Author Archive for Jeffrey Karek

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Foreclosure Deadline to Challenge Service Tolled While Action Dismissed

Reversing the rulings of both the appellate and the trial courts, the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois recently held that the deadline to file a motion to quash service under the Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law (IMFL) did not run while the foreclosure action was dismissed for want of prosecution. A copy of the

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10th Cir. Affirms Dismissal of Fair Credit Billing Act Claims Due to Paid Off Balance

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently held that a consumer had no claim under the federal Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA) where he had already fully paid the balance of his credit cards, because after full payment there was no “credit outstanding.” A copy of the opinion in Hasan v. Chase

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7th Cir. Holds Debt Collector Violated FDCPA Despite Using Miller Safe Harbor Language

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that “debt collectors cannot immunize themselves from FDCPA liability by blindly copying and pasting the Miller safe harbor language” where that language is inaccurate under the circumstances. Accordingly, the Seventh Circuit reversed the trial court decision granting the debt collector’s motion to dismiss. A

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6th Cir. Holds Michigan’s 6-Year Statute of Limitations Applies to Penalty for Untimely Insurance Claims Payments

In a case involving a claim on a fire insurance policy relating to damaged real estate, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that the insurance policy’s two-year limitations provision did not apply to a claim brought under section 500.2006(4) of Michigan Complied Laws because it was not a claim “under

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7th Cir. Holds TILA Claim for Failing to Rescind After Notice Was Time Barred by 1-Year SOL

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that, following the confirmation of a foreclosure sale in Illinois, the only remedy available to a borrower under 15 U.S.C. § 1635 was damages, and therefore the one-year limitation period under 15 U.S.C. § 1640(e) applied and his claims were barred despite the fact

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Illinois App. Court (2nd Dist) Holds Mortgage Not Void Due to Lack of Licensure by Originating Lender

The Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, recently held that even though the Illinois Residential Mortgage License Act (“IRMLA”) was applicable to a lender that only made one loan in Illinois, an amendment to the IRMLA provided an exception to the law of the case doctrine and under the amendment the mortgage was not void

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1st Cir. Holds Mass. Predatory Home Loan Practices Act Claim Barred by 5-Year SOL

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently held that a borrower’s claim under the Massachusetts Predatory Home Loan Practices Act (MPHLPA) was barred by the applicable five-year statute of limitations where the loan was extended more than five years before the complaint was filed and the borrower did not allege facts to

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5th Cir. Holds Non-Compliance With Texas Foreclosure Rule Did Not Void Foreclosure

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that the trial court had jurisdiction to hear a case based on a final foreclosure order entered in Texas state court, and that the borrowers’ due process rights were not violated where the state court entered a foreclosure order without first having a hearing, in

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Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Challenges to Foreclosure Failed for Lack of Diligence

The Illinois Appellate Court for the First District recently held that the trial court correctly affirmed a judicial sale and denied a motion to reconsider where an intervenor and alleged owner of the property claimed the mortgage was wiped out by the death of the sole mortgagor, who was only a joint tenant in the

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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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3rd Cir. Holds Single Unsolicited Automated Call Enough to Confer Standing

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that a consumer satisfied the concreteness requirement for constitutional standing and asserted a valid cause of action under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), where she alleged she received one unsolicited prerecorded phone call to her cell phone. Accordingly, the Third Circuit reversed

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4th Cir. Holds SCRA Does Not Apply to Mortgage Loan Incurred During Service, Even If Borrower Re-Enlists

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently held that the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) does not apply to a mortgage loan obligation incurred while a borrower is a member of the military, even where he subsequently leaves and then later re-enlists in the military prior to a foreclosure sale. A

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