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Posts published by “Stuart Miles”

Stuart Miles is based in Maurice Wutscher's Chicago office and practices in the firm's Consumer Credit Litigation and Commercial Litigation groups. Before joining Maurice Wutscher, Stuart served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the City of Chicago’s Department of Law, where he earned the Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellency from the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor and a Problem Solving Award from the Chicago Police Department. As a member of the City’s Drug and Gang House Enforcement division, he successfully conducted hundreds of trials and evidentiary hearings, including concerning criminal activity at residential buildings and at various nightclubs. He has also worked as a criminal defense and civil rights attorney. Stuart holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He earned his Juris Doctorate graduating cum laude from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. While in law school, Stuart completed a judicial externship in the Mortgage Foreclosure Section of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

7th Cir. Confirms Borrower Lacks Standing to Raise Alleged Violations of Pooling and Servicing Agreement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a mortgagor is not a third-party beneficiary under a pooling and servicing agreement under New York law, and therefore lacks standing to challenge purported violations of assignments under the agreement. A copy of…

2nd Cir. Holds Providing Only ‘Current Balance’ on Increasing Debt Violates FDCPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently vacated the dismissal of federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) allegations that a debt collector’s notice stating the “current balance” of the debt without disclosing that the balance may increase over time due to…

WD North Carolina Grants Stay of TCPA Lawsuit Pending DC Circuit Challenge to FCC Order

The U.S. District Court of the Western District of North Carolina recently stayed proceedings in a suit pending the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s ruling on challenges to the Federal Communication Commission’s Declaratory Ruling and Order, 30 FCC Rcd. 7961 (2015)…

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Defectively Executed Mortgage Still Provides Constructive Notice

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently held that a mortgage defectively executed but properly recorded still provides constructive notice of its contents. A copy of the opinion in In re Messer is available at:  Link to Opinion. The borrowers executed a promissory note and a mortgage. …

9th Cir. Upholds Dismissal of False Claims Act Allegations Involving Loans Sold to GSEs

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§3729-3733, lawsuit brought by private citizen plaintiffs against various mortgage lenders and servicers for supposedly making false certifications regarding loans sold to Fannie…

7th Cir. Rejects FDCPA Allegations Involving Letters Sent to Debtor’s Counsel

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently upheld the dismissal of allegations that two letters sent to the consumer’s counsel violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), reiterating that its “competent attorney” standard applies regardless of whether a statement to…

Oregon Fed. Court Holds Voicemail Messages on Debtor’s Cell Phone Did Not Violate FDCPA

The U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon recently granted summary judgment in favor of a debt collector, ruling that the collector’s voice mail messages for the debtor did not unlawfully communicate with a third party under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act…