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On October 16, 2018, in Deutsche Bank National Trust Company Americas v. Janet Spinelli (Docket No. A-3642-16T4), New Jersey’s Appellate Division affirmed a trial court decision that granted Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment and to strike defendant’s answer, and denied defendant’s cross-motion to dismiss the complaint. 

In Estate of Caldwell Jones, Jr. v. Live Well Financial, Inc., the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals opined on whether 12 U.S.C. § 1715z-20 could be construed to prevent foreclosure under a reverse mortgage contract that, by its terms, permits the lender to demand repayment immediately following a borrower’s death, even if his or her non-borrowing spouse continues to live in the mortgaged property.  The Court ultimately determined that the statute could not be so broadly construed, because the statute addresses the types of mortgages that HUD may insure, but does not alter or affect the rights that a lender possesses under a reverse mortgage contract.

On April 2, 2018, Mick Mulvaney, Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), issued his first report to Congress on the CFPB, requesting that the agency’s independence and power be limited

On January 29, 2015, the Federal Reserve Board (“Fed”) issued a proposed rule that would expand the number of small bank holding companies and savings and loans allowed to operate using a higher level of debt than large financial institutions.In addition, the Fed announced its interim final rule on reduced reporting requirements for certain savings and loan holding companies.

On April 9, 2015, the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) released its Update on Cyber Security in the Banking Sector: Third Party Service Providers report which found that approximately 30 percent of the banks surveyed do not required third party vendors to report cyber security breaches.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) requires that mortgage servicers must credit consumer accounts with online mortgage payments on the date the consumer authorizes payment, not the date when the servicer receives the funds from the consumer’s bank.

On May 4, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank, No. 14-116, that a bankruptcy court’s denial of a debtor’s Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan cannot be appealed since that denial is not a final order that merits appeal.

In 1991, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) implemented the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).  Generally, the TCPA prohibits unwanted solicitation calls made by automatic telephone dialing systems or by using artificial (or prerecorded) voices, unless the consumer gives “prior express consent.”

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