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5th Cir. Holds TPP Allowed for ‘Grace Period,’ Servicer Breached TPP by Not Providing Permanent Mod

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently reversed a trial court’s judgment in favor of a mortgage servicer ruling that the servicer had violated its obligations under a Trial Period Plan in connection with a proposed loan modification when the servicer failed to offer a permanent loan modification after the borrower made payments in compliance with the “grace period” provisions of the TPP.

5th Cir. Rejects Borrower’s Bankruptcy Claim Objection as Barred by Res Judicata

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently rejected a borrower’s objections to a bankruptcy court’s jurisdiction and held that the doctrine of res judicata barred the borrower’s claim objection as it was ultimately based on the alleged impropriety of the creditor’s claim from a prior bankruptcy.

5th Cir. Holds FDCPA Plaintiff Not Entitled to Attorney’s Fees Following Settlement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s denial of an award of attorney’s fees to a debtor who settled his claims against a debt collector for purported violations of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and parallel state law consumer protection statutes.

5th Cir. Holds Call That Did Not Mention Debt Not FDCPA ‘Communication’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a debtor’s claims against a debt collector alleging that a telephone call placed to his sister constituted an improper third-party communication in connection with the collection of a debt, in violation of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).  

5th Cir. Holds Overpayment of Grant Money Qualified as ‘Debt’ Under FDCPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that a consumer’s contractual obligation to repay an overpayment in government grant money received by the debtor qualified as a “debt” under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because it involved a consensual promise to repay in exchange for receipt of an item of value, and the subject of the transaction was primarily for personal, family, or household purposes.

5th Cir. Reverses Sanctions Against Consumer’s Counsel for Failure to Promptly Settle

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently reversed a trial court’s order sanctioning a consumer’s counsel for failure to promptly settle a lawsuit, but affirmed the trial court's order denying a motion to recuse because the trial court was not biased against the consumer.