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Posts published by “Eric Tsai”

Eric Tsai practices in Maurice Wutscher’s Commercial Litigation and Consumer Credit Litigation groups, and in its Regulatory Compliance group. He concentrates his practice primarily on the defense of consumer and commercial financial services companies, including mortgage lenders and servicers, mortgage loan investors, third party debt collectors, and other financial services providers. He also counsels clients on regulatory compliance, licensing, and other consumer protection matters. Eric earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to attending law school, he worked as a loan officer for national direct lenders. He earned his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law and thereafter obtained a Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law. Eric publishes extensively on various issues affecting consumer lending and litigation, including both federal and California-specific developments. He is licensed to practice law in California, Nevada, and Oregon, and is admitted in all United States District Courts in the State of California, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, the U.S. Tax Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also a licensed real estate broker in the State of California.

Nevada Fed. Court Denies Class Cert. on ‘Ascertainability’ Grds., Fannie/Freddie Liens Not Extinguished by HOA Foreclosure

The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada recently confirmed that a homeowner association’s foreclosure of its superpriority lien cannot extinguish a property interest of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac while those entities are under the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) conservatorship. In so…

Fla. App. Court (5th DCA) Holds Borrower’s Surrender in Bankruptcy Resolves Contested Foreclosure

As an example of the conflicting and contrasting court rulings on the effect of surrender in bankruptcy (see our prior update), the District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fifth District, recently dismissed a borrower’s appeal from a final judgment of foreclosure because…

SD Fla. Bankr. Rejects Mortgagee’s Attempt to Use Borrower’s Surrender in BK to Resolve Contested Foreclosure

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida recently denied a creditor’s motion to compel the debtor to surrender mortgaged property and also denied the debtor’s motion to stay the case, holding that a chapter 7 debtor who indicates surrender of real property…

Nevada Supreme Court Holds HOA Superpriority Lien Does Not Include Atty Fees, Collection Costs

The Supreme Court of Nevada recently held that a superpriority lien for common expense assessments pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 116.3116(2) does not include collection fees and foreclosure costs incurred by a homeowners’ association. In so ruling, the Court also held that an HOA’s…

Calif. App. Court Upholds Dismissal of Allegations Contradicting Judicially Noticed Purchase and Assumption Agreement

The Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District, recently upheld a trial court’s demurrer without leave to amend in a case in which a judicially noticed Purchase and Assumption Agreement (“P&A Agreement”) contradicted the borrower’s allegations that a subsequent purchaser of…

SDNY Dismisses TCPA Class Action, Holding No Direct or Vicarious Liability Adequately Pled

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a putative class action alleging violations of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) against a marketing company that conducted a mass text message advertising campaign on behalf of a national retail…

11th Cir. Holds Florida Statute Prohibiting Fees to Pay by Credit Card Unconstitutional

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently struck down Florida’s “anti-surcharge” statute, Fla. Stat. § 501.0117, holding that the Florida law prohibiting charging a fee to pay by credit card was an unconstitutional restriction of free speech. A copy of the opinion…

9th Cir. Holds ‘Chapter 20’ Debtor May Void Mortgage in Chapter 13 After Obtaining Discharge in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a case of first impression, recently held that section 1328(f) of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA), which bars so-called “Chapter 20” debtors from receiving a discharge at the conclusion of their…

Florida Bankruptcy Court Holds Debtor Who ‘Surrenders’ Property in BK Cannot Impede Foreclosure

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida recently held that, at a minimum, “surrender” under Bankruptcy Code §§ 521 and 1325 means a debtor cannot take an overt act that impedes a secured creditor from foreclosing its interest in secured property. In…