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De-Acceleration Notices, Post-Engel

In the wake of the Court of Appeals’ landmark decision in Freedom Mortgage v. Engel, 2021 NY Slip Op 01090 (2021), the Second Department has subsequently followed the guidance in Engel in modifying a lender’s burden in rebutting statute of limitation challenges.  In Engel, the Court of Appeals, reversing contrary Second Department holdings, held that … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Declares CDC Eviction Moratorium Unconstitutional

Late Thursday evening, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion to reinstate a court order blocking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (“CDC”) nationwide moratorium on residential evictions. In March 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which, in part, imposed a 120-day eviction moratorium on properties … Continue Reading

Agency Director Ousted Immediately Following the Supreme Court’s Ruling that the FHFA’s Structure to be Unconstitutional

In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (“FHFA”) statutory structure, which protected its director from being removed from position “only for cause”, violated the Constitution’s separation of powers.  Writing for the majority in Collins, et al. v. Yellen, et al., Nos. 19-422 and 19-563, … Continue Reading

New Settlement Exhibits CFPB’s Continued Focus on Transparency for Short-Term Loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently took aim at Driver Loan LLC (the “Company”), a company which frequently offers loans to drivers of ride share services, for the Company’s alleged deceptive practices.[1]  In its complaint, the CFPB described that, in addition to giving loans to drivers of Uber and Lyft, the Company also took … Continue Reading

CPLR 3216 Dismissal Demands Compliance from All – Courts Included

As vaccination rates increase, holds on foreclosure actions expire, and the courts slowly return to addressing their largely frozen foreclosure dockets, we can expect some familiar concerns to reappear. One common concern is the threat of dismissal pursuant to CPLR 3216 for unreasonable neglect to proceed. Given the severe disruption to mortgage litigation caused by … Continue Reading

SCOTUS Issues Anticipated Decision in Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid And Unanimously Reverses Ninth Circuit, Holding Facebook’s Text Notification System Did Not Meet the TCPA’s Definition of An Autodialer Because It Did Not Use A Random Or Sequential Number Generator

On April 1, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its highly anticipated decision in the Facebook Inc. v. Duguid matter.  In a unanimous decision delivered by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court addressed a hotly debated issue of statutory construction regarding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), and reversed the Court of Appeals … Continue Reading

To Forgive or Not to Forgive a CPLR 3215(c) Violation in a Residential Mortgage Foreclosure

CPLR 3215(c) requires a plaintiff to take proceedings for entry of judgment within one year of default or face dismissal of the action as abandoned, except where sufficient cause is shown why the complaint should not be dismissed.  The purpose of this provision is to prevent a plaintiff from taking advantage of a defendant’s default … Continue Reading

The Appellate Courts Look at the Waiver of Standing Defenses post-RPAPL § 1302-a

Prior to the enactment of Real Property Actions and Proceeding Law (“RPAPL”) § 1302-a, defendants waived their affirmative defense of standing in a residential foreclosure action by failing to raise that defense in an answer or a pre-answer motion to dismiss.  See, e.g., JP Morgan Chase Bank, Nat’l Ass’n v. Butler, 129 A.D.3d 777, 780 … Continue Reading

RPAPL Arguments May be Waived: Case of Appellate First Impression

In a case of appellate first impression in New York, the Appellate Division, Second Department, held that a mortgagor cannot make a Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (“RPAPL”) 1304 argument in opposition to a motion for Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale – even if that was pled as a defense in the mortgagor’s Answer … Continue Reading

New Jersey Issues Rule Proposal on Uniform Fiduciary standard

Yesterday the New Jersey Bureau of Securities (“NJBOS”) issued its Rule Proposal titled “Fiduciary Duty of Broker-Dealers, Agents, Investment Advisers, and Investment Adviser Representatives”.  Below is a link to the Press Release, which in turn includes a link to the Rule Proposal itself.  The Rule Proposal would amend existing section N.J.A.C. 13:47A-6.3 and then add … Continue Reading

New Jersey Bureau of Securities (“NJBOS”) holds second public hearing on its Pre-Proposal for a Rule implementing a uniform fiduciary standard

