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Nevada Supreme Court affirms ruling in default notice suit

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On April 7, the Nevada Supreme Court denied a petition for rehearing and reaffirmed its prior conclusion that, under Nevada law, when a notice of rescission is recorded after a notice of default, the rescission cancels the acceleration triggered by the notice of default, and resets a statutory 10-year period for automatically clearing a lien on real property. NRS § 106.240 “provides a means by which liens on real property are automatically cleared from the public records after a certain period of time,” and specifically “provides that 10 years after the debt secured by the lien has become ‘wholly due’ and has remained unpaid, ‘it shall be conclusively presumed that the debt has been regularly satisfied and the lien discharged.’” The specific question before the Nevada Supreme Court was what effect a notice of rescission has on NRS § 106.240’s 10-year period when the notice is recorded after a notice of default. The Nevada Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s decision determining that “because a notice of rescission rescinds a previously recorded notice of default, the notice of rescission ‘effectively cancelled the acceleration’ triggered by the notice of default, such that NRS 106.240’s 10-year period was reset.”