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Posts published by “Christopher P. Hahn”

Christopher P. Hahn practices in Maurice Wutscher’s Commercial Litigation, Consumer Credit Litigation and Insurance Recovery and Advisory groups. Prior to joining Maurice Wutscher LLP, he served under the General Counsel at the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. He also obtained extensive experience litigating property insurance claims through all phases of discovery, motion practice and other pre-trial activities. Christopher obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, followed by his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami School of Law. He is also a graduate of the University of Miami’s Masters of Business Administration program, completing his degree with an emphasis on finance and mergers and acquisitions. For more information, see

11th Cir. Holds Class Representative ‘Incentive Awards’ Prohibited by SCOTUS Precedent

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently reversed and partially vacated approval of a class representative’s incentive award, remanding the case to the trial court to adequately explain its fee award, its denial of a class member’s objections, and its approval of the class settlement. 

3rd Cir. Rejects Challenge to Parallel State AG and CFPB Prosecutions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently affirmed the denial of a motion to dismiss filed by a federal student loan lender and servicer against claims raised by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania alleging violations of federal and state consumer protection laws after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed suit raising similar claims.

9th Cir. Holds Nevada Foreclosure Mediation Rules Provide Exclusive Means to Challenge Mediation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of claims brought by borrowers on a residential mortgage loan alleging contractual and tortious breaches of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing against the loan’s owner, trustee and servicer for purported failure to adequately participate in the state’s foreclosure mediation program.

6th Cir. Adopts Expansive Reading of TCPA’s Definition of ATDS, Joining 2nd and 9th Cirs.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed entry of summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs alleging violations of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act for calls placed by their student loan servicer to their cell phones using an alleged automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) after they revoked consent to receive such calls.

7th Cir. Holds Separately Reporting Debts to Same Creditor Not ‘Unfair or Unconscionable’ Under FDCPA 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of consumers’ claims that a debt collector's separate reporting of debts accrued for medical services, rather than aggregated together, violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). 

Calif. App. Court (1st Dist) Holds HBOR Does Not Require Borrower to Own the Collateral Property

The Court of Appeals of California, First District, recently reversed entry of judgment on the pleadings in favor of a mortgage loan servicer and the named trustee under the deed of trust against claims raised by a borrower alleging violations of California’s Homeowners’ Bill of Rights.

3rd Cir. Rejects Allegations That Hazard Insurance Premiums Were Fraudulently Inflated

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of allegations that a mortgage lender colluded with an insurance company and insurance agent to inflate the rate of the borrowers’ force-placed hazard insurance policies in violation of various consumer protection statutes, RICO, and the common law.

Illinois App. Court (3rd Dist) Holds Factual Disputes About Mistakenly Released Mortgage Precluded Summary Judgment

The Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District recently reversed entry of summary judgment and subsequent post-foreclosure orders in favor of a mortgagee, after challenges by a non-borrower mortgagor concerning the mortgagee’s standing and existing obligations under the loan resulting from a “certificate of error” recorded by the original lender’s nominee to rescind and disavow a purportedly mistakenly-recorded release of the mortgage.

7th Cir. Holds FDCPA Claims Failed Due to No Evidence of ‘Confusing or Misleading to Significant Fraction of Population’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed entry of summary judgment in favor of a debt collector that its collection letter language was “false, misleading or deceptive” in violation of section 1692e of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

Calif. App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Homeowner’s Quiet Title Action Against Lienholder Was Not Time-Barred

The Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District, recently reversed entry of summary judgment in favor of a lienholder in an action to quiet title brought by homeowners that was rejected by the trial court as time-barred.