The fears of some foreclosure defense attorneys became reality Thursday when the new Florida Supreme Court bench walked back the ruling in a case involving attorney fees, which could send ripples into contract law and financial asset deals.

Borrower Marie Ann Glass asked the court to grant her attorney fees from plaintiff Nationstar Mortgage LLC, which lost its foreclosure suit against her. The case divided justices in January when they ruled in Glass’ favor, leaning on case law that says voluntary dismissal of an appeal gives the opposing side the right to claim fees.

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