Posts tagged Fourth District Court of Appeal.

Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal breathed life back into the lis pendens statute by reversing course in Ober v. Town of Lauderdale-By-the-Sea. On a motion for rehearing, the Court withdrew and replaced its August 24, 2016 opinion, which "eviscerated" the lis pendens statute by holding that liens placed on property between a final judgment of foreclosure and the judicial sale were not discharged by Florida Statute § 48.23. For an in-depth discussion of the Court's August 24, 2016 opinion, click here. Consistent with the real property and mortgage industry's understanding ...

The Fourth District Court of Appeal recently affirmed its prior decision in Vidal v. Liquidation Properties, Inc., 104 So. 3d 1274 (4th DCA 2013). Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Hilary A. Williamson, Case No. 4D15-285, 2016 WL 3745477 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016). It concluded, once again, that a borrower is in the best position to know their own financial information. Therefore, if a borrower executes their loan application including false information, that borrower is precluded from raising fraud as an affirmative defense in a subsequent action absent unique circumstances. See Shahar v. Green ...

Posted in: Florida

In the case of Sill v. JPMorgan Chase Bank National Association, Michael Sill appealed a final judgment of foreclosure entered in favor of JPMorgan Chase Bank ("Chase"), in which he asserted three issues. 4D14-1014, 2016 WL 67256 (Fla. 4th DCA Jan. 6, 2016). Of note, is Mr. Sill's third contention arguing that Chase was required to send a new notice of default after it voluntarily dismissed the first suit and before it filed the second suit. The Fourth DCA affirmed on all issues, but it wrote an opinion to address the sole issue of whether a new notice of default was required to be sent by ...

In OneWest Bank, FSB v. Gino Alessio, et al., 4D14-1444 (Fla. 4th DCA Jan. 6, 2014), the Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed a trial judge's order dismissing a foreclosure after the defendant improperly used a motion in limine to exclude the bank's sole witness and procured dismissal of the action. While the trial court's order was ostensibly a sanction for violating the pre-trial order's requirements regarding witness and exhibit lists, the Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed because the trial court failed to consider the factors set forth in the Florida Supreme Court's ...

Posted in: Florida, Foreclosure

In Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company v. Dennis M. Conley, 4D14-2430 (Fla. 4th DCA Jan. 6, 2016), Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal clarified the methods by which a foreclosure plaintiff can seek to enforce a note indorsed to another party. Specifically, the court held that, "[w]here a bank is seeking to enforce a note which his specially indorsed to another, the bank is a nonholder in possession." The court went on to hold that in order to prove standing as a non-holder the plaintiff must provide proof of an effective transfer, purchase of the debt, or a valid assignment. In ...

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