Author Archive for Christopher P. Hahn

Fla. Supreme Court Bars Vexatious Borrower from Future Pro Se Filings

The Supreme Court of Florida recently denied a pro se borrower’s petition to invoke the jurisdiction of the Court, and imposed sanctions against him for filing numerous meritless and inappropriate petitions for relief pertaining to trial court foreclosure proceedings to which he is a defendant. In so doing, the Supreme Court barred the borrower from

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SD Fla. Rejects Borrower’s Effort to Exclude Evidence of Reasonableness of Lender-Placed Insurance Premiums

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently denied a borrower’s motion to exclude testimony of an insurer’s expert regarding the reasonableness of lender-placed insurance premiums levied upon the borrower’s mortgage loan. In so doing, the Court rejected the borrower’s argument that the expert testimony failed to address claims that the insurer

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SD Fla. Holds Servicer’s Calling System Was Not ‘ATDS’ Under TCPA

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently held that a dialing system — which required calls to be manually dialed, could not place calls without human input, and could not dial predictively, or store or produce telephone numbers independently, which in this case was the Avaya X1 Platform — was not

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Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Subsequent Foreclosure-Related Action Barred by Illinois ‘Single Refiling’ Rule

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently dismissed a mortgagee’s “breach of mortgage contract” action as an impermissible second refiling following prior voluntary dismissals of a 2011 foreclosure complaint and 2013 action for breach of the promissory note based upon the same note and mortgage. In so ruling, the Appellate Court concluded that, despite

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7th Cir. Upholds Class Settlement Despite Atty Fee Award in Excess of Award to Class

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held, over extensive objections by intervenors, that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in approving a class action settlement, despite alleged problems with the class notice and the fact that the attorneys’ fees award exceeded the total award to the class. In so

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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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Fla. App. Court (5th DCA) Holds Default Date Outside SOL in Complaint Avoided by Evidence That Defaults Continued

The District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District, recently held that a foreclosure complaint was not time-barred despite the initial default occurring outside Florida’s five-year statute of limitations, because the mortgagee both alleged and proved that the borrowers defaulted on every payment due from the date of the initial default. In so ruling, the

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SD Fla. Bankruptcy Court Refuses to Approve Bankruptcy Plan That Relied on Medical Marijuana Lease Proceeds

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida recently held that a bankruptcy debtor’s Chapter 11 proceeding should not be dismissed as filed in bad faith to delay or avoid foreclosure, but could not confirm the debtor’s proposed plan to lease its commercial property asset to a business that generates income from medical

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Fla. Court (19th Jud Cir) Holds Periodic Statements Sent to Borrower Following Dismissal of Foreclosure Not Actionable Under FCCPA

The County Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for St. Lucie County, Florida recently dismissed a borrower’s amended complaint against a mortgage servicer alleging violations of the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA) for sending mortgage statements to the borrower following involuntary dismissal, without prejudice, of a foreclosure action. In dismissing the action

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Fla. Court (11th Jud Cir) Holds Borrower’s Heir Could Raise Statute of Limitations Defense in Foreclosure

The Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida recently dismissed a second foreclosure complaint, filed more than five years after the initial complaint and alleging the same incident of default, as barred by the statute of limitations. In so ruling, the Court also held that the borrower’s daughter and

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7th Cir. Rejects Borrower’s Claims Against Mortgagee, Other Parties Under Rooker-Feldman

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a borrower’s lawsuit against his mortgagee, its former employees, counsel and appellate counsel, and the original mortgagee’s software platform creator, under various federal and state consumer protection statutes and common law torts. In so ruling, and despite the borrower’s assertion that

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Indiana Supreme Court Holds Out-of-State Consumer Attorneys Not Exempt from Indiana Consumer Protection Statutes

In an action brought by the Indiana Attorney General against a Florida-based foreclosure defense law firm and its owner-officer, the Supreme Court of Indiana recently held that none of the defendants were expressly or impliedly exempt from liability under four Indiana state consumer protection statutes. A copy of the opinion in Consumer Attorney Services, PA

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