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  • January 12, 2024

    Borrower Seeks Preliminary Approval Of Junk Fees Pact In Nearly Decade-Old Case

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A mortgagor who filed a class complaint alleging unlawfully marked-up fees against Ocwen Financial Corp. and Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC (together, Ocwen) in 2014, in part under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and California’s unfair competition law (UCL), filed a motion in a federal court in California seeking preliminary approval of a class settlement that will provide fee reimbursements to nationwide settlement class members and fee reversals or credits to members of a California settlement subclass.

  • January 11, 2024

    Reverse-Mortgage Borrower Seeks Documents As Dismissal Motion Is Pending

    CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — Documents sought from one of the defendants in putative class case over fees and other charges for reverse mortgages complied with two prior courts orders as that defendant’s bankruptcy plan administrator consented to production of the documents and the documents being sought have not already been requested or produced in a separate case over property taxes against the same defendants, a borrower argues in a supplemental status report filed in a federal court in New York.

  • January 10, 2024

    California Federal Judge Dismisses Amended Foreclosure Suit, This Time With Prejudice

    CONCORD, Calif. — A federal judge in California has dismissed without leave to amend a lawsuit by homeowners alleging that their mortgage servicer violated federal and state statutes when it foreclosed on their property, finding that the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) claim in the second amended complaint remains time-barred and that the plaintiffs failed to state a claim for their various state law claims.

  • January 10, 2024

    Judge Grants Summary Judgment In Case Involving Improperly Discharged Mortgage

    BOSTON — A bank is entitled to summary judgment in its action seeking to strike the discharge of a mortgage, a federal judge in Massachusetts said after finding sufficient evidence that the discharge was entered in error and that nothing precluded the court from concluding otherwise.

  • January 09, 2024

    Case Stayed After Borrowers, Servicer Reach Settlement In RESPA Violation Suit

    MIAMI — A federal judge in Florida, acting sua sponte, stayed a suit filed by borrowers alleging that a mortgage servicer violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) when filing a foreclosure suit against them and ordered the suit to be administratively closed after the parties notified the court that they had reached a settlement.

  • January 04, 2024

    Homeowner Alleges Bank Improperly Denied Mortgage Relief Needed During COVID-19

    JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi homeowner sued an Illinois mortgage servicer in Mississippi federal court alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act after the servicer foreclosed on her home without offering modifications to her mortgage terms the homeowner needed after experiencing income loss due to her divorce and the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • December 22, 2023

    CFPB, DOJ Sue Texas Developers, Lender Alleging Predatory Lending

    HOUSTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) sued a Texas developer and lender and its affiliates in federal court, claiming that they operate an illegal “bait and switch” land sales scheme that targets Hispanic borrowers and sets them up with loans they cannot afford.

  • December 22, 2023

    Federal Class Complaint Accuses Navy Federal Of Biased Mortgage Denials

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Navy Federal Credit Union “systematically discriminates against would-be borrowers by race,” two African-American women allege in a putative class complaint filed in a federal court in Virgina in which they claim that in 2022, a white person had a 75% chance of being approved for a conventional mortgage while Black applicants had less than a 50% chance of success.

  • December 21, 2023

    4th Circuit Denies Lender Permission To Appeal Class Certification Ruling

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has denied lender Mr. Cooper Group Inc. permission to appeal a lower court’s class certification ruling in a case brought by mortgagors who allege that they paid excess charges due to illegal kickbacks.

  • December 21, 2023

    Mortgagors Suing Over Data Theft May Seek Only Declaratory, Injunctive Relief

    MIAMI — A federal judge in Florida largely granted a motion to dismiss by loan servicers whose data was accessed and personally identifiable information (PII) was stolen, permitting the mortgagors to proceed only with their final claim for declaratory judgment and injunctive relief.

  • December 19, 2023

    Judge Modifies Class Over Loan Servicer’s Alleged Kickback Scheme

    BALTIMORE — After rejecting a trial plan as unworkable, a federal judge in Maryland modified a class action definition sua sponte after concluding that recent disclosures on how the class of individuals allegedly overcharged for mortgage services due to kickbacks would calculate damages left the original certified class unable to meet the adequacy and typicality requirements.

  • December 19, 2023

    U.S. As Amicus Supports High Court Vacating New York Escrow Law Preemption Ruling

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that a ruling by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that New York’s escrow-interest law is preempted by the National Bank Act (NBA) should be vacated for “the correct preemption inquiry [to occur] in the first instance.”

  • December 19, 2023

    Hawaii Appeals Court Vacates Summary Judgment In Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure Case

    HONOLULU — A Hawaii appellate panel vacated summary judgment for the lender in a reverse mortgage foreclosure case, finding that the mortgage company, which was not the original lender in the transaction, failed to show that its records were trustworthy.

