Iroanyah v. Bank of America, N.A., No. 13-1382 (7th Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
In 2006 Iroanyah obtained first and second mortgage loans of $192,000 and $36,000. The Disclosure Statement for each displayed the repayment schedule, including the number of payments, the amount due for each, and the due dates for the first and last payments. Neither disclosure included the dates on which each payment was due, nor did they include the frequency with which payment should be made. The Iroanyahs admitted that they understood that payments were to be made monthly. They stopped making payments in 2008. In response to foreclosure proceedings in state court, the Iroanyahs sent a rescission notice for the first loan, citing deficient disclosure statements in violation of the Truth in Lending Act. The lender denied violation, but agreed to rescind the loan upon payment of $169,015.30. The Iroanyahs sent rescission notices for the second loan, to which there was no response They filed suit. The court agreed that the disclosures violated TILA, which extended the right of rescission to three years; statutory damages were denied under a one year limitation period. The court held that failure to respond to the rescission notices violated TILA, triggering an award of statutory damages for failure to respond and actual damages for attorneys’ fees. The Iroanyahs sought awards of $38,812 and $33,849. The district court awarded fees and costs in the amount of $16,433 against one lender and $13,433 against the other. The Seventh Circuit affirmed.