Calif. App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Intent of Parties Determines Priority of Simultaneous Lien Recordings

The Court of Appeal of California, First District, recently concluded that if two deeds of trust are submitted at the same time for recording, the order in which they are indexed is not determinative of priority.  Instead, according to the Court, the intent of the parties will determine priority. In this case, one originating lender

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Calif. App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Assignee May Sue Title Company for Erroneous Release

The Court of Appeal of California, First District, recently held that an assignee of the original beneficiary of a deed of trust, as the current holder of an obligation, has the right under California Civil Code § 2941(b)(6) to prove damages against the title company that allegedly recorded a release of the deed of trust

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10th Cir. Holds Borrower’s FDCPA, Other Claims Not Barred by Rooker-Feldman After Non-Judicial Foreclosure

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently held that the Rooker-Feldman doctrine did not bar the trial court from considering the plaintiff’s claims because she was not challenging or seeking to set aside an underlying non-judicial mortgage foreclosure proceeding under Colorado law. Accordingly, the Tenth Circuit remanded to the trial court to

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Calif. App. Court (2nd Dist) Holds Correction Offer Under CLRA Did Not Preclude Other Claims

The California Court of Appeal for the Second District recently held that a correction offer under the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act did not prevent a consumer from pursuing causes of action for fraud and violation of the California Unfair Competition Law based on the same conduct because the CLRA’s remedies are cumulative and non-exhaustive. A

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10th Cir. Affirms Dismissal of Fair Credit Billing Act Claims Due to Paid Off Balance

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently held that a consumer had no claim under the federal Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA) where he had already fully paid the balance of his credit cards, because after full payment there was no “credit outstanding.” A copy of the opinion in Hasan v. Chase

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Calif. App. Court (1st Dist) Affirms Denial of Class Cert for Lack of Evidence Identifying Putative Class Members

The California Court of Appeal for the First District recently affirmed an order denying class certification because the plaintiff did not present evidence to demonstrate how putative class members can be identified from the defendant’s records. A copy of the opinion in Noel v. Thrifty Payless, Inc. is available at:  Link to Opinion. In July 2013,

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Illinois App. Court Rules Factual Question Precluded Summary Judgment in HUD/FHA Face-to-Face Challenge

The Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District recently concluded that two borrowers failed to rebut the foreclosing mortgagee’s prima facie case of standing to pursue foreclosure against the borrowers, and affirmed the trial court’s determination that the plaintiff mortgagee established as a matter of law that it had standing. The Second District, however, reversed the

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DC Cir. Upholds Dismissal of False Claims Act Action Arising Out of 2012 Nat’l Mortgage Settlement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a federal False Claims Act lawsuit alleging a lender’s violation of the 2012 National Mortgage Settlement and violation of the Home Affordable Modification Program through the lender’s alleged false certifications of compliance. A link to the opinion in U.S. ex rel.

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Calif. App. Court (4th Dist) Upholds Denial of Class Cert, Rules Injunctive Claims Not Easier to Certify

The California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District recently affirmed an order denying class certification in a declaratory relief action because the plaintiff failed to establish ascertainability, predominance and superiority. In so ruling, the Appellate Court held that California Code of Civil Procedure section 382 did not have an equivalent to Rule 23(b)(1)(A) or

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7th Cir. Holds Debt Collector Violated FDCPA Despite Using Miller Safe Harbor Language

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that “debt collectors cannot immunize themselves from FDCPA liability by blindly copying and pasting the Miller safe harbor language” where that language is inaccurate under the circumstances. Accordingly, the Seventh Circuit reversed the trial court decision granting the debt collector’s motion to dismiss. A

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Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Subsequent Foreclosure-Related Action Barred by Illinois ‘Single Refiling’ Rule

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently dismissed a mortgagee’s “breach of mortgage contract” action as an impermissible second refiling following prior voluntary dismissals of a 2011 foreclosure complaint and 2013 action for breach of the promissory note based upon the same note and mortgage. In so ruling, the Appellate Court concluded that, despite

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9th Cir. Rejects Attempt to Hold Lenders Liable for Promoter’s Alleged TCPA Violations

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s judgment in favor of several lender defendants in a putative TCPA class action, ruling that the defendants could not be vicariously liable under the TCPA for a promoter’s text messages because the promoter was either not the defendants’ agent or the

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