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Posts published in December 2015

1st Cir. Holds ‘Fairly Conducted’ Sale of Collateral Not Necessarily ‘Commercially Reasonable’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently held that a genuine dispute of material fact precluded summary judgment on the issue of whether the sale of collateral was “commercially reasonable,” even though there was no evidence that the sale was not “fairly…

Missouri Federal Court Says ‘Benign’ Language on Envelope Does Not Violate FDCPA

The United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri recently granted a debt collector’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, holding an internal account number displayed on the envelope of a demand letter did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)…

11th Cir. Holds Florida Statute Prohibiting Fees to Pay by Credit Card Unconstitutional

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently struck down Florida’s “anti-surcharge” statute, Fla. Stat. § 501.0117, holding that the Florida law prohibiting charging a fee to pay by credit card was an unconstitutional restriction of free speech. A copy of the opinion…

SD Fla Holds Borrowers of ‘Surrendered’ Property Have No Right to Contest Foreclosure

In a case addressing what it means to “surrender” property under the Bankruptcy Code, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently held that a Chapter 7 trustee’s abandonment of real property only restores legal title to the debtors as if no…

7th Cir. Reverses Denial of Class Cert. in FDCPA ‘Time-Barred Debt’ Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently reversed a district court’s denial of class certification in a putative class action alleging that a debt collector violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by sending supposedly misleading letters to Illinois residents…

Florida Court Reverses Foreclosure as to Note With Undated Indorsement, Other Evidentiary Issues

The District Court of Appeals of the State of Florida, Fourth District, recently reversed final judgment of foreclosure in favor of a mortgagee for entry of judgment in favor of the mortgagors, where the mortgagee failed to prove that it came into possession of the…