Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

November 7, 2013

Michigan Court Concludes that the Servicer of the Loan Was Not in Violation of the Notice or Loan-Modification Requirements of Michigan’s Foreclosure-by-Advertisement Statute

By Ebube Okoli

The Michigan court in deciding the home mortgage foreclosure case of Pettey v. CitiMortgage, Inc., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 22299, 2013 FED App. 0936N (6th Cir.), 2013 WL 5832535 (6th Cir. Mich. 2013), concluded that the servicer of the loan was not in violation of the notice or loan-modification requirements of Michigan’s foreclosure-by-advertisement statute, Mich. Comp. Laws § 600.3204, because the mortgagors failed to take action under the statute that would have triggered the servicer’s notice and loan-modification obligations.

In doing so, the court affirmed the district court’s rejection of the mortgagors’ unjust-enrichment and deceptive acts and unfair practices claims. Moreover, the court was persuaded that the district court’s grant of the servicer’s motion to dismiss and denial of the mortgagors’ motion for reconsideration were proper. The court relied on the reasoning handed down by the lower court in their opinion, with the caveat that defects or irregularities in a foreclosure proceeding resulted in a foreclosure that was voidable, not void ab initio.

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