Archive for Mortgage Law

Fla. Supreme Court Bars Vexatious Borrower from Future Pro Se Filings

The Supreme Court of Florida recently denied a pro se borrower’s petition to invoke the jurisdiction of the Court, and imposed sanctions against him for filing numerous meritless and inappropriate petitions for relief pertaining to trial court foreclosure proceedings to which he is a defendant. In so doing, the Supreme Court barred the borrower from

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8th Cir. Rules No RESPA Penalty Without Actual Damages or Similar Acts With Other Borrowers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that, under the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, because the borrower did not prove actual damages he also could not prove he was entitled to ‘additional’ statutory damages, and therefore failed to prove an essential element of his RESPA claim. In so ruling, the

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4th Cir. Allows Chapter 13 Lien Stripping When No Proof of Claim Filed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently held that a completely unsecured lien may be stripped off in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceeding under 11 U.S.C. § 1322(b) even though a proof of claim has not been filed. A copy of the opinion in Edwin Burkhart v. Nancy Spencer Grigsby is available

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8th Cir. Rejects ‘Envelope Theory’ in TILA Rescission Action

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that the plaintiff borrowers did not offer sufficient evidence to defeat the rebuttable presumption created by the signed acknowledgement that they received the required number of copies of the federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA) notice of right to cancel disclosures. In so ruling, the

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9th Cir. Holds No NBA Preemption for State Law on Escrow Accounts, TILA Escrow Account Rules Not Retroactive

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that the National Bank Act (NBA) did not preempt California’s state escrow interest law, which requires financial institutions to pay at least 2 percent simple interest per annum on escrow account funds. In so ruling, the Court also held that the federal Truth in

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SD Fla. Rejects Borrower’s Effort to Exclude Evidence of Reasonableness of Lender-Placed Insurance Premiums

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently denied a borrower’s motion to exclude testimony of an insurer’s expert regarding the reasonableness of lender-placed insurance premiums levied upon the borrower’s mortgage loan. In so doing, the Court rejected the borrower’s argument that the expert testimony failed to address claims that the insurer

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6th Cir. Rules ‘No Standing’ for FDCPA Plaintiff

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that a plaintiff asserting only a bare violation of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) failed to identify a cognizable injury traceable to the defendant’s alleged conduct, and therefore failed to demonstrate Article III standing. In so ruling, the Sixth Circuit reversed the

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Mass. SJC Holds Statutory Power of Sale Allowed Despite Omission of ‘Statutory Power of Sale’ in Mortgage

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently held that the “statutory power of sale” as defined in M.G.L. ch. 181, § 21 was incorporated by reference in a lender’s form reverse mortgage instrument even though the lender used the term “power of sale” rather than the specific term “statutory power of sale.” Accordingly, the SJC ruled,

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6th Cir. BAP Holds Constructive Notice Did Not Bar Bankruptcy Trustee’s Challenge to Defectively Executed Mortgage

The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Sixth Circuit recently held that the constructive notice provisions of section 1301.401 of the Ohio Revised Code do not limit a bankruptcy trustee’s avoidance powers as a hypothetical judgment lien creditor under section 544(a)(1) of the federal Bankruptcy Code. A copy of the opinion in In re Oakes is

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SD Fla. Holds Servicer’s Calling System Was Not ‘ATDS’ Under TCPA

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently held that a dialing system — which required calls to be manually dialed, could not place calls without human input, and could not dial predictively, or store or produce telephone numbers independently, which in this case was the Avaya X1 Platform — was not

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Illinois Supreme Court Holds Foreclosure Deadline to Challenge Service Tolled While Action Dismissed

Reversing the rulings of both the appellate and the trial courts, the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois recently held that the deadline to file a motion to quash service under the Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law (IMFL) did not run while the foreclosure action was dismissed for want of prosecution. A copy of the

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Calif. App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Intent of Parties Determines Priority of Simultaneous Lien Recordings

The Court of Appeal of California, First District, recently concluded that if two deeds of trust are submitted at the same time for recording, the order in which they are indexed is not determinative of priority.  Instead, according to the Court, the intent of the parties will determine priority. In this case, one originating lender

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