 26, 2015), United States District Court Judge Beth Bloom issued litigious borrowers their latest setback in a large scale...more

Borrower Who Obtains A Preliminary Injunction Is Entitled To A Fee Award

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In Monterossa v. Superior Court (PNC Bank), 2015 DJDAR 6488, the California Court of Appeal for the Third District decided a case of first impression under Code of Civil Procedure Section 2924.12(i) enacted in 2012. The...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: - AC35173 - State v. Mosback - AC36907 - Rodriguez v. Commissioner of Correction - AC36499 - Zilkha v. Zilkha After a judgment of dissolution, the plaintiff...more

Borrowers’ Counsel Sanctioned for Frivolous Lawsuit Against Lender Who Attempted to Resolve Foreclosure Action

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An Ohio appellate court has affirmed an order of sanctions against counsel for borrowers who filed a frivolous lawsuit against the lender alleging fraud, breach of contract and estoppel in connection with failed attempts to...more

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