Mealey's Mortgage Lending

  • February 23, 2024

    Loan Servicer Prevails In California Trial Over Foreclosure

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A loan servicer did not violate the California’s Homeowners Bill of Rights (HBOR) by failing to provide a single point of contact or written receipt of a loan modification application and its resulting foreclosure was not improper, a federal jury in California found in returning a verdict for the company.

  • February 22, 2024

    5th Circuit Affirms Judgment For Bank In Foreclosure Suit, Finds Notice Adequate

    NEW ORLEANS — A bank did not “demonstrate a clear and unequivocal intent to abandon acceleration of” a couple’s loan, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled, affirming a lower court’s grant of summary judgment to the bank in a mortgage foreclosure suit.

  • February 22, 2024

    Property Loan Servicer Denied Summary Judgment In Late Payment Notation Dispute

    TACOMA, Wash. — A Washington man may proceed to trial with claims that the servicer of a property loan taken out in his name failed to properly investigate his disputes concerning late payments and provided “incomplete” or “misleading” information to credit reporting agencies when it failed to include a notation with the report of the late payments that the loan had been the responsibility of his ex-wife pursuant to their divorce decree, a federal judge in Washington ruled, denying the servicer’s motion for summary judgment.

  • February 22, 2024

    RESPA Claims Concerning QWR Letters Dismissed From Class Suit Over Unpaid Taxes

    BALTIMORE — A federal judge in Maryland ruling on a partial motion to dismiss a putative class complaint by homeowners who accuse their mortgage servicer of failing to properly handle the payment of their property taxes granted the motion as to two Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) claims concerning failure to respond to the homeowners’ qualified written request (QWR) letters but left in place the homeowners’ RESPA claim for failure to pay taxes from the plaintiffs’ escrow accounts.

  • February 21, 2024

    Magistrate Judge Cites History Of Deficient Filings In Denying Foreclosure Motion

    CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — A lender’s history of defective court filings again reared its head, as notice of its foreclosure and default judgment action appears to have occurred at the wrong address under New York law, a federal magistrate judge said in recommending denial of the company’s motion.

  • February 16, 2024

    Judge Won’t Reconsider Summary Judgment Ruling For Borrowers In ‘Pay-To-Pay’ Case

    HOUSTON — A federal judge in Texas denied a mortgage servicer and subservicer’s motion to reconsider his ruling adopting a magistrate judge’s recommendation to grant summary judgment to two classes of mortgagers with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans who sued over “pay-to-pay fees,” stating, “Reconsideration isn’t for do-overs.”

  • February 15, 2024

    Judge Dismisses But Leaves Room To Amend RICO Lending Case

    SACRAMENTO, Calif — Conclusory allegations that lender defendants in California undertook interstate activities are insufficient, but because it appears possible that borrowers could adequately plead a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) claim, dismissal is with leave to amend, a federal judge in California said.

  • February 15, 2024

    Panel: Reversal Of Foreclosure ‘Required’ Due To No Legal Representative Of Estate

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida appellate court on Feb. 14 reversed and remanded a lower court’s judgment of foreclosure on a decedent’s property, finding that because the judgment was entered “without the presence of the deceased mortgagor’s legal representative, the final summary judgment of foreclosure is a nullity.”

  • February 13, 2024

    Rhode Island High Court: Non-Signee Listed Borrower Retained Interest In Property

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A trial court properly granted a lender summary judgment because a daughter listed as a borrower but who did not sign a promissory note retained an interest in the property at which she lived even after the death of her father, the lone signee, the Rhode Island Supreme Court said in affirming judgment in favor of the lender.

  • February 12, 2024

    Dismissal Recommended In Class Suit Accusing Mortgage Lender Of Restraining Trade

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A federal magistrate judge in Florida issued a report and recommendation stating that all claims in a putative class complaint accusing a wholesale mortgage lender of violating the Sherman Act by refusing to do business with mortgage brokers who also do business with two other lenders should be dismissed, finding in part that there was no showing that there was “harm to competition within the overall mortgage market or the wholesale retail mortgage market.”

  • February 08, 2024

    Borrower’s Fee Claims In Foreclosure Case Deemed Duplicative Of Prior Case

    SEATTLE — A federal judge in Washington dismissed the remaining claims and counterclaims by a borrower who alleges that the assignee and servicer of his mortgage violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act (WCPA) when rolling attorney fees from the borrower’s earlier Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) case into his loan payoff amount, finding that claims were “duplicative of relief available and properly sought” in an earlier action; the judge directed the clerk to reopen the earlier action “for that limited purpose.”

  • February 08, 2024

    U.S. High Court Affirms: No FCRA Immunity Exists For Government Agencies

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 8 upheld an August 2022 determination by the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — and any other federal agency — can be sued for supplying false information to credit reporting entities.

  • February 07, 2024

    Servicer To U.S. Supreme Court: Borrower Can’t Enforce Bankruptcy In State Court

    WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The U.S. Supreme Court should accept review of a case so that it can align a Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling with the holdings from other appellate courts that preclude enforcing a federal court bankruptcy injunction through state laws, a mortgage servicer tells the court in a petition for writ of certiorari.

