Archive for October 2016 – Page 2

Supreme Court Takes On Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Mess Created by FDCPA Ruling

The Supreme Court of the United States has decided it will review the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Johnson v. Midland Funding LLC. A link to the docket is available here: Link to Docket.  As you will recall from my previous article, Johnson was the second case decided

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CFPB Narrowly Escapes Shutdown in D.C. Circuit Court Ruling

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau narrowly escaped a constitutional challenge today in a ruling handed down from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Although the court found the CFPB’s structure is unconstitutional, the defect, according to the court’s opinion, did not warrant its dissolution.

5th Cir. Confirms Lack of Receipt of Foreclosure Notice Not Fatal, Upholds FDCPA Attorney’s Fees Against Borrowers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently confirmed that a claim of lack of receipt of a notice of default and intent to foreclose does not establish any defect in foreclosure proceedings, and that borrowers can be liable for attorney’s fees for bringing an action against a mortgage servicer under the Fair

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Fla. App. Court Holds Safe Harbor for Unpaid HOA/COA Assessments Doesn’t Require Mortgagee to Own Note, Mortgage

The District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District, recently held that a mortgagee is entitled to the safe harbor limiting liability for unpaid condominium assessments under section 718.116 of the Florida Condominium Act, even though the mortgagee holds, but does not own, the note and mortgage. A copy of the opinion in Brittany’s Place Condominium

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11th Cir. Holds Bankruptcy ‘Surrender’ Requires Debtor to Give Up All Rights in Collateral

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held that the word “surrender” in the Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. § 521(a)(2), requires that debtors relinquish all of their rights to the collateral. In so ruling, the Court ordered the borrowers to “surrender” their house to the mortgagee in a foreclosure action, and held

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11th Cir. Confirms Third-Party Garnishments Not Subject to FDCPA Venue Provision

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held that the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act’s venue provision did not apply to post-judgment action garnishment proceedings. A copy of the opinion in Ray v. McCullough Payne & Haan, LLC is available at: Link to Opinion. A debt collector filed a collection action.  In

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8th Cir. Rejects FDCPA Claims Regarding Follow Up Calls for Location Information, Alleged Harassment

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently held that a debt collector did not violate the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act for making subsequent telephone calls to a person other than the consumer regarding the location of the debtor, because the debt collector reasonably believed that the person’s initial response was

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7th Cir. Holds Inclusion of 1692g ‘Debt Validation’ Notice in Complaint Violated FDCPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently reversed the dismissal of a putative class action alleging that the debt collector defendants used misleading language in their state court collection complaints in violation of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. In so ruling, the Court held that the debt collector’s use of

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