SCOTUS resolves dispute over what qualifies as an “automatic telephone dialing system” under the…

In Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid, No. 19-511 (U.S. Apr. 1, 2021) the Supreme Court was asked to resolve a dispute over whether a device qualifies as an “automatic telephone dialing system”, or autodialer, under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) if it has the capacity “to store or produce telephone…

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New Illinois Law Prescribes CRA Obligations for Non-Depository Mortgage Lenders

On March 23, 2021, the Illinois Community Reinvestment Act (“ILCRA”), Senate Bill No. 1608, was signed into law, Public Act 101-0657, and became effective. The ILCRA imposes continuing and affirmative community investment obligations on covered financial institutions, which include non-depository mortgage lenders. This note reviews and comments on key provisions…

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Ohio and Tennessee district courts hold that the CDC exceeded its authority to make…

In Skyworks, Ltd. v. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, No. 5:20-CV-2407 (N.D. Ohio Mar. 10, 2021) and Tiger Lily LLC v. United States Dep’t of Housing & Urban Development, No. 2:20-CV-2692-MSN-ATC (W.D. Tenn. Mar. 15, 2021) district courts in Ohio and Tennessee struck down the Centers for Disease Control…

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New Illinois Law Imposes Rate Cap Restrictions and True Lender Requirements on Small-Dollar and…

On March 23, 2021, Illinois’ new Predatory Loan Prevention Act (“PLPA”), Senate Bill No. 1792, was signed into law, Public Act 101-0658, causing it to become effective immediately. The PLPA is a consumer protection law, and it will significantly impact lenders making certain consumer loans in Illinois. This note covers…

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Eleventh Circuit says “All Writs Act” not a basis to challenge foreclosure

The Eleventh Circuit affirmed a Florida district court’s rejection of a bankruptcy debtor’s attempt to use the “All Writs Act” to challenge the lender’s foreclosure on her property finding it was not the kind of case for which the All Writs Act was designed. In Rohe v. Wells Fargo Bank,…

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CFPB Clarifies that ECOA Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

On March 9, 2021, the CFPB issued an interpretative rule clarifying that with respect to any aspect of credit transaction, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act’s (“ECOA”), and its implementing Regulation B’s, prohibition against sex discrimination encompasses sexual orientation discrimination and gender identity discrimination, including discrimination based on actual or perceived…

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SCOTUS holds that mere retention of debtor’s property after the filing of a bankruptcy…

In City of Chicago v. Fulton, No. 19-357 (U.S. Jan. 14, 2021) the Supreme Court of the United States reversed a series of lower court rulings finding that the City of Chicago did not violate the bankruptcy code’s automatic stay provision when it refused to return vehicles to Chapter 13…

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Illinois Supreme Court requires Certification of Compliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders to be…

On December 22, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court issued M.R. 30370.  This Order provides a certification form entitled “Plaintiffs Certification of Compliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders on Evictions” and requires that the filing of any eviction complaint be accompanied by a completed copy of the certification form.  The certification…

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Seventh Circuit holds Article III analysis also applies to substantive violations of the FDCPA

The district court dismissed two complaints alleging that a dunning letter was false and misleading under the FDCPA on the grounds that it failed to state a claim. The Seventh Circuit in Larkin v. Financial System of Green Bay, Inc., No. 18-3582 (7th Cir. Dec. 14, 2020) affirmed but on…

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ILLINOIS APPELLATE COURT HOLDS THAT GOVERNOR HAS THE STATUTORY AUTHORITY TO ISSUE SUCCESSIVE DISASTER…

An Illinois Appellate Court in Fox Fire Tavern, LLC v. Pritzker, 2020 BL 441165 (2d) has upheld Illinois Governor Jay Pritzker’s Executive Order imposing restrictions on dining establishments as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. At issue in the case was whether the Governor had the authority under Illinois’ Emergency…

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