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FCRA Ruling Rejects Argument that Foreclosure and Acceleration of Mortgage Loan Rendered Reports of Monthly Delinquencies...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) litigation has increased in 2017 and shows little sign of slowing. While a plaintiff’s actual damages may be minimal, the statute’s award of reasonable attorney’s fees and costs for a...more

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Amount in Controversy for Purposes of Subject Matter Jurisdiction in Certain HBOR Cases

by Locke Lord LLP on

On December 27, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a published decision impacting subject matter jurisdiction when a complaint seeks a stay of foreclosure proceedings pursuant to the California Homeowners’ Bill...more

Fourth Circuit Approves Partial Dirt for Debt Plan

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Do you want to own that rural timberland you financed a few years back? Well, what if I told you that not only are you taking ownership, but you’re taking it in exchange for a credit of three times its appraised value? The...more

Court Holds that Bankruptcy Judges Cannot Impose Punitive Sanctions

Bankruptcy courts lack the power to impose serious punitive sanctions, a federal district judge ruled recently in PHH Mortgage Corporation v. Sensenich, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 207801 (D. Vt. Dec. 18, 2018). Judge Geoffrey...more

Ninth Circuit: Loan Servicer Can Rely on Standard Notice-And-Cure Provision to Defeat Statutory Claims

by Locke Lord LLP on

On December 15, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of borrowers’ statutory claims against their loan servicer because the borrowers failed to give the servicer notice and the opportunity to take corrective action...more

New York Court Of Appeals Dismisses Contractual Claims Against Nomura In Four RMBS Suits

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 12, 2017, the New York Court of Appeals dismissed certain breach of contract claims brought by HSBC Bank USA, N.A. (“HSBC”) against Nomura Credit & Capital, Inc. (“Nomura”), in four separate actions related to...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending December 1 & 8, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Errors in Legal Description: error in legal description did not preclude judgment of foreclosure because property was sufficiently identified by accurate lot and tract, street address,...more

Maryland District Court Denies Summary Judgment on CFPA Whistleblower Claim

The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland recently denied a motion for summary judgment in a whistleblower retaliation claim under the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (CFPA), Section 1057 of Dodd-Frank,...more

Court Holds That Lender Did Not Have Standing To Sue An Estate For A Deficiency After Electing That Its Claim Is A Preferred Debt...

by Winstead PC on

In In re Estate of Chapman, Peoples Bank (the Bank) conducted a non-judicial foreclosure sale of secured real estate owned by an estate and then sued the administrator of the estate in district court due to a deficiency...more

Mass. Appeals Court Rebuffs Mortgagee’s Novel Bid For Equitable Subrogation

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In its decision yesterday in Wells Fargo Bank v. Comeau, the Massachusetts Appeals Court rejected the plaintiff mortgagee’s attempt to use the doctrine of equitable subrogation in a novel way: to impose on a surviving wife...more

11th Circuit Affirms FTC's $13.5 Million Judgment Against Mortgage Relief Fraudster

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On November 2, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed a $13.5 million judgment that the FTC obtained against a group of individuals, law firms, and related entities that engaged in a massive nationwide...more

Fall 2017 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update

by Burr & Forman on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) is a U.S. government agency created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The CFPB is the first federal agency tasked solely with the...more

Alabama Supreme Court: Mortgage Requirements Must Be Strictly Followed

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

In a recent surprising loss for mortgage holders, the Alabama Supreme Court held that a failure to strictly comply with the exact terms of the mortgage when conducting a foreclosure sale can result in the sale failing. Thus,...more

Mortgage Foreclosure Alert: Attaching Promissory Note in Illinois Sufficient to Show Standing; but HUD Letters Require Proof of...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In a foreclosure action, the Illinois Appellate Court recently held that the foreclosing lender established its standing by attaching the blank-indorsed note to its complaint, but reversed judgment and remanded for the trial...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending October 6 & 13, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE FINANCIAL SERVICES UPDATE - Ad Valorem Taxes: land lease holders are considered equitable owners of land for tax purposes if land lease renews automatically and is perpetual; owners of condominium...more

Illinois District Court Dismisses Case Filed By Insurance Department, As Rehabilitator, Against Reinsurer

by Carlton Fields on

The District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a complaint filed by Plaintiff-Rehabilitator, the Illinois Director of Insurance, against Defendant-Reinsurer, Twin Rivers, alleging breach of contract,...more

Nevada Supreme Court Rules HOA Super-Priority Liens Can Be Revived after Release

Homeowners’ associations have a more robust tool for forcing mortgage lenders to pay delinquent assessments following a September 14 decision by the Nevada Supreme Court. Nevada HOAs have enjoyed a super-priority lien under...more

Court Dismisses Suit By Rehabilitator For PMI Insurer Against Captive Reinsurer And Affiliated Bank

by Carlton Fields on

A district judge in the Northern District of Illinois has dismissed all claims brought by the Illinois Director of Insurance, acting as rehabilitator for Triad Guaranty Insurance Corporation and Triad Guaranty Assurance...more

11th Circuit Draws a Line on Actual Damages Under RESPA

by Burr & Forman on

In Baez v. Specialized Loan Servicing, LLC, 16-17292, 2017 WL 4220292 (11th Cir. Sept. 22, 2017) the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal recognized a limit to the requirement to the phrase “actual damages” in Section 2605 of the...more

Faulty Foreclosure Service Results in Lienholder Having to Pay Property Owner

When a lienholder starts a foreclosure, it usually is focused on getting money into its pocket. Yet a recent opinion from the North Carolina Court of Appeals (In re: Ackah – Sept. 5, 2017) should provide a warning to all...more

What Happens When a Secured Creditor Files a Late Claim in an Equity Receivership?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Pitting a receivership court’s inherent equitable powers against pre-existing property rights can lead to some pretty interesting questions. In SEC v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 848 F.3d 1339, 1343-44 (11th Cir. 2017), the...more

In Alabama: Lenders Must Strictly Comply with Notice Requirements

The Alabama Supreme Court recently released an opinion interpreting the pre-foreclosure notice requirements contained in paragraph 22 of the standard mortgage form. In short, strict compliance is required. The Court in Ex...more

A Void Default Judgment Is No Way To Establish Title

In a post from March of this year — Even a “Bona Fide Purchaser” Can’t Rely on a Void Judgment — we reviewed the recent decision from California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, OC Interior Services, LLC v. Nationstar...more

Judicial Estoppel Defense in Bankruptcy Claims Likely to Get More Difficult

A recent decision from the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has impaired a valuable defense for early dismissal or settlement with bankrupt plaintiffs. This decision will affect strategy for mortgage originators,...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Lawsuit Dismissal on Res Judicata Grounds

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on a lawsuit involving a former broker of Wells Fargo who sued the firm in state court for fraud and personal injury when the company initiated a foreclosure action...more

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