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Promissory Notes Foreclosure

Conflicts of Laws, Deficiency Actions, and Statutes of Limitations – Oh My!

by Snell & Wilmer on

What law governs a deficiency action if the choice-of-law provisions in the note and deed of trust conflict? The Arizona Court of Appeals answered that very question in ZB, N.A. v. Hoeller, No. 1 CA-CV 16-0071 (Ct. App. April...more

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

by Burr & Forman on

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: Week Ending February 3, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE: Foreclosure/Sufficiency of Notice: although lender’s notice of default did not expressly state that property could be sold in foreclosure, it substantially complied with notice provision (paragraph...more

Ohio Supreme Court Finds That An Action At Law On A Promissory Note To Collect A Mortgage Debt Is Separate And Distinct From An...

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently clarified in a decision issued in Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co. vs. Holden 2016-Ohio-4603; 2016 Ohio LEXIS 1803, that equitable rights and remedies which a party holds in and to a mortgage...more

Loan Enforcement and Creditors’ Rights

by Polsinelli on

At times, lenders lose the promissory notes on defaulted loans. Lost notes are problematic because, in order to have standing to foreclose, a lender may be required in many states, including in New York, to possess the...more

Foreclosure of Mortgage Securing Electronic Promissory Note Affirmed

by Carlton Fields on

Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal recently issued its mandate in Rivera v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. confirming the finality of its decision to uphold the enforcement of an electronic promissory note (“e-note”) in a...more

No right to jury trial in foreclosure, even where lender seeks money judgment on promissory note

by Shutts & Bowen LLP on

Given the choice, a borrower in foreclosure may prefer that a jury determine her fate, rather than a judge.  But by statute, “[a]ll mortgages shall be foreclosed in equity” and “foreclosure claim[s] shall, if tried, be tried...more

The Fourth DCA Issues Florida’s First District Court Opinion Specifically Ruling that Promissory Notes are Negotiable Instruments

by Burr & Forman on

The Fourth District Court of Appeal recently held that a promissory note is a negotiable instrument even though it references provisions in the mortgage. Onewest Bank, FSB v. Jose Nunez, Case No. 4D13-48176, 2016 WL 803542...more

Commentary on Elsman: Copy of Note Attached to Complaint May Evidence Standing to Foreclose

by Burr & Forman on

With its recently-issued opinion in Elsman v. HSBC Bank USA as Trustee for MLMI 2006-AF1, slip op. 5D14-1753, 41 Fla. L. Weekly D57b, 2015 WL 9491875 (Dec. 31, 2015), the Fifth DCA has added to a growing body of case law...more

Florida’s Fourth DCA Provides Clarity on Proofs Required to Enforce Promissory Note Specially Indorsed to Another

by Burr & Forman on

In Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company v. Dennis M. Conley, 4D14-2430 (Fla. 4th DCA Jan. 6, 2016), Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal clarified the methods by which a foreclosure plaintiff can seek to enforce a note...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC36382, AC36387 - Hilton v. Commissioner of Correction - AC36922 - Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co. v. Pasiak - This was Round Three of a case previously reported on. An...more

Litigation Alert: Washington Supreme Court Clears Up Ambiguity on "Holder" versus "Owner" of Secured Notes

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The Washington Supreme Court, sitting en banc, affirmed in Brown v. Washington State Department of Commerce the Department of Commerce’s denial of a mediation request under the Foreclosure Fairness Act (FFA) made by a...more

Foreclosure Plaintiffs Cannot Rely Solely on Their Status as Parent Corporation

by Burr & Forman on

The ownership of the promissory note by a subsidiary corporation of the Plaintiff cannot alone establish standing to foreclose. In HSBC Bank USA, N.A. v. Ryan Kahan, et al., the Court granted the borrowers’ motion for...more

Florida Appellate Court Provides Guidance on Proof Required to Enforce Lost Negotiable Instruments

by Burr & Forman on

As Florida works through its foreclosure backlog, many of the cases remaining are those with complications, for example a lost promissory note. Such issues are not insurmountable, but do require an attention to detail. For...more

Florida Court of Appeals Reverses Foreclosure of Reverse Mortgage by Expanding the Definition of “Borrower” to Include Surviving...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Home equity conversion mortgages, commonly known as “reverse mortgages” are popular loan products in Florida. In order to foreclose on a reverse mortgage, the lender generally must allege that all conditions necessary to...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions - AC36506 - Sidorova v. East Lyme Board of Education - Due to budget cuts, the Board of Education laid off the plaintiff who was a tenured French teacher. She sued for...more

New York Appellate Court Confers Standing on Assignee of Note Previously Discharged in Bankruptcy

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A mortgage lender has standing to foreclose even when it obtains assignment of the underlying promissory note after the note has been discharged in bankruptcy, a New York appellate court has ruled. The case arose after the...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending July 10, 17 & 24, 2015

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Eviction/Summary Judgment: Error to grant summary judgment where plaintiff failed to refute multiple affirmative defenses including an assertion that the eviction would cause an inequitable...more

Liberalization of Louisiana Foreclosure Law: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

by Baker Donelson on

Legislation liberalizing Louisiana foreclosure law was signed by Louisiana’s governor on June 5. House Bill 697 becomes effective on August 1, 2015. One particular area where lenders strive to use technology involves...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 1 & 8, 2015

by Carlton Fields on

Foreclosure: trial court abused its discretion in dismissing foreclosure action with prejudice, cancelling substantial debt, and denying lender ability to refile a foreclosure action without making finding of facts as...more

The Sixth Circuit, Relying upon Michigan’s Nonrecourse Mortgage Loan Act, Rejects the Enforceability of an Insolvency Covenant

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Notwithstanding Michigan’s 2012 Nonrecourse Mortgage Loan Act (NMLA), which provides that solvency covenants in nonrecourse loans unenforceable, in Borman, LLC v. 18718 Borman, LLC, a third-party purchaser of a foreclosed...more

An Unlikely Condition Precedent to Foreclosure in Florida

by Carlton Fields on

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

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

by Miller Starr Regalia on

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

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: September 2014 #1

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing: to establish a prima facie case for mortgage foreclosure, successor mortgagor must introduce evidence it was in possession of original note with blank endorsement at time...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

AC35632- U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Foote - Second time is the charm. Defendant succeeded in getting plaintiff’s foreclosure action dismissed for lack of standing due to the inability of the witnesses to establish that the...more

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