Posts from April 2015.

Since the Constitution was ratified, 226 years ago, potential plaintiffs have been required to first establish that they have a "case or controversy" before a court can consider the merits of any legal claim. As the U.S. Supreme Court has phrased it, "the person seeking to invoke the jurisdiction of the court must establish the requisite standing to sue." Whitmore v. Arkansas, 495 U.S. 149, 154 (1990). There are three components of standing:

1) the plaintiff has suffered an "injury in fact" that is (a) concrete and particularized and (b) actual or imminent, not conjectural or ...

Andrew D. Dunavant, Jr., and Mary Dunavant (the Dunavants) appealed the district court's partial denial of their motion for summary judgment and its grant of the defendant's motion for summary judgment. Dunavant v. Sirote & Permutt, P.C., 2015 WL 525536, 1 (11th Cir. Feb. 9, 2015) (per curiam). The Dunavants allege that the defendant, Sirote & Permutt, P.C. (Sirote), unlawfully published two notices of foreclosure sale for the Dunavants' property after a state court enjoined the foreclosure action. Id. On appeal, the Dunavants first argue that the district court incorrectly ...

In Etta Lowery v. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, No. 2131060, 2015 WL 1525153 (Ala. Civ. App. Apr. 3, 2015), the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals reversed the trial court's judgment on the pleadings entered in favor of Defendant-Appellee Wells Fargo on Plaintiff-Appellant Etta Lowery's claims relating to the notarization of her mortgage. Lowery had filed a complaint in the trial court against Wells Fargo alleging that her mortgage with Wells Fargo was void because it was notarized by a person she had never met. She also alleged that Wells Fargo concealed the improper notarization from her ...

Posted in: Alabama

In Colson v. State Farm Bank, F.S.B., Case No. 2D13-5526, Florida's Second District Court of Appeals just reversed a final judgment of foreclosure entered in favor of the plaintiff, finding that a "total lack of evidence as to damages" required reversal and remand for further proceedings. In February 2009, State Farm as the plaintiff initiated a mortgage foreclosure action against the Colsons. Through its sole witness, an employee of its servicer, State Farm introduced the following into evidence at the November 2013 trial: a power of attorney between State Farm and the servicer, a ...

Posted in: Florida
A recent opinion issued by the Sixth Judicial Circuit in and for Pasco County, Florida, sitting in its appellate capacity, provides further insight regarding what constitutes a violation of section 559.72(18) of the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act ("FCCPA"). There, appellant James A. Hurtubise sought review of a summary judgment entered against him and in favor of PNC Bank, N.A. on his claim that PNC had violated the FCCPA by communicating with him in an attempt to collect a debt despite knowing that he was represented by counsel. PNC had instituted a foreclosure action ...
Posted in: FCCPA, Florida, TILA

In LNB-017-13, LLC v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A., 14-cv-24800-UU, 2015 WL 1546150 (S.D. Fla. April 7, 2015), Judge Ursula Ungaro revisited the familiar topic of the statute of limitations for mortgage foreclosure and previously dismissed foreclosure actions. In two prior opinions on the subject, Judge Ungaro dismissed efforts to quiet title to mortgages where the borrowers had alleged the expiration of the statute of limitations as grounds for removing valid mortgage liens from title. See Lopez v. HSBC Bank, N.A., 1:14-cv-20798-UU, 2014 WL 3361755, at 1 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 28, 2014); Torres ...

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