Civil Procedure – Orders of Dismissal contrasted with Final Judgments and Decrees

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Terminology caused the bank to lose their case.

In this Third District Court of Appeals case, the bank’s foreclosure lawsuit against the borrower was set for trial. The bank never received notice of the trial, so the bank’s foreclosure action was dismissed by order of the court when the bank did not appear for the trial.  More than two years later, the bank filed a motion to set aside the court’s dismissal of its foreclosure lawsuit, which was granted, and the bank then obtained a final judgment of foreclosure against the borrower.

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When is a Short Sale a good idea for borrowers facing foreclosure?

Many South Florida borrowers are faced with a tough decision after defaulting on their mortgage loan… Is a Short Sale the right thing for us to do right now? The answer is actually not as complicated as you may think. Simply put, if you are ready to leave the property within 3-6 months and you require a little financial help in making the transition to your new home, then the Short Sale is the way to go.

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It Takes Two for the Foreclosure to be Through

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The number of dismissals is what cost the plaintiff the case.

Abusing the voluntary dismissal one too many times cost the foreclosure case for the lender who acquired the loan that had been previously sold at least twice. The Fourth District Court of Appeal took into consideration the amount of times a voluntary dismissal had been tied to the loan rather than the number of dismissals per plaintiff to overturn the foreclosure, leaving the homeowner attorney’s to celebrate.  The two-dismissal rule under Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.420(a)(1) was invoked by the appellate, which allows one voluntarily dismissal but not two.

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