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Do You Need to Change Your Monthly Statements? A Recent Ruling May Impact Monthly Statement Formatting
While the Orlansky v. Quicken Loans, LLC, No. NV-22-1181-GCB, 2023 WL 2947616, at *1 (B.A.P. 9th Cir.) (not for publication) case is not published, the Court’s decision is important. The fact that it is not published means that it cannot be cited as precedent. However, that does not mean that debtors will not reference it in an attempt to influence court decisions.
As with many cases that impact the contents of a mortgage monthly statement, this case has very specific facts. After filing a Proof of Claim, Rocket fka Quicken Loans, filed Notice of Post-Petition Fees for the fees associated with the filing of the Proof of Claim and reviewing the Chapter 13 Plan.
In the Winter 2021, I wrote an article warning about the statute of limitations in Washington where it had been erroneously determined that the statute of limitations begins to run with the discharge in bankruptcy upholding Edmundson v. Bank of America, 378 P.3d 272, 278 (Wash. Ct. App. 2016). In March 2022, I followed it with a case law update which was the beginning of the end of Edmundson. In Copper Creek Homeowners’ Association v. Wilmington, No. 82083-4-I, slip op. (January 18, 2022), the Court of Appeals for the State of Washington Division I gave the servicing industry an end to the misunderstanding created by the various interpretations of Edmundson. On Thursday, July 20, 2023, The Supreme Court of Washington put the final nail in the coffin of Edmundson with its opinion in Merritt v. USAA Fed. Sav. Bank, 2023 Wash. LEXIS 376 where the running of the statute of limitations was returned to its correct origination point of the date of default.
Padgett Law Group (“PLG”) through its attorney, Seth J. Greenhill, Esq., successfully obtained a rare win for creditors in Federal Court by obtaining sanctions against a pro se litigant who filed a frivolous appeal. This aggressive advocacy on behalf of PLG’s client was necessary to put an end to this vexatious litigation and contributes to building case law that will assist other creditors’ rights attorneys in defense of their clients.
“The key takeaway is that it is critical to establish the record in the original litigation. This provides notice to the pro se appellant,” said Mr. Greenhill. He continued, “This is a requirement in order to have sanctions imposed. In addition, it is vital to review the appellant brief in order to determine if the issues have already been disposed of.”
Since the ruling in In re Nazario Hernandez, et al v. Franklin Credit Mgmt. Corp., et al, 19-35719 (9th Cir. 2020), there have been several attempts to unwind the devastation that the interpretation by the Federal Courts of Edmundson v. Bank of America, 378 P.3d 272, 278 (Wash. Ct. App. 2016) created. This was nearly achieved in Brown v. Deutsch Bank N.A. (In re Plastino), Nos. 17-11760-MLB, 20-01012-MLB, 20-01013-MLB, 20 Bankr. LEXIS 3597, at *6-7 (Bankr. W.D. Wash. Dec. 29, 2020). However, the matter settled prior to a ruling on the appeal.
In Khimmat v. Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co. LPA, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently held that the transmission of information to a vendor who completes a mailing is deemed a “communication” to a “person” in connection with the “collection of a debt” under section 1692c(b) of the FDCPA.
The law firm in this case, considered a debt collector in this circuit, used a third-party vendor to mail correspondence to the Borrower, which included the Borrower’s name, address, and information about the nature of the debt. The Court rejected an argument from the law firm that the mail vendor is an “agent” of the law firm, noting that the FDCPA does not explicitly carve out an exception for agents of debt collectors.
Not all circuits follow this logic in considering whether debt collectors can rely on letter vendors, so it is important to consult with legal counsel in the appropriate jurisdiction to determine whether use of these types of vendors is permissible under the FDCPA. Click here to read the full decision.
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Today, the Fourth District Court of Appeal for Florida in Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Tan, Case No. 4D20-613, held that Fla. Stat. 702.036 barred the Court from granting relief as it related to a Senior Mortgagee seeking to vacate a judgment that was entered against them by a Junior Mortgagee. For a little more background on this holding, “a non-party purchased the real property at issue and executed a mortgage in favor of Bear Stearns Residential Mortgage Corporation. Bear Stearns assigned the mortgage to Wells Fargo. The non-party later sold the property to Chi Peng Tan, who executed a mortgage in favor of First Magnus Financial Corporation.
First Magnus filed a foreclosure complaint against multiple defendants, including Tan and Wells Fargo. A judgment was entered that foreclosed all interests, including the interest held by Wells Fargo. The record shows that Wells Fargo recorded its mortgage before First Magnus recorded its mortgage.”
This is case is not yet final.
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