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S.D.N.Y. U.S. Attorney Obtains FHA, GSE False Claims Settlement

On July 1, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that a large bank agreed to pay $10 million to resolve allegations that prior to 2011 