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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Supreme Court answers whether attorneys engaged in non-judicial foreclosure are not debt collectors for…

The facts of Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP, No. 17-1307 (U.S. Mar. 20, 2019) are straight-forward. The defendant lawyers were hired to carry out a nonjudicial foreclosure on a Colorado home owned by the petitioner. The lawyers sent a debt validation notice to the petitioner who disputed the debt.…

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Florida Appellate Court says lender could have recovered interest accrued beyond the statute of…

In Grant v. Citizens Bank, N.A., 5D17-726 (Dec. 26, 2018) a Florida Appellate Court retreated from its prior rulings that a lender could not recover in a foreclosure amounts that accrued more than five years prior to the filing of the lawsuit. Nevertheless, it held that the trial court erred…

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Rhode Island court holds mortgage extension agreement ineffective to extend duration of mortgage where…

In Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC v. Providence Bus. Loan Fund, Inc., No. 2018-18-APPEAL (R.I. Jan. 29, 2019) the Rhode Island Supreme Court holds that a recorded amendment to a mortgage which did not state the duration of the extension of the mortgage was ineffective to extend the validity of the…

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Amendments to Pennsylvania consumer protection statute will not be applied retroactively

In Johnson v. Phelan Hallinan & Schmieg, LLP, 2019 PA Super 11 (Jan. 8, 2019) the Superior Court of Pennsylvania upheld a finding that a 2008 amendment to state consumer protection which raised the statutory limit for qualifying loans from $50,000 to $217,873.5 will not be applied retroactively. In this…

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New Jersey court says mortgagor may not fail to pursue a defense and then…

The Superior Court of New Jersey upheld a decision of a lower court granting judgment for a mortgagee in a civil action alleging that the mortgagee engaged in fraud by obtaining a foreclosure judgment when there was allegedly a loan modification in place. The appellate court held that because the…

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