The United States Supreme Court recently held that a creditor who files a bankruptcy claim on a time-barred debt does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). See Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, 137 S. Ct. 1407 (2017). In the case, the debtor filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, and the creditor filed a proof of claim asserting that it was owed credit card debt. However, the credit card had not been used in over ten years, outside Alabama’s six-year statute of limitations.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently upheld the dismissal of a borrower’s Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) complaint, holding that a loan servicer was not required to respond to the borrower’s repeated modification requests.
The United States District Court, Northern District of New York, recently denied plaintiff’s motion for default judgment and for judgment of foreclosure and sale of certain property, finding plaintiff’s notice of pendency to be ineffective and, therefore, void. See Ditech Financial LLC v. Frantz, 2017 WL 1184206 (N.D.N.Y. March 29, 2017).
The Supreme Court of New York, Tompkins County, recently granted the “drastic remedy” of dismissing plaintiff bank’s residential foreclosure action against defendant debtors, cancelling the notice of pendency filed in the action and discharging and cancelling the mortgage which plaintiff sought to foreclose, all because of plaintiff’s “pattern of conduct which gave rise to an inference of willfulness.”
In a noteworthy decision for the title insurance industry, the Minnesota Court of Appeals recently held on April 10, 2017 that a title insurance company had no duty to defend its insured in a boundary line dispute when the policy contained defective-description and survey exceptions. See Fischer Sand & Aggregate, LLP v. Old Republic Nat'l Title Ins. Co., 2017 WL 1316130 (Minn. Ct. App. 2017).
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.
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.
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey recently overruled a creditor’s objection to the debtors’ proposed chapter 13 plan, rejecting the association’s argument that its claim is secured by a consensual lien and may not be modified pursuant to 11 U.S.C. 1322(b)(2).
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.
The Second Department of New York’s Appellate Division recently affirmed a lower court’s decision that a title insurance company was not responsible for its policy-issuing agent’s defalcation of escrow funds. See La Candelaria E. Harlem Cmty. Ctr., Inc. v. First Am. Title Ins. Co. of N.Y., 146 A.D.3d 473 (2d Dept. 2017).