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Volume 7 - Number 5

February 28, 2014

Court: Lenders Can Force Higher Flood Insurance

The FHA's model mortgage form clearly makes the federally required flood-insurance amount the minimum, not the maximum, the borrower must have, according to a recent federal appeals court ruling. In Faire Feaz v. Wells Fargo Bank, et al. No. 13-10230, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit determined that the language in the FHA's model form requiring borrowers to purchase the FHA's minimum required amount of flood insurance does not prevent lenders from demanding more insurance than the agency requires. With its ruling, the court upheld the dismissal of the claim for breach of contract, related claims for breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, and breach of fiduciary duty. The 11th Circuit ruling also agreed with the First Circuit's recent en banc ruling in Kolbe v. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, F.3d -- 2013 WL 5394192 (1st Cir. Sept. 27, 2013). Noting a split among the district courts, the First Circuit recognized that ...

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