In a decision contrary to the holdings of two other circuit courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s decision and held that a plaintiff’s claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) was time barred because he brought his action more than one year after the violation occurred, despite the fact that he brought it within one year of discovering it. See Rotkiske v. Klemm, 2018 WL 2209120 (3d Cir. May 15, 2018).
New York’s Appellate Division recently affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of an insured’s claim against a title agent because, among other things, the insured’s claim of a breach of an oral contract was barred by the title insurance policy’s merger clause. See Union St. Tower, LLC v. First Am. Title Co., 2018 WL 2123717 (2d Dept. May 9, 2018).
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s decision granting a loan servicer summary judgment dismissing a claim under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) because the plaintiff borrower did not suffer any actual damages. See Linderman v. U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n, 887 F.3d 319 (7th Cir. 2018).
Riker Danzig Partner Michael O’Donnell and associates Michael Crowley and Clarissa Gomez co-authored an article in the Spring 2018 issue of New Jersey Banker Magazine entitled “New Jersey’s Department of Banking and Insurance Adopts New Mortgage Processing Requirements.” The article discusses two changes regarding residential mortgages and how these changes will affect residential lenders.
Please note that the disclosure of mortgage loan application fees issue is still evolving. After publication of this article, the Department of Banking and Insurance determined that the disclosures will not currently be mandatory and financial institutions are currently free to decide on their own whether to incorporate such disclosures in their forms.
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A Utah appellate court recently held that use restrictions on an insured property did not render it unmarketable under the title insurance policy, but that damages caused because one of the insured lots overlapped with neighboring parcel would be covered. See Lauritzen v. First Am. Title Ins. Co., 2018 WL 1663285 (Utah Ct. App. Apr. 5, 2018).
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently reversed a district court and held that a borrower failed to prove he suffered damages caused by the servicer’s violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) and, as such, failed to establish an essential element of the claim. See Wirtz v. Specialized Loan Servicing, LLC, 886 F.3d 713 (8th Cir. 2018).
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed a borrower’s claims under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (the “FDCPA”) because the borrower failed to give the loan servicer an opportunity to cure its alleged violations as required under the mortgage. See Kurzban v. Specialized Loan Servicing, LLC, No. 17-CV-20713, 2018 WL 1570370(S.D. Fla. Mar. 30, 2018).
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals recently reversed a lower court’s decision granting summary judgment to a condominium association and held that the association’s foreclosure of a “super-priority” condominium lien may not have extinguished an otherwise first-priority mortgage on the property. See U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n v. Green Parks, LLC, No. 16-cv-842 (D.C. Mar. 13, 2018).
The California Court of Appeals recently held that a mortgage (the “Mortgage”) recorded simultaneously with a home equity line of credit (the “HELOC”) had priority and was not entitled to any surplus proceedings from the foreclosure of the HELOC, despite the fact that the HELOC’s instrument number was prior to that of the Mortgage. See MTC Fin., Inc. v. Nationstar Mortg., 19 Cal. App. 5th 811 (Ct. App. 2018).
The Arizona Court of Appeals recently affirmed a lower court’s order dismissing claims against a title insurance company and an escrow agent and held that they were not liable for the property purchasers’ purported fraud against the lenders. See C & G Farms Inc v. First Am. Title Ins. Co., 2018 WL 1281847 (Ariz. Ct. App. Mar. 13, 2018).