Author Archive for Jeffrey Karek

8th Cir. Rules No RESPA Penalty Without Actual Damages or Similar Acts With Other Borrowers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that, under the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, because the borrower did not prove actual damages he also could not prove he was entitled to ‘additional’ statutory damages, and therefore failed to prove an essential element of his RESPA claim. In so ruling, the

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8th Cir. Rejects ‘Envelope Theory’ in TILA Rescission Action

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that the plaintiff borrowers did not offer sufficient evidence to defeat the rebuttable presumption created by the signed acknowledgement that they received the required number of copies of the federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA) notice of right to cancel disclosures. In so ruling, the

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6th Cir. Rules ‘No Standing’ for FDCPA Plaintiff

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that a plaintiff asserting only a bare violation of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) failed to identify a cognizable injury traceable to the defendant’s alleged conduct, and therefore failed to demonstrate Article III standing. In so ruling, the Sixth Circuit reversed the

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3rd Cir. Holds Settlement Offer as to Time-Barred Debt May Violate FDCPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a collection letter sent to collect a time-barred debt that makes a “settlement offer” to accept payment “in settlement of” the debt could potentially violate the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act’s (FDCPA) general prohibition against “any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means

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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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