Archive for October 2015

3rd. Cir. TCPA Ruling Restricts ATDS but Gives Nod to ‘Potential Capacity’

In an Oct. 23 ruling, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals offered a mixed opinion that has the effect of both limiting and expanding the interpretation of automatic telephone dialing systems (ATDS), which can trigger a claim under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act. While the ruling poses increased risk for businesses that use dialers to

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Massachusetts Legislature Mulls Harmful Consumer Debt Collection Bill

Proposed legislation to enact Massachusetts’ Family Financial Protection Act (S. 146 – H. 804)  was considered during a hearing before the Joint Financial Services Committee on Oct. 27. The legislation, in part, defines active and passive debt buyers as “debt collectors.” It also places limits on garnishable wages, establishes a three-year statute of limitations, prohibits revival upon payment, and places

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Debt Buying Companies to Explore Impact of CFPB’s Recent Consent Orders

Three consent decrees issued over the past few months present clear challenges for the debt buying industry, creditors and companies that provide services to them. The first, between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and JP Morgan Chase Bank, contained an agreement altering the bank’s debt collection activities. The bank also agreed that any debt sold

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Florida Court Cuts Off Extensive Discovery Requests to Mortgagee as to Standing, Satisfaction of Mortgage

The District Court of Appeal of Florida, First District, recently denied a property owner’s effort to appeal the trial court’s order limiting the property owner’s extensive discovery requests to a mortgagee relating to standing and satisfaction of mortgage. In so ruling, the Appellate Court concluded that the trial court’s order limiting discovery did not effectively

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9th Cir. Holds ‘Chapter 20’ Debtor May Void Mortgage in Chapter 13 After Obtaining Discharge in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a case of first impression, recently held that section 1328(f) of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA), which bars so-called “Chapter 20” debtors from receiving a discharge at the conclusion of their Chapter 13 reorganization if they received a Chapter 7 discharge

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Florida Court Holds V-Mail Message Asking Return Call Can Be Debt Collection Communication

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently denied a motion to dismiss an amended complaint alleging that a time-share association violated the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA) and the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), holding that: A debtor need not use any precise language or magic word to notify

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Florida Bankruptcy Court Holds Debtor Who ‘Surrenders’ Property in BK Cannot Impede Foreclosure

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida recently held that, at a minimum, “surrender” under Bankruptcy Code §§ 521 and 1325 means a debtor cannot take an overt act that impedes a secured creditor from foreclosing its interest in secured property. In so holding, the Court found that actively contesting a post-bankruptcy

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Fla. App. Ct. (3rd DCA) Applies ‘After Acquired Title’ Doctrine to Save Mortgage Loan

The Third District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida recently affirmed the entry of summary judgment in favor of a mortgagee and against the purchaser at a condominium association assessment foreclosure sale based on the after-acquired title doctrine. A copy of the opinion is available at: Link to Opinion. In July 2007, the

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8th Cir. Holds TILA’s ‘$35 Tolerance’ Right to Cancel in Foreclosures Must Be Exercised After Foreclosure Initiated

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently rejected an attempt to rescind a mortgage loan and recover damages under the federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA), affirming the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the mortgagee because the borrowers only tried to cancel their mortgage loan before foreclosure proceedings

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7th Cir. Rejects Heightened or Stringent ‘Ascertainability’ Requirement for Class Certification

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently refused to impose a heightened “ascertainability” requirement at class certification. More specifically, the Court held that plaintiffs do not have to prove at the class certification stage that there is a “reliable and administratively feasible” way to identify class members under Federal Rule of Civil

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NJ Fed. Court Reverses Bankr. Court Ruling that Foreclosure Was Barred by NJ Six-Year Statute of Limitations

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey recently held that New Jersey’s 20-year statute of limitations for residential foreclosures applied to a re-filed foreclosure action, reversing a bankruptcy court’s ruling that the shorter six-year statute of limitations period applied. A copy of the opinion is available at:  Link to Opinion. The borrower

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Feds State They Will Expect ‘Good Faith Efforts to Comply’ With TRID

The federal banking regulators (including the CFPB) confirmed in an Oct. 1 letter that “[e]xaminers will expect supervised entities to make good faith efforts to comply with the [‘Know Before You Owe’ TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure] Rule’s requirements in a timely manner.” More specifically, “examiners will consider the institution’s implementation plan, including actions taken to update policies,

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