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DBO Filing Procedures Set To Change Big Time

When I joined the Department of Corporations, it had no website and filings were made only in hard copy. In the ensuing years, the Department (now known as the Department of Business Oversight) created a website, established...more

Winthrop & Weinstine Summary of Revenue Procedure 2014-12

Scope of the Guidance & General Information - 1. Application of the Guidance is limited to allocations of HTC from Buildings that are placed in service on or after December 30, 2013. 2. This means the Guidance...more

Federal Court Dismisses FCA Claims Against Bank’s Outside Directors

On January 3, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that a relator failed to support allegations that the outside directors of a failed bank misrepresented to the FDIC the quality of the bank’s...more

IRS Issues Important Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Guidance

Background - On December 30, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service issued its long-awaited historic rehabilitation tax credit guidance in the form of a Revenue Procedure that outlines a safe harbor for allocations of the...more

Calif. Taxpayers: You Can['t] Check Out Any Time You Like

For California's high-earners and business owners, Proposition 30's passage in November 2012 was a "cross the Rubicon" moment. First, Proposition 30 increased tax rates retroactively to the beginning of 2012....more

Governor Yellen Addresses Bank Director Removal Over Foreclosure Practices; Lawmakers Press Regulators On Independent Foreclosure...

On November 18, Federal Reserve Chair nominee Janet Yellen responded to a recent inquiry by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) seeking more details about the Federal Reserve Board’s process for determining whether bank officers...more

Federal Court Allows FDIC D&O Suit Involving Business Judgment Rule To Proceed

On November 14, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia denied motions to dismiss filed by former officers and directors of a failed federal thrift who allegedly contributed to the bank’s collapse...more

Editorial: Fla.'s 'Safe Harbor' Most Litigators Are Not Familiar With

First mortgage lenders acquiring title to collateral consisting of condominium units or homes in a homeowners community are afforded protection against assessment liability under both the Florida Condominium Act (Chapter 718...more

Henning vs Wachovia Mortgage FSB aka Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

Federal Judge William Young in Massachusetts Orders Wells Fargo and a majority of its board to approve a corporate resolution...

Federal Judge William Young in Massachusetts is making an unusual request of Wells Fargo in a Sept. 17 ruling in which he's requiring the bank's president and a majority of its board to approve a corporate resolution stating...more

FBI's Mortgage Fraud Report as Prepared by the Financial Crimes Intelligence Unit

The objective of this study is to provide FBI program managers and the general public with relevant data to better understand the threat posed by mortgage fraud. The report was requested by the Financial Crimes Section,...more

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PRESS RELEASE Re: Government Restated their Statistics because it "Got Caught Red-Handed" by Bloomberg News

LIES: Eric Holder Owes the American People an Apology When Holder first trotted out these figures last October, he bragged during a press conference about the results of the government’s “Distressed Homeowner Initiative,”...more

PHILLIP R. CORVELLO, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, DBA America’s Servicing Company, DBA Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc., Defendant-Appellee

APPELLANTS’ OPENING BRIEF Re: Wells Fargo Mortgage Modification Lawsuits Revived by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

ISSUES PRESENTED 1. Whether the district court erred in ruling that plaintiffs failed to allege the existence of binding TPP Agreements. 2. Whether the district court erred by dismissing plaintiffs’ breach of TPP...more

LPS Mortgage Monitor July 2013 Mortgage Performance Observations

The June Mortgage Monitor report released by Lender Processing Services (NYSE: LPS) found that the nearly 10 percent spike in the national delinquency rate reported in the company’s “First Look” at mortgage performance was...more

Significant Pennsylvania Tax Changes

The General Assembly made significant changes to a number of Pennsylvania taxes as part of the 2013-2014 budget process. These changes were enacted in Act 52, signed into law on July 9, 2013, and have various effective dates....more

Commercial Financial Services Brief: Minnesota Adopts Several Changes to Article 9 of The UCC

Minnesota has adopted several changes to Article 9 of the UCC, effective July 1, 2013. Many of these changes relate to the preparation and filing of financing statements which perfect security interests granted by individual...more

FORMER EXECUTIVE LORRAINE BROWN AT FLORIDA-BASED LENDER PROCESSING SERVICES INC. SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOR ROLE IN...

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, June 25, 2013 FORMER EXECUTIVE AT FLORIDA-BASED LENDER PROCESSING SERVICES INC. SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOR ROLE IN...more

Fannie And Freddie Shareholders To US: 2008 Government Takeover Of Mortgage Giants Good For The Country; Not So Much For Us

Can shareholders of a government-sponsored enterprise successfully challenge the constitutionality of a government takeover of the entity? ...more

Is the State Holding Your Association’s Money?

Like many other states, Connecticut has appointed itself as the official “lost and found” for all money abandoned within the state’s borders. We’re not talking about coins dropped on a sidewalk. Abandoned money can include...more

Tax Reform Update: Impact on Private Equity, Hedge Funds, and Real Estate Partnerships

Interesting tax update courtesy of Bruce Thompson, a Senior Policy Advisor with DLA Piper. He continues to see momentum for comprehensive tax reform and wrote the following summary of what that might mean for fund managers...more

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s Minimum Standards for Prioritization and Handling Borrower Files Subject to Imminent...

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s Minimum Standards for Prioritization and Handling Borrower Files Subject to Imminent Foreclosure Sale for all OCC Regulated Banks. The OCC guidance is significant because it...more

Senator Elizabeth Warren's May 14, 2013 letter to Ben Bernanke, Eric Holder, & Mary Jo White

Senator Elizabeth Warren's May 14, 2013 letter to The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, U.S. Department of Justice...

Senator Elizabeth Warren Pushes Feds For Answer On Big Bank Enforcement WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) raised the stakes of her quest to find out why a single Wall Street bank has not been prosecuted in the...more

ROBO-LITIGATION Re: Attorney Misconduct at Foreclosure Mills

ROBO-LITIGATION Re: Attorney Misconduct at Foreclosure Mills The scale of attorney malfeasance in connection with the foreclosure crisis is enormous. Whether attorneys knowingly filed false documents or simply failed to...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Landmark Decision in Virgin Islands Economic Development Program Case

Disclosure: Joseph A. DiRuzzo, III of Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph was part of the trial team that represented the taxpayers in the June 2010 bench trial in the District Court of the Virgin Islands....more

FDIC to host banker teleconferences on CFPB mortgage rules

The FDIC has scheduled the following three free teleconferences on the CFPB’s new mortgage-related rules for officers and employees of FDIC-supervised institutions... ...more

J-REIT Reform – Finance and Insider Trading Regulations

On December 7, 2012, the working group of the finance committee of the Financial Services Agency of Japan (the “Working Group”) issued its final report (the “Final Report”) with respect to the reform of the legal regime of...more

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