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The Washington Supreme Court issued an opinion today affirming the right of a lender to obtain a deficiency judgment against a commercial guarantor following a nonjudicial foreclosure. Divisions One and Two of the Washington...more
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
In This Issue:
- Conducting a Pre-Employment Background Check: Employers Beware
- Should You be Engaging in Comparative Advertising to Promote Your Business?
- Real Estate Lenders Relief From Serial...more
While most commercial leases contain a requirement that the tenant will execute a “Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement,” commonly referred to a an “SNDA,” a majority of tenants who have signed such leases,...more
When a lender seeks to foreclose under a deed of trust, often a borrower who does not have the resources or incentive to resist the foreclosure will offer the lender a deed in lieu of foreclosure. This can be an attractive...more
Under California’s non-judicial foreclosure statutes, a defaulting borrower cannot enjoin a lender’s initiation of foreclosure proceedings by asserting that the lender lacks standing. (Keshtgar v. U.S. Bank, N.A. (2014) 192...more
While the Great Recession appears to be slowly receding, rising oil costs and other price increases threaten to choke off what had appeared to be an economic recovery. Accordingly, foreclosures may become more frequent in the...more
The recently issued opinion of the Colorado Court of Appeals, in Armed Forces Bank v. Hicks, 2014 COA 74. No. 13CA0875 (June 5, 2014), is significant for commercial real estate lenders.
In Hicks, the Bank was the...more
On June 9, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California denied a mortgage lender’s motion to dismiss the City of Los Angeles’s Fair Housing Act suit, the second such denial by the same judge in recent weeks....more
The Florida Second District Court of Appeals recently ruled on yet another challenge to a note holder’s standing to foreclose based on lack of ownership of the mortgage. In OneWest Bank, F.S.B. v. Bauer (May 30, 2014), the...more
Cities and counties that have experienced increased foreclosure and vacancy rates in the aftermath of the housing market crash of 2007-2008, perhaps emboldened by recent court decisions, have recently filed several new...more
The Virginia Supreme Court recently expanded the grounds under which a private borrower can sue a lender for violations of HUD regulations. In Squire v. Virginia Housing Development Authority, a decision issued on April 17,...more
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) was signed into law in 2003, greatly expanding prior legislation in order to better assist servicemembers in avoiding default and foreclosure while they are on active duty. The...more
Since a lender must have a valid debt and valid lien to conduct a trustee’s sale, a borrower that allows the foreclosure sale to occur impliedly agrees that the debt and lien are valid. In Madison v. Groseth and BT Capital,...more
The Northern District of Illinois recently granted a motion to strike class allegations prior to class discovery. Plaintiff mortgagor alleged, inter alia, that in foreclosure proceedings, defendants engaged in unfair and...more
As if lenders don't have enough on their plates, dealing with a slowly rebounding economy and debtors struggling to make payments, on January 30, 2014, the Arizona Court of Appeals issued a decision that is bound to wreak...more
If a lender delays foreclosure allowing years of default interest to accrue such that a guarantor’s obligation increases from $6 million to $12 million, should the guarantor remain on the hook for the full $12 million? In...more
Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal recently emphasized the need for lenders to strictly comply with the notice requirements of a mortgage prior to foreclosure. In Samaroo v. Wells Fargo, the borrower appealed the...more
Lenders and servicers have been addressing the issue of some Nevada courts ruling that a foreclosure sale by a homeowners association (HOA) "wipes out" a senior deed of trust. Since the date of our last legal alert on this...more
On December 19, the CFPB and attorneys general for 49 states and the District of Columbia, and a nonbank mortgage servicer, filed a proposed consent order in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, pursuant to...more
Establishing standing—the legal basis of a plaintiff’s right to bring suit—to enforce a promissory note is a critical aspect of any foreclosure action. Florida case law requires that the party seeking to foreclose have...more
On November 4, 2013, the New Jersey Appellate Division in Suser v. Wachovia Mortgage, FSB, et al. affirmed a homeowner’s right to file a prospective quiet title action to affirmatively challenge a bank’s standing to foreclose...more
Among the many changes in the financial services industry, two important events occurred this year that effectively signaled the extinction of deficiency judgments in loans secured by residential property.
We've previously written about Tenn. Code Ann. § 35-5-118, which governs deficiency suits in Tennessee. As explained in that post, a lender is typically entitled to recover its full deficiency unless the foreclosure sales...more
The non-judicial foreclosure process affords banks and lenders a relatively “cheap” means of executing on their collateral in the event of a borrower’s defaults. That cheaper process comes at a price, however. Arizona has a...more
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