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The attorneys of Maurice Wutscher are seasoned business lawyers with substantial experience in business law, financial services litigation and regulatory compliance. They represent consumer and commercial financial services companies, including depository and non-depository mortgage lenders and servicers, as well as mortgage loan investors, financial asset buyers and sellers, loss mitigation companies, third-party debt collectors, and other financial services providers. They have defended scores of putative class actions, have substantial experience in federal appellate court litigation and bring substantial trial and complex bankruptcy experience. They are leaders and influencers in their highly specialized area of law. They serve in leadership positions in industry associations and regularly publish and speak before national audiences.

9th Cir. Reverses Dismissal of EFTA Claim for Unauthorized Charges, Hold Privacy Notice Created No Substantive Rights

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently reversed the dismissal of a consumer’s claims that a bank violated the federal Electronic Fund Transfer Act by failing to fully reimburse her for losses suffered as result of fraudulent transfers from her account. 

Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Holds HUD ‘Face-to-Face’ Compliance May Not Have Been Excused by Letter from Borrower’s Counsel

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently vacated a judgment of foreclosure entered against a homeowner borrower, concluding that the mortgagee failed to conduct a face-to-face meeting with her prior to initiating foreclosure proceedings, as required for mortgage loans insured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Homeowner’s Insurer Could Not Reduce Loss Reimbursements by Depreciating Cost of Labor

The Supreme Court of Illinois recently held that a homeowner’s insurance company could not deduct depreciation from reimbursements for labor costs from the actual cash value of a covered loss, because the policy at issue did not specifically and unambiguously allow the practice.

7th Cir. Holds Collecting ‘Fees on Fees’ Did Not Violate the FDCPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed judgment in a debt collector’s favor against claims that its efforts to collect attorney’s fees incurred to collect a debt — including the fees incurred in collecting the attorney’s fees — violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

8th Cir. BAP Reverses Chapter 12 Plan Confirmation for Lack of Evidentiary Hearing on Disputed Collateral Values

The U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit vacated the bankruptcy court's order confirming a farm debtor's chapter 12 plan, concluding that the bankruptcy court erred by failing to hold an evidentiary hearing to determine the value of a bank's collateral where the collateral was disputed. The Panel also concluded that the bank needed to file a proof of claim.

Illinois App. Court (3rd Dist) Holds Foreclosure Not Barred by Mortgagee’s Summary Judgment Loss in Prior Foreclosure

The Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District, recently affirmed a foreclosure judgment rendered in favor of a mortgagee over claims by the homeowners that the action was barred by the doctrine of res judicata as a result of a prior foreclosure action wherein summary judgment was entered in the homeowners’ favor.

2nd Cir. Holds No FDCPA Violation When Debt Settlement Offer Did Not Disclose Accruing Interest and Fees

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently held that a collection notice that provided settlement payment options but did not state that the balance may increase due to interest and fees, did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act’s prohibition against false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any debt.