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CFPB Loses Borders Case: the Court Construes RESPA’s Statutory ABA Exemption according to its Plain Language

On July 12, 2017, a federal district court in Kentucky issued a summary judgment ruling for the defense in the ongoing Borders & Borders case brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau). In this...more

Fleeting Glimpse of RESPA Issues in PHH Argument as Court Focuses on Bureau Constitutionality

Although the RESPA issues were addressed in the briefs filed by the parties in the PHH case, at oral argument this week the parties and the en banc D.C. Circuit focused heavily on whether the president’s authority is...more

CFPB Settlements: It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

On April 26, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) broke new ground by imposing a fine – in excess of a million dollars – against a consumer financial services company for allegedly violating the terms of...more

Shouldn't You Be Using Arbitration Agreements to Reduce the Costs of Litigation and the Risk of Class Action Claims?

Businesses across the country regularly bemoan the time and expense of litigation. Even when businesses are successful in defending non-meritorious consumer claims alleging unfair or deceptive practices, false advertising,...more

The CFPB's Prospect RESPA Consent Orders: Eight Key Takeaways

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) on January 31, 2017, issued consent orders settling enforcement claims that a major mortgage lender violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) in connection with...more

Five Key Takeaways From the D.C. Circuit’s PHH Decision

The legal challenge by PHH Corp. (PHH) to a June 4, 2015, decision by the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) in connection with the Bureau’s enforcement proceeding against PHH has captivated the...more

Increasing Legal Scrutiny of Website Accessibility in the Real Estate Industry

From fair housing laws to licensing requirements, the real estate industry is accustomed to navigating various legal constraints and requirements. However, as a result of current ambiguity in the law, class action lawsuits...more

PHH v. CFPB: "What is a Kickback?"

On April 12, 2016, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral argument in PHH Corporation’s (PHH) milestone legal battle with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau). During the argument,...more

Supreme Court Vacancy Leaves Spokeo Outcome Even More Uncertain

The consumer financial services industry is wondering how the sudden passing of United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will affect the pending Spokeo, Inc. v. Thomas Robins case. Spokeo is a key case dealing with...more

CFPB Director’s Divisive View of RESPA Limitations Period Central to Ongoing UDAAP Action

In the ongoing Integrity Advance enforcement action by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”), the Office of Enforcement this month filed a brief arguing that its claims for alleged unfair, deceptive,...more

A Response to the CFPB’S Recent Compliance Bulletin on MSAs

On October 8, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued a Compliance Bulletin on RESPA Compliance and Marketing Services Agreements (“MSAs”)(“Compliance Bulletin”).  The Compliance Bulletin’s...more

Are Aggregators of Government-Created Data the Next Target for Large Class Action Lawsuits?

There is little doubt that large class action lawsuits are a content aggregator’s worst nightmare. This especially holds true for those who transact significant amounts of data which may include government-created public...more

CFPB Director Cordray Issues First-Ever Agency Appellate Decision in RESPA Case

The Director of the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Richard Cordray, issued a decision yesterday in the first appeal of a Bureau administrative enforcement action. Cordray’s decision upholds in part,...more

Recent Settlements of Joint UDAAP Enforcement Between State and Federal Regulators

The Dodd-Frank Act (“Dodd-Frank”) granted to state attorneys general and state regulators much of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) UDAAP authority. In particular, Dodd-Frank gives state attorneys authority...more

CFPB to Shine Spotlight on Mini-Correspondent Mortgage Lending?

On July 9, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) issued Policy Guidance on the issue of Mortgage Brokers Transitioning to Mini-Correspondent Lenders (“Policy Guidance”), which highlights risks...more

7/21/2014  /  CFPB , Lenders , Mortgage Brokers , Mortgages

Sixth Circuit in Carter Refuses to Defer to HUD’s RESPA Guidelines

In a decision two years in the making, on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals brought some clarity to the use of affiliated business arrangements (“ABAs”) under Real Estate Settlement Procedures...more

CFPB Continues to Finalize Elements of “Points and Fees” Test as Implementation Date Draws Closer

The CFPB’s final ability-to-repay rule (Rule), issued January 10, 2013, implements Dodd-Frank mortgage reforms requiring creditors to make good faith determination that a consumer has reasonable ability to repay his or her...more

Negotiating the Enforcement Maze: A CFPB Civil Investigative Demand

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau), through its Office of Enforcement, may conduct inquiries of institutions or persons to investigate compliance with the federal consumer financial laws for which it is...more

CFPB Proposes Amendments to New Final Ability-to-Repay Rule, Solicits Comment on Calculating Loan Originator Compensation

On January 10, 2013, the CFPB issued its final ability-to-repay rule (Rule), which implements Dodd-Frank mortgage reforms requiring creditors to make a reasonable and good faith determination that a consumer will have a...more

Final Rule Issued on Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgages

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final ability to repay rule (Rule) on January 10, 2013. The Rule implements ability-to-repay provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, which imposed strict underwriting...more

Developments in Law, Factual Discovery Lead Federal Judge to Decertify Class Action

In Campbell v. First American, a federal judge in Maine has issued a ruling decertifying a class action involving claims that First American Title Insurance Co. overcharged refinance customers for their title insurance....more

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