Seventh Circuit holds that charging inspection fee does not breach mortgage contract

In Leszanczuk v. Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC, 21 F.4th 933 (7th Cir. Dec. 28, 2021), the borrower challenged the legality of a $20.00 property inspection fee that her loan servicer charged following her default. She claimed that because her property was occupied the fee could not be charged. The district…

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Hawaii Supreme Court clarifies rules on the introduction of business records in foreclosure proceedings

On June 21, 2021, the Supreme Court of Hawaii in U.S. Bank Tr., N.A. as Tr. for LSF9 Master Participation Tr. v. Verhagen, No. SCWC-17-0000746 (Haw. June 21, 2021) settled several questions related to the introduction of evidence and business records critical to the mortgage foreclosure process, most of which…

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Wisconsin district court holds that is not a FCRA violation to report TPP payments…

A Wisconsin district court in Green v. Cenlar FSB, No. 19-cv-1555 (April 19, 2021) granted summary judgment to a loan servicing company for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), on the grounds that the servicer conducted a reasonable investigation of a mortgagor’s credit disputes which challenged the…

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Appellate Court holds that Rent Control Preemption Act completely preempts Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance

On April 30, 2021, the First District Appellate Court struck down Chicago’s Protecting Tenants in Foreclosed Rental Properties Ordinance, better known as the Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance (“KCRO”) finding it is completely preempted by Illinois’ Rent Control Preemption Act (“RCPA”). The decision is Rivera v. Bank of New York, et…

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11th Circuit rules that sharing of debtor’s information with third party vendor is actionable…

The appeal in Hunstein v. Preferred Collection and Management Services, Inc., No. 19-14434 (11th Cir. Apr. 21, 2021) arose from the dismissal of a claim that a debt collector violated section 1692c(b) of the FDCPA which prohibits a debt collector from communicating consumers’ personal information to third parties “in connection…

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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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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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GEORGIA DISTRICT COURT UPHOLDS CDC EVICTION MORATORIUM

In Brown v. Azar, No. 1:20-CV-03702-JPB (N.D. Ga. Oct. 29, 2020), several landlords brought suit against the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Public Health and Human Services (“HHS”) challenging the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (“CDC”) September 4, 2020 moratorium on residential evictions (“Order”). They sought a preliminary…

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Illinois court says dunning letter on time-barred debt violates FDCPA if it does not…

At issue in Perea v. Portfolio Recovery Assocs., LLC, No. 18-CV-06504 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 28, 2020) was whether a debt collector violated the FDCPA by attempting to collect time barred debt. Although the debt collector provided a disclaimer in the dunning letter that it would not restart the statute of…

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Seventh Circuit holds that reporting accurate loan information under FCRA does not include verifying…

The Seventh Circuit in Denan v. Trans Union LLC, No. 19-1519 (7th Cir. May 11, 2020) was asked to address what “accurate reporting” means under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). It answered that a credit reporting agency (“CRA”) was obliged only to follow reasonable procedures to assure maximum possible…

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