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Calif. App. Court Denies Motion to Compel Arbitration Because Affidavit Did Not Include Referenced Records

The California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, recently affirmed a trial court’s denial of a debt buyer’s motion to compel arbitration, holding that an affidavit from the original creditor’s employee, used by the debt buyer to prove that an arbitration agreement had been mailed to the borrower, lacked foundation, and violated the secondary evidence rule.

Illinois App. Court Affirms $11 Million FINRA Award, Holds ‘Public Policy’ Exception of Arbitration Act is Limited to Awards Arising From a CBA

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently affirmed an $11 million arbitration award entered by a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority panel in favor of a financial advisor and against his former employer. In doing so, the Court held that the “public policy” exception of the Illinois Uniform Arbitration Act is limited to arbitration awards arising from a collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

5th Cir. Rejects Borrower’s Bankruptcy Claim Objection as Barred by Res Judicata

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently rejected a borrower’s objections to a bankruptcy court’s jurisdiction and held that the doctrine of res judicata barred the borrower’s claim objection as it was ultimately based on the alleged impropriety of the creditor’s claim from a prior bankruptcy.

Illinois App. Court (2nd Dist) Holds Successive Foreclosures Not Necessarily Barred by Dismissal of Prior Actions

The Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, recently reversed a trial court’s grant of a borrower’s motion to dismiss a mortgagee’s foreclosure complaint and the trial court’s denial of the mortgagee’s motion to reconsider. 

Illinois App. Court (2nd Dist) Rejects ‘Dual Tracking,’ Standing, Notice, Other Challenges to Foreclosure

The Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, recently affirmed a trial court's ruling denying a borrower’s motion to vacate the default judgment of foreclosure against him and confirming the judicial sale of the borrower’s property.

Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Holds HUD ‘Face-to-Face’ Compliance May Not Have Been Excused by Letter from Borrower’s Counsel

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently vacated a judgment of foreclosure entered against a homeowner borrower, concluding that the mortgagee failed to conduct a face-to-face meeting with her prior to initiating foreclosure proceedings, as required for mortgage loans insured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Rejects Borrowers’ Allegations of ‘Wrongful Foreclosure,’ UDAP Violations, Other Claims

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently affirmed a trial court’s dismissal with prejudice of a complaint from two borrowers alleging claims for among other things “wrongful foreclosure,” wrongful eviction, fraud, consumer fraud, false imprisonment, and a due process violation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.