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Virginia Legislation Significantly Impacts Construction Industry

At its recently-concluded 2015 Regular Session, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation which will significantly affect those persons who deal with potential mechanic’s lienors. The revision to section 43-3 of the...more

CFPB Enforcement Action Appeals: Quick Resolution with Unchecked Discretion

On March 9, 2015, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray presided over oral argument in the first appeal hearing of an administrative enforcement action. The appeal involves two companies that...more

New Utah Law Prohibits Unequal Treatment of Rental Units by Homeowners Associations

Recent revisions to Utah law clarify the role and authority of homeowners associations in restricting owners’ renting out of their units, and may require associations to take action to comply. House Bill 98, signed into law...more

CFPB Reminds Mortgage Lenders to Include Section 8 Income

On May 11, the CFPB issued Bulletin 2015-02, reminding creditors to include income from the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Homeownership Program when underwriting mortgage loans. Within the Bulletin, the Bureau noted...more

Supreme Court Holds That Orders Denying Plan Confirmation Are Not Final for Appellate Purposes

On May 4, 2015, a unanimous United States Supreme Court in Bullard v. Blue Hills, 135 S. Ct. 1686 (2015), resolved a long-standing circuit court split by holding that a bankruptcy court’s order denying confirmation of a...more

Note versus Mortgage: Who leads the dance?

Earlier this month, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal released an opinion seemingly designed to serve as a primer on perfecting a security interest in a promissory note secured by a mortgage. The analysis is found in...more

Pennsylvania Joins Oklahoma, Bans Homeowners Insurers From Attributing Earthquakes to Fracking

Last month we reported that the Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner had issued a bulletin cautioning earthquake insurers against denying claims on the basis that the quake was attributable to a man-made cause, which is to say oil...more

Court Holds That Trimming of Neighbor’s Trees is Not an Insured Accident or Occurrence

In Albert v. Mid-Century Insurance Co. (No. B257792, filed 4/28/15, ord. pub. 5/20/15), a California Court of Appeal held that an insured’s trimming of a neighbor’s trees which allegedly damaged the trees was not an accident...more

Revised Interagency Examination Procedures for Consumer Compliance

As of May 1, the Task Force on Consumer Compliance of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council developed interagency examination procedures for: - Truth in Lending Act (TILA), implemented by Regulation Z;...more

Wells Accused of Profiting from Foreclosure Relief Program

A recent class action lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of homeowners in New York against Wells Fargo alleges that while the bank received $25 billion in government bailout funds it failed to make a good faith effort to...more

N.C. Court of Appeals Speaks On "Violations" of Residential Rental Agreement Act

The North Carolina Court of Appeals reversed a trial court decision, rendered in the wake of a bench trial (i.e., tried without a jury), wherein the trial court held that a residential landlord violated the North Carolina...more

FDIC Hosts Teleconference on CFPB Mortgage Rules

On May 21, the FDIC’s Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection is scheduled to host a teleconference that will focus on the implementation of the new mortgage rules issued by the CFPB in 2013. According to the FDIC,...more

Democrats release alternative regulatory relief bill

Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee have released a regulatory relief bill intended to be an alternative to the bill released by Senator Richard Shelby. While Senator Shelby’s bill is entitled the “Financial Regulatory...more

Can A Law Firm Qualify As An Original Source?

Although a Federal district court refrained from providing a definitive answer to this question, it appears unlikely given the court’s holding and reasoning in United States v. U.S. Bank, N.A., No. 3:13-cv-704, 2015 WL...more

OCC Updates Consumer Compliance Examination Manual To Incorporate Integrated Disclosures

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has released revised TILA and RESPA chapters of its examination manual for consumer compliance exams. The revised chapters incorporate the detailed procedural and substantive...more

Customer Loyalty – A Case for Old School Customer Service

This morning I received a call from a client and close friend of mine. He told me that he was concerned because the county property appraiser had categorized his wife’s recent re-finance as a sale of her property instead of a...more

National Non-Profit Fair Housing Organization Files Complaint Against Fannie Mae Alleging Racial Discrimination

On May 12, 2015, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 19 local fair housing organizations (collectively, the “Complainants”) filed a fair housing discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban...more

CFPB Issues Compliance Bulletin on Unlawful Discrimination Based on Receipt of Mortgage Assistance

In a new compliance bulletin (Bulletin 2015-02), the CFPB “reminds” creditors of their obligation not to discriminate against applicants because their income includes vouchers from the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)...more

Federal Agencies Issue Final Rule on Standards for Appraisal Management Companies

The CFPB along with five other federal agencies have issued a final rule that establishes minimum state registration and substantive requirements for appraisal management companies (AMCs), as required by Section 1473 of the...more

FHFA Extends Fannie and Freddie’s Participation in HAMP and HARP

On May 8, FHFA Director Mel Watt spoke at the 22nd Annual Economic Summit, focusing on the agency’s conservatorship activities with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (GSEs). Most significantly, Director Watt announced that the...more

Shifting Landscapes: Regulatory Challenges Stemming from Emerging Technologies

In the modern era, the world moves fast—aided by technology that is constantly evolving and changing our relationships with each other and with the world around us. Technological developments challenge state and local...more

The Construct - May 2015

In This Issue: - Construction Contract Claims Against a Third-Party Lender? The Unforeseen Consequences of a Standard Practice: For those of us who commonly represent lenders, there is nothing more unsettling...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 15, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - State-Created Entity/First-Party Bad Faith: immunity of Citizens, as provided in Section 627.351(6)(s), Florida Statutes, shields it from statutory first-party bad faith claims under Section...more

Title Insurance Regulatory and Legislative Update - May 2015

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS - Title Insurance Task Force To Survey Affiliated Business Arrangements: The Title Insurance Task Force (“Task Force”) recently conducted a conference call and among the...more

Is the SEC a Toothless Watch Dog?

SEC enforcement actions are supposed to halt violations, protect investors and the markets, act as a deterrent and prevent a future repetition of wrongful conduct. To facilitate those goals settlements typically incorporate...more

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