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Posts published by “Ralph T. Wutscher”

Ralph Wutscher's practice focuses primarily on representing 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. He represents the lending and financial services industry as a litigator, and as regulatory compliance counsel. For more information, see https://mauricewutscher.com/attorneys/ralph-t-wutscher/

Florida Court Upholds Judgment in Action on Note Following Foreclosure

The Florida First District Court of Appeal recently affirmed a monetary judgment against a borrower in a follow up action to collect the balance owed on a note secured by a mortgage. The follow up action was consolidated with a prior foreclosure action in which the court reserved jurisdiction to enter a deficiency judgment. A copy of the opinion is available at: https://edca.1dca.org/DCADocs/2014/0930/140930_DC05_05012015_101049_i.pdf. The plaintiff bank sued to foreclose its mortgage on the borrower’s property in 2008. The complaint also requested a deficiency judgment. The trial court entered summary judgment against the borrower, reserving jurisdiction to enter a deficiency judgment. The plaintiff mortgagee was…

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Standing Must Exist When Foreclosure Is Filed, But Can Be Proven Later

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently held that, although the plaintiff in a mortgage foreclosure action must have standing to sue when suit is filed, standing can be proven after the case is filed. A copy of the opinion is available at: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/0/2015/2015-Ohio-1484.pdf The plaintiff mortgagee sued to foreclose its mortgage in 2010 after borrowers defaulted on the promissory note. The complaint did not seek a deficiency because the borrowers’ personal liability had been discharged in bankruptcy. One of the borrowers filed an answer raising lack of standing as a defense. The mortgagee moved for summary judgment, supporting its position on…

Florida Court Reverses Trial Court’s Refusal to Extend Duration of Lis Pendens

The District Court of Appeal of Florida for the Fifth District recently held that a trial court’s refusal to extend the duration of a lis pendens on real property was a departure from the essential requirements of law. A copy of the opinion is available at: http://www.5dca.org/Opinions/Opin2015/042715/5D14-4009.op.pdf Due to a scrivener’s error by the closing agent, the real property that was supposed to have secured a loan was not encumbered by the mortgage. The lender sued to reform the loan documents and foreclose or, in the alternative, to impose an equitable lien against the subject property. The lender moved to extend…

First Circuit Confirms Loan Modification Rendered Borrower’s ‘Standing’ Challenge Moot

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently dismissed a borrower’s appeal as moot because the borrower and loan servicer entered into a loan modification agreement while the appeal was pending, meaning the borrower was no longer subject to any actual or threatened foreclosure proceedings. A copy of the opinion is available at:  Link to Opinion In 2005, the borrower obtained a $200,000 loan secured by a mortgage on her home. The mortgage was assigned twice, the last one to a bank as trustee. The first assignee, to whom the note was transferred along with the mortgage, endorsed…

Ninth Circuit Holds State Court Order Expanding Class Size Triggers Removal Opportunity

The US. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently reversed a district court’s order remanding a class action to state court, holding that a second removal was proper and timely-filed 30 days after the state court entered an order that expanded the class definiton after the first removal. A copy of the opinion is available at:  http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2015/04/01/15-55176.pdf The plaintiff, an assistant store manager at a nationwide chain of discount retail stores, filed this action in state court in July of 2012, alleging that the employer supposedly violated the California Labor Code by denying 10-minute rest breaks to its employees. As…

Florida Court Reverses Foreclosure Judgment, But Remands Without Involuntary Dismissal

The District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District, recently reversed a final judgment of foreclosure, holding that the mortgagee failed to properly establish the amount of its damages. However, the Appellate Court further held that because the borrower failed to move for dismissal at the close of evidence, the proper remedy was reversal and remand, rather than involuntary dismissal. A copy of the opinion is available at: Link to Opinion A mortgagee filed a foreclosure action against the borrowers in early 2009.  Ultimately, the case was tried in November of 2013.  It was undisputed at trial that the mortgagee had standing as the…