Mr. Blase is a partner in the Boston office of K&L Gates. Mr. Blase concentrates his practice in the area of commercial litigation, including class action defense and consumer finance litigation. Mr. Blase has experience representing mortgage lenders, banks and other financial institutions in suits under various federal and state consumer statutes.Mr. Blase regularly represents mortgage lenders, loan servicers and other financial institutions, nationwide, in consumer finance class action lawsuits, including claims under the federal Truth in Lending Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various state unfair and deceptive trade practices acts. Mr. Blase�s recent experience and outcomes, in jury and non-jury civil litigation matters, include:Denial of class certification in a putative nationwide class action under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act;Dismissal of putative nationwide class action against national bank alleging breach of contract and violations of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act arising out of allegedly improper lender-placed insurance;Defend loan servicer and others in a multidistrict litigation proceeding established to address claims related to the identification of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. on residential mortgages and deeds of trust in non-judicial foreclosure states; andPart of a team advising a national bank in cases alleging certain improprieties in connection with the execution and notarization of foreclosure-related documents.
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