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Posts published by “Ernest Wagner”

Ernest Wagner practices in Maurice Wutscher's Commercial Litigation and Consumer Litigation groups, and leads the firm’s Insurance Recovery and Advisory group. Based in Chicago, he also supports the firm’s litigation matters in its Miami office. Ernest has substantial experience in various types of commercial and insurance recovery litigation. He has conducted more than 35 jury trials, and more than 150 arbitrations for plaintiffs and defendants. He has also successfully represented clients in numerous appeals, in various jurisdictions. Ernest earned his Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia, and his Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Iowa.

MD Fla. Dismisses Borrower’s RESPA Servicing Claims for Lack of Actual Damages, Cites Spokeo

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently granted a mortgage servicer’s motion to dismiss a borrower’s claim that the servicer violated the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by allegedly failing to respond in a timely or adequate manner to…

8th Cir. Holds Borrower’s Affidavit Alone Is Insufficient to Rebut TILA’s Presumption of Delivery

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently held that two borrowers’ conclusory affidavits by themselves were insufficient to rebut the presumption of delivery under the federal Truth in Lending Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1635(c), where the borrowers acknowledged in writing at the…

9th Cir. Holds City of LA’s FHA ‘Discriminatory Lending’ Claims Failed for Lack of ‘Robust’ Causal Link

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s summary judgment ruling in favor of a bank and against the City of Los Angeles on the City’s claims that the bank violated section 3605(a) of the federal Fair Housing Act…

6th Cir. Rejects FDCPA Allegations of State Procedural Violations, Misrepresentations, Citing Spokeo

Relying on Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that alleged violations of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) arising out of state procedural violations were not sufficient to confer subject matter jurisdiction without any…

Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Potential Chicago Foreclosure Tenant Ordinance Violation Precluded Eviction

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently reversed a summary judgment ruling in favor of a mortgagee on its post-foreclosure forcible entry and detainer claim, finding genuine disputes as to material facts where the tenant presented evidence that she was a qualified tenant under…

Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Mortgagee’s Affidavit for Alternative Service Fatally Deficient

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently vacated a default foreclosure judgment in favor of a mortgagee and against a borrower because the mortgagee’s affidavit in support of its motion for alternative service did not establish the required due diligence demonstrating the investigation made…

Fla. App. Court (1st DCA) Holds Borrowers Waived FHA’s ‘Face to Face’ Requirement as Affirmative Defense

The District Court of Appeal of Florida, First District, recently held that borrowers waive their affirmative defense that a mortgagee did not comply with HUD’s “face-to-face” condition precedent to foreclosure when they fail to raise the defense until their closing argument at trial. The First…

Illinois App. Court (2nd Dist) Holds FHA’s ‘Face to Face’ Meeting Not Required When Loan Discharged in Bankruptcy

The Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of a mortgagee that failed to meet the FHA requirement to either have a face-to-face meeting with the borrowers or to make “a reasonable effort” to arrange a face-to-face meeting before filing…