As noted in our prior update, we continue to cover the NJBOS’ rulemaking activity relating to a uniform fiduciary standard applicable to all investment professionals.  On Monday, November 19, 2018 we attended the second public hearing held by the NJBOS.  There were approximately 40 attendees at the second hearing, with 16 speakers, representing diverse interests, … Continue Reading

Today the New Jersey Bureau of Securities (“NJBOS”) began public hearings on its Pre-Proposal for a Rule implementing a Uniform Fiduciary Standard for Investment Professionals

This morning we attended the first public hearing held by the NJBOS concerning its pre-proposal to adopt a rule implementing a uniform fiduciary standard for investment professionals, including broker-dealers and investment advisers.  The hearing was administered by New Jersey officials, including Christopher Gerold, Chief of the NJBOS.  There were approximately 40 attendees from diverse backgrounds … Continue Reading

New Jersey Bureau of Securities provides formal Notice of Pre-Proposal regarding Fiduciary Standard

Today the New Jersey Bureau of Securities began rulemaking on a proposed uniform fiduciary standard for investment professionals.  Attached below is the Bureau’s Notice of Pre-Proposal.  Comments on the Pre-Proposal are due to the Bureau by December 14, 2018, and the Bureau will hold two (2) informal conferences (on November 2 and November 19, 2018) … Continue Reading

No Uniform Fiduciary Standard – Not so fast says New Jersey

Earlier this week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that the New Jersey Bureau of Securities would start rulemaking to “impose a fiduciary duty on all New Jersey investment professionals, requiring them to place their clients’ interests above their own when recommending investments.”  The rule is aimed at reconciling the different standards of care that … Continue Reading

Debt Collector Not Liable Under the TCPA for Post-Revocation Calls Made On Behalf of a Different Creditor

In an important decision for the collection industry, the court in Michel v. Credit Protection Ass’n L.P., No. 14-cv-8452, 2017 WL 3620809 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 23, 2017), refused to find a debt collection company liable under the TCPA for cell phone calls made on behalf of one creditor (ComEd) when the plaintiff’s oral revocation of … Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Court Strikes Opt-Out Notice Requirement For Certain Faxes

On Friday, in a decision certain to please the business community as well as the Chair and new majority of the Federal Communications Committee, the D.C. Circuit struck down parts of the FCC’s October 30, 2014 Order, 29 F.C.C. Rcd. 13998 (FCC 14-164), requiring that solicited faxes (those sent with consent of the recipient) must … Continue Reading

Ohio Federal Court Rules That Bank Is Not Liable Under Ohio Securities Act For Providing Ordinary Banking Services To Customers Who Operated Ponzi Scheme

In a January 10, 2017 decision, United States District Judge Thomas M. Rose in the Southern District of Ohio ruled that plaintiffs, who claimed to be investors in a Ponzi scheme operated by customers of PNC Bank, failed to state a claim against PNC Bank, National Association and The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (collectively, … Continue Reading

California Amends Identity Theft Requirements for Debt Collectors

The California legislature has amended the existing requirements for debt collectors who receive consumer claims of identity theft with the Identity Theft Resolution Act (“Act”). See AB 1723; Cal. Civ. Code § 1785.16.2.[1]  The Act does not take effect until January 1, 2017, but creditors should immediately start implementing new policies and procedures for debt collectors … Continue Reading

Third Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for M&T in RESPA Class Action Involving Private Mortgage Insurance Reinsurance

Andrew Soven, Dan Booker and Molly Campbell secured a precedential Third Circuit victory of a putative class action asserted against firm client M&T Bank Corp. and its subsidiaries claiming that, under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) and unjust enrichment, M&T operated an illegal captive reinsurance scheme.  Originally filed in the U.S. District Court … Continue Reading

Definition of an Autodialer a Question for the Jury

A recent opinion from the Southern District of California suggests that now there is no bright-line rule regarding what qualifies as human intervention for purposes of determining whether an autodialer was used. In denying a motion for summary judgment filed by Yahoo, the court found that: “there are genuine issues of fact as to whether the … Continue Reading

Supreme Court re Arbitration : Go Ask Your Congress

With its last opinion of 2015, the Supreme Court added DIRECTV v. Imburgia to the ever-growing line of decisions reversing California courts refusal to enforce provisions in arbitration agreements that barred class arbitration. Imburgia presents the Court’s second look at the hostility of California law to waivers of class wide arbitration. Three years ago, after … Continue Reading
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