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Mortgage Servicers Subject to New California Law Protecting Surviving Spouses and Heirs; Violations Carry Steep Penalties

A new California law protects widowed spouses and other survivors, including domestic partners, heirs, siblings, joint tenants, and other people who own their homes but are not listed on the mortgage, from foreclosure following the death of a mortgagor. The Homeowner Survivor Bill of Rights (SBOR), California Civil Code § 2920.7, went into effect on … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Holds that Foreclosure Trustee is Not Subject to FDCPA

In Ho v. ReconTrust Co., No. 10-56884, 9th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 18836 (October 19, 2016), a borrower sued a foreclosure trustee, ReconTrust, and others, asserting that recording a notice of default and other statutorily mandated notices violated the FDCPA because they misrepresented the amount owed on the mortgage loan. The district court granted … Continue Reading

The Ninth Circuit Issued a Ruling in Bourne Valley Court Trust v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA

Last week, the Ninth Circuit held, in Bourne Valley Court Trust v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA that Nevada’s super-lien priority statute, NRS § 116.310, prior to certain amendments enacted in 2015, was facially unconstitutional. Nev. Rev. Stat. 116.3116 establishes that liens resulting from non-payment of homeowners’ association (HOA) have priority over other secured liens for … Continue Reading

Three Greenberg Traurig Shareholders to Speak at Mortgage Bankers Association Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference

Greenberg Traurig Shareholders Michele L. Stocker and Jennifer L. Gray, both co-chairs of the Consumer Financial Services Litigation Practice, as well as Shareholder Murray B. Silverstein, will be speaking at the 2016 Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance (LIRC) Conference. This four-day event will take place May 1-4, 2016, at the Hyatt … Continue Reading

Lenders Get Protection Under New Amendments to Nevada’s HOA Lien Priority Statute.

In a September 2014 ruling, the Nevada Supreme Court held that a homeowners association’s (HOA) non-judicial foreclosure sale can extinguish a mortgage lender’s previously-recorded first deed of trust on a property if that foreclosure is to recover assessments categorized as “super priority” amounts (generally nine months of regular assessments, plus any amounts required for abatement) … Continue Reading
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