Archive for June 2015 – Page 2

Illinois Court Rejects Borrower’s Attempt to Undo Foreclosure, Holds Borrower Waived Proper Service of Process

The Illinois Appellate Court, First District, recently affirmed the dismissal of a borrower’s petition seeking to vacate a default judgment and order approving sale entered in a mortgage foreclosure action, holding that the borrower waived proper service of the foreclosure complaint. A copy of the opinion is available at: Link to Opinion. The mortgagee sued to

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CFPB to Supervise Nonbank Auto Finance Companies

Large non-bank auto financers will now be supervised by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a final rule released June 10, that also outlines the examination procedures that will be used to evaluate said companies. Citing that auto loans are the third largest category of household debt in America, and the automobile leasing market continues

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More FDCPA Uncertainty When Collecting Interest on Purchased Debt

We expect certainty in the law, especially when it comes to a commercial transaction. A valid and enforceable contract should not become unenforceable simply because it was sold. And worse, it should not be unlawful for the buyer to enforce the purchased contract. But that is the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second

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Florida Court Holds No Prejudice from Improper Notice of Default/Right to Cure If Defense Not Raised Early in Foreclosure Action

The Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of a mortgagee in an action challenging a notice of default in a mortgage foreclosure action that provided only 28 days to cure instead of the 30 days required under the mortgage. A copy of the opinion is available at: Link to Opinion. The

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Third Circuit Holds Not-Yet-Incurred Fees Without Clarification in Foreclosure Complaint Could Violate FDCPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently reversed the dismissal of a borrower’s claims under the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act against a foreclosure law firm, holding that not-yet-incurred fees pled in foreclosure complaint — without conveying that the fees were estimates or imprecise amounts — could constitute an actionable misrepresentation. The

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No FDCPA Violations in Simon After Remand

Two years ago, in Simon v. FIA Card Services, N.A., the Third Circuit held that alleged violations of the FDCPA resulting from conduct in a bankruptcy case were not precluded by the Bankruptcy Code. At issue was whether the defendants engaged in false, misleading or deceptive conduct in connection with their service of a subpoena

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CFPB Announces Leniency for Good Faith Efforts to Comply as to TRID Implementation, But No Formal Grace Period

In response to a letter from numerous Senators, and in response to “considerable input” from other members of Congress and various trade groups, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today announced that it will employ leniency in relation to implementation of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule. The CFPB’s letter states that the CFPB “will be sensitive to the

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Webinar to Examine FCC’s TCPA Declaratory Rulings

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s TCPA “Fact Sheet” on forthcoming declaratory rulings issues should scare the heck out of any business using any telephone to reach potential, current or former customers. I believe the rulings will have a substantial impact on customer operations in the financial services industry. I expect the Declaratory Rulings to touch a number

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FTC, NY Attorney General to Host ‘Debt Collection Dialogue’

The FTC and the Office of the New York State Attorney General will host a “Debt Collection Dialogue,” aimed to be a conversation between government and business regarding consumer protection issues within the debt collection industry, in Buffalo, NY, on June 15. FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich and New York State Attorney

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U.S. Supreme Court Holds Chapter 7 Debtor Cannot ‘Strip Off’ Wholly Unsecured Junior Mortgage

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that a debtor in a Chapter 7 case cannot “strip-off” or void a wholly unsecured junior mortgage under section 506(d) of the Bankruptcy Code. A copy of the opinion is available at: Link to Opinion. The debtors in the consolidated cases both had two mortgages on their homes. The petitioner

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Florida Court Confirms Rule Allowing ‘Incorporation’ of Prior Servicer’s Records

The Florida Second District Court of Appeal recently reversed a trial court’s dismissal of a mortgage foreclosure action because the plaintiff bank was the proper party to sue and proved that it had standing. In so ruling, the Second DCA applied its prior ruling allowing “incorporation” or “adoption” of a prior servicer’s records, which essentially

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