California court confirms that escrow agent’s duty is to the lender not the homeowner

In Ruvalcaba v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, No. 15-cv-00744 (S.D. Ca. July 13, 2017), the District Court for the Southern District of California considered the scope of a title company’s duties when acting as a sub-escrow agent and to whom it owes duties arising out of a lender’s closing instructions and…

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Promise to Borrower to modify loan when servicer knows that Borrower is not eligible…

The Ninth Circuit held that a servicer’s promise to a borrower to modify her loan when it knew knows that the borrower was not eligible for a loan modification was an unfair practice under California’s Unfair Competition Law § 17200. The Borrower in Oskoui v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.,…

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Fifth Circuit holds that a lender’s secondary market policy of not buying loans which…

In Alexander v. AmeriPro Funding, Inc., 848 F.3d 698 (5th Cir. Feb. 16, 2017) the Fifth Circuit held that a lender is not guilty of violating the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) because of an alleged policy not to buy loans in the secondary market that rely on a borrower’s…

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Eight Circuit affirms judgment in class action case that charging a separate fee to…

The Eight Circuit in McKeage v. TMBC, LLC, 847 F.3d 992 (8th Cir. Feb. 13, 2017) affirmed a judgment of $24 million on behalf of a class against a national retailer for charging a fee to prepare the sales contract and other legal documents. As part of a contract to…

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Risk that plaintiff may pay an unauthorized fee pure conjecture defeating Article III standing

Plaintiff’s FDCPA complaint in Benali v. AFNI, Inc., No. CV 15-3605-BRM-DEA (D.N.J. Jan. 4, 2017) asserted two causes of action: a violation of § 1692e by including in a collection letter a false and deceptive reference to a processing fee for payments made electronically and a violation of § 1692f(1)…

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Sixth Circuit holds that the failure to bring foreclosure action as counterclaim in FDCPA…

The Sixth Circuit recently confirmed that a servicer and the lender that did not bring a foreclosure action as a counterclaim to a federal FDCPA lawsuit did not waive their ability to foreclose in the future. In Bauman v. Bank of America, 15-3106 (Dec. 23, 2015) 808 F. 3d 1097,…

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Second Circuit joins the Seventh and Third Circuits in holding that the Bankruptcy Code…

In Garfield v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, 15-527 (2d Cir. Jan. 4, 2016), the Second Circuit examined the question whether a debtor who has been discharged in a bankruptcy can sue in a district court under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) or must seek relief in the bankruptcy…

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Association’s claim against condominium developer that had advertised it performed “quality work” stated a…

The Illinois Supreme Court affirmed that an action brought by a condominium association against the developers and others, alleging breach of a Chicago ordinance prohibiting misrepresentation in the course of marketing and selling real estate, among other claims, should not have been dismissed. In Henderson Square Condo. Ass’n v. LAB…

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Seventh Circuit holds that a lawfully conducted tax sale was a nonetheless a fraudulent…

The Seventh Circuit has held that an Illinois tax sale, lawfully conducted in accordance with the rules governing such sales, was nonetheless a fraudulent conveyance under § 548(a)(1)(B) of the Bankruptcy Code. In In re Smith, No. 15-1166, (7th Cir. Jan. 2016) the Chapter 13 debtors brought an adversary proceeding…

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Illinois Appellate Court holds that circuit court has no discretion to deny a deficiency…

The Third District Appellate Court has upset a longstanding practice of circuit courts to deny a mortgagee the right to a deficiency even where the mortgagee has established its right to same. In U.S. Bank Trust, N.A. v. Atchley, 2015 IL App (3d) 150144 (Nov. 17, 2015) the mortgagee filed…

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