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Calif. App. Court (1st Dist) Holds HBOR Does Not Require Borrower to Own the Collateral Property

The Court of Appeals of California, First District, recently reversed entry of judgment on the pleadings in favor of a mortgage loan servicer and the named trustee under the deed of trust against claims raised by a borrower alleging violations of California’s Homeowners’ Bill of Rights.

3rd Cir. Rejects Allegations That Hazard Insurance Premiums Were Fraudulently Inflated

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of allegations that a mortgage lender colluded with an insurance company and insurance agent to inflate the rate of the borrowers’ force-placed hazard insurance policies in violation of various consumer protection statutes, RICO, and the common law.

9th Cir. Holds Quiet Title Claims By GSEs Subject to 6-Year HERA Statute of Limitations

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that, under the federal Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) statute of limitations provisions, a quiet title action brought by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae is a "contract" claim with a six-year statute of limitations, and not a "tort" claim subject to a three-year statute of limitations.

9th Cir. Holds FDCPA Does Not Apply to Judicial Foreclosures If No Deficiency Sought

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a borrower’s complaint under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act arising from a judicial foreclosure proceeding in Oregon, holding that the defendants were not attempting to collect a debt within the meaning of the FDCPA when only foreclosure was sought and not a deficiency judgment.

Illinois App. Court (2nd Dist) Rejects Post-Sale Challenge to Foreclosure Service of Process

The Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, recently held that jurisdictional defects in service of process that did not affirmatively appear on the face of the foreclosure court record protected the rights of an innocent third-party foreclosure against the claims of the borrower.

Illinois App. Court (3rd Dist) Holds Factual Disputes About Mistakenly Released Mortgage Precluded Summary Judgment

The Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District recently reversed entry of summary judgment and subsequent post-foreclosure orders in favor of a mortgagee, after challenges by a non-borrower mortgagor concerning the mortgagee’s standing and existing obligations under the loan resulting from a “certificate of error” recorded by the original lender’s nominee to rescind and disavow a purportedly mistakenly-recorded release of the mortgage.

Calif. App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Homeowner’s Quiet Title Action Against Lienholder Was Not Time-Barred

The Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District, recently reversed entry of summary judgment in favor of a lienholder in an action to quiet title brought by homeowners that was rejected by the trial court as time-barred.