Florida court holds that ability to enforce a lost note does not create a…

In another chapter in the seemingly never ending saga of Florida’s statute of limitations litigation, a Florida Appellate Court recently held that a foreclosure complaint was not time barred because the time had run on the bank’s ability to enforce a lost note. Mielke v. Deutsche Bank Nat’l Tr. Co.…

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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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Second Circuit holds that individual owner liable for FDCPA violations of his debt collection…

The Second Circuit affirmed a decision by the US District Court for the Western District of New York finding the owners of several debt collection companies personally liable for the disgorgement of the money the companies received as a result of violating the Federal Trade Commission Act (“FTCA”) and the…

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California Supreme Court holds that a purchaser of real property at a foreclosure sale…

In Dr. Leevil, LLC v. Westlake Health Care Center, S241324 (Dec. 17, 2018) the California Supreme Court resolved a procedural question related to the timing of the notice that must precede an unlawful detainer action, where the action was not brought by the landlord, but rather by a mortgagee that…

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Seventh Circuit holds dunning letter not misleading by including validation notice on the second…

The Seventh Circuit in O’Boyle v. Real Time Resolutions, Inc., 910 F.3d 338, 341–48 (7th Cir. Dec. 7, 2018) affirmed a Wisconsin district court’s ruling that a letter which stated that important information was on the back of its first page, but the required validation notice was actually on the…

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Eleventh Circuit holds that debt is not “provided for” in the chapter 13 plan…

The Eleventh Circuit affirmed a Florida district court’s holding In re Dukes, 909 F.3d 1306 (11th Cir. Dec. 6, 2018), that a mortgage debt was not discharged under 11 U.S.C. § 1328(a) when the debt was paid outside of the chapter 13 plan because it was not “provided for” in…

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Seventh Circuit Explains Attorney’s Fees Do Not Satisfy the Requisite Actual Damage Element for…

In Moore v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 18-1564 (7th Cir. Nov. 7, 2018), the mortgagor defaulted on two separate loan modifications. Following the second default the mortgagee filed for judicial foreclosure. After foreclosure judgment was entered and shortly before the foreclosure sale of the property was about to occur,…

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The Fifth Circuit affirms Texas district court’s decision to award successful plaintiff in an…

In Davis v. Credit Bureau of the South, 908 F.3d 972 (5th Cir. Nov. 16, 2018) the debtor alleged that a debt collector violated the FDCPA by falsely representing that it was a credit bureau when it had lost its credit bureau designation some years earlier. The district court entered…

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Ninth Circuit Revives Borrower’s Action For Equitable Enforcement of Recession Under TILA By Applying…

In Hoang v. Bank of America, N.A., No. 17-35993 (9th Cir. Dec 6, 2018), in connection with the refinance of the borrower’s mortgage, the originating bank failed to give the borrower a notice of the right to recession as required under Section 1635 of the federal Truth in Lending Act…

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Pennsylvania District Court rejects law firms defense to class certification in FDCPA actio

In Gibbons, v. Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA, No. 17-1851 (E.D. Penn Oct. 31, 2018) a Pennsylvania District Court granted a consumer’s class certification in an FDCPA suit against a law firm alleging that debt-collection letters printed on the firm’s letterhead falsely implied that they were being sent by…

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