  • February 06, 2024

    Bank Agrees To Pay $13.5M To Resolve Redlining Claims Raised By DOJ, North Carolina

    GREENSBORO, N.C. —  First National Bank of Pennsylvania (FNB) has agreed to pay $13.5 million to resolve the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and state of North Carolina’s allegations that it “engaged in a pattern or practice of unlawful redlining” in Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in two cities in the state, according to two proposed consent orders filed Feb. 5 in federal court.

  • February 05, 2024

    Judge Denies Mortgage Servicer’s Motion To Dismiss Loan Modification UCL Suit

    LOS ANGELES — A California federal judge granted in part and denied in part a mortgage loan servicer’s motion to dismiss a suit accusing it of improperly denying a borrower’s loan modification applications, finding that the plaintiff’s claims are not time-barred because she now alleges that she recently discovered that the servicer sent her statements with errors that contributed to the principal balance on her loan.

  • February 05, 2024

    Pa. Superior Court Affirms Summary Judgment For PNC In Mortgage Foreclosure Suit

    PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania Superior Court panel in a nonprecedential decision affirmed a trial court’s summary judgment ruling for PNC Bank National Association in a mortgage foreclosure action in which the mortgagor alleged that PNC did not possess the original promissory note and summary judgment was granted while there were still “a genuine issue of material fact over the non-principal and interest damages.”

  • February 02, 2024

    Split Maine High Court Vacates Mortgage Discharge Order In Foreclosure Suit

    PORTLAND, Maine — A divided Maine Supreme Judicial Court affirmed a trial court’s ruling in a foreclosure that a default notice sent to a mortgagor was defective but vacated the portion of the judgment requiring the bank subsidiary to discharge the mortgage, citing Finch v. U.S. Bank, N.A.

  • January 31, 2024

    Tennessee Federal Judge Approves $1.9M Redlining Settlement Between DOJ, Bank

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A federal judge in Tennessee on Jan. 30 approved a consent order in which Patriot Bank agreed to resolve the U.S. Department of Justice’s allegations that it “engaged in a pattern or practice of unlawful redlining” by establishing a $1.3 million loan subsidy fund to increase access to mortgage, refinancing and similar services for residents of majority-Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in Memphis.

  • January 30, 2024

    RESPA Case Against Mortgage Servicer Dismissed After Parties Reach Settlement

    BALTIMORE — A federal magistrate judge in Maryland on Jan. 29 dismissed borrowers’ suit against their mortgage servicer, alleging violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and state law claims after being advised by the parties that they had reached a settlement.

  • January 26, 2024

    3 Complaints Consolidated That Accuse Navy Federal Of Biased Mortgage Denials

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A federal judge in Virginia granted two motions to consolidate three putative class complaints accusing Navy Federal Credit Union of discriminating against individuals seeking mortgages based on race, appointed interim co-lead class counsel and ordered that those attorneys should handle any settlement discussions and pleadings.

  • January 26, 2024

    Woman’s Lending Discrimination Claims Time-Barred, Fail, Judge Says

    SAN FRANCISCO — A woman’s civil rights and fair housing claims stemming from a bank’s denial of her mortgage application are time-barred under precedent establishing that the statute of limitations runs from the date of the incident, while her equal credit claim is not sufficient, a federal judge in California said in granting a motion to dismiss.

  • January 26, 2024

    Appellees Urge 2nd Circuit To Affirm Ruling In ERISA Mortgage-Backed Securities Row

    NEW YORK — Fighting arguments that a pension fund’s investment in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) made the mortgages plan assets under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, mortgage servicers told the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that “straightforward application of the governing regulation defeats” those claims.

  • January 25, 2024

    Decertification Denied, Class Redefined In Mortgage Case Alleging Kickbacks

    BALTIMORE — A federal judge in Maryland denied a mortgage servicer’s motion to decertify a class of borrowers suing over kickbacks allegedly paid by a title company to the servicer’s employees but amended the class definition to limit it to borrowers in certain states who paid title service charges in excess of $500 plus the cost of title insurance, opining that the new definition will “ensure that the predominance and adequacy requirements of [Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23] remain satisfied.”

  • January 25, 2024

    Firm, Professor Back BOA’s Arguments In High Court N.Y. Escrow Law Preemption Case

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A law professor filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 24, joining amicus Washington Legal Foundation in supporting Bank of America N.A.’s (BOA) arguments in an appeal concerning whether the National Bank Act (NBA) preempts New York’s escrow-interest law; BOA in its brief tells the high court justices that the preemption exists as “[s]tates cannot control national-bank powers.”

  • January 24, 2024

    Divided Maine Supreme Court Upends Foreclosure Notice Discharge Precedent

    AUGUSTA, Maine — Stare decisis does not preclude revising recent opinion requiring discharge of a mortgage when a foreclosure notice included even a simple typographical error, a position that deviated from previous precedent and was not adopted by any other courts, a divided Maine Supreme Judicial Court said.