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Samantha L. Walls is a Senior Attorney in Dykema’s Detroit office and a member of the Financial Services Litigation Practice Group. Walls’ diverse practice incorporates complex litigation involving banking and consumer finance, shareholder disputes, toxic torts, and general commercial disagreements for both Fortune 500 companies and small businesses.

In an important ruling for mortgage lenders and servicers, the Michigan Supreme Court clarified in Bank of America v First American Title Ins Co, Docket No. 149599 (2016) the impact of a full credit bid—when a lender bids the full amount of the outstanding debt at a foreclosure sale—on a lender’s ability to bring claims against a third party following foreclosure. In doing so, the Supreme Court expressly overruled a previous holding by the Court of Appeals in New Freedom Mtg Corp v Globe Mtg Corp, 281 Mich App 63; 761 NW2d 832 (2008).

Continue Reading Michigan Supreme Court Holds Full Credit Bid Does Not Impact Lenders’ Right to Recover From Third Parties

On February 12, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its opinion in Baisden v. Credit Adjustments, Inc., 15-3411 (CA 6) (for publication), affirming dismissal of a purported class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). In Baisden, plaintiffs were the recipients of medical services from Mount Caramel Hospital in Ohio. As part of the care provided, plaintiffs received anesthesiology services from Consultant Anesthesiologists, an anesthesiologist group working within the hospital. When plaintiffs failed to pay for the services rendered, Consultant Anesthesiologists sent their accounts to debt collector, Credit Adjustments. Credit Adjustments used an automatic telephone dialing system and prerecorded messages to contact plaintiffs on their cell phones to request payment.

Continue Reading Sixth Circuit Issues Important TCPA Ruling on “Prior Express Consent”