Missouri Appellate Court Affirms Summary Judgment Decision in Favor of Title Insurance Company Based on Late Notice

The Court of Appeals of Missouri recently affirmed that a title insurance company was entitled to summary judgment dismissing the claims against it when the insured failed to notify the insurer of a litigation until years after it settled.  See Lurie v. Commonwealth Land Title Co., LLC, 2018 WL 4087384 (Mo. Ct. App. Aug. 28, 2018).  In the case, the insured filed a lawsuit against his neighbor in 2008 based on the claim that the neighbor’s fence encroached onto the insured’s property. 

New Jersey Appellate Court Affirms Holding That Assignee Lender Was Not Required to Resend Notice of Intention to Foreclose

New Jersey’s Appellate Division recently affirmed a trial court’s order granting a lender summary judgment on its foreclosure action and holding that the lender was not required to resend a notice of intention to foreclose (“NOI”) after being assigned the mortgage.  See U.S. Bank Trust, N.A., as Trustee for LSF9 Master Participation Trust v. Thomas, 2018 WL 4924377 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Oct. 11, 2018).

New Jersey Federal Court Dismisses RESPA Claim Against Loan Servicer, Holds Servicer Was Not Required to Terminate Foreclosure Action While Modification Application Was Pending

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey recently dismissed an action brought by a borrower against a loan servicer in which she alleged that the servicer had violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) by denying her loan modification application and continuing a foreclosure action against her property.

New York Federal Court Holds Property Reverted to Government When Purchaser Failed to Meet Conditions Subsequent Due to Zoning Restrictions

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently held that title to a property reverted to the government when the purchaser was unable to meet the deed’s conditions subsequent due to zoning restrictions that prevented the purchaser from opening a homeless shelter.  See United States v. Overcoming Love Ministries, Inc., 2018 WL 4054867 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 24, 2018).

Third Circuit Holds Statement That a Forgiveness of Debt Might Be Reported to the IRS May Have Violated the FDCPA

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently reversed a lower court and held that a dunning letter stating that the forgiveness of debt might be reported to the IRS may violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) when there is no chance of such a reporting.  See Schultz v. Midland Credit Mgmt., Inc., 2018 WL 4558595 (3d Cir. Sept. 24, 2018).

Pennsylvania Federal Court Holds Title Insurance Company Did Not Have Duty to Defend Border Wall Claim

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently held that a title insurance company did not breach its policy when it denied an insured’s claim regarding coverage for a litigation about a wall that encroached on a neighbor’s property.  See 631 N. Broad St., LP v. Commonwealth Land Title Ins. Co., 2018 WL 4051798 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 23, 2018).

Florida Appellate Court Finds Attorney May Be Liable to Lender for Erroneous Legal Description Prepared by Title Agent

The Florida Court of Appeals recently held that an attorney was not entitled to summary judgment dismissing a legal malpractice claim brought by a lender regarding an erroneous legal description on a mortgage, despite the fact that the attorney had not prepared the legal description himself.  See JBJ Inv. of S. Fla., Inc. v. S. Title Grp., Inc., 2018 WL 3301673 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. July 5, 2018). 

Third Circuit Holds That Title Companies Are Only Obligated to Defend Covered Claims Under Pennsylvania Law

In a precedential opinion issued on September 10, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed the District Court and held that, under Pennsylvania law, an insurer’s duty to defend turned on allegations within the four corners of the complaint, and a title insurer is only bound to defend claims in the complaint that it specifically covered. See Lupu v. Loan City, LLC, et. al., v. Stewart Title Guaranty Company, 2018 WL 4290048 (3d Cir. Sep. 10, 2018). 

Seventh Circuit Holds Debt Collector Did Not Violate FDCPA by Sending Motion Papers Directly to Represented Debtor in Compliance with State Rules

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently reversed a district court’s decision granting a debtor’s motion for summary judgment and held that the defendant debt collector did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) by sending motion papers directly to the debtor when the debtor was represented by an attorney who had not filed a notice of appearance.  See Holcomb v. Freedman Anselmo Lindberg, LLC, 2018 WL 3984544 (7th Cir. Aug. 21, 2018).