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3 Ways the System is Rigged Against Consumers

The other day I met with a family who was barely getting by – large family, large amount of debt, and underemployed for eighteen (18) months. For eighteen (18) months the husband had toiled at a job he was overqualified for,...more

Should I Fight My Midland Funding Lawsuit if I Owe the Money?

I believe many people don’t fight back against debt buyers like Midland Funding, LLC because they believe that they owe the money so why fight it? In this article I want to give you three reasons why you should fight back...more

Lender Risk Management for Bankruptcy Stay Violations

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a bankruptcy case highlights a risk to consumer lenders and suggests a practical approach to risk management through clear policies and employee...more

CFPB, State AGs Announce Joint Enforcement Action Against Military Consumer Lender

On July 29, the CFPB and 13 state AGs announced a consent order that requires a consumer lender currently in Chapter 7 bankruptcy to provide $92 million in debt relief for about 17,000 U.S. servicemembers and other consumers...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That Filing a Time-Barred Proof of Claim in a Bankruptcy Proceeding Violates the FDCPA

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) provides that debt collectors “may not use any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any debt.” Nor may a debt collector...more

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): The New Federal Landscape For Lenders and Servicers

Following the recession and financial crisis of the late 2000s, the “Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection”—commonly known as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)—was created. Aimed at promoting “fairness and...more

Should You Fight Your Midland Funding Lawsuit or File for Bankruptcy?

Being sued by a debt collector like Midland Funding can be the tipping point that leads many families to file for bankruptcy. But is it the best option in your situation? Bankruptcy will stop the debt collection lawsuit...more

Demand Decency in Debt Collection

Financial difficulties can be all encompassing. The stress associated with not being able to pay your bills touches on everything from being able to pay for your kid’s schools lunch to wondering if your car is going to get...more

Protection From Creditors for Retirement Plan Assets

• The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 clarified the rights of debtors and creditors to retirement assets in federal bankruptcy proceedings, but state attachment and garnishment of such assets...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - December 10, 2013

Council of EU Publishes UK Issues Paper on MLD4 - On November 24, the Council of the European Union published a note (dated November 8, 2013) from the Council Presidency to Council Delegations which includes a UK...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Delaware Garners Almost All Big Chapter 11s  [Video]

Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Why the bankruptcy court in Delaware garnered almost five times more significant Chapter 11 reorganizations this year than New York is the first topic of discussion on the new video with Bloomberg Law's...more

BAPCPA Backfires: Unsecured Creditor’s Returns Decrease in Post-BAPCPA Landscape

A new study published by the American Bankruptcy Institute has found that the aggregate effect of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA), which was passed in part to improve creditor...more

Mortgage Debt Lesson: Don't Pursue Collection Of A Discharged Mortgage

Creditors should double check the bankruptcy status of a debtor/borrower before pursuing collection. As a pending case illustrates, pursuing collection of an initially reaffirmed, but later discharged mortgage could be a...more

CFPB Refines Mortgage Rules to Resolve Conflicts and Inconsistencies

On October 15, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an interim final rule and bulletin refining and making technical changes to certain provisions of its January 2013 mortgage rules. The interim rule...more

When the FDCPA and the Bankruptcy Code Conflict: Which Controls?

As most lenders and banking litigators understand, courts construe the language of the Fair Debt Collection Protection Act (FDCPA) very broadly. As we have discussed in previous posts, an initial communication to collect a...more

Infobytes Special Alert: CFPB Issues Mortgage Servicing Rule Amendments And Guidance Addressing Conflicts With Bankruptcy And Debt...

On October 15, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued an interim final rule amending certain provisions of its mortgage servicing rules and making technical changes to other January 2013 mortgage rules...more

Third Circuit Holds FDPCA Can Apply in Bankruptcy Proceedings

The United States Circuit Court for the Third Circuit upheld a lower court’s decision that the Bankruptcy Code precluded a borrowers’ claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. After filing for bankruptcy,...more

FHA Fresh Start Program Now Available 1 Year After Bankruptcy

New FHA Fresh Start Program provides mortgage financing in as little as 12-Months after a bankruptcy, short sale or foreclosure. Restrictions apply. Please contact a qualified mortgage broker for details. Stop struggling...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: LightSquared, the Battle among Hedge Funds [Video]

Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) -- The hedge funds battling for control of LightSquared Inc., the developer of a satellite-based wireless communications system, is the first item on the bankruptcy video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Appeals Court Changes the Law on Fraud [Video]

Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago may be out on a limb by itself, or an opinion this week may signal change in attitude toward lenders who discover a customer's fraud and do nothing, as Bloomberg...more

Service Provider Challenges CFPB Authority

On July 22, a Connecticut bankruptcy attorney and a firm with whom the attorney contracts for legal support services filed a lawsuit charging the CFPB with “grossly overreaching its authority” in requesting “sensitive and...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Make-Whole Premiums, Lehman, ResCap  [Video]

July 17 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bankruptcy Judge Sarah A. Hall in Oklahoma City is this week's "Judge of the Week" on the new video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle. In the...more

Virginia Financial Institutions - June 2013

In this issue: - CFPB Amends Ability-to-Repay Rule to Ease Standards for Small Creditors - Assistant Managers Fail to Break the Piggy Bank...For Now - Federal Agencies Make Changes to Regulation...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Lawyers Must Disclose What Clients Pay  [Video]

June 19 (Bloomberg) -- Lawyers may object to disclosing how much they actually collect per hour from non-bankrupt clients, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle explain on...more

GILBERTO T SALDIVAR vs. JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.,

MEMORANDUM OPINION Defendants, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (“Chase”) and Deutsche Bank National Trust Company’s (“Deutsche Bank”),...

This decision is important because of the reasoning, the logic and most importantly the application of New York law. Virtually all the REMIC trusts were common law trusts formed under New York law for a lot of reasons. So...more

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