Author Archive for Mickey J. Lee

9th Cir. Rules Mortgage Underwriters Not Exempt Under FLSA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that mortgage underwriters were not exempt under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and were therefore entitled to overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of 40 per week. After analyzing the specific details of the underwriters’ responsibilities, the Ninth Circuit panel concluded

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Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Borrower Could Not Challenge Foreclosure Sale Notice as Unlawfully Discriminatory

The Illinois Court of Appeals, First District, recently determined that a borrower in a foreclosure matter did not have standing to challenge whether the mortgagee’s notice of sale was in violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA). Following the entry of a judgment of foreclosure, the plaintiff mortgagee published its notice of sale, in

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NJ Fed. Court Dismisses Technical FACTA Violation Putative Class Action Citing Spokeo

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey recently concluded that a putative class representative did not have standing under Spokeo to sue for a technical violation of the federal Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA). The Court identified the issue as whether the consumer alleges a sufficiently “concrete” harm to confer

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7th Cir. Rules Depositing Named Plaintiff’s Full Monetary Relief With Trial Court Did Not Moot Putative Class Action

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently concluded that a putative class representative’s unaccepted deposit of payment with the trial court under Fed. R. Civ. P. 67 by the defendant does not moot the representative’s individual claim or disqualify him from serving as a class representative. The Seventh Circuit described the issue

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2nd Cir. Holds Consumer Cannot Unilaterally Revoke TCPA Consent Provided in Binding Contract

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently concluded that a consumer’s consent to receive manual or automated telephone calls is irrevocable under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when the consent was included in a binding contract. The Second Circuit described the issue as one not previously addressed by the Federal Communications

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7th Cir. Rejects Narrow Reading of TCPA Consent

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently concluded that a consumer’s consent to receive promotional information from a retailer is sufficient consent under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive other mass marketing texts. The primary issue the Seventh Circuit addressed was the scope of the consent the consumer provided

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6th Cir. Holds Michigan Assignment of Rents Removes Rental Income from Bankruptcy Estate

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently concluded that Michigan’s assignment of rents statute sufficiently deprived the assignor of the ownership of the rents such that the rents could not be included in the assignor’s bankruptcy estate. The primary issue before the Court was whether Michigan’s assignment of rents statute allowed the

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SCOTUS Holds Kentucky’s ‘Clear Statement Rule’ Violates Federal Arbitration Act

The Supreme Court of the United States recently concluded that Kentucky’s “clear-statement” rule violates the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) by singling out arbitration agreements and treating them differently from other contracts. The Kentucky Supreme Court had held that the arbitration agreements at issue were invalid because the individuals who entered into the agreements did so

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SCOTUS Holds Cities Have Standing Under FHA for ‘Subprime Nuisance’ Claims

The Supreme Court of the United States recently held that a city qualifies as an “aggrieved person” under the federal Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. § 3601 et seq., and thus that the plaintiff city in this action had standing to assert claims under the FHA against banks the city believed were engaging in unlawful

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9th Cir. Holds Consolidated ‘Bellweather Trial’ of Multiple Actions Did Not Meet CAFA’s ‘Mass Action’ Requirements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed that consolidating multiple actions for pre-trial purposes and a bellweather-trial process is insufficient to justify the removal of those actions to federal court under the “mass action” provision of the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). In doing so, the Ninth Circuit rejected several arguments

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CD Calif. Cites Lack of Clear Regulatory Guidance in Dismissing ADA Claims Relating to Website Accommodations for Visually-Impaired

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently dismissed a claim brought under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) brought by a visually-impaired plaintiff who alleged that the defendant pizza company’s website did not permit users to complete their purchases using a screen-reading software program.  The plaintiff also alleged that the

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Indiana Supreme Court Rejects Borrowers’ Argument Bankruptcy Discharge Wiped Out Mortgage Loan, Lien

The Supreme Court of Indiana recently confirmed a mortgagee’s ability to seek an in rem judgment against property for which there was an outstanding lien balance after the borrowers obtained a discharge of their Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In so ruling, the Court distinguished the difference between an in rem and in personam judgment, and rejected

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