In a decision approved for publication, the New Jersey Appellate Division recently held that tenants who entered into a pay-and-go consent judgment with their landlord were barred from bringing a counterclaim against the landlord in a subsequent proceeding because the claim should have been raised in the prior negotiations. See Raji v. Saucedo, 2019 WL 4741165 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Sept. 30, 2019).
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently granted a lender’s motion to dismiss an action in which the borrower alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) for the lender’s failure to properly respond to three qualified written requests (“QWRs”) and for improperly reporting the borrower’s credit score to reporting agencies despite having received notices of error. See Jackson v. Caliber Home Loans, 2019 WL 3426240 (E.D.N.Y. July 30, 2019).
The Court of Appeals of Nebraska recently held that an insured owner was not entitled to coverage when a lender foreclosed on its property based on a prior mortgage that the insured had assumed and that was excepted in the policy, even if the foreclosure was initiated based on the mortgage’s cross-default provision and caused by the prior owner’s default on a separate loan not mentioned in the policy. See Fo Ge Investments LLC v. First Am. Title, 27 Neb. App. 671 (2019).
The New York Supreme Court, Westchester County, recently held that a lender’s foreclosure action was not barred by the statute of limitations because the lender affirmatively revoked the acceleration of a loan by discontinuing a prior foreclosure action, and also held that the borrower’s wife, who signed the mortgage but not the note, was not entitled to a pre-foreclosure notice under RPAPL 1304. See Deutsche Bank Nat'l Tr. Co. as Tr. for IndyMac IMJA Mortg. Loan Tr. 2007-A2, Mortg. Pass-Through Certificates Series 2007-A2 v. Weininger, 2019 WL 3884569 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Aug. 15, 2019).
The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York recently dismissed a Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) complaint brought by a plaintiff who claimed to have purchased the borrowers’ home and assumed their note and mortgage. See Garrasi v. Selene Fin., LP, 2019 WL 4305411 (N.D.N.Y. Sept. 11, 2019).
The United States District Court for the District of Nevada recently denied a motion for partial summary judgment by homeowners against their title insurance company for coverage and found that the title insurance company may have a claim for reformation when it mistakenly omitted an exception for a mortgage. See Bank of New York Mellon v. Christopher Communities at S. Highlands Golf Club Homeowners Ass’n, 2019 WL 4261854 (D. Nev. Sept. 9, 2019).
The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently affirmed a District Court’s decision granting a debtor’s motion for summary judgment and finding that a quick response (“QR”) code printed on the outside of an envelope that revealed the debtor’s account number when scanned violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). See DiNaples v. MRS BPO, LLC, 934 F.3d 275 (3d Cir. 2019).
The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey recently found that the defendant could not obtain a preliminary injunction prohibiting the plaintiff from operating a sports wagering business on the plaintiff’s property due to a restrictive covenant, but that the defendant still showed a likelihood of success on the merits. See Cherry Hill Towne Ctr. Partners, LLC v. GS Park Racing, L.P., 2019 WL 4187836 (D.N.J. Sept. 4, 2019).
On August 30, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that amended CPLR § 3218 to prevent creditors from filing confessions of judgment in New York against out-of-state debtors. Under the prior version of the statute, a creditor could enter a confession of judgment against a debtor based upon an affidavit signed by the debtor “stating the sum for which judgment may be entered, authorizing the entry of judgment, and stating the county where the defendant resides or if he is a non-resident, the county in which entry is authorized.”
The New Jersey Appellate Division recently denied a homeowner’s argument that a lender’s final judgment of foreclosure submission was improper because the lender submitted certifications of amount due and of diligent inquiry, rather than affidavits. See Wells Fargo Bank, NA, v. Owens, 2019 WL 4184096 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Sept. 4, 2019). In the case, the lender obtained a final judgment of foreclosure and went to sale.