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Maryland High Court Holds Unlawful Threat of ‘Self-Help Eviction’ Enough to Sue

The Maryland Court of Appeals, the highest court in the State, recently held that the plaintiffs owners and tenants of residential properties set forth a cause of action under Md. Code Real Prop. 7-113 against a mortgage servicer and real estate broker for supposedly posting eviction notices without first ascertaining the occupancy status, even though the notices did not cause the occupants to vacate the properties.

Illinois App. Court (2nd Dist) Upholds Commercial Judgment Enforcement Against Two Officers of Corporate Guarantors

The Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, recently affirmed the trial court’s entry of judgment in favor of the plaintiff mortgagee in a commercial mortgage foreclosure case, and against two corporate officers of two corporate guarantors.

4th Cir. Upholds Class Cert in ‘Inflated Appraisal Tactics’ Lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed in part and vacated and remanded in part a trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs who brought a class action suit alleging that the pressure tactics used by the defendants on home appraisers to raise the appraisal values on the plaintiffs’ homes constituted conspiracy, breach of contract and unconscionable inducement under the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

SCOTUS Limits FTC’s Ability to Obtain Equitable Monetary Relief

The Supreme Court of the United States recently held that the Federal Trade Commission Act allows permanent injunctions to prevent future violations but does not authorize the Federal Trade Commission to seek, or a court to award, equitable monetary relief such as restitution or disgorgement, except that the FTC may obtain monetary relief by first invoking its administrative procedures and then Section 19’s redress provisions (which includes limitations).

Compliance Conundrum: 11th Cir. Holds Disclosing Consumer Information to Third Party Letter Vendors Violates FDCPA

On April 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a decision holding that the transmittal of consumer information to a letter vendor constitutes a communication with an unauthorized third party in connection with the collection of a debt in violation of 15 U.S.C. § 1692c(b).

Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Assignment of Medical Lien to Funding Company Unlawful

The Appellate Court of Illinois First District, Sixth Division, recently reversed in part and affirmed in part a trial court’s dismissal of a putative class action plaintiff’s claim that one of the defendants, a healthcare provider from whom the plaintiff received medical treatment following a personal injury, attempted to unlawfully assign its statutory lien against the plaintiff’s personal injury settlement to the other defendant, a financial services company and non-healthcare provider.