New York Supreme Court Dismisses Plaintiff’s Complaint to Foreclose on Tax Liens Against Bona Fide Purchasers For Value, but Finds City Liable for Negligence in Mistakenly Marking the Liens as Satisfied

In an action to foreclose on two tax liens that were assigned to plaintiff, the New York Supreme Court, Westchester County, recently granted defendant purchasers’ motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s complaint as against them on grounds that they are bona fide purchasers for value, as well as plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment against the defendant city for negligence mistakenly marking the liens as satisfied.

Supreme Court Holds That Cities May Have Standing to Bring Discriminatory Lending Lawsuits Under the FHA for Banks’ Alleged Redlining Practices

In a groundbreaking decision issued Monday, the United States Supreme Court held that a city may have the right to bring an action against a lender for violations of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 (“FHA”) when the lender's allegedly discriminatory lending caused large-scale foreclosures and vacancies in predominantly minority neighborhoods.

California District Court Dismisses Complaint Alleging Wrongful Foreclosure for Lack of Standing on the Ground that a Mistake in Recording Renders an Assignment Void, Not Voidable

The Northern District of California recently granted defendant bank’s motion to dismiss pro se plaintiffs’ complaint alleging wrongful foreclosure on jurisdictional grounds.  See Wyman v. First Am. Title Ins. Co., 2017 WL 512869 (N.D. Ca. Feb. 8, 2017).  In the case, plaintiffs obtained a loan from defendant bank secured by a deed of trust on plaintiffs’ residence. 

Pennsylvania Appellate Court Denies Title Coverage After Settlement Agent’s Misappropriation of Funds

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently affirmed a lower court’s denial of a lender’s claim for coverage from a title insurance company after a settlement agent misappropriated the closing funds and failed to pay off the prior mortgages on the insured property.  See Northwest Sav. Bank v. Fid. Nat’l Title Ins. Co., 2017 WL 253080 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2017). 

New York Federal Court Dismisses Bank’s Foreclosure Complaint for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction, Finding Plaintiff Failed to Properly Establish Diversity of Citizenship as Trustee

The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York recently denied plaintiff bank’s motion for default judgment in a foreclosure action and dismissed the complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, finding that plaintiff failed to sufficiently allege the existence of diversity of citizenship to establish subject matter jurisdiction. 

New Jersey Superior Court Holds Condominium Association Was Not Entitled to Redeem Tax Sale Certificate on Condominium

The Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson County, Chancery Division-General Equity Part recently held that a condominium association’s attempt to redeem a tax sale certificate on a condominium on which it held a lien was not valid because it was neither a mortgagee nor the owner of the property.  See JNH Funding Corp. v. Ayed et al., F-8704-14 (N.J. Ch. Div. March 21, 2017). 

California Appellate Court Reverses Lower Court’s Decision and Holds Insured Was Collaterally Estopped from Lawsuit Against Title Insurance Company

The California Court of Appeals recently reversed a trial court’s order and held that an insured property owner was collaterally estopped from suing a title insurance company for coverage regarding a forged deed to the insured property.  See Gillard v. Fid. Nat’l Title Ins. Co., 2017 WL 345086 (Cal. Ct. App. 2017), reh’g denied (Feb. 14, 2017), review filed (Mar. 7, 2017).  In the case, the insured purchased the property in 2004.