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8th Cir. Holds State Court Judgment Did Not Preclude Bankruptcy Court from Enforcing Its Own Orders

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed a trial court judgment holding a bank and its principal in contempt and sanctioning them for violating a bankruptcy discharge injunction, based on the findings in a parallel state court proceeding. In so ruling,…

Calif. App. Court (2d Dist) Holds Former Servicer, Trustee Entitled to Recover Attorneys’ Fees

The Court of Appeal for the Second District of California held that California’s fee shifting statue in California Civil Code § 1717 permitted a former loan servicer and foreclosure trustee to recover their attorneys’ fees authorized by the contract, even though the deed of trust…

New Texas Debt Buyer Legislation Would Require More Notices, Addresses Legal Actions 

Newly introduced legislation in Texas, House Bill 996, addresses when a debt buyer can initiate legal action or arbitration to collect a consumer debt and requires specific notices with respect to out-of-statute debt. “Debt buyer” is defined as “a person who purchases or otherwise acquires a…

Fla. Circuit Court Holds Factoring Agreement Not a Usurious Loan Under New York Law

The Circuit Court of the First Judicial Circuit in and for Santa Rosa County, Florida recently rejected a company’s argument that a purchase and sale agreement for the company’s future receivables constituted a “loan” that was unenforceable under New York usury law, because payment to…

CFPB Enters Into $3.2 Million UDAAP Consent Order With Online Lender

An online lender that extends payday and unsecured installment loans reached a settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding “unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices” allegations that the lender unlawfully debited consumers’ bank accounts without authorization and failed to honor loan extensions to…

Fla. Supreme Court Rules Borrower Entitled to Attorney’s Fees After Voluntary Dismissal of Foreclosure Appeal

Reversing a ruling by the Fourth District Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Florida recently held that a mortgagee’s voluntary dismissal of an appeal made the borrower the prevailing party entitled to recover appellate attorney’s fees because the mortgagee maintained its right to enforce…

Legislation Introduced in New York, Illinois Would Require Debt Collection Notices

Legislation has been introduced in Illinois and New York that would require debt collectors to provide consumers with specific notices. In New York, Assembly Bill 876 would require the initial written communication to a debtor to include the following: “Debtor’s Rights As a debtor who…