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8th Cir. Declines to Apply Rooker-Feldman to Preclude FDCPA Action Based on State Court Lawsuit

In a federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) lawsuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently held that the Rooker-Feldman doctrine does not apply where the complained of conduct was not the underlying judgment but rather events that occurred during the state court litigation. A copy of the opinion in Hageman v.

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6th Cir. Rejects Debtor’s Chapter 11 BK Plan as Not Proposed in Good Faith

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that a bankruptcy court clearly erred in its finding that a debtor proposed a Chapter 11 plan in good faith, when the secured mortgagee would be paid only in part and very slowly after 10 years with no obligation by the debtor to maintain

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Florida Bankruptcy Court Denies Mortgagee’s Motion to Reopen Chapter 7 Case

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida recently denied a mortgagee’s motion to reopen a Chapter 7 case to compel the surrender of real property, due to a five-year delay in filing the motion. In so ruling, the court agreed with an earlier ruling from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle

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NJ Fed. Court Reverses Bankr. Court Ruling that Foreclosure Was Barred by NJ Six-Year Statute of Limitations

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey recently held that New Jersey’s 20-year statute of limitations for residential foreclosures applied to a re-filed foreclosure action, reversing a bankruptcy court’s ruling that the shorter six-year statute of limitations period applied. A copy of the opinion is available at:  Link to Opinion. The borrower

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NY Court of Appeals Holds Mortgage Loan Repurchase Action Time-Barred

The Court of Appeals of New York recently held that a mortgage loan repurchase action for breach of representations and warranties accrued when the representations and warranties were made, and the obligation to cure and repurchase was not a separate and continuing promise of future performance. A copy of the opinion is available at:  Link

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NY High Court: Only Possession of Note is Required to Have Standing to Foreclose

The New York Court of Appeals recently confirmed that, under New York state law, a loan servicer had standing to foreclose on delinquent borrowers based only upon the servicer’s demonstrated possession of the note evidencing the borrowers’ loan since the time the foreclosure action was filed. The Court also held that, although the loan servicer’s

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No FDCPA Violations in Simon After Remand

Two years ago, in Simon v. FIA Card Services, N.A., the Third Circuit held that alleged violations of the FDCPA resulting from conduct in a bankruptcy case were not precluded by the Bankruptcy Code. At issue was whether the defendants engaged in false, misleading or deceptive conduct in connection with their service of a subpoena

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Seventh Circuit Denies Petition in Proof of Claim Case

Like the 80 inches of snow that pummeled Buffalo this week, the crusade against time-barred debt continues to hammer the collection industry.  Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit denied a petition for leave to file an interlocutory appeal in the matter of Patrick v. PYOD, LLC. Earlier this summer, a

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Consumer Baits Collector to Violate FDCPA, Files Suit

If I did not read this opinion I never would have believed it. In one of the greatest examples of baiting a collector into a violation of the FDCPA, a plaintiff in Missouri decided he was not going to wait for a collector to call him and instead called the collector himself to induce a 1692c(a)(2)

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Eleventh Circuit Clarifies Prior Express Consent Under TCPA, Reverses Mais

With its decision in Crawford v. LVNV Funding, LLC still leaving a bad taste in the collection industry’s mouth, the Eleventh Circuit has provided some solace to the financial services industry with its decision in Mais v. Gulf Coast Collection Bureau, Inc., No. 13-14008 (11th Cir. Sept. 29, 2014).  The key holding was the reversal of the district

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NJ Court Holds No FDCPA Violation for Filing Suit on Time-Barred Debt

Filing a lawsuit to collect a time-barred debt does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act according to a June 30 decision from a New Jersey state trial court. The decision, Midland Funding v. Thiel, involved a collection action to recover the unpaid balance of a Home Depot credit card. The law firm representing the

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11th Circuit Holds Filing a Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt Violates FDCPA

Addressing what it termed “a deluge [that] has swept through U.S. bankruptcy courts of late” the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Crawford v. LVNV Funding, LLC  held that filing a proof of claim on time barred debt is conduct that violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). Background The last payment on the

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