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CFPB Publishes Bulletin on Respa Compliance and Marketing Services Agreements

For some time now, the residential lending community has been concerned that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken unclear positions with respect to marketing services agreements (MSA’s) in its enforcement...more

Court Dismisses Landowners’ Objections to Mariner East 2 Eminent Domain Request

In an Order issued September 29, 2015, Cumberland County Judge Edward Guido dismissed all the preliminary objections filed by a group of landowners challenging the right of Sunoco Pipeline LP to condemn property for the...more

TRID Enforcement – Grace Period or Not?

Earlier this year, on June 3, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Director responded to Congressional requests for a grace period for enforcement of Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act...more

How to Evict a Tenant

The ideal situation in a landlord-tenant relationship is the timely adherence to the provisions of the lease, producing mutual benefit for both parties to the contract. Unfortunately, sometimes this relationship deteriorates...more

Mitigating Damages: The Owner's Duty in a Condemnation Case

When a property owner is faced with a condemnation case, what is its responsibility for maintaining the property and reducing damages? In most cases, the owner still has a duty to responsibly care for the property....more

CFPB and DOJ Announce Redlining Settlement

Consistent with recent indications from CFPB and Department of Justice officials that more redlining cases would soon be coming, the CFPB and DOJ have announced a proposed consent order with Hudson City Savings Bank to settle...more

Marketing Services Agreements Pose Grave Compliance Risk – Mortgage and Real Estate Industry on Notice

The CFPB issued Compliance Bulletin 2015-05 (Bulletin) today, which sets forth its position concerning the use of Marketing Services Agreements (MSAs) by mortgage companies and settlement service providers. Importantly, the...more

CFPB Watch: MSAs Going the Way of Arbitration Clauses?

Following a now familiar approach, the CFPB issued a bulletin today that suggests deep disapproval of an entirely legal practice. This time, its target is marketing servicing agreements (MSAs), which are agreements that...more

Be Careful What You Ask For, You May Get It—The CFPB Addresses Marketing Services Agreements Under RESPA

The residential mortgage settlement service industry has been asking the CFPB for guidance on the legality of marketing service agreements (MSAs) under RESPA. When questioned on the issue last week at a House Financial...more

Tennessee Supreme Court Holds That State Unconscionability Law Does Not Implicate Concepcion And Is Not Preempted By FAA

The Supreme Court of Tennessee reversed the lower courts’ rulings that a non-mutual arbitration provision in an installment contract on the sale of a manufactured home was unconscionable and unenforceable. In doing so,...more

EXPECT FOCUS: Onboard Technology, NAIC Cybersecurity, DOL, ACA Litigation, SEC Regulation (Vol. III, Summer 2015)

In This Issue: IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - Your Data Breach Collided With My Personal Injury Coverage LIFE INSURANCE - - Phantom Injury Dooms “Shadow Insurance” Case - Latest NAIC Cybersecurity News - A...more

Cordray Submits Letter to Trade Associations Regarding TRID Compliance

On October 1, CFPB Director Richard Cordray, on behalf of the FFIEC, responded to correspondence from the American Bankers Association and other trade associations seeking guidance as to their compliance with the Bureau’s...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 2, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing: owner, who took title to property after lis pendens was recorded and who did not appeal denial of motion to intervene, did not have standing to appeal judgment of...more

Suit Limitation Is A Contractual Term, Not A Statute Of Limitations: Virginia Supreme Court Orders Allstate’s Demurrer Be Granted

The Virginia Supreme Court recently clarified that, even if the suit limitation in a standard fire insurance policy incorporates the language required by Virginia Code, the suit limitation language is not subject to statutory...more

ISO Issues Countrywide Revision to the Definition of a “Residence Premises” in its HO Program

The “where you reside” language in the homeowners forms that the Insurance Services Office (ISO) has published since 1991 have spawned litigation around the country for over 20 years, given the number of scenarios which could...more

Appellate Court Rejects Claim That Borrower Must Be Permitted to Conduct Life of Loan Standing Discovery or Examine Bank Policies...

Standing is one of the top issues in foreclosure case law. So it comes as no surprise that the issue of standing is also a common focal point for discovery disputes in foreclosures. It has become common foreclosure defense...more

CFPB Information Security Remains a Challenge

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released the “2015 list of major management challenges” faced by the CFPB that the OIG believes will hamper the CFPB’s ability to accomplish the CFPB’s strategic objectives. Like...more

The EB-5 Program gains short-term extension in Congress

Congress recently passed a short-term extension to keep the EB-5 Regional Center Program (commonly known as the EB-5 Program or the Immigration Investor Program) from expiring. The EB-5 program adds versatility to the...more

Public Owners Held to Warrant Accuracy of Plans to Construction Managers

A recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision clarified that public owners on construction management projects impliedly warrant the accuracy of plans and specifications to construction managers. The case, Coghlin...more

CFPB Sends Industry Letter on TRID

On October 1, regulators including the CFPB sent a letter to mortgage industry trade groups regarding TRID. The letter states that...more

Bankers, Real Estate Loans, and the Unauthorized Practice of Law: A Refresher

Back in 1968, the Kentucky Bar Association (“KBA”) released Unauthorized Practice of Law Opinion KBA U-6 (“U-6”), opining that bank officers and lending institutions could not draft loan documents such as mortgages, security...more

Another Chesapeake Post-Production Deduction Case

The result was like others we’ve seen. Lessors Win. These wells are in Johnson and Tarrant County, Texas. Lessee Chesapeake Exploration sells to affiliate Chesapeake Marketing through affiliate-operator Chesapeake Operating....more

Rating Agency Developments

On September 24, DBRS published a report describing its approach for monitoring European CMBS ratings. On September 25, DBRS published its methodology for rating European RMBS transactions issued in Europe with residential...more

Joint Tenancy: What Happens When a Joint Tenant’s Interest Becomes Part of the Bankruptcy Estate?

Peet v. Checkett (In re Peet), 529 B.R. 718 (8th Cir. BAP 2015) – A chapter 7 trustee proposed to sell real and personal property that was owned by the chapter 7 debtors as joint tenants with parents of one of the...more

Massachusetts Court Refuses to Apply Discovery Rule to Commencement of the Suit Limitations Period

Monday, in Nurse v. Omega U.S.  Insurance., Inc., 2015 Mass. App. LEXIS 158, 2015 WL 5774390 (Mass.App., Oct. 5, 2015), a unanimous panel of Massachusetts’ intermediate level appellate court held that the two-year suit...more

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