The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, recently held that (1) a notice of default sent before a foreclosure did not accelerate the mortgage debt for statute of limitation purposes; and (2) in most circumstances, a lender decelerates mortgage debt when it voluntarily dismisses a foreclosure complaint.
The Florida Supreme Court recently resolved a split in Florida law on the issue of attorney’s fees in favor of consumers, holding that debtors who prevail when a creditor sues under an account stated cause of action instead of for breach of the underlying credit card agreement are entitled to recover attorney’s fees under the so-called “reciprocity provision” of subsection 57.105(7), Florida Statutes.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a consumer’s claims under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) for failing to sufficiently allege a concrete injury to confer standing under Article III.
The Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, recently affirmed a trial court order dismissing a borrower's attempt to vacate a default foreclosure judgment as untimely because the borrower's first attempt to undo the foreclosure, which was withdrawn without prejudice, did not toll the time to file the petition within 60 days from the borrower's first appearance in the case.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently vacated a trial court order denying certification of a class of similarly situated owners of allegedly defective refrigerators for claims against its manufacturer.
In a per curiam ruling, the Supreme Court of Texas recently held that the holder of a deed of trust was entitled to foreclose through equitable subrogation, even after it had failed to timely foreclose on its deed of trust.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently vacated a trial court’s judgment of dismissal and remanded with instructions to hold an evidentiary hearing limited to the issue of whether the trial court had subject-matter jurisdiction over a plaintiff’s claim that a dunning letter violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act because it did not clearly state that interest would accrue on the debt.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a debt collection letter that references a legal remedy that could be pursued but is ultimately not pursued is not itself a sufficient basis to confer Article III standing.
In 2006 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe designated each Jan. 28 as Data Protection Day, known outside of Europe as Data Privacy Day. It marks the day in 1981 that Convention 108 of the Council of Europe became open for signature.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau increased the maximum civil penalty it can impose within its jurisdiction after Jan. 15, 2021. The increases are required by federal law, which requires agencies to adjust for inflation each civil monetary penalty within an agency’s jurisdiction by Jan. 15.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently vacated judgment in favor of a debt collector against putative class action claims raised by a consumer that its collection letter violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by threatening action that could not legally be taken and amounting to a false representation.
On Jan. 19, a federal court in Pennsylvania dismissed a complaint against a debt buyer which alleged violations of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act stemming from an alleged failure to be licensed under the Pennsylvania Consumer Discount Company Act.