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NPLS is pleased to announce that it is the beneficiary of residual settlement funds from a consumer class action lawsuit against a Pennsylvania lender for their repossession practices.  Andrew Milz, Esq. partner in the consumer protection law firm Flitter Milz, P.C. of Montgomery County, PA, presented a check to NPLS’ Executive Director on January 30, 2017.  Pictured from left to right are Victoria Coyle – NPLS Executive Director, Lori Molloy – NPLS Managing Attorney, and Andrew M. Milz, Esq. – Attorney at Flitter Milz, P.C.  

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that residential leases are considered consumer transactions. That doesn’t seem like a big deal to us today, but back then it was a big shift in real estate law. Real estate law developed from English common law to define the relationship between landlords and tenants. Before the industrial revolution, most of those tenants were tenant farmers, and the relationship included money and crops to the landlord in return for the right to farm the land for a period of years.