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9th Cir. Reverses Dismissal of Loan Officer’s Putative Class Claims Pursuant to Arbitration Agreement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently reversed a trial court's order dismissing a putative class action complaint and granting the defendant lender’s motion to compel arbitration pursuant to an arbitration agreement with the plaintiff loan officer.

NY App. Court Holds Strict Compliance Required for ‘Separate Envelope’ for Pre-Foreclosure Notice

The New York Appellate Division, Second Department, recently affirmed a lower court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of a borrower in a foreclosure action due to the mortgagee’s failure to comply with the “separate envelope” requirement of New York’s Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law 1304(2).

9th Cir. Reverses Dismissal of EFTA Claim for Unauthorized Charges, Hold Privacy Notice Created No Substantive Rights

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently reversed the dismissal of a consumer’s claims that a bank violated the federal Electronic Fund Transfer Act by failing to fully reimburse her for losses suffered as result of fraudulent transfers from her account. 

Calif. App. Court (1st Dist) Rejects Bank’s Effort to Disqualify Arbitrator as Untimely

The California Court of Appeals, First Appellate District, recently reversed a lower court’s orders denying a bank account holder’s petition to confirm an arbitration award and an order granting a bank’s petition to vacate the award, and remanded with instructions to enter an order confirming the award.

This Year the 1st Circuit and Mass. Courts Tackled Consumer Contacts

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and federal and state courts in Massachusetts decided several important cases for the consumer financial services industry in 2021. Two related cases concerned the constitutionality of a Massachusetts regulation limiting telephone contact with debtors and a third ruling came from the First Circuit on a federal TCPA action.