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Posts published in September 2016

DC Cir. Denies Lender’s Challenge to NLRB’s Ruling as to Lender’s Confidentiality, Non-Disparagement Employee Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently denied a mortgage company’s petition for review and granted the National Labor Relations Board’s cross-petition for enforcement, holding that the NLRB correctly determined that the mortgage company’s workplace rules unreasonably burdened its employees’…

9th Cir. Rules Every Debt Collector – Not Just First to Communicate – Must Comply With FDCPA’s Section 1692g

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a case of first impression and the first published circuit court opinion to address the issue, recently held that each and every debt collector — not just the first one to communicate with a debtor…

Fla. App. Court (2nd DCA) Holds Non-Party HOA Not Subject to Foreclosure, HOA Lien Not Limited

The District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Second District, recently reversed a summary judgment in favor of a mortgagee in two consolidated actions for declaratory and injunctive relief regarding the extent of the mortgagee’s liability for unpaid homeowners association assessments, holding that…

2nd Cir. Denies Arbitration Due to Specific Agreement as to Arbitration Forum No Longer Available

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently confirmed that, in the Second Circuit, an arbitration agreement is no longer binding where the intent of the parties was to arbitrate with only a specific arbitrator and that arbitrator is unavailable. A copy of…

Calif. App. Court Denies Appeal for Preliminary Injunction Attorney’s Fees in Calif. HBOR Case

The Court of Appeal of the State of California, Third Appellate District, recently held that an order denying interim attorney’s fees under California Civil Code § 2924.12, which is part of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights, is not an appealable order. A copy of…

3rd Cir. Upholds Denial of Class Cert. on ‘Ascertainable Loss,’ Causation Deficiencies

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently affirmed a denial of class certification, holding that the plaintiffs’ theory was insufficiently supported by class-wide evidence to demonstrate the fact of damages whether on the issues of “ascertainable loss” or “causal relationship,” and failed…

Mass. Call Count Cap Violated by Debt Collector Not Leaving Voicemail Message

A Massachusetts Superior Court recently held that reaching a debtor’s voicemail, but choosing to not leave a message, is a “communication” under the Massachusetts Debt Collection Regulations, 940 Code Mass. Regs. § 704(1)(f). A copy of the opinion in Watkins v. Glenn Associates, Inc. is available…