THINKING OF PLEADING TILA? THINK TWICE!

BREAKING NEWS — OP-ED — 

The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has just affirmed the U.S. District Court’s decision (for the District of Minnesota) on the Jesinoksi case once and for all.

Why am I not surprised? 

See the Opinion here: Jesinoski v Countrywide Home Loans Inc et al, 8th App Cir No 16-3385 (Feb 28, 2018)

It did not fare well for the Jesinoksis TILA claims, which were narrowly ruled upon by the U.S. Supreme Court and sent back down to the U.S. District Court for further determination.

There are a lot of folks out there who are caught up in mortgage loans of their own making, now realizing that they “coulda, shoulda, woulda” when it came to disputing whether or not the lender of their mortgage complied with all of the regulations in the Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA).  The facts of the case are pretty much self-explanatory, but very narrow in interpretation, so I’m not going to belabor the point by regurgitating the pain of explaining it again.

If you’re going to plead TILA, read this case first and realize what the court accepted and what it didn’t.  If you didn’t comply with ALL of the requirements of TILA, you will find yourself in the same boat as the Jesinoskis.  I hate to make an example of them, but as the result of this case, a lot of wannabe paralegals and attorneys have fleeced homeowners for money, claiming they can help them file a TILA case on their behalf, only to find themselves in more legal hot water than they bargained for.

First, TILA is a federal regulation.  That means it has to be litigated in federal court, where judges are bound by this decision.

If your attorney has never successfully litigated a TILA claim, then why did you choose that attorney?

Filing a rescission does NOT mean you get a FREE HOUSE!  I don’t give a damn what these well-meaning “pro se paralegals” tell you.  If someone makes that assertion, run like hell in the opposite direction!  With TILA cases, there are strings attached … and because there is a mortgage loan involved and the homeowner inured to the benefit of that loan, then there will be hell to pay when the homeowner has to solely rely on TILA claims instead of looking for real “red meat”, like the fact that the loan started out with America’s Wholesale Lender (“AWL”), which Bank of America, N.A. claims is its subsidiary, when in fact, there is no recorded proof in the New York Secretary of State’s office that indicates that AWL was a “New York Corporation” at the time it allegedly made the Jesinoski’s loan.  The focus of the Jesinoski Complaint was that they did not receive the required number of TILA-related copies, which the Court found to be inaccurate.  If this is the best one can do … not getting the right number of copies … (I’m shaking my head now) … this just set precedent as well as a learning curve for others.  It appears that a non-existent New York Corporation (vis a vis the lying bastards and thieves at Bank of America, N.A.) just stole the Jesinoski’s home and no one even bothered to contest whether AWL was actually a legitimate entity at the time the loan was executed.  Of course, MERS and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. were involved.  Both Delaware corporations were involved in ALL AWL TRANSACTIONS!  The whole thing was a sham based on a sham corporation.

Don’t believe me?  Look here: US Bank v Dimant_2013-CA-001130

When you don’t look at the whole picture, this is what happens to you.  Learn from the Jesinoski’s mistakes.  Federal judges are NOT big fans of American homeowners!  Do your research before jumping in with both feet.

This was a very expensive case to litigate all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court and back.

It started at the U.S. District Court level (the District of Minnesota, a Torrens State, which does NOT favor homeowners and loves MERS).  The State of Minnesota enacted the “MERS Statute”.  And you want to live there?  Seriously?  This should have been an indication that in Minnesota, you either pay your mortgage or you’re homeless … or you move elsewhere.  If MERS is in your chain of title, it doesn’t matter about Torrens issues, your title in Minnesota is still shit!

Then it went to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled against the Jesinoskis, who then appealed it to the U.S. Supreme Court, who narrowly ruled on the law and sent it back down to the U.S. District Court, who correctly determined that the Jesinoskis were incorrect in their assumption of the TILA regulations.  They then appealed THAT ruling to the 8th Circuit again, which affirmed the lower court and now the rest is history.  Unless the Jesinoskis attack the real culprit, the phony AWL New York Corporation, they might as well pack their things and find a new place to live.

Don’t let this be YOUR “hard lesson”.

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Those who implicitly trust in the legal system will get screwed by it!

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The author of this post is an author and consultant to attorneys (and a paralegal) on real property matters and his comments (especially in this post) are of his own opinion and not that of others in the legal system.  Those who wish to obtain legal advice must ferret out competent legal counsel and retain them while monitoring the activity of those representing them in the maze of confusion we call “the American legal system”.  This is his humble opinion and not legal advice. 

