Class certification affirmed in foreclosure fee case

After a 3-day hearing, a bankruptcy court certified a class for injunctive relief about foreclosure-related fees during the debtors’ bankruptcy proceedings.  Rodriguez v. Countrywide Home Loans, No. 11-40056 (Sept. 14, 2012).  The Fifth Circuit affirmed, finding that Countrywide’s acts were “generally applicable” to the “narrowly certified . . . class of approximately 125 individuals.”  Id. at 6 (distinguishing Wilborn v. Wells Fargo, 609 F.3d 748 (5th Cir. 2010)).  The Court also found that the relevant records were readily searched and that Countrywide had a consistent “practice” even though it had no formal company policy as to the fees.  Id. at 9, 10-11 (distinguishing Wal-Mart v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011)).

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