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Posts published by “Jeffrey Karek”

Jeffrey Karek practices in Maurice Wutscher's Commercial Litigation, Consumer Credit Litigation, and Appellate groups. He has substantial experience in defending consumer finance lawsuits in both state and federal trial courts, and on appeal. Such litigation includes allegations brought under TILA, HOEPA, RESPA, FDCPA, TCPA, FCRA, and state consumer protection statutes, including in the defense of putative class actions. Jeff received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University.

3rd Cir. Holds Single Unsolicited Automated Call Enough to Confer Standing

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that a consumer satisfied the concreteness requirement for constitutional standing and asserted a valid cause of action under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), where she alleged she received one unsolicited prerecorded phone…

4th Cir. Holds SCRA Does Not Apply to Mortgage Loan Incurred During Service, Even If Borrower Re-Enlists

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently held that the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) does not apply to a mortgage loan obligation incurred while a borrower is a member of the military, even where he subsequently leaves and then later…

2nd Cir. Rejects FACTA ‘Credit Card Expiration Date’ Claim, Citing Spokeo and Joining with 7th Cir.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently joined the Seventh Circuit in holding that printing a credit card expiration date on an otherwise properly redacted receipt does not constitute an injury in fact sufficient to establish Article III standing to bring a…

8th Cir. Holds Removal Proper Where Absence of CAFA Jurisdiction Not ‘Established to a Legal Certainty’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently held that the requirements for the federal Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) were met and the matter was properly removed to federal court, where the plaintiffs could not “establish to a legal certainty” that their…

4th Cir. Holds Entire Arbitration Agreement Unenforceable Due to Faulty Choice of Law Provisions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that a creditor’s arbitration agreement contained unenforceable choice of law provisions rendering the entire agreement unenforceable. Accordingly, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s order denying the creditor’s motion to compel arbitration. A copy of…

Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Paper Clip is Enough to ‘Affix’ Allonge to Note Under UCC

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently held that an allonge was “affixed” to a note for purposes of the Illinois Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) when it was attached via paper clip. A copy of the opinion in Olive Portfolio Alpha, LLC v. 116…

7th Cir. Holds Debt Collectors Did Not Violate FDCPA by Demanding Prejudgment Interest Under Wisconsin Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that two debt collectors were entitled to demand payment for both principal amounts owed and interest under Wisconsin law. Therefore, the Court held, the debt collectors’ dunning letters demanding the principal sums owed and…

Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Post-Foreclosure COA Dues Need Not Be Paid Monthly to Extinguish Pre-Foreclosure COA Lien

Reversing a trial court’s ruling in favor of a condominium association and against a mortgagee, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently held that the Illinois Condominium Property Act’s (“Condo Act”) provision creating a mechanism to extinguish liens for pre-foreclosure common expense assessments does…