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Posts published in September 2017

Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Holds City May Not Obtain Money Judgment for Demolition Expenses Merely by Filing Motion

In a case of first impression, the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District recently held that the Illinois Unsafe Buildings Act does not authorize a municipality to seek a money judgment for demolition expenses against the owner of a property by simply filing a…

11th Cir. Holds V-Mail Asking Debtor to Call Back is FDCPA ‘Communication,’ But Callers Needn’t Provide Names

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held that a voicemail from a debt collector that merely asks for the debtor to call back constitutes an initial communication under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) requiring the so-called “mini-Miranda” warning.…

9th Cir. Holds Nevada Deficiency Limitation Preempted as to Transferees of FDIC

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed final judgments against corporate borrowers and guarantors in three separate cases, holding that: (a)  the Nevada statute limiting the amount of the deficiency recoverable in a foreclosure action was preempted by federal law as…

9th Cir. Holds Creditor in Fraudulent Transfer Action May Recover Amounts Above Collateralized Debt

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that, where husband and wife debtors fraudulently transferred assets, the creditor was entitled to the full sum the creditor would have recovered and was not limited to the amount of the collateralized debt. In…

11th Cir. Reverses Limited Atty Fee Award Where Plaintiff Had No Actual Damages But Proved Statutory Violation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s award of $2,500 in statutory damages to a plaintiff whose private information was improperly viewed by a sheriff’s deputy who had a romantic relationship with the plaintiff’s ex-husband in violation of…

5th Cir. Holds Threat of Lawsuit to Collect Partially Time-Barred Debt Did Not Violate FDCPA

In a split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently decided that attorneys representing a condominium association did not violate the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by threatening non-judicial foreclosure on debt that was partially but not fully time barred.…

Maryland High Court Holds Utility Company Did Not Have Super Lien on Real Estate

The Court of Appeals of Maryland, the state’s highest court, recently held that a real estate development company’s recording of a declaration for utility infrastructure expenses did not create a lien on the referenced real estate, and instead it should have followed the Maryland Contract…

8th Cir. Affirms Dismissal of Data Breach Class Action, But Not for Lack of Standing

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action complaint alleging various causes of action relating to the cybertheft of personally identifiable information, based in part on the plaintiffs failure to adequately allege any damages caused…

9th Cir. Holds Federal Foreclosure Bar Preempts Nevada HOA Superpriority Statute

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that the Federal Foreclosure Bar’s prohibition on nonconsensual foreclosure of assets of the Federal Housing Finance Agency preempted Nevada’s superpriority lien provision and invalidated a homeowners association foreclosure sale that purported to extinguish Freddie…