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Posts published in April 2017

Illinois App. Court (2nd Dist) Holds Mortgagee Could Not Collect Deficiency from Rents Owed to Other Mortgagees

The Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, recently held that a mortgagee with a foreclosure judgment could not collect on the deficiency against rents from other properties owned by the mortgagor, because the mortgagee’s foreclosure judgment was not superior to the prior recorded mortgages for…

Indiana Supreme Court Rejects Borrowers’ Argument Bankruptcy Discharge Wiped Out Mortgage Loan, Lien

The Supreme Court of Indiana recently confirmed a mortgagee’s ability to seek an in rem judgment against property for which there was an outstanding lien balance after the borrowers obtained a discharge of their Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In so ruling, the Court distinguished the difference…

7th Cir. Rejects Borrower’s Claims Against Mortgagee, Other Parties Under Rooker-Feldman

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a borrower’s lawsuit against his mortgagee, its former employees, counsel and appellate counsel, and the original mortgagee’s software platform creator, under various federal and state consumer protection statutes and common law…

Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Post-Foreclosure COA Dues Need Not Be Paid Monthly to Extinguish Pre-Foreclosure COA Lien

Reversing a trial court’s ruling in favor of a condominium association and against a mortgagee, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently held that the Illinois Condominium Property Act’s (“Condo Act”) provision creating a mechanism to extinguish liens for pre-foreclosure common expense assessments does…

5th Cir. Holds Wage Garnishment Served More Than 90 Days Before Bankruptcy Is Avoidable Transfer

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that the collection of garnished wages earned during the 90 days prior to the filing of a bankruptcy petition is an avoidable transfer, even if the garnishment was served before the 90-day preference period.…

MD Tenn. Holds Auto Finance Creditor’s Telephone Authorization Process Complied With EFTA

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee recently held that a creditor complied with the federal Electronic Funds Transfer Act when it obtained verbal authorization to accept the consumer’s electronic fund transfer and request for enrollment into an autopay system. In so…

Indiana Supreme Court Holds Out-of-State Consumer Attorneys Not Exempt from Indiana Consumer Protection Statutes

In an action brought by the Indiana Attorney General against a Florida-based foreclosure defense law firm and its owner-officer, the Supreme Court of Indiana recently held that none of the defendants were expressly or impliedly exempt from liability under four Indiana state consumer protection statutes.…