Archive for November 2016

2nd Cir. Rules Successful Offer of Judgment Mooted TCPA Putative Class Action

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently held in a non-precedential opinion that a consumer, in the circumstances of this case, did not have standing to bring putative class action claims after entry of judgment in his favor on his individual claims pursuant to the defendants’ offer of judgment under Rule 68

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Fla. App. Court (4th DCA) Rules Mortgagee Did Not Violate Mortgage by Accepting Partial Payments

The District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District, recently reversed a trial court’s ruling in favor of mortgage loan borrowers based on the mortgagee’s failure to satisfy a condition precedent in paragraph 22 of the mortgage in accepting partial payments after default, holding that the mortgagee substantially complied with the requirements

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FCC Denies MBA’s Petition to Exempt ‘Servicing Calls’ from TCPA

The Federal Communications Commission recently denied the national Mortgage Bankers Association’s petition for exemption from the “prior express consent” requirement of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act for certain mortgage servicing calls and texts. A copy of the FCC’s Order denying the petition is available at:  Link to FCC Order. As you may recall, the TCPA

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Fla. App. Court (2nd DCA) Holds Trial Court Erred in Denying Deficiency Judgment Due to 6-Day Stale Appraisal

The District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District, recently reversed an order denying a claim for a post-foreclosure sale deficiency judgment, holding that the trial court abused its discretion by excluding from evidence an expert’s testimony and report as to fair market value because the report was dated six days after the foreclosure sale.

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Fla. Fed. Court Holds Servicer Could Not Invoke Jury Waiver in Mortgage

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently held that a mortgage servicer did not have standing to invoke a jury trial waiver in a mortgage when the servicer was not a party to the mortgage. A copy of the opinion in Shallenburg v. PNC Bank, NA is available at:  Link to

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Calif. App. Court Holds Consumer Properly Rejected Pre-Suit Offer With General Release, Confidentiality Clauses

The California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, recently held that a successful consumer plaintiff was entitled to $185,000 in attorney’s fees and costs, even though she rejected a settlement offer containing an appropriate remedy before she filed suit. In so ruling, the Court held that rejecting the pre-litigation settlement offer was not unreasonable, as

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11th Cir. Holds Bank’s Failure to Stop Theft of Deposit Funds Could Constitute ‘Aiding and Abetting’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held that a noncustomer pleaded sufficient facts to bring state law negligence and fraud causes of action against a bank when a bank customer engaged in the fraud. In so ruling, the Court held that “[b]ecause banks do have a duty to safeguard trust funds

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Illinois App. Court Rejects Foreclosure Borrower’s Challenge to Service by Publication

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently held that a mortgagee’s affidavits detailing the due and diligent inquiry it undertook to attempt to personally serve a borrower were sufficient to allow service by publication in a mortgage foreclosure action. A copy of the opinion is available at:  Link to Opinion. The mortgagee filed a

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5th Cir. Rejects FLSA ‘Loan Officer Overtime’ Collective Action Based on Opt-Out State Court Class Settlement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that claims of an opt-out class in a previously-settled California state class action that released any existing federal Fair Labor Standards Act claims by mortgage loan officers against lenders that failed to pay them overtime were precluded by res judicata because the previous opt-out

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6th Cir. Rejects Debt Collector’s Efforts to Distinguish Campbell-Ewald Following Offer of Judgment Success in Trial Court

Applying Campbell-Ewald, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit revived a consumer plaintiff’s ability to proceed with a putative class action, holding that an unaccepted offer of settlement or judgment generally does not moot a case, even if the offer would fully satisfy the plaintiff’s demands for relief. A copy of the opinion

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Fla. Supreme Court Holds Each Default Triggers New SOL, Manner of Dismissal of Prior Foreclosure Not Material to SOL Analysis

The Supreme Court of Florida today issued its long-awaited ruling in Bartram v. U.S. Bank, involving when Florida’s five-year mortgage foreclosure statute of limitations is triggered. The Court held that: “[W]ith each subsequent default, the statute of limitations runs from the date of each new default providing the mortgagee the right, but not the obligation,

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7th Cir. Rules Borrowers Alleged Enough for Standing, But RESPA Claim Failed at Summary Judgment Due to Lack of Damages

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a mortgage loan servicer violated the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, 12 U.S.C. § 2601, et seq., by failing to properly respond to the borrowers’ request for information, but because the borrowers failed to provide evidence of damages stemming from the violation, the

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