I am constantly getting letters and emails from people who are “getting nowhere” using the services of attorneys.  They’re either being overcharged or under serviced, sometimes both.  What’s “fair” (a liberal term) in the “legal system” (conservative in nature, for the most part) will not be achieved a majority of the time. Many litigants (or wannabe litigants) attempt a feeble shot at going pro se, which can spell doom if you later decide to retain counsel after you’ve already screwed things up.

The legal system is rigged to benefit those who can afford to play in it.  I don’t care what any attorney tells you, if you don’t have money to pay them, what justice is “served” becomes limited in nature.  I have only found a handful of attorneys that I would consider to be “competent” to handle real property law matters and I’ve been researching this area of law for over 10 years.  That doesn’t make me an expert either.  I actually have an attorney who IS an expert witness in real property matters that many attorneys who are litigating foreclosure cases will NOT call to the stand to testify because it “might upset the judge” which they have to appear before regularly.  So the client loses his foreclosure case.  This happened last month in a courtroom in Tallahassee, Florida.  The attorney for the homeowner clearly had the bank and its witness in a vice, then opted NOT to “close the door” using his own witness to “slam the bank’s lawyers” for bringing false and misrepresentative statements on the Court.  This is what happens when attorneys DON’T DO A THOROUGH JOB because they lack the smarts, the sensitivity or at least, common sense, as to HOW TO “tighten the noose”.  Remember, most winning cases have to be appealed. Cases which have implications of criminal behavior by opposing counsel may never see an appellate court (but may rather be settled out of court, many times to the benefit of the homeowner) … or even the light of day, if they are litigated properly.

In other cases, clients are paying attorneys a monthly fee (in addition to a hefty retainer) and not getting proper billing statements as to WHAT work is being done and HOW many hours it took to accomplish said work.  Some attorneys take fees specifically to conduct depositions and then don’t take them (for whatever reason).  Whenever the client asks the attorney to supply them with a statement on account, the attorney rebukes them, makes them feel like a debtor in a debt collection action, or strong-arms them in a legal stranglehold of the attorney’s own making.  Justice benefits those who work in the “system”.  If an attorney is holding you “hostage”, you may wish to consider replacing them.

It’s no wonder I’m seeing an uptick in pro se litigation.  It’s no wonder I’m seeing more and more pro se litigants lose.  Pro se litigants generally did NOT go to law school.  They don’t trust attorneys … but they’ve never argued a case.  They are like electricity (they want to take the path of least resistance).  As long as there are banks out there trying to steal peoples’ properties, the American legal system will be afflicted with burgeoning dockets and implicit behaviors, both from the bench and the attorneys’ tables. Pro se litigants wandering into these venues uninformed are more than likely going to get crucified.

The American judiciary (both state and federal) have various “agendas”.  I have found that you have to research the judge you’re appearing in front of (what cases they’ve ruled on; how many were appealed and reversed; are they pro-bank, etc.).  You will never know whether you or your attorney “coulda, shoulda, woulda” been able to have succeeded unless you know who the referee is.  If the referee pays monthly on his mortgage, you can bet they’ll want you to do the same.  You then have to be able to handle “agenda questions” like:

(1.) When’s the last time you made a house payment? and

(2.) Are you in default?

When you hear questions like this from the bench, the judge’s agenda is: “This is my courtroom and I will find facts to determine WHO loses their home today!”  Most if not all pro se litigants will blindly think that the judge is entitled to these answers and will freely give them, not realizing that the judge’s agenda is to “clear his docket” as quickly as possible and/or is pro-bank.  The judge will get YOU to admit to these questions so he can “close the door” on you and move onto the next case.

I have read numerous cases where the court record indicates that the homeowner admitted they were in default.  What horseshit is that?  HOW do they know they’re in default?   Is it up to them to prove they’re in default or is it up to the bank to prove they are in default?  If a REMIC is involved, I’ve seen court records (and talked to attorneys who have seen court records) wherein the BANK’S SERVICER actually made the payments for the homeowner when the homeowner couldn’t make them, so then, WHEN and WHO made the house payment becomes an issue that most homeowners (pro se) and their attorneys (who aren’t in the know because they don’t have, or take, the time to do their research) miss that argument altogether.  Did you get that?  THE SERVICER MADE THE PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST PAYMENTS FOR THE HOMEOWNER, then went into court and lied to the judge and told the judge the homeowner was in default, when in fact, the REMIC’s investors were getting paid every month!

