Author Archive for Hector E. Lora

8th Cir. BAP Holds Lien on Real Property Held in Tenancy by the Entireties Was Avoidable

The U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed a bankruptcy court’s holding that a creditor held an unenforceable lien against a debtor’s real property because the property was owned by the entireties and the lien was thus avoidable under Bankruptcy Code § 522(f)(1). A copy of the opinion in CRP Holdings v.

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9th Cir. Holds Nevada Deficiency Limitation Preempted as to Transferees of FDIC

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed final judgments against corporate borrowers and guarantors in three separate cases, holding that: (a)  the Nevada statute limiting the amount of the deficiency recoverable in a foreclosure action was preempted by federal law as applied to transferees of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC);

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11th Cir. Reverses Limited Atty Fee Award Where Plaintiff Had No Actual Damages But Proved Statutory Violation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s award of $2,500 in statutory damages to a plaintiff whose private information was improperly viewed by a sheriff’s deputy who had a romantic relationship with the plaintiff’s ex-husband in violation of the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), holding that the

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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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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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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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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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Fla. App. Court (1st DCA) Holds Third-Refiled Foreclosure Action Not Barred by Res Judicata or SOL

The District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, First District, recently affirmed the trial court’s entry of a final judgment of foreclosure, holding that because the complaint included at least some installment payments within five years of the filing of the complaint, the action was not barred by res judicata or the statute

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Fla. App. Court (2nd DCA) Holds Trial Court Erred in Applying Texas Law to Foreclosure Deficiency Claim

The District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Second District, recently held that where loan documents provided that Florida law applied to foreclosure claims, the trial court erred in applying Texas law because the deficiency claim in the case was part of the Florida foreclosure process. A copy of the opinion in Bonita

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Fla. App. Court (4th DCA) Upholds Judgment for Borrower in Foreclosure Where Mortgagee Did Not File Allonge

The District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District, recently affirmed a final judgment in favor of a borrower because the foreclosing mortgagee failed to file the original allonge to the note, holding that as a result the mortgagee lacked standing to foreclose. A copy of the opinion in U.S. Bank National

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SD Fla. Holds Website That ‘Operates as Gateway to Physical Locations’ Is Subject to ADA

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently held, after a non-jury trial, that a regional supermarket chain violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because its website was inaccessible to the visually impaired. A copy of the Verdict and Order in Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. is available at:  Link to

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