Christopher J. Willis

Christopher J. Willis

Ballard Spahr LLP

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CFPB Issues Aggressive Rulemaking Agenda

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recently released fall 2013 rulemaking agenda portends aggressive rulemaking by the Bureau in 2014. With most of the rulemaking mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act now completed,...more

12/6/2013 - CFPB Compliance Dodd-Frank Enforcement Mortgages

Statewide Judicial System Report Issued on N.Y. Foreclosure Cases

Earlier this month, the Chief Administrative Judge of New York’s Unified Court System issued a report on the status of foreclosure cases in the state judicial system. The 2013 report contains important information about how...more

11/14/2013 - Foreclosure Mortgages

DOJ Settles Fair Lending Cases against Mortgage Lenders

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled fair lending lawsuits against two mortgage lenders. Both actions involved DOJ attempts to use disparate impact evidence to establish that a lender engaged in a “pattern or...more

11/12/2013 - Discrimination DOJ Fair Lending Mortgages National Origin Discrimination Racial Discrimination

Federal Regulators Issue Statement on Qualified Mortgage Fair Lending Risks

Federal regulators have issued an interagency statement intended to address industry concerns regarding the fair lending risks associated with compliance with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s...more

10/25/2013 - Ability-to-Repay CFPB Fair Lending FDIC Mortgages NCUA Qualified Mortgage Rule

CFPB Finalizes Procedures for Supervising Nonbanks Engaged in Risky Conduct

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has adopted a final rule setting forth the procedures it will use to supervise nonbanks engaged in conduct that poses risk to consumers....more

7/2/2013 - CFPB Credit Reports Dodd-Frank Final Rules Financial Products Lenders Mortgages Nonbank Firms Wall Street

Mortgage-Related Litigation Declined in Q4, But Remains at Historic Levels

Mortgage Daily's Fourth Quarter 2012 Litigation Index indicates that while litigation activity in the mortgage industry has been declining, there are signs that it could remain above historic levels as foreclosure, investor,...more

4/5/2013 - Delinquent Borrowers Foreclosure Mortgage Servicers Mortgages

CFPB Expands Public Consumer Complaint Database

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has expanded its public Consumer Complaint Database to include complaints about mortgages, bank deposit products and services, student loans, and other consumer loans (which category...more

4/1/2013 - CFPB Consumer Complaint System Loans Mortgages Student Loans

Kentucky County Clerks Cannot Sue MERS for Failure to Record Mortgage Assignments, Sixth Circuit Rules

The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the district court’s dismissal of a putative class action filed against Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS), its parent company, and 15 financial...more

2/27/2013 - Assignments Class Action County Clerks Failure to Record Injunctions MERS Mortgages Public Officials Recording Fees Standing

Settlement of Michigan Lending Discrimination Lawsuit Underscores Regulatory Focus on Equal Access to Credit

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a settlement with Community Bank of St. Charles, Michigan, in a federal lending discrimination lawsuit filed by DOJ against the bank....more

1/28/2013 - CFPB Discrimination DOJ ECOA Equal Access to Credit Fair Lending FHA Mortgages Settlement

Mortgage Foreclosure Is Debt Collection under the FDCPA, Sixth Circuit Holds

Lawyers whose principal business is mortgage foreclosure or who regularly handle mortgage foreclosures are “debt collectors” subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit...more

1/24/2013 - CFPB Debt Collectors FDCPA Foreclosure Mortgages

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