TILA Rescission and Bankruptcy: What Happens When the Bankruptcy Court Gets it Wrong

When TILA rescission has occurred the encumbrance is eliminated and the debt converts from one arising from a promissory note to one arising from a statute — 15 USC §1635. The debt then becomes subject to the statute of limitations for claims under TILA because the debt now arises under TILA. If the statute has run the debt is barred. Thus when the court gets it wrong and ignores the TILA Rescission it is warping the value of the bankruptcy estate as well as allowing secured status to unsecured creditors.

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The motions for reopening cases in bankruptcy based upon error in ignoring TILA Rescission generally fail to drill home the fact that the error causes the entire bankruptcy estate to be valued incorrectly.

I think the motion is missing something — the effect on the BKR estate that has been overlooked. By virtue of 15 USC §1635 the original loan contract has, by operation of law, been replaced with a statutorily imposed new agreement, the terms of which are spelled out in the statute.

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This means, as per the statute and REG Z which must be read along with the statute, that the note is replaced by a new obligation and the mortgage has been eliminated — all by the express wording of the statute “by operation of law.” Hence the obligation to repay continues as an enforceable liability provided that the claimant satisfies the conditions precedent set forth in the statute. But that obligation is no longer secured — for the express purposes of allowing the borrower to seek new financing from which the obligation could be repaid.
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The parties claiming to be owners of the debt or claiming to be representatives of the owner of the debt failed to comply with their obligations under the new agreement. Hence any right to enforce the obligation became inchoate. That failure was not in any way caused by the borrower.
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The obligation arises not from the original loan agreement but from the statutorily imposed obligation that replaced the original loan agreement. The statute is part of the Federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA). Claims under TILA are barred by the statute of limitations contained within that act.
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Hence the obligation was wrongfully treated as secured when it had been converted to unsecured by the statute. And the obligation itself is now barred by the statute of limitations.
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The effect on the bankruptcy estate is obvious — any claimants under the original loan agreement are moved from secured to unsecured and, since they no longer have the benefit of the written instruments (the void note and mortgage) they must establish their claim by filing a proof of claim in which they establish ownership of the obligation and thereby establish that the they hold the risk of pecuniary loss, without which they cannot be paid.
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No party has established ownership of the statutorily imposed obligation. The time for pressing such a claim is now barred by the statute of limitations.
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Hence the value of the estate that was overlooked is understated by the fair market value of the property that is now unsecured and the liabilities of the petitioner are overstated by whatever amount was erroneously claimed by the claimants.
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These effects change the entire picture of the estate having an undeniable effect on all creditors and the petitioner. The court erred in ignoring these indisputable facts and laws thus casting the estate in an entirely erroneous light. This can only be corrected by re-opening the case and entering orders consistent with the true facts and applicable laws.

5 Responses

  1. I’m in bankruptcy right now and the court is ignoring my TILA Rescission.

  2. The Courts will ignore all laws, as usual in foreclosures, and rule for banksters, specially if a judge is a bank’s shareholder or received “donations” from banksters lawyers

  3. Hope your throat get well soon

  4. As always Neil. Nothing but the best.

  5. Very good I’m in bankruptcy right now I am the court is ignoring my TILA Rescission.

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