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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 -

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal Should Abandon the Standing at Inception Rule in Mortgage Foreclosure Cases

by Carlton Fields on

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, in Rigby v. Bank of New York Mellon, Case No. 1D16-0665, appears to be considering receding from the “standing at inception” doctrine in the mortgage foreclosure context. That rule...more

Nevada Enacts Multiple Laws Affecting Consumer Finance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Nevada is rolling out a slate of legislation affecting consumer finance, including a measure to protect consumers’ privacy online and programs aimed at mitigating their risk of foreclosure. Here is a list of measures recently...more

Fast-Track Foreclosure Process Coming to Maryland, is Pennsylvania Next?

by Barley Snyder on

Pennsylvania now has two neighbors that have passed fast-track foreclosure bills and the Keystone State is considering adding its own as a method to avoid a backlog of blighted properties. Maryland recently joined Ohio in...more

No Standing = No Fees: Turning the Tide in Favor of Lenders and Servicers in the fight for fees in Florida

by Locke Lord LLP on

On July 12, 2017, Locke Lord was successful in obtaining an order in a Florida trial court denying a borrower’s request for an award of attorneys’ fees following a successful argument that the plaintiff lacked standing to...more

Burr Alert: This Old Waiver? I’ve Had it for Years

by Burr & Forman on

The Georgia Supreme Court has further eroded the viability of the Georgia confirmation statute with its recent decision in York v. RES-GA LJY, LLC. In York, the Supreme Court affirmed the lower court’s application of last...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 7, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE- Takings/Declaratory Relief: plaintiff’s request for a declaration that its further pursuit of a zoning application was futile was not a proper claim for declaratory relief – GolfRock, LLC v. Lee...more

A Missing Massachusetts Promissory Note's Outsized Potential Impact on Foreclosures

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In Zullo v. HMC Assets, LLC, the Massachusetts Land Court has issued a judicial about-face in deciding that a mortgage holder lacks standing to foreclose if that holder never possessed the mortgagor's original promissory note...more

Nevada HOA Super-Priority Litigation Update: Nevada Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Lenders on Standing Issue

The Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) and their servicers scored a significant victory last week in the Nevada Supreme Court. In Nationstar Mortgage, LLC v. SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC (Case No. 69400), the court held...more

Florida 5th DCA Distinguishes Troublesome Hicks Opinion, and Other Statute of Limitations News

by Burr & Forman on

Last week, Florida’s Fifth DCA and Second DCA issued two seminal opinions; Klebanoff v. Bank of N.Y. Mellon, and Huntington National Bank v. Watters, which clarify the cloud of uncertainty that had engulfed the statute of...more

Florida Second District Court of Appeal Ruling Highlights the Possible Pitfalls of Relying on Prior Servicer Records

by Blank Rome LLP on

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal (“Second District Court”) recently held that a mortgagee failed to demonstrate it satisfied the condition precedent in a residential mortgage foreclosure. Allen v. Wilmington Trust,...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending June 16 & 23, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Real Property Update - US Supreme Court - Regulatory Taking: owner of parcel A, that took title to adjacent parcel B after regulation restricting use of parcels had been passed, lost grandfather rights for both parcels by...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: - AC38945 - Shook v. Bartholomew - AC38945 - Shook v. Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Inc. Defendants could not appeal plaintiff’s verdict in this motor vehicle accident...more

Court Denies Creditor’s Motion to Dismiss Chapter 11 Case Despite Multiple Factors in Favor of Dismissal

by Burr & Forman on

In a recent case out of the bankruptcy court for the Southern District of Florida (the “Court”), a secured creditor moved to dismiss a debtor’s bankruptcy case “for cause” based on the debtor’s bad faith filing. The debtor...more

New Nevada Laws Governing Commercial Foreclosure and Receivership

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

With the financial crisis still in mind and the potential “wall of maturities” perpetually on the horizon, the Nevada Legislature has enacted two bills addressing commercial real property foreclosure and commercial real...more

CFPB Announces Consent Order for Mortgage Servicing Violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB recently announced that it has entered into a consent order with Fay Servicing, LLC (“Fay”) to settle alleged mortgage servicing violations. A copy of the consent order can be found here. As is typical for CFPB...more

Rhode Island Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss FDCPA Case against Law Firm Pursuing Mortgage Foreclosure

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Should a law firm pursuing foreclosure on behalf of a mortgagee be considered a debt collector? That is a question at issue in a Rhode Island federal court case, in which borrower Lloyd Amesbury filed a class action lawsuit...more

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

Ninth Circuit Limits Mortgagee to Value of the Property as Low Income Housing

In First Southern National Bank v. Sunnyslope Housing Limited Partnership, No. 12-17241 (9th Cir. May 26, 2017), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in an en banc decision, held that, for purposes of confirmation of a plan of...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending May 19 & 26, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Real Property Update - Foreclosure/Standing/Lost Note: if plaintiff did not have right to enforce note when lost, plaintiff should present evidence of assignment from payee to plaintiff or affidavit of ownership - ...more

Ruling Eases Lenders’ Path to Deficiency Judgments in NC

Winning a deficiency judgment following foreclosure may become less costly for lenders following a May 5 ruling by the North Carolina Supreme Court in United Community Bank v. Wolfe. Reversing a previous ruling by the Court...more

Cities Can Sue Banks for Predatory Lending, U.S. Supreme Court Says

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While the nationwide economy has steadily improved since the recession, many cities are still clawing their way back to financial stability. California, in particular, was hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, leaving cities in...more

Attention Mortgage Loan Servicers: Highest Court in Massachusetts Attempts to Clarify When Default Notices Must Strictly Comply...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) provided further guidance - up to a point - on mortgagees’ strict compliance with the notice of default provisions within paragraph 22 of the standard mortgage (or the...more

Lender's Edge Newsletter

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Deeds in Escrow - Deeds in escrow, or “pocket deeds,” have increased in popularity in recent years. But are they the right option in connection with a workout of your distressed loan? Please see full Publication...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending May 12, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE: Foreclosure/Conditions Precedent: plaintiff not required to given notice under section 559.715 as condition precedent to foreclosure, and plaintiff’s default notice to borrowers pursuant to...more

Recent Cases Highlight Latest Potential Foreclosure Evidentiary Pitfall

Over the last few years, financial institutions have been forced to modify their policies and procedures to ensure that they are able to demonstrate compliance with notice provisions contained in residential mortgages prior...more

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