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U.S. 9TH CIRCUIT RULES ROBINS HAS ARTICLE 3 STANDING!

BREAKING NEWS — 

For those of you that haven’t been keeping track of the differences of opinion between the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Spokeo v. Robins case, the 9th Circuit panel has issued an opinion that the Plaintiff (Robins) did in fact allege a “concrete injury”.  I posited this dilemma in my book FDCPA, Debt Collection and Foreclosures to some extent.  Now it appears that the 9th Circuit’s holding played in fact off of the Big Top’s decision, which was narrow, wherein a violation of the FCRA (according to this decision), an acronym for the Fair Credit Reporting Act, was enough to include this in an FDCPA action to establish that when servicers (who act as lenders) wrongfully put information on your credit report or in the alternative, debt collectors report things to the credit bureaus that are known to be false (or wrongfully reported by servicers during a period of time wherein a Qualified Written Request is pending), prevents the consumer from moving forward by hampering their credit scores, which results in future credit damage, which is an actionable injury, enough to establish Article III standing.

As you may remember, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a May 16, 2017 ruling declaring that the 9th Circuit failed to address whether the statutory provisions at issue were established to protect Robins’s concrete interests, as opposed to purely procedural issues. The 9th Circuit responded that the FCRA was created to protect consumers’ interests in mandating that credit reporting agencies issue truthful and accurate credit reports, which affect a consumer’s future lifestyle changes, the ability to obtain credit and employment potential.

The 9th Circuit remanded the case back down to the Central District of California for further action.  For those of you in the 9th Circuit states, you should be jumping for joy, because the little guy has won another round.  To see the opinion, click the link: Robins v Spokeo Inc, 9th App Cir No 11-56843 (August 15, 2017)

It stands to reason that we will be discussing this in more detail in our third of four FDCPA webinars, coming soon to the CloudedTitles.com website.

In the meantime, for those of you continuing to fight foreclosures pro se, you may wish to pay attention to the following and inquire about attending our upcoming foreclosure defense workshop in Orlando, Florida:

Download the Registration Form here: FDW ORLANDO REGISTRATION FORM

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SECOND FDCPA WEBINAR FEATURES ACTION AGAINST OCWEN!

BREAKING NEWS, OP-ED — UPDATE (JUNE 19, 2017)

The uniqueness of “kicking someone when they’re down” doesn’t even come to mind here, even in light of the dilemma I created for myself when I delivered a copy of the two-volume, 778-page OSCEOLA COUNTY FORENSIC EXAMINATION to the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Armando Ramirez on December 30, 2014.

This is one of the reasons why bad press is still “press”.  Maybe Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC is delighting in all of this unwanted attention.   As of today, it’s stock is still trading.  I wish I’d have known in advance of the issues confronting the mortgage loan servicer would come to a head on April 20, 2017, as I would have seriously shorted Ocwen’s stock and made thousands of dollars doing it.  Darn!

However, given the issues surrounding Ocwen’s reliance on one of its affiliates, Altisource (headquartered conveniently in Luxembourg) and Ocwen’s REALServicing platform, you can bet that there’s a good chance that any time Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC sends you a Monthly Mortgage Statement, it’s riddled with accounting errors.

Significantly, these errors can result in demands for payment which are erroneous and subject to civil liability under the FDCPA.  If you are actually paying Ocwen money for these errors, based on these statements, later discovering you overpaid or your payments were misapplied to someone else’s account to make up for Ocwen’s accounting shortfalls, this could warrant a case for disgorgement.

I find it incredibly interesting that Ocwen Loan Servicing’s “Sweet 16” (who I call the Florida notaries who sat around a table in West Palm Beach, Florida and took turns “dummying up” documents that would be recorded in real property records all over the United States, further creating issues of clouds on titles to millions of pieces of real property all over America.

Turning to a recent post on this blog, I note that Ocwen’s “Contract Managers” and “Contract Coordinators” have that same ability to “dummy up” affidavits that claim Ocwen has the authority to do “this, that and the other”; however, without a Limited Power of Attorney to back up the significant claims that Ocwen employees make on these affidavits, one would be virtually in the dark on what actual authority Ocwen has to do anything.

