John D. Socknat

John D. Socknat

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Publish Redesigned Uniform Residential Loan Application Form and Dataset

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have announced that they have published redesigned versions of their Uniform Residential Loan Application Form (URLA), the first substantial revision to the form in more than 20 years. The update to...more

9/2/2016 - Applications Fannie Mae Freddie Mac HMDA Mortgages Residential Real Estate Market

CFPB Solicits Information On Registration System For Nonbanks

In a Request for Information (RFI) posted on the Federal Business Opportunity website last month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) solicited information from vendors so it can "better understand current,...more

8/25/2016 - Administrative Procedure Act Automotive Loans CFPB Dodd-Frank Financial Institutions Mortgages NMLS Non-Bank Lenders Popular Registration Request For Information Title Loans

CFPB solicits information on registration system for nonbanks

In a Request for Information (RFI) posted on the Federal Business Opportunity website last month, the CFPB solicited information from vendors so the CFPB can “better understand current, state-of-the-art capabilities and...more

8/10/2016 - Administrative Procedure Act CFPB Financial Institutions Non-Bank Lenders Popular Registration Requirement Request For Information

CFPB, DOJ Settle Fair Lending Claims Involving Allegations of Redlining, Discretionary Underwriting and Pricing, Overt...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a proposed consent order with BancorpSouth Bank to settle charges that the bank’s mortgage lending practices violated the Fair...more

7/22/2016 - Banking Sector CFPB Discriminatory Lending Practices DOJ ECOA Fair Housing Act (FHA) Fair Lending Mortgages Race Discrimination Real Estate Market Redlining

Installment Lender Using Bank Partner Model Needs Maryland License, Court of Appeals Rules

The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, in CashCall, Inc. et al. v. Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation, recently affirmed the judgment of the Court of Special Appeals (MCSA) directing CashCall to...more

7/15/2016 - Banking Sector Banks CashCall Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Financial Services Industry Interest Rates Licensing Rules Loan Origination Funds Madden v Midland Funding Online Marketplace Lending Payday Loans Preemption Usury

Regulators Raise Marketplace Lending Concerns at FTC FinTech Forum

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently held a FinTech forum addressing marketplace lending. The forum was promoted by the FTC as the first in a series it plans to hold exploring emerging financial technology and its...more

6/21/2016 - Banking Sector Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders ECOA FCRA Financial Services Industry FinTech FTC Innovative Technology Online Marketplace Lending Popular

Treasury Releases White Paper on Online Marketplace Lending

The U.S. Treasury Department has released a white paper addressing the online marketplace lending industry. Based in part on the responses to Treasury's July 2015 Request for Information (RFI), the white paper offers a broad...more

5/16/2016 - Community Development Entities Consumer Lenders Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Loans Online Marketplace Lending Peer-to-Peer Request For Information Small Business Transparency U.S. Treasury

Fla. Appellate Court Reverses Itself In Key Foreclosure Victory For Mortgage Industry

The Florida Third District Court of Appeal (DCA), sitting en banc, reversed itself this week and held that the five-year statute of limitations did not bar a second foreclosure suit filed on a subsequent payment default so...more

4/15/2016 - Default Deutsche Bank Dismissal With Prejudice En Banc Review Florida Foreclosure Mortgage Lenders Mortgages Reversal Statute of Limitations

California Releases Marketplace Lending Data

The California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) has issued a summary report of aggregate data provided by the companies that responded to the DBO's online survey sent to 14 marketplace lenders engaged in online consumer...more

4/14/2016 - CFPB Consumer Complaint System Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Department of Business Oversight Financial Sector Online Marketplace Lending Popular Small Business Special Assessments

Borrower Has Standing To Challenge Foreclosure Sale Based on Late Assignment of Deed of Trust, Calif. Supreme Court Rules; Many...

The California Supreme Court has unanimously ruled in Yvanova v. New Century Mortgage Corp. that a homeowner has standing to bring a wrongful foreclosure action after a completed nonjudicial foreclosure sale on the grounds...more

2/25/2016 - Assignments Deed of Trust Mortgage Lenders Standing Void and Unenforceable Wrongful Foreclosures

FDIC Highlights Marketplace Lending Risks for Bank Partners

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC) publication of an article highlighting the risks for banks that partner with marketplace lenders further underscores the focus of federal regulators on marketplace lending....more

2/10/2016 - Anti-Money Laundering Banks Due Diligence FDIC Financial Services Industry Online Marketplace Lending Popular Risk Management

