Illinois Appellate Court holds that “single refiling rule” is not a complete bar to…

The trial court in Wilmington Savings Fund v. Barrera, 2020 IL App (2d) 190883 (September 21, 2020) dismissed a foreclosure suit as being barred by the single refiling rule.  The appellate court reversed, holding that the borrower’s subsequent failure to make property tax and insurance payments were new defaults and…

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Firm will present at American Legal & Financial Network’s ANSWERS Webinar

On Friday, July 31, 2020, Founding Partner Jim Noonan will be virtually presenting at this year’s American Legal & Financial Network (ALFN) ANSWERS webinar entitled “Hindsight is 2020 – A year in Review. Top Issues of the Past Year.” Conferences as we have known them may be on hold, but…

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Illinois Appellate Court holds that one year statute of limitations applies to TILA rescission…

The borrowers in U.S. Bank Nat’l Assn. v. Miller, 2020 IL App (1st) 191029 (March 20, 2020) appealed from a judgment dismissing their counterclaim in a foreclosure proceeding to rescind their mortgage under the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”). In a case of first impression, an Illinois appellate affirmed holding…

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Seventh Circuit splits from Fifth and Eight Circuits rejecting “benign-language exception” to FDCPA’s prohibition…

In Preston v. Midland Credit Management, Inc., No. 18-3119 (Jan. 21, 2020), the Seventh Circuit reversed a district court’s order of dismissal, holding that the language “TIME SENSITIVE DOCUMENT” on the envelope of a dunning letter violated § 1692f(8) of the FDCPA. In doing so, it refused to recognize the benign‐language…

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Borrower did not reside in property as principal residence so it did not qualify…

In First Bank of Highland Park v. Sklarov, 2019 IL App (2d) 190210 (Sept. 18, 2019), following the borrower’s default, the bank moved to be appointed a mortgagee in possession. The borrower opposed the motion asserting the property was residential real estate and he was therefore presumptively entitled to maintain…

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Final order in mortgage foreclosure action bars all claims against the mortgagee, even a…

In Taylor v. Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC, 2019 IL App (1st) 172652 (July 25, 2019), the Plaintiffs brought an action against the lender who foreclosed a mortgage on their home in a prior proceeding. Plaintiff’s contended the foreclosure was wrongful and the lender had committed fraud upon the court. For…

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Illinois court rejects mortgagor’s attempt to thwart foreclosure by claiming a sham LLC he…

In an “ignoble attempt to discredit the foreclosure judgment” the mortgagor in U.S. Bank, Nat’l Ass’n as Tr. for Credit Suisse First Bos. CSFB 2005-11 v. Laskowski, 2019 IL App (1st) 181627 (July 16, 2019), belatedly sought to avoid the foreclosure by attacking the decree on behalf of an LLC…

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Florida court holds borrowers entitled to attorney’s fees where bank dismisses foreclosure in face…

Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed a trial court’s denial of reciprocal attorney’s fees to borrowers who were sued for foreclosure after the bank voluntarily dismissed the action. The bank in Venezia v. JP Morgan Mortg. Acquisition Corp., No. 4D18-1278 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. May 22, 2019) filed a…

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Florida Court holds second foreclosure not barred by res judicata where different default date…

A Florida Appellate Court in Bullock v. Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC, No. 1D18-3130 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. June 28, 2019) upheld a foreclosure judgment in a second foreclosure which alleged a later default date than the prior action which the servicer lost. The court affirmed the holding that the second…

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Illinois appellate court holds refinancing lender entitled to conventional subrogation even where the proceeds…

In Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB v. Zarkhin, 2019 IL App (2d) 180439 (March 26, 2019) the Plaintiff filed a foreclosure on property owned by mortgagors, alleging in part that its mortgage, although recorded later, had priority over the defendants’ mortgage because it was intended and used to pay off…

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