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NJ Appellate Division Holds Debt Purchaser Not Liable Under NJ Consumer Fraud Act for Failing to Obtain State License

A recent decision from the New Jersey Appellate Division comes as welcome relief for purchasers of defaulted debt. The decision, Woo-Padva v. Midland Funding LLC, concerns the New Jersey Consumer Finance Licensing Act (CFLA), and whether a debt buyer who failed to have such a license could be liable under the state’s consumer protection law.

2nd Cir. Reverses Class Settlement Citing Various Errors Under Rule 23, CAFA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently reversed a trial court's approval of a settlement in a class action case because the trial court presumed the fairness, adequacy, and reasonableness of the proposed settlement on the grounds the settlement was negotiated to at arm's-length failed to assess the fairness, adequacy, and reasonableness of the agreed to attorneys’ fees and incentive payment, and erred in determining the class relief did not constitute "coupons" under the federal Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA).

Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Rejects Borrowers’ Allegations of Fraudulent Reverse Mortgage Scheme

In an action by a group of borrowers who alleged a fraudulent reverse mortgage scheme, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently affirmed the trial court’s judgment against the borrowers, and held that neither the discovery rule nor the continuing violation rule tolled the five-year statute of limitations for the borrowers’ declaratory judgment claims, making them untimely.

Calif. App. Court (2nd Dist) Holds Bank Owed Duty of Care to Deposit Customer as to Blocked Account

The California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, recently reversed a trial court's ruling, and held that a defendant bank owed the plaintiff law firm a duty of care based on the special relationship the bank had with the law firm as an intended beneficiary of a probate court’s blocked account order.

Calif. App. Court (4th Dist) Reverses Dismissal, Holds Rosenthal Act Covers Debts ‘Alleged to be Due and Owing’

The Court of Appeal of California (Fourth District) recently reversed a trial court’s dismissal of a putative class action alleging a solar energy system provider violated the Rosenthal Act, California’s parallel version of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.