Author Archive for Coleman Braun

8th Cir. Affirms Dismissal of Data Breach Class Action, But Not for Lack of Standing

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action complaint alleging various causes of action relating to the cybertheft of personally identifiable information, based in part on the plaintiffs failure to adequately allege any damages caused by the data breach or how the defendant breached the

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8th Cir. Holds Deficiency Claim Time Barred Despite Intervening Bankruptcy

The U.S. Court of Appeal for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed a bankruptcy court’s rejection of a proof of claim filed by a creditor where the claim was based upon a debt which was time barred by the creditor’s failure to comply with the applicable state law deadline for pursuing a deficiency judgment following a

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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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6th Cir. Rejects Municipality’s ‘Public Nuisance’ Claims Against Mortgage Lender

The U.S. Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a municipality’s public nuisance claims against two different mortgage lenders for allegedly maintaining a policy of violating local and state building codes if the costs outweighed the value added to the eventual resale of foreclosed property. A copy of the opinion

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Illinois App. Court Holds Reverse Mortgage Borrower Had Mortgageable Interest Following Intestate Death of His Spouse

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently ruled that the mortgagee of a reverse mortgage loan held an interest in the secured property to the extent that the borrower inherited an interest in the property following the non-borrower’s spouse’s intestate death. Accordingly, the Court reversed the trial court’s dismissal of the reverse mortgagee’s foreclosure

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Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Rejects Borrowers’ Effort to Undo Foreclosure Deficiency Judgment

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently held that the provisions of the Illinois mortgage foreclosure statute barred the borrowers from filing a post-judgment petition to vacate the entry of a personal deficiency judgment in a foreclosure action, because the borrowers’ petition was not based upon the lack of personal jurisdiction and the borrowers’

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5th Cir. Holds No Statute of Limitations on Texas Home Equity Claims

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that no statute of limitations applies to a mortgage loan borrower’s claims of violations of the requirements for home equity loans contained in section 50(a)(6) of the Texas Constitution. In so ruling, the Court recognized and applied the Texas Supreme Court’s recent ruling in

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8th Cir. Confirms Doc Prep Fees Violate Missouri UPL Statute, Upholds Application to Out-of-State Class Members Due to Choice-of-Law Provision

In a “doc prep fee UPL” class action, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s rulings as to class certification and application of a choice-of-law provision on a class-wide basis. In so ruling, the Court also reversed and remanded the lower court’s determination that the attorney’s fees for

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7th Cir. Rejects Alleged RESPA ‘Pattern and Practice’ Due to No Evidence of ‘Coordination’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a mortgage servicer’s response to a borrower’s written request for information complied with requirements of the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and, to the extent any information was missing, the borrower suffered no actual damages as a result. In so ruling,

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Illinois Supreme Court Holds Mortgagee Trespass Not ‘Extreme and Outrageous’ as Matter of Law

The Supreme Court of the State of Illinois recently affirmed the dismissal of a borrower’s claims for intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress against her mortgagee, property inspection and preservation company and its local subcontractors, who entered the home after the borrower’s default to secure the property. In so ruling, the Court held that:

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Fla. App. Court Holds FCCPA’s Notice of Assignment Requirement Applies to Mortgagees, But Not Condition Precedent to Foreclosure

The District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District, recently reversed the dismissal of a foreclosure complaint, holding that the “notice of assignment of debt” requirement in the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA), at Fla. Stat. § 559.715, was not a condition precedent to filing the foreclosure action. However, the Court

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8th Cir. Holds Foreclosure Did Not Discharge Security Interest in Proceeds of Collateral

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently held that a secured party’s foreclosure did not discharge an otherwise valid security interest in the proceeds of the collateral, nor did it preclude the creditor from pursuing its rights to such proceeds. A copy of the opinion in Bayer CropScience, LLC v. Stearns Bank National

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