Author Archive for Richard Payne

2nd Cir. Attempts to Clarify Spokeo as to Alleged Violations of Statutorily Required Procedures

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently rejected an interpretation of Spokeo that would preclude all violations of statutorily mandated procedures from qualifying as concrete injuries supporting standing. In so ruling, the Court held that some violations of statutorily mandated procedures might entail the concrete injury necessary for standing where Congress conferred

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7th Cir. Holds Judgment Against Bankruptcy Debtor’s Husband Did Not Violate Co-Debtor Stay

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a bank’s lawsuit against the husband of a debtor who had filed for bankruptcy did not violate the co-debtor stay because the husband’s credit card debts were not a consumer debt for which the debtor was personally liable. A copy of the opinion

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7th Cir. Rejects Defrauded Bank’s Effort to Recover Counterfeit Check Proceeds from Payee’s Bank, Payee, Federal Reserve

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a bank that honored a counterfeit check was not entitled to reimbursement from the party who deposited the check, nor from the depositing party’s bank or the Federal Reserve. A copy of the opinion is available at:  Link to Opinion. In 2013, an

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Calif. App. Court Holds Consumer Properly Rejected Pre-Suit Offer With General Release, Confidentiality Clauses

The California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, recently held that a successful consumer plaintiff was entitled to $185,000 in attorney’s fees and costs, even though she rejected a settlement offer containing an appropriate remedy before she filed suit. In so ruling, the Court held that rejecting the pre-litigation settlement offer was not unreasonable, as

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7th Cir. Rules Borrowers Alleged Enough for Standing, But RESPA Claim Failed at Summary Judgment Due to Lack of Damages

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a mortgage loan servicer violated the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, 12 U.S.C. § 2601, et seq., by failing to properly respond to the borrowers’ request for information, but because the borrowers failed to provide evidence of damages stemming from the violation, the

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9th Cir. Holds Foreclosure Trustee Not FDCPA ‘Debt Collector’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that the trustee of a California deed of trust securing a real estate loan was not a “debt collector” under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, because the trustee was not attempting to collect money from the borrower. In so ruling, the Court

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4th Cir. Holds Foreclosure is FDCPA ‘Debt Collection,’ Mere Servicer Need Not Provide TILA Notice of Assignment of Loan

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently confirmed that a law firm and its employees, who pursued foreclosure on behalf of creditors, were acting as “debt collectors” under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) when they pursued foreclosure proceedings against a borrower. In so ruling, the Court also confirmed that

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CD Calif. Holds Non-Bank Not ‘True Lender’ on Allegedly Usurious Loans Extended in Name of Bank

The U.S. District Court of the Central District of California recently dismissed a borrower’s putative class action complaint against a non-bank that supposedly was the “true lender” for allegedly usurious student loans that were extended in the name of a bank.

11th Cir. Holds Bankruptcy ‘Surrender’ Requires Debtor to Give Up All Rights in Collateral

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held that the word “surrender” in the Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. § 521(a)(2), requires that debtors relinquish all of their rights to the collateral. In so ruling, the Court ordered the borrowers to “surrender” their house to the mortgagee in a foreclosure action, and held

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3rd Cir. Holds No TCPA Coverage Under Businessowners Insurance Policy

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that a businessowners insurance policy did not cover a class action judgment that arose out of unsolicited advertisement communications in violation of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act. A copy of the opinion in Auto-Owners Insurance Company v. Stevens & Ricci Inc. is available at:  Link

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Fla. App. Court (4th DCA) Holds Lis Pendens Expires at Judgment of Foreclosure

The District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District, recently held that real property liens arising after a final judgment of foreclosure are not discharged by Florida’s lis pendens statute. A copy of the opinion in Ober v. Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is available at:  Link to Opinion. A mortgagee recorded a lis pendens on real property as

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7th Cir. Rejects FDCPA Claims That Illinois Wage Garnishments Are Actions ‘Against Consumer’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a wage garnishment action under Illinois law is not a legal action “against a consumer” under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Accordingly, the Court held, an Illinois wage garnishment action need not be pursued only in the judicial district in

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