Maryland Licensing Threat to Bank Partner Model to be Reviewed by Court of Appeals

The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest appellate court, last week agreed to review an October 2015 Maryland Court of Special Appeals (MCSA) decision that illustrated how the bank partner structure used by many...more

12/23/2015 - Appeals Banking Sector CashCall Debt Collection Online Marketplace Lending

California Launches Marketplace Lending, Merchant Cash Advance Inquiry

The recent announcement by the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) that it has launched an inquiry into the marketplace lending industry represents an important development that could presage increased industry...more

12/22/2015 - Consumer Lenders Department of Business Oversight Online Marketplace Lending Regulatory Agenda Small Business

Pennsylvania County Recorder Cannot Sue MERS for Failure to Record Mortgage Assignments, Third Circuit Rules in Overturning...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that Pennsylvania’s recording statute does not require the recording of all conveyances. As a result, the Third Circuit reversed the district court’s refusal to enter...more

8/7/2015 - Banking Sector Banks Class Action Declaratory Judgments Deeds Financial Institutions Lenders MERS Mortgage Lenders Mortgages Recording Fees

Final Diversity and Inclusion Standards Issued Jointly by Six Federal Agencies

Pursuant to a mandate contained in Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank or Act), six federal agencies jointly issued new Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Standards today. These...more

6/11/2015 - Diversity Diversity and Inclusion Standards (D&I) Dodd-Frank Employer Mandates Hiring & Firing OMWI Regulatory Standards

CFPB issues reverse mortgage focus group report and consumer advisory

The CFPB has issued a report that discusses the results of a focus group study it conducted on reverse mortgage advertisements and a consumer advisory about such advertisements. The report is entitled “A close look at reverse...more

6/5/2015 - Advertising CFPB Mortgage Lenders Popular Reverse Mortgages Warning Letters

The CFPB Announces Final Diversity Standards under Dodd-Frank Section 342 Are Completed

On April 29, 2015, the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its third Annual Report for 2014, as mandated by Section 342(e) of the Dodd-Frank Act...more

5/6/2015 - CFPB Diversity Dodd-Frank Federal Contractors OMWI

CFPB Finalizes Amendments To TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule and Loan Originator Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently promulgated its first final rule of 2015, a series of minor amendments to the TILA/RESPA integrated disclosures (TRID) rule. The substantive changes to the TRID rule are an...more


CFPB Issues First Enforcement Action for Servicing Rules Violations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently announced a consent order with Flagstar Bank, F.S.B., alleging unfair acts and practices under the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) and violations of the CFPB's...more

10/3/2014 - Banks CFPB Civil Monetary Penalty Consent Order Enforcement Actions Loan Modifications Mortgage Loan Servicing Standards UDAAP Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Fourth Circuit Limits Liability under Maryland Finder’s Fee Act

In two recent opinions, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit substantially limited the potential scope of liability under the Maryland Finder’s Fee Act. Applying the plain language of the statute, the Fourth...more

7/30/2014 - Brokers Finder's Fees Mortgages

Federal Court: California Finance Lenders Law Does Not Prohibit a Licensee from Selling Loans to Non-Institutional Investors

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has held that Section 22340(a) of the California Financial Code does not restrict licensed finance lenders to selling loans secured by real estate to only...more

3/14/2014 - Debt Buyers Lenders

CFPB Releases Final RESPA-TILA Integrated Disclosures Rule

On November 20, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released the nearly 1,900-page final RESPA-TILA Integrated Disclosures Rule. The rule will be effective for applications received on or after August 1, 2015. The...more

11/26/2013 - CFPB Mortgages RESPA Truth in Lending Act (TILA)

CFPB Proposes Final Interim Mortgage Servicing Rule

In keeping with its promise to provide further guidance to the industry on the mortgage loan rules that go into effect in January, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued a press release, bulletin, and...more

10/17/2013 - CFPB FDCPA Mortgage Servicers Mortgages

CFPB supervisory report highlights deficiencies in mortgage servicing, compliance management systems and fair lending compliance

Although its new mortgage servicing rules are not effective until January 10, 2014, the CFPB seems to already be using those rules as guideposts in its examinations of servicers....more

8/23/2013 - CFPB Compliance Fair Lending Mortgage Loan Servicing Standards

CFPB rules: Enforcement may be heating up as the industry awaits formal guidance

The American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators (AARMR), the trade association for regulators responsible for supervising non-depository mortgage companies, held its annual conference last week in Denver....more

8/16/2013 - CFPB Compliance Enforcement Mortgages Supervision

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