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BCFP Enters Consent Order with Consumer Lender Over Debt Collection and Credit Reporting Practices

By Brent Yarborough and Eric Rosenkoetter On June 13, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection issued a consent order with a holding company and its affiliated operating entities engaged in consumer lending. The consent order reflects the parties’ settlement of an administrative enforcement action that focused on the…

PA Supreme Court Holds Borrower Not Entitled to Atty’s Fees for Aff Def Under Act 6

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently held that a borrower is not entitled to attorney’s fees under the Pennsylvania Loan Interest Law (“Act 6”) relating to an affirmative defense raised in a mortgage foreclosure action that was subsequently discontinued without prejudice. A copy of the…

Wisc. Supreme Court Holds New Foreclosure Not Barred By Dismissal With Prejudice of Prior Foreclosure

The Supreme Court of Wisconsin recently held that claim preclusion does not bar a mortgagee from proceeding with a foreclosure complaint despite a prior litigation which resulted in a dismissal with prejudice if the subsequent litigation is based upon a default and acceleration which occurred after…

9th Cir. Holds Party With Pecuniary Interest Has Standing to Appeal Bankruptcy Order

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a party with a pecuniary interest affected by a bankruptcy court order satisfies the “person aggrieved” requirement for appellate standing even where the party fails to appear and object in the bankruptcy proceeding. Accordingly,…

Fla. App. Court (5th DCA) Holds Mortgagee Without Standing Must Pay Prevailing Borrower’s Fees

The District Court of Appeal for the Fifth District of Florida recently denied a motion to reconsider an order awarding appellate attorney’s fees to borrowers who were the prevailing party on appeal, reversing judgment of foreclosure entered in favor of the mortgagee. Distinguishing contrary rulings…

Fla. App. Court (2nd DCA) Holds HELOC Instrument Not Self-Authenticating Article 3 Note

The District Court of Appeal for the Second District of Florida recently affirmed an order involuntarily dismissing an action to foreclose a second mortgage which secured a home equity line of credit. In so ruling, the Appellate Court upheld the trial court’s holding that the…