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Litigation and Legislation Impacting Housing

As part of its ongoing webinar series, the Legal League 100 hosted a webinar titled Complex Default Litigation Update, on Tuesday, presented by two league members from BDF Law Group. The webinar discussed the latest issues that were currently under litigation including items under the FDCPA and complex foreclosure rules, as well as possible legislation impacting the industry.

The webinar series focuses on key issues, litigation and trends impacting financial services law firms and helps its members drive progress in the mortgage servicing industry.

Citing a recent case where the borrower filed a lawsuit against the mortgage servicer and law firm alleging violation of the FDCPA, BDF Law Group’s General Counsel Ryan Bourgeois and Managing Attorney Dustin Dreher gave an update on the application of FDCPA to non-judicial foreclosure proceedings, including the rulings of the trial as well as the appellate court in the lawsuit.

They also gave details of similar rulings by other circuits, highlighting the disagreement on FDCPA application to non-judicial foreclosure proceedings.

Giving an update on the latest government legislation and nominations, the speakers gave a brief profile of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Trump Administration’s nominee to the Supreme Court along with various considerations for financial services law firms once he sits on the Supreme Court bench.

The webinar also touched upon some of the key litigations that are being heard in other circuits, especially related to FDCPA issues as well as some key legislation that was likely to affect the industry.

Some of the key legislations that were discussed during this webinar include H.R. 5082: Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2018; Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2018; as well as legislation exempting lawyers’ litigation activities under FDCPA and CFPB oversight.

If you missed the webinar, click here to view the recording and the presentation.

About Author: Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.

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