Cases are won and lost based on a series of arguments, misstatements and missteps.   If the judge in your case is largely moved to rule against you based on emotional ploys by the bank’s attorneys (use of the term “deadbeat”; “They’ve lived in this house for 10 years without making a payment your Honor and we want our house back now.” … that sort of thing), then you are sunk before you walk in to their courtroom.  It helps to attend trials in their courts if at all possible (some judges don’t allow anyone but the actual litigants on the docket to appear in their courtroom for a reason) to see how they act and react to the various arguments.  Conversely, if you don’t do your homework (or your attorney doesn’t do his), you’ll lose anyway.  This is why over 95% of all homeowners who are facing foreclosure RUN AWAY!  This is why we have so much shadow inventory.

Not all attorneys are competent and honest. If it’s your house we’re talking about here, then the question becomes, “What are you willing to do to protect it from unscrupulous or unlearned attorneys?”  If an attorney that was representing me called me “out of the blue” and said I needed to send him $5,ooo right away, I’d ask them what the money would be used for.  If I didn’t get what I paid for, I’d demand the money back or get another attorney.  Attorneys should provide billing statements to their clients; however, most sole practitioners have no time for that, which is the “downside” to retaining them.  I would not want an attorney who only specializes in personal injury cases to represent me in a foreclosure matter because they haven’t won any cases in those kinds of forums; it isn’t their specialty; and they lack the knowledge to be able to defend against unscrupulous bank attorneys in those “shark-infested waters”. That’s like hiring a dentist to do brain surgery on your next of kin.

I am not an attorney referral service.  Most states require you to be licensed to have an attorney referral service.  Most people do not ask an attorney how many cases they’ve won in a particular area.  I can recite the names of attorneys who have won quiet title actions; however, when you then dissect how many were tax deed cases versus the harder-to-accomplish quasi in rem foreclosure cases, the number of successful attorneys diminishes ten-fold (at least what we know from the court record).  You have to vet the attorney to make sure you’re getting what you pay for. You have to discuss with them how many cases they’ve won based on what causes of action.

Many cases don’t make the court record (by design).  We already have learned this through other honest attorneys’ publications, where they have challenged certain legal publications’ decisions to only put in cases that favor the banks and not pro se homeowners (or in the alternative) or the more competent attorneys’ wins.  This is another unwritten fallacy of American jurisprudence.  As a result of closed-door settlements and sealed pay-offs, most homeowners do not know WHO won the foreclosure cases and why (because they were deliberately hidden from public view).  A classic example is that of Bank of America trying to get a federal bankruptcy judge to “delete” the massive case against them, which the judge refused to do Sundqvist-Memo-Opinion and rightfully so.  Here, we have an honest judge that wants to do the right thing by not just the homeowner, but also the public at large.

Pro se litigants not only miss filing deadlines … but when it comes to pleading cases, they don’t know how to plead cases.  Take for example one appellate decision out of Texas:  In this particular instance, the author of the pleading (the homeowner) decided to make use of quotes out of my book Clouded Titles, which is a book, not a legal primer in which to quote diatribe to bolster your legal arguments:

Brown v BANA_Tex 5th App Dist No 05-12-01382-CV (Nov 25, 2013)

It does not bother me that the Texas 5th Appellate District knows who I am, but the fact the homeowner extensively quoted my research (as shown on Page 4 of the ruling) even stymies me.  What’s worse, the term “robosigning” has more of an emotional connotation to it, sort of related to fraud claims, which have also fallen on deaf ears in the courts, as in the Texas case of Reinagle v. Deutche Bank National Trust CompanyReinagle v Deutsche Bank Natl Trust Co, 5th App Cir No 12-50569 (Jul 11, 2013)

I put this stuff in here to show you the following:

(1.) Homeowners get so bent out of shape that they use stuff in their pleadings that they shouldn’t;

(2.) They do not attack the sufficiency (or the lack there0f) of the other side’s pleadings;

(3.) They express their complaints using meaningless allegations, rather than defeat the other side’s attempts in making unfounded declarations without objection; and

(4.) They quote from my book, which is like letting stuff out of your research arsenal that is meaningless to the Court.

To prove a suspect robosigning issue, one would have to take depositions of everyone involved in the creation and execution of the document to see who ordered it; who acknowledged it; who typed it up; where it went to after it was recorded; what powers of attorney are connected to it, etc.  Taking timely depositions in a court case is vital to its success.  Generally, I’m seeing civil conspiracies pop up as the result of document manufacturing; however, failing to depose all of the involved parties will prove fatal in knocking out an Assignment of Mortgage or Deed of Trust from the land records in a Cancellation & Expungement action (C&E).   We managed to succeed in a Tampa, Florida case in getting a Release of Mortgage cancelled and expunged from the land records. Now the end game claimant has more hurdles to jump over in attempting foreclosure.

