Author Archive for Thomas Dominczyk

FDCPA Claim Fails for Lack of Standing Under Spokeo Holds NJ Federal Court

A New Jersey federal District Court recently granted a debt collector’s motion for summary judgment in a claim arising from service fees where the collection account at issue did not belong to the debtor. A copy of the opinion in Benali v. AFNI is available at:  Link to Opinion. The plaintiff received a dunning letter

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Mass. SJC Holds Recorded Attorney’s Affidavit May Cure Defect in Certificate of Acknowledgment for Mortgage

In response to a request from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts recently held that a recorded attorney’s affidavit attesting to the proper acknowledgment of a recorded mortgage with a Certificate of Acknowledgment that omits the mortgagors’ names, in certain circumstances, may cure the defect in

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ED NY Denies Class Cert on ‘Ascertainability’ Grounds, Holds ‘Probing’ Questions in Dispute Call Did Not Violate FDCPA

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently granted summary judgment in favor of a debt collector, holding that the debt collector did not violate the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), 15 U.S.C. § 1692, et seq., by reporting a debt as “deleted” rather than “disputed,” and by asking probing questions

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1st Cir. Rejects Borrower’s Attempt to Permanently Enjoin Foreclosure Due to Cancellation of Prior Foreclosure Proceedings

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently held that the cancellation of a foreclosure sale prohibits a borrower from obtaining a permanent injunction to bar a foreclosure, as they would not suffer irreparable harm. A copy of the opinion in Frangos v. Bank of America, N.A. is available at:  Link to Opinion.

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MD Pa. Holds Notice Explaining Tax Consequences of Debt Cancellation Could Be Misleading

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently denied a debt collector’s motion to dismiss, holding that a collection notice describing the potential tax consequences of settlements involving cancellation of indebtedness of $600 or more may be misleading or deceptive to the least sophisticated consumer. A copy of the opinion in Balon v.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds Any Entity May Be Liable for Charging Excessive Attorney’s Fees

In an appeal that garnered significant attention from consumer groups who filed briefs as amici curiae, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently held that any entity that charges excessive attorney’s fees in connection with a foreclosure may be liable for treble damages, fines, and attorney’s fees under the Pennsylvania Loan Interest Protection Law. A copy

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ED NY Holds Debtor May Not Force Mortgagee to Take Title in Collateral

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently held that a confirmable Chapter 13 plan cannot both “vest” title to real property and “surrender” that property to a secured lender, and that the secured lender may refuse to accept the vesting in satisfaction of its claim. Thus, the Court held that

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New York App. Court Reverses Dismissal of Foreclosure Action Involving Electronic Note

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York recently reversed the dismissal of a foreclosure action involving an electronic note, holding that the mortgagee’s evidence of the eNote transaction history and the eNote itself were sufficient to establish the mortgagee’s standing to foreclose. A copy of the opinion in New York Community Bank v.

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NY High Court Holds Consolidated Mortgage/CEMA Retains Priority of First Mortgage

The New York State Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, recently held that a consolidated mortgage — often called a “Consolidation, Extension, & Modification Agreement” or “CEMA” — qualifies as the first mortgage of record under New York Real Property Law where there is no intervening lien. A copy of the opinion

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3rd Cir. Rejects Attempt to Distinguish Campbell-Ewald, Holds Rule 68 Offer of Judgment Did Not Moot Claims

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently upheld a trial court’s ruling that an unaccepted offer of judgment under Fed. R. Civ. Pro. Rule 68, made before a plaintiff files a motion for class certification, does not make the case moot. The copy of the opinion in Weitzner v. Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. is

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WD NY Holds TCPA Claim Does Not Survive Death of Plaintiff, TCPA Damages ‘Wholly Disproportionate to Harm Suffered’

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York recently held that claims under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227, et seq., are penal in nature and therefore do not survive the death of a plaintiff. In so ruling, the Court held that the TCPA’s provision of damages

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4th Cir. Confirms Sale Orders in Prior Bankruptcy Precluded Debtor’s Later Claims

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a borrower’s lawsuit against a bank, holding that the district court correctly found that sale orders entered in a prior bankruptcy case were res judicata and precluded the borrower’s new claims. A copy of the opinion in Providence Hall Associates v. Wells

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