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

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

Indiana Court of Appeals Reverses “E-Mortgage” Decision

The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed and remanded for further proceedings a trial court’s grant of partial summary judgment and held that because the plaintiff did not show that it controlled the electronic mortgage note...more

An Unlikely Condition Precedent to Foreclosure in Florida

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

Documentary Stamp Taxes: Enforcing a Promissory Note and Mortgage Prior to Payment

While failure to pay Florida’s documentary stamp taxes on a promissory note or mortgage can subject the offender to criminal and financial sanctions, the state’s courts of appeal are split when it comes to determining whether...more

Real Estate Tip: Foreclosure Confusion

The financial crisis has taught us a great deal about the mortgage transfer business, secondary markets and loan securitization. In the Spring 2014 issue of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal, Prof. Dale A. Whitman...more

District Court Issues Crucial Ruling on Pennsylvania's Recording Statute

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has held that the failure to create and record written instruments evidencing assignments of mortgages and transfers of promissory notes secured by mortgages on...more

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

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

Standing To Foreclose– Revisited

There have been several articles posted on this blog on the subject of standing – the legal right to enforce a promissory note and/or mortgage. This continues to be a popular issue for defense counsel to raise and, as a...more

Plaintiff Has the Burden To Prove Its Right to Enforce the Note Even If It Is Not Challenged By the Defendant In Its Pleadings

The legal right to enforce, by judicial proceeding, a promissory note and mortgage is referred to as “standing”. This has been a hot topic in Florida foreclosure cases with courts holding that standing must exist when the...more

Florida Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal Of State Qui Tam FCA Lawsuit Alleging Failure To Pay Stamp Tax Upon Assignment

On November 21, the Florida First District Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a qui tam false claims act lawsuit against a lender, securitization trust, and MERS for the recovery of allegedly unpaid documentary stamp...more

Question Certified to the Florida Supreme Court: Can Lenders Cure Standing Defects?

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

Legal Alert: Holder of Deed Need Not Be Holder of Note to Foreclose, Georgia Supreme Court Rules

The Georgia Supreme Court held this week that the holder of a security deed need not also hold the underlying note to exercise the power of sale in accordance with the terms of the security deed. You v. JP Morgan Chase Bank,...more

Georgia's Long-Awaited Ruling Finds in Favor of Lenders

Today, the Georgia Supreme Court, in You v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. et al., S13Q0040, held that the assignee of a security deed can conduct a non-judicial foreclosure sale without holding or owning the underlying...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

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