Archive for June 2016 – Page 2

7th Cir. Holds FDCPA Allows Vicarious Liability; Materiality, Extrinsic Evidence of Confusion Not Required

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that neither extrinsic evidence of confusion, nor materiality, is required for claims under § 1692g(a) of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The Court also held that a company that is itself a debt collector may be liable for the violations of

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8th Cir. Holds Cybertheft Covered by Financial Institution Bond Applying ‘Concurrent Causation’ Doctrine

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently held that a bank was entitled to recover its cybertheft losses under its financial institution bond, despite its employee’s violation of the bank’s internal policies and procedures, and despite the bank’s failure to update its antivirus software, holding that Minnesota’s “concurrent causation” doctrine applies to

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Michigan Supreme Court: Full Credit Bid Did Not Bar Mortgagee’s Contract Claims Against Title Insurer, Agent

The Supreme Court of Michigan recently held that the full credit bid rule did not bar contract claims brought by a mortgagee against non-borrower third parties. The Michigan Supreme Court also held that the closing instructions at issue constituted a contract upon which a breach of contract claim could be brought. A copy of the

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7th Cir. Holds No FDCPA Violation for Filing Suit Without Intent to Proceed to Trial

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) does not prohibit debt collectors from filing a collection lawsuit without intending to proceed to trial to obtain a judgment. A copy of the opinion in St. John v. Cach, LLC is available at:  Link to

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8th Cir. Rejects Borrowers’ Challenges to Notice of Intent to Accelerate and to Assignment of Mortgage

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently held that two borrowers did not have standing to challenge an allegedly invalid mortgage assignment between creditors, because the borrowers could not show harm fairly traceable to the allegedly invalid assignment. Additionally, the Court held that the borrowers failed to state a plausible claim for

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Fla. App. Court Holds Indorsement by Successor by Merger Not Sufficient to Confer Standing to Foreclose

The District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District, recently reversed a final judgment of foreclosure, holding that the mortgagee failed to prove that it had standing to foreclose because the note was specially indorsed to an affiliate of the lender, which later merged into the lender, but only the lender and

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11th Cir. Holds Obvious Unilateral Mistake Rendered ‘Bargain Basement’ Short Sale Price Unenforceable

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of a mortgage loan servicer, holding that the trial court correctly refused to enforce the servicer’s acceptance of a short sale offer that contained an obvious clerical error in the form of a “bargain basement price.” A copy of the

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5th Cir. Holds Tax Buyers Not Subject to TILA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that a transfer of a tax lien to a tax buyer under Texas law does not constitute an extension of credit that is subject to the federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA). A copy of the opinion in Billings v. Propel Financial Services, LLC is

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5th Cir. Holds Compliance With Calif. Probate Code Makes Bank Immune from Wrongful Disbursement Claim

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that, although a bank had actual notice of an heir’s claim to her decedent father’s account funds, the bank’s compliance with the post-death affidavit provisions of California Probate § 13106(a) rendered the bank immune from liability for wrongful disbursement of the funds. In any

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