  • December 18, 2023

    Judge Won’t Reconsider 2021 Ruling Rejecting Claim That Foreclosure Was Time-Barred

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — New York’s Foreclosure Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA), implemented in December 2022, does not require a federal judge to reconsider a December 2021 grant of summary judgment to the holder of the mortgage who previously failed to foreclose on a property and determined that a letter sent a week before the statute of limitations expired was found to be “an affirmative act to decelerate the mortgage,” a federal judge in New York ruled, opining that the mortgagor still had legal options available and that the state court should decide this issue concerning state law.

  • December 18, 2023

    Mortgagors File Amended Class Complaint Accusing PHH Of Pay-To-Pay Fees

    CAMDEN. N.J. — Two women accusing a mortgage servicing company of illegally marking up fees for borrowers who remit payments online or over the phone filed an amended class complaint in a federal court in New Jersey seeking damages, including treble damages and other relief.

  • December 15, 2023

    Judge Adopts Report Finding RESPA Letter Postage Satisfies Injury-In-Fact Standard

    MIAMI — A federal judge in Florida adopted a magistrate judge’s recommendation that the court find that postage and copying costs associated with a notice-and-cure letter constituted an injury in fact and provided standing for the plaintiffs to proceed with their Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).

  • December 15, 2023

    In Dispute Over HELOC Advertising, Arizona Federal Judge Again Dismisses

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Four months after his putative class action against a home equity lender was dismissed as untimely, a plaintiff saw his amended complaint again rejected by a federal judge in Arizona, who this time ordered that the case be closed.

  • December 14, 2023

    Pretrial Conference Set In Suit To Halt Foreclosure After Claims Largely Dismissed

    AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge in Texas on Dec. 13 set an initial pretrial conference in a lawsuit by a Texas woman seeking to halt foreclosure of her home; the order came three weeks after the loan servicer’s motion to dismiss was granted, leaving only a portion of the plaintiff’s declaratory judgment claims.

  • December 14, 2023

    Class Claims Over Timeliness Of Mortgage Payments Partially Survive Dismissal

    EUGENE, Ore. — A federal judge in Oregon partially granted and partially denied dismissal of putative class claims under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RSPA) and Oregon law in a case accusing a mortgage servicer of incorrectly reporting a mortgagor’s payments as late and denied an alternative motion to strike the class allegations, finding that the request was filed too soon.

  • December 14, 2023

    11th Circuit: Mid-Foreclosure Escrow Statements Were Not Discrete FDCPA Violation

    ATLANTA — A mortgagor’s Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims against his mortgage servicer based on statements made by that company’s representative as part of a foreclosure action more than a year after it was first filed were time-barred as the statements were “not independently actionable” under the FDCPA, an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled.

  • December 13, 2023

    Kansas Couple Ask 10th Circuit To Revive Claims Over Disputed Mortgage Status

    DENVER — A Kansas husband and wife who allege in a case referred to as “unusual” and “strange” that they have a lien on their home while their loan servicers claim that they own the house free and clear filed a reply brief in the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals arguing that summary judgment for the servicers must be reversed because a pretrial order that limited their claims and their Kansas Consumer Protection Act (KCPA) claim were subjected to “inappropriately strict construction” and the trial court “disregard[ed] . . . laws pertaining to the filing of documents necessary to affect title to real estate.” 

  • December 11, 2023

    Mortgagors Tell U.S. High Court N.Y. Escrow Law Is Not Preempted By Federal Law

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — New York’s escrow-interest law was wrongly found by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to be preempted by the National Bank Act (NBA) because the appellate panel’s test is “squarely reject[ed]” by 12 U.S. Code Section 25b, mortgagors argue in their petitioner brief filed Dec. 8 in the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • December 08, 2023

    Default Entered Against Mortgage Lender In Class Action Alleging Kickbacks

    BALTIMORE — A federal court in Maryland entered default against a mortgage lender facing class claims that it engaged in an illegal kickback scheme in response to a judge’s Dec. 1 order indicating that the lender missed the deadline to obtain new counsel or indicate why default should not be entered against it.

  • December 07, 2023

    Court Dismisses Mortgage Borrower’s Suit Against Lender For Modification Dispute

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California federal magistrate judge on Dec. 6 docketed an order granting a mortgage borrower’s request to voluntarily dismiss her lawsuit accusing a lender of violating California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other laws by not contacting her for years after her loan went into default following a modification request, one day after the magistrate recommended dismissing her suit.

  • November 29, 2023

    On Remand, Parties Dispute Expert Exclusion Bids In RESPA Class Lawsuit

    FRESNO, Calif. — Parties in a long-running Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) class action involving captive reinsurance agreements are sparring in California federal court over expert testimony regarding whether the plaintiffs have standing under an economic harm theory.

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