The bottom line here … knowledge may be power … but not having the wisdom to use it may cost you more than it’s worth.

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“MERS” Entities and RoboMills are now “off the hook”!

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Consent Order Terminations were issued this past week by the five federal agencies that imposed them on MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. (f/k/a MERSCORP, Inc.), its baby bastard child, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. and Servicelink Holdings, LLC, as successor to Lender Processing Services, Inc., DOCX, LLC and LPS Default Solutions, Inc., entities that were connected to multiple robosigning scandals that were exposed in the wake of the 2008 financial crash.

You may recall that DOCX’s President, Lorraine M. Brown, was sentenced to five years in Club Fed for her role in orchestrating the alleged phony document recordings in concert with lenders and servicers all across America that affected the chains of titles to millions of pieces of real property.

Conveniently, Fidelity National Financial (FNF) spun off its affiliation with the foregoing robomills before the SHTF and the April 13, 2011 Consent Orders were issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC); the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors (FED); the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA); the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS).

Attached to this article of the respective pdf files of the Orders just issued:  enf20180112a3 enf20180112a6

Read ’em and weep … because our government is in bed with the banks and with the “changing of the tide” in DC, the current administration has let loose of these entities, claiming they are in “compliance” with the previously-issued Orders.  What a joke!   The MERS® System has not changed one iota.  MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. is STILL the Electronic Agent in all securitization transactions where Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. has positioned itself to be a “nominee” and “beneficiary” for the Lender, setting up an agency relationship that mortgage loan borrowers have no idea was created; how the agency relationship was created; and the terms and definitions the borrowers agreed to.  All of this was never stated on the mortgage loan documents (security instruments), so how then can a borrower give either “MERS” or Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (which is NOT “MERS”) permission to set up an agency relationship as an Electronic Agent for anyone when they don’t have all of the listed details?

Further, robosigning still continues, despite revelations in document examinations of the public records in Southern Essex County, Massachusetts; Williamson County, Texas; Guilford County, North Carolina; Seattle, Washington; Osceola County, Florida; Multnomah County, Oregon and certain counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  To date, Multnomah County, Oregon is the only entity that has collected sums from MERS and its user-subscribers it has contractual relationships with, wherein MERS (which means MERSCORP Holdings, Inc.), is the Electronic Agent ($9-million) in suspect transactions raised by local officials there.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

If the Consent Order has been terminated, it means (in part):

  1. Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. no longer has to report to the five federal agencies for anything;
  2. MERSCORP no longer has to notify the feds when someone sues it or one of its members; and
  3. That its business as usual in getting away with claiming that robosigners can continue to do what they’re doing and cause the land records across America to continue to be plagued with false and misrepresentative documents.

IT ALSO MEANS: 

  1. The title companies are still going to “write around” the defects created by these documents, which means
  2. Your title polices (Homeowner’s Indemnity Policies) still aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on!

IT FURTHER MEANS:

  1. The U. S. Government is still “in bed with the banks”; and
  2. As long as we keep allowing this bulls**t to continue … the land records will continue to become even more tainted to the point where property ownership will be so diluted with errors, having a county recorder to monitor “crime scenes” will become superfluous and redundant.

SAY “NO” TO MERS MORTGAGES! 

I am still of the opinion that “once tainted, always tainted”, when it comes to MERS and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. showing up in any property’s chain of title unless that title is “quieted” in a court of law and equity.  Due diligence will prevent you from falling into this trap.  The land records belong to you … use them religiously!

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UPDATE FROM MIAMI: TWO DITECH ATTORNEYS SLATED TO APPEAR AT NON-JURY TRIAL FEB. 1ST!

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Several media outlets, including the Daily Business Review, Miami New Times and Law.com are all reporting that the two Ditech Financial LLC attorneys are slated to face Miami-Dade Judge Beatrice Butchko on February 1, 2018, pending their appeal to stop the proceedings.

Miami-Dade Judge Beatrice Butchko

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Beatrice Butchko ordered a non-jury trial date (which amounts to a “trial to the bench”, similar to foreclosure proceedings where a judge gets to rule unilaterally instead of the matter going to a jury of peers) for February 1, 2018, where Florida attorneys Yacenda Hudson and Amina McNeil have to show why they should not be held in criminal contempt of court for not producing Ditech manuals which explain the company’s record-keeping processes, which the lawyers finally did produce for opposing counsel, Bruce Jacobs of Jacobs-Keeley, a prominent Miami-Dade law firm this blog poster is directly familiar with.

Jacobs, himself a former prosecutor, has chastised the behavior of Hudson and McNeil and their witness from Ditech, Christopher Ogden, who Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Pedro Escharte, Jr. has implied “gave false testimony in an effort to introduce the prior servicer’s records into evidence under false pretenses.”

Amina McNeil, Tromberg Law Group

Yacenda Hudson, Tromberg Law Group

Hudson and McNeil have hired their own lawyers, who filed multiple motions in an effort to derail the upcoming hearing.  If the attorneys are found in contempt, Judge Butchko has threatened referral to the Florida Bar, which could take up the matter for disciplinary actions against both lawyers.

Jacobs has characterized the opposing counsels’ behavior as an “attack on the integrity” of the court system.

The entire matter revolves around the “loan boarding process” over a property in West Kendall, Florida, where Jacobs demand that Ditech produce its manuals, which Ogden stated to the court contained company mandates about how processes in servicing of loans were to be conducted.  As it appears, those manuals say nothing giving credence to Ogden’s testimony in Escharte’s court about accuracy-checking processes that Ogden claimed existed.  Judge Escharte claims the company willfully lied in court to protect itself; however, the outcome in equity was that it sought to steal someone’s home by whatever means necessary.  Does that sound familiar to any of you?

It further appears that the “bugs” in the relationship between Ditech and the servicer it acquired, Green Tree Servicing, have come home to infest Ditech with more serious issues, which other attorneys and litigants could learn from.  The articles also mention a similarly-flawed process in loan boarding conducted by Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, which Judge Butchko characterized as “legal fiction”.

Anyone facing Ditech or Ocwen in court should now be able to use this flaw as an attack strategy in their own cases. Any time that either of these two entities bring their servicer representative to court to testify, all one would seemingly have to do is a little research into what questions to ask to tie them up into a nice, neat, little bow, to be set on fire later when they can’t produce the documents they’re relying on.

What the court systems in Florida are sadly just now coming to recognize is that the crap that we’ve known about in document manufacturing, robosigning and drafting up bogus powers of attorneys and corporate resolutions to cover up the banking industries lies have been ongoing since securitization kicked into high gear at the dawn of the new millennium.  To me, the rest of the justices across the country are either in denial or they’ve been bribed to go with the flow.  What goes around comes around.  Karma’s a bitch!

For more details, click on this pdf: Criminal Contempt Proceedings Go Forward Against Boca Raton Attorneys | Daily Business Review

I posted the attorneys’ pictures in this blog post in case you happen to face them in court … I don’t think I have to tell you how to proceed when they’re the opposing counsel.  Know thine enemy whilst thou art in the way with him …

For those of you who wish to see more evidence of fraud and misrepresentation on the court, click this pdf:

OSCEOLA COUNTY FORENSIC EXAMINATION

Happy Holidays from Clouded Titles Blog!

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THE PROVERBIAL “CA-CA” MAY HIT THE FAN IN SOUTH FLORIDA!

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Daily Business Review is reporting that a Miami-Dade Circuit Judge has ordered two attorneys for a mortgage loan servicer and their representative who testified in court to appear at a show cause hearing before Judge Beatrice Butchko, wherein they may be facing indirect criminal contempt of court, resulting in jail time along with other possible sanctions!   See the article here: Loan Servicer’s Attorneys Face Criminal Contempt Arraignment in Miami | Daily Business Review

Here is a transcript from one of the recent court hearings in the case: GRE-1116

Here is the Order to Show Cause for the hearing for the attorneys, scheduled for December 14, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.: 2017_11_20-Order-to-Show-Cause-Why-Ditechs-Witness-and-Ditechs-Atty-Should-not-be-Held-in-Indirect-Criminal-Contempt-of-Court

Here is the final link from the DBR article: Home Foreclosure Fails on Ocwen Servicing Records | Daily Business Review

As you may recall, Miami-Dade Attorney Bruce Jacobs won a case against HSBC Bank USA, NA in Judge Butchko’s court: Unclean Hands case HSBC v Buset

Until the banks and their servicers’ attorneys start “facing the music”, the falsehoods brought upon our nation’s courts will not stop!

One thing’s for sure … all eyes will be on THIS Court on December 14th!

Enjoy the read!

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