Archive for August 2017

1st Cir. Rejects Borrowers’ Attempt to Void Loan Using Massachusetts’s ‘Obsolete Mortgage’ Statute

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit by borrowers seeking to enjoin a mortgage foreclosure sale, holding that (a) the original lender’s nominee, MERS, could validly assign the mortgage without holding beneficial title to the underlying property and that borrowers do not have standing to challenge

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9th Cir. Holds Defendant Not Vicariously Liable Under TCPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that a defendant could not be held vicariously liable under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) because the phone calls at issue were made by a company whose telemarketers were independent contractors, and thus were not acting as the defendant’s agents under the

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4th Cir. Holds Defendant Must Present Sufficient Evidence to ‘Determine – Not Speculate’ as to CAFA’s Requirements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently held that a defendant invoking jurisdiction under the federal Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), 28 U.S.C. § 1332(d), must provide sufficient evidence to allow the court to determine – not speculate – that it was more likely than not that there were at least 100

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Fla. App. Court (5th DCA) Reverses Foreclosure Judgment That Excluded Interest, Escrow

The District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fifth District, recently reversed final judgment of foreclosure entered in favor of a mortgagee that omitted interest and escrow amounts due, and remanded to the trial court to modify judgment to include these amounts. In so ruling, the 5th DCA determined that the mortgagee met

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DC Cir. Confirms Mediation Not Required Prior to Judicial Foreclosure

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a borrower’s counterclaims and the entry of summary judgment in the mortgagee’s favor, holding that the borrower failed to state claims (a) for declaratory and injunctive relief for allegedly failing to properly foreclose a deed of trust; (b) for

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11th Cir. Confirms Servicer May Designate Address for QWRs

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed a summary judgment ruling in favor of a mortgage servicer, holding that the servicer had no duty to respond to a Qualified Written Request (“QWR”) under the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) because the borrower failed to send the QWR to the

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ED NY Holds ‘Door Knocker’ Notice Did Not Violate FDCPA, But ‘Hello Letter’ May Have

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently granted in part and denied in part a mortgage servicer’s motion to dismiss a borrower’s claim that the servicing transfer notice supposedly violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because it allegedly did not disclose that the debt was increasing due

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6th Cir. Holds Debtors Could Compel Abandonment of Home If Little Equity Available

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed a bankruptcy court’s order granting the debtors’ motion to compel the trustee to abandon their home as property of the estate because it had little equity and thus little value for unsecured creditors. A copy of the opinion in Richard Jahn v. Philip Craig

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11th Cir. Holds TCPA Allows Partial Revocation of Consent

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held the Telephone Consumer Protection Act permits a consumer to partially revoke her consent to be called by means of an automatic telephone dialing system (“ATDS”), and thereby only receive calls at certain times of the day or on certain days. Accordingly, the Eleventh Circuit

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Illinois App. Court (3rd Dist) Holds Third Refiled Foreclosure Not Barred

The Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District, recently rejected a mortgagor’s argument that the Illinois single refiling rule barred a third attempt at foreclosure where the intervening foreclosure complaint was premised upon an alleged default under a loan modification agreement. A copy of the opinion in Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Norris is available at:

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5th Cir. Holds Mortgage Fraud Debts Not Dischargeable

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that debts arising from a scheme to deprive mortgagees of surplus foreclosure sale proceeds were non-dischargeable, affirming the bankruptcy court’s judgment against the debtor in consolidated adversary proceedings filed by various lenders that held first mortgage liens. A copy of the opinion in Cowin

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6th Cir. Upholds Denial of Class Certification in TCPA ‘Junk Fax’ Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that a class could not be certified because the defendant’s alleged liability under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for sending a “junk fax” without an opt-out notice required determination of two individualized issues, which rendered class certification impracticable. In so ruling, the

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