Posts tagged Mortgages.

In Green v. Specialized Loan Servicing, LLC, 17-15681, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a consumers contention that his monthly mortgage statement should only seek his last five years of mortgage installments due to Florida’s five-year statute of limitations for mortgage foreclosure. The consumer sued his mortgage servicer under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) 15 USC 1692 alleging his mortgage statements were not only an attempt to collect a debt but also were deceptive because they sought debt that the consumer alleged was ...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a special edition of its supervision report, honing in on mortgage servicers on June 22nd [1]. It blamed outdated technology and process breakdown for trends it has seen with violations of the CFPB's 2014 servicing rules. The primary areas of concern are communications and data related to loan modifications and servicing transfers.

Among the highlights of the report, CFPB examiners found that "information about loan modifications is late, incorrect, or deceptive, due to technological breakdowns or malfunctions ...

Posted in: CFPB, Mortgages

In Haynes v. McCalla Raymer, LLC, No. 14-14036, __ F. 3d __, 2015 WL 4188459 (11th Cir. July 13, 2015), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Northern District of Georgia's grant of summary judgment in favor of Bank of America, N.A. ("BANA") on the mortgagors' wrongful foreclosure claim. The court held that the mortgagors lacked standing to challenge any alleged deficiencies in the assignment of the security deed from MERS to BANA and that the borrowers' own default, rather than any alleged defect in the foreclosure notice, led to the foreclosure. With respect to the ...

In Evergrene Partners, Inc. v. Citibank, N.A., 39 Fla. L. Weekly D1342, 2014 WL 2862392 (Fla. 4th DCA June 25, 2014) Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed dismissal of a complaint which sought to cancel a residential mortgage by alleging that the statute of limitations had run following dismissal of a failed foreclosure effort by the lender. This decision should have a dramatic effect on similar such claims statewide, and even nationally. It has become increasingly common for borrowers to seek to quiet title or cancellation of mortgages once the applicable statute of ...

Posted in: Florida, Mortgages
In U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION v. PATRICIA J. BARTRAM, et al., Case No. 5D12-3823, Florida's Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals added much needed clarity to the question of when a foreclosure action is time-barred by the applicable statute of limitations. As the height of Florida's foreclosure crisis gets further behind us, more and more lenders and loan servicers are finding themselves with foreclosure cases over five years old and wondering if the statute of limitations will present a problem. In some cases, borrowers are going on the offensive and asserting that such loans are not ...
Posted in: Florida, Mortgages

Cataldi v. New York Community Bank (N.D. GA Feb. 3, 2013) (Loss Mitigation & Dual Tracking)

This action involves one of the first decisions issued pursuant to the new mortgage servicing regulations under the "Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and Consumer Protection Act." Plaintiff sought injunctive relief for violation of the Act, including a claim that the Defendant did not fairly offer and negotiate loss mitigation options and pursued "dual track" foreclosure. The facts established that the parties engaged in modification negotiations, that one or more modifications ...

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