Author Archive for Patrick Kane

Calif. App. Court Rejects Borrower’s HBOR ‘Dual Tracking,’ SPOC Allegations

The Court of Appeals of California, Second Appellate District, recently held that a borrower failed to state a cause of action for alleged violations of the “dual tracking” and “single point of contact” provisions of California’s Homeowners Bill of Rights (HBOR), Calif. Civ. Code, §§ 2923.6, 2923.7, because: (1) the borrower did not allege acceptance

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9th Cir. Holds Company Willfully Violated FCRA by Including Liability Waiver in Disclosure Document

In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that a prospective employer violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act by including a liability waiver in the same document as the statutorily required disclosure notice for obtaining a job applicant’s consumer report. In so ruling, the Ninth

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1st Cir. Rejects Bankruptcy Trustee’s Effort to Avoid Mortgage Due to Allegedly Defective Acknowledgment

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently rejected a bankruptcy trustee’s effort to avoid a mortgage on the basis that the acknowledgment signed by the borrowers’ attorney-in-fact was defective under Massachusetts law, holding that the acknowledgment was not materially defective because as a matter of agency law the attorney-in-fact’s signature was the

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9th Cir. Holds Discovery Rule Applies in All Types of FDCPA Cases

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that the discovery rule applies equally regardless of the nature of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) violation alleged by a plaintiff. Therefore, according to the Ninth Circuit, the FDCPA statute of limitations begins to run in all cases when the plaintiff

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9th Cir. Affirms Denial of Class Certification in HAMP Loan Modification MDL

In a consolidated multi-district litigation putative class action involving allegations of improper handling of HAMP loan modifications by a large mortgage servicer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the district court’s order denying the putative class plaintiffs’ motion for class certification, holding that the district court correctly determined that individual

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Illinois Court Holds 9% Statutory Interest Rate Applies to Amounts Due in Foreclosure Judgments

The Illinois Appellate Court, First District, recently affirmed a trial court’s final order in a foreclosure, refusing to vacate summary judgment in favor of the mortgagee, even though the notice of the relevant motions was mailed directly to the borrowers and not their attorney of record, and was originally missing the time of the hearing

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CFPB to Issue Proposed Amendment Delaying TRID Effective Date to Oct. 1, 2015

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a brief press release yesterday, confirming reports that it would be issuing a proposed amendment to delay the effective date for the “Know Before You Owe” TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule until Oct. 1, 2015. A copy of the press release is available at:  Press Release. The press release simply

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Illinois AG Reaches $1 Million Settlement with Property Services Company Requiring 40 New Operating Standards

A prominent property services company recently reached a $1 million settlement with the Illinois Attorney General, resolving allegations that the property services company supposedly wrongfully “locked Illinois residents out of their homes before a foreclosure was finalized,” and requiring the company to submit to 40 new operating standards with monitoring as to compliance. A copy

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Illinois Court Rejects Borrower’s Attempt to Undo Foreclosure, Holds Borrower Waived Proper Service of Process

The Illinois Appellate Court, First District, recently affirmed the dismissal of a borrower’s petition seeking to vacate a default judgment and order approving sale entered in a mortgage foreclosure action, holding that the borrower waived proper service of the foreclosure complaint. A copy of the opinion is available at: Link to Opinion. The mortgagee sued to

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CFPB Announces Leniency for Good Faith Efforts to Comply as to TRID Implementation, But No Formal Grace Period

In response to a letter from numerous Senators, and in response to “considerable input” from other members of Congress and various trade groups, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today announced that it will employ leniency in relation to implementation of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule. The CFPB’s letter states that the CFPB “will be sensitive to the

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U.S. Supreme Court Holds Chapter 7 Debtor Cannot ‘Strip Off’ Wholly Unsecured Junior Mortgage

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that a debtor in a Chapter 7 case cannot “strip-off” or void a wholly unsecured junior mortgage under section 506(d) of the Bankruptcy Code. A copy of the opinion is available at: Link to Opinion. The debtors in the consolidated cases both had two mortgages on their homes. The petitioner

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Florida Court Confirms Rule Allowing ‘Incorporation’ of Prior Servicer’s Records

The Florida Second District Court of Appeal recently reversed a trial court’s dismissal of a mortgage foreclosure action because the plaintiff bank was the proper party to sue and proved that it had standing. In so ruling, the Second DCA applied its prior ruling allowing “incorporation” or “adoption” of a prior servicer’s records, which essentially

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