RESEARCH NOTES:

(1) You can locate all of Ocwen’s Limited Powers of Attorney (“LPOA”)by going to the Palm Beach County, Florida Clerk of Court’s website and searching for “Power of Attorney (POA)” with Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC as the GRANTEE.

(2) You need to reach every single detail of these powers of attorney when you locate the appropriate one, as there are over 800 of them recorded in the Clerk’s database.  Use the GRANTOR name to isolate your search (e.g., Bank of New York Mellon, U.S. Bank, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., etc.) and hone in on the LPOA that fits your date and time scenario, which specifically states WHICH REMIC is being represented in the LPOA.  You may be surprised to find that Ocwen is limited as to what it can do (e.g., only manufacturing documents and not actually commencing a foreclosure proceeding).  You may also find the LPOA has expired.  It doesn’t mean they’re not still in the public record … it’s just that they’re expired.

(3) You need to specifically research the REMIC on the SECINFO.com website.

Get a complete copy of the 424(b)(5) Prospectus and SEC Form 15d and save them to file.  In the search bar for the particular REMIC, run the name OCWEN in the search engine and see if anything pops up.  Run the term “Sale and Servicing Agreement” and see what pops up.  If you don’t find specific notations to any event relating to Ocwen, it means two things:

(a.) you will need to locate an LPOA that contains such an Agreement; and

(b.) if you can’t find the Agreement listed in the public record, you’ll have to obtain it in discovery under Request for Production of Documents.

This my friends, is legal research and case strategy, NOT legal advice.  If you’re going to jump down rabbit holes, you’d better be prepared to dig deep!

If Ocwen is NOT allowed to enforce the terms of a Mortgage or Deed of Trust because you can show lack of authority vested to it … and you see the customary FDCPA language on the form they send you … then that would indicate, in asking for a sum certain, that they are in the business of collecting debts and thus are subject to the FDCPA. (This of course, has to be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction! I am not the KING of any Court, unlike some on the Internet that would posit such!)

When it comes to suing mortgage loan servicers like Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC, be aware that they have multiple sources to dip into when it comes to fighting their legal battles, even if it means dipping into other peoples’ escrow accounts for that money!  This is why Ocwen wants your house!  They will purposefully rack up so many servicing fees that by the time the house sells and they recoup their expenses, the entire proceeds of the sale is gone and the alleged “lender” Ocwen is supposedly representing, gets nothing.

But wait!   The alleged “lender” got money from credit default swaps, default insurance and title insurance. In fact, we guesstimate about 6 different sources of loss reimbursement, not to mention the FDIC if that corporate federal agency is in play.  Then, there’s the taxpayer.  We won’t go there, for now.

So let’s say we sue Ocwen, for the sake of argument.

UPDATE: The second of four FDCPA webinars on the subject has been re-scheduled for Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.  We will be doing something different in this Webinar, as R. J. Malloy will be walking through the process with me, step by step as we discuss pleadings development and purpose.  This is truly a webinar you DON’T want to miss!  For those of you who are confused about the price … EACH WEBINAR is $39.95!  I cannot do all 4 for that price because of costs.  If I did a live event in Orlando, you’d have to pay anywhere from $495 to $895 to attend a 1-day event, plus airfare and hotel, instead of paying a total of $159.80 for all 4 online workshops and this is a huge savings to you for the same education.

In the second of four FDCPA webinars, we have some new news to update you on about applications of the U. S. Supreme Court’s Spokeo, Inc. v Robins et al_ decision … you have to prove you suffered economic harm in order to make an FDCPA action stick.  I know, it’s the nation’s highest court’s way of impeding class-action lawsuits!  In a class action lawsuit, ALL of the Plaintiffs in the class have to have suffered a similar economic harm before the court will approve the class!

Look for signup information on the CloudedTitles.com.

 

 

 

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