Author Archive for Stuart Miles

Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Holds City May Not Obtain Money Judgment for Demolition Expenses Merely by Filing Motion

In a case of first impression, the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District recently held that the Illinois Unsafe Buildings Act does not authorize a municipality to seek a money judgment for demolition expenses against the owner of a property by simply filing a motion in the same demolition action. In so ruling, the

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5th Cir. Holds Compliance With Calif. Probate Code Makes Bank Immune from Wrongful Disbursement Claim

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that, although a bank had actual notice of an heir’s claim to her decedent father’s account funds, the bank’s compliance with the post-death affidavit provisions of California Probate § 13106(a) rendered the bank immune from liability for wrongful disbursement of the funds. In any

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Illinois App. Court Rejects Borrower’s Constitutional Challenge to Illinois Statutory Form Foreclosure Complaint

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently held that the form foreclosure complaint provided by the Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law (IMFL) complies with procedural due process guarantees of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution, and does not violate the Illinois Constitution’s separation of powers doctrine by usurping the Illinois judiciary’s

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6th Cir. Rejects Borrowers’ Attempt to Invalidate Deed of Trust Based on Faulty Acknowledgement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that two borrowers lacked standing to challenge the validity of a deed of trust in a lien priority dispute interpleader action filed by the foreclosure trustee, as the borrowers did not dispute that they executed the deed of trust, the lien placed on the

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5th Cir. Rejects Borrower’s Challenge to Lender’s Auto-Pay Services Under Texas DTPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a borrower’s claims against her lender arising out of a foreclosure, holding among other things that alleged discrepancies as to the lender’s automatic payment withdrawal services did not state a claim under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA). In so

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7th Cir. Holds Customer Did Not Agree to Online Contract, Adopts ‘Reasonable Communicativeness’ Test

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that, under Illinois law, a website must provide a user reasonable notice that use of the website and a click on a button constitutes assent to the terms of an agreement, in order for the agreement to be binding. In so ruling, the Seventh

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7th Cir. Confirms Borrower Lacks Standing to Raise Alleged Violations of Pooling and Servicing Agreement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a mortgagor is not a third-party beneficiary under a pooling and servicing agreement under New York law, and therefore lacks standing to challenge purported violations of assignments under the agreement. A copy of the opinion in In re Jepson is available at:  Link to

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5th Cir. Holds No Waiver by Accepting Payments After Default but Before Acceleration

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that a mortgagee did not waive or abandon its right to foreclose by accepting payments after a default by the borrower, but before acceleration, when no representations were made to the borrower that payments less than the full obligation would bring the loan current.

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2nd Cir. Holds Providing Only ‘Current Balance’ on Increasing Debt Violates FDCPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently vacated the dismissal of federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) allegations that a debt collector’s notice stating the “current balance” of the debt without disclosing that the balance may increase over time due to interest and fees was “misleading” within the meaning of Section

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WD North Carolina Grants Stay of TCPA Lawsuit Pending DC Circuit Challenge to FCC Order

The U.S. District Court of the Western District of North Carolina recently stayed proceedings in a suit pending the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s ruling on challenges to the Federal Communication Commission’s Declaratory Ruling and Order, 30 FCC Rcd. 7961 (2015) (the “FCC Order”) under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act

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Ohio Supreme Court Rules Defectively Executed Mortgage Still Provides Constructive Notice

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently held that a mortgage defectively executed but properly recorded still provides constructive notice of its contents. A copy of the opinion in In re Messer is available at:  Link to Opinion. The borrowers executed a promissory note and a mortgage.  The notary acknowledgment on the mortgage was left blank.  The

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9th Cir. Upholds Dismissal of False Claims Act Allegations Involving Loans Sold to GSEs

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§3729-3733, lawsuit brought by private citizen plaintiffs against various mortgage lenders and servicers for supposedly making false certifications regarding loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In so ruling, the Court held

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