Fla. App. Court (3rd DCA) Reverses Dismissal of Foreclosure on ‘Prior Servicer’s Records’ Issue

Following rulings from other appellate courts in other appellate districts, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal recently reversed a trial court’s order involuntarily dismissing a mortgagee’s foreclosure against a borrower holding that the mortgagee’s witness from its current mortgage servicer laid a sufficient foundation at trial to admit business records from a prior mortgage servicer

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11th Cir. Rejects Challenge to Debtors’ Ability to Recover Attorney’s Fees in Stay Violation Actions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held, in a case of first impression, that “the Bankruptcy Code authorizes payment of attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by debtors in successfully pursuing an action for damages resulting from the violation of the automatic stay and in defending the damages award on appeal.” A

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9th Cir. Holds FDCPA Preempts State Judgment Execution Laws

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act preempted state judgment execution law insofar as it permitted debt collectors to execute on FDCPA claims. In so ruling, the Court held that debt collectors cannot evade the restrictions of federal law by obtaining a collection

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Fla. App. Court (5th DCA) Reverses Foreclosure Due to Lack of Evidence of Effect of Merger of Original Plaintiff

The Florida District Court of Appeal, Fifth District recently reversed a final foreclosure judgment in favor of a mortgagee, holding that the mortgagee did not establish that the original foreclosure plaintiff acquired the note by virtue of a merger, and did not establish the relationship between the original foreclosure plaintiff and the originating lender.  Accordingly,

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Debt Collection Rulemaking on Hold Amid CFPB Rancor

The future of federal rules covering debt collection has been thrown into doubt amid the leadership change at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In one of his first actions since taking the helm of the CFPB as acting director, Mick Mulvaney announced a halt on all Bureau rulemaking, reported Reuters. It has been more than

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Illinois App. Court (2nd Dist) Holds Mortgage Not Void Due to Lack of Licensure by Originating Lender

The Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, recently held that even though the Illinois Residential Mortgage License Act (“IRMLA”) was applicable to a lender that only made one loan in Illinois, an amendment to the IRMLA provided an exception to the law of the case doctrine and under the amendment the mortgage was not void

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7th Cir. Holds State, Local Transfer Taxes Apply to Private Entities Doing Business With GSEs

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that federal laws exempting federal entities from state and local taxation do not apply when the transfer tax is charged to a private buyer who purchases real estate from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). A copy of the

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3rd Cir. Holds Defendants Arguing Class Not Ascertainable in TCPA Suit Must Still Produce Putative Class Member Info

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently reversed an order denying a motion to compel production of a marketing database of putative class members in a federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuit. In so ruling, the Third Circuit held that:  (1) defendants arguing that a class is not ascertainable should be required

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Calif. App. Court (2nd Dist) Holds Bank Did Not Assume Lease by Being Successful Bidder at Foreclosure Sale

The California Court of Appeals for the Second District recently held that the mortgage lender’s purchase at foreclosure sale of a leasehold estate – identified in the deed of trust by reference to the lease – did not constitute an express agreement to assume the lease. A copy of the opinion in BRE DDR BR

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7th Cir. Holds Bankers’ Professional Liability Policy Did Not Cover Excessive Fees Claims

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a bank’s lawsuit against its insurer for breach of contract and bad faith denial of coverage, holding that the insurance policy’s exclusion for any claim based upon or arising from fees or charges applied to the facts alleged. The bank argued

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Fla. App. Court (4th DCA) Holds PSA Insufficient to Prove Foreclosure Standing

In an appeal involving an amicus filed by a national mortgage lending trade association, the District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District, recently reversed a final judgment of foreclosure in favor of a mortgagee, holding that the mortgagee failed to prove that it had possession of the promissory note when the

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9th Cir. Holds No Remand When Only Portion of Putative Class Met CAFA’s Home-State Controversy Exception

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that a plaintiff cannot force remand of a federal Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) removal under the home-state controversy exception when only a portion of the putative class met the two-thirds citizenship requirement. A copy of the opinion Brinkley v. Monterey Financial Services, Inc. is available at:  Link

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