Foreclosure Assignments

Foreclosure is a legal process whereby a lender seeks to force the sale of a mortgaged property in order to recover the balance of a delinquent loan. Recently, the foreclosure process has been the subject of... more +
Foreclosure is a legal process whereby a lender seeks to force the sale of a mortgaged property in order to recover the balance of a delinquent loan. Recently, the foreclosure process has been the subject of greater legislative and judicial scrutiny after systemic abuses were uncovered during the widespread foreclosure crisis resulting from the Great Recession. less -
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Court Decisions Extend Chicago’s Transfer Tax Ordinance to Cover Mortgage Assignment

Earlier this month, in a case of first impression, the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois in the consolidated cases of City of Chicago v. KTCP 225, LLC, Case No. 13 L 050290, and City of Chicago v. Horizon Group XXI, LLC,...more

Breaking News! Fair Debt Collection Practice Issue

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has held that a Delaware Limited Liability Company was a “person” as defined by the FDCPA, and reversed the District Court decision which had dismissed an FDCPA claim against a...more

No Notice of Mortgage Assignment in Florida? No Problem

Earlier this month, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Summerlin Asset Mgmt. V Trust v. Jackson decided an issue of first impression regarding whether compliance with Florida Statute...more

Nevada Amends Law Regarding Deficiency Judgment Calculation

By amending a statute that limits deficiency judgment amounts in certain cases, Nevada lawmakers have attempted to restore balance as the law applies to commercial properties. The amendments follow a recent wave of litigation...more

New York’s Highest Court Clarifies Judicial Foreclosure Standing Requirements

The New York Court of Appeals has clarified the requirements for showing standing to pursue judicial foreclosures in New York state courts after borrowers default on payment obligations, in a ruling that could resolve...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

Use of Prior Servicer’s Records at Trial Depends on Proper Foundation

Mortgage servicing duties are routinely transferred, requiring lenders, servicers and financial institutions to rely on the prior servicer’s business records to prove their cases against borrowers – specifically, to prove the...more

California Foreclosure Law: California Supreme Court Grants Review Of The Keshtgar Decision

As reported in our blog article below, in June the Second District Court of Appeal held that California’s non-judicial foreclosure statutes do not grant a defaulting borrower the right to enjoin a foreclosure sale by alleging...more

UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - 12/10/2014

Every week, courts around the United States issue decisions addressing aspects of civil UDAAP claims. In an effort to illuminate the UDAAP standards, below is a sampling of some of this week’s UDAAP decisions on the...more

Alabama Federal Court Ruling May Enable Borrowers with Tenants To Challenge Foreclosures

A recent decision from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama may provide borrowers who rent portions of their property to tenants with an avenue for challenging a foreclosure. The court's analysis...more

Extraordinary Florida Foreclosure Remedies

When servicers or lenders think of having to foreclose on commercial property in the State of Florida, what immediately comes to mind is a lengthy judicial foreclosure process, and difficulty in enforcing rights provided in...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Affirms That Foreclosing Parties Must Record Mortgage Assignments Prior To Initiating Foreclosure By...

On April 17, the Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed an intermediate appellate court ruling that held (i) a strict compliance standard applies to Minnesota’s foreclosure by advertisement process, and (ii) a foreclosure by...more

Failure to Comply with Minnesota's Statutory Requirements in Foreclosure by Advertisement Costs Lender

Lenders foreclosing by advertisement in Minnesota must comply with many technical requirements. One requirement is "that the mortgage has been recorded and, if it has been assigned, that all assignments thereof have been...more

First Circuit Holds Massachusetts Borrower Can Challenge The Validity Of A Mortgage Assignment, But Holds The Assignment Valid

On February 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held a borrower had standing to challenge the assignment of the borrower’s mortgage under certain circumstances, even though the borrower was not a party to the...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - February 22, 2013


MERS Has Power To Assign Interest in Deed of Trust, Borrower Can Challenge Assignment of Mortgage, First Circuit Rules

Under Massachusetts law, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., or MERS, has the power, as nominee beneficiary, to assign its interest under a deed of trust, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ruled....more

Appellate Notes: Recent Decisions of the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts - January 2013

In This Issue: -AC31211 - Aguinaldo v. Warner -AC33771 - Thompson Gardens West Condominium Assn., Inc. v. Masto -AC33850 - Unifund CCR Partners v. Schaeppi -AC33400 - Samnard Associates, LLC...more

Kentucky Joins List of States Suing MERS for County Real Estate Recording Fees ($12 Each)

MERS has been sued again, and it's probably not going to be the last time. The state of Kentucky (actually, it's a commonwealth) has followed the lead of states like New York, Texas, Alabama, and Delaware, and is going after...more

Michigan Supreme Court Issues Opinion on State’s Foreclosure Statute

Shortly before the end of 2012, the Michigan Supreme Court issued its first opinion in a calendar case on Michigan's foreclosure statute in nearly 20 years. In Kim v JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., --- Mich ----; --- NW2d ----...more

Nevada Rejects Literalist View on Some Lender and Trust Deed Holder Requirements for the Right to Enforce

Nevada’s Foreclosure Mediation Program (FMP), statutorily mandates mediation before a non-judicial foreclosure of an owner-occupied residence can proceed. It also encourages the judicial review of that mediation. It has been...more

One or more of the assignments in the chain of title for my mortgage was signed by a “known robo-signer.” Can I challenge a...

If you are facing foreclosure and plan to defend against it in litigation, or have relied on sources stating a "robo-signer" was involved in the chain of title of your mortgage, or if you want to raise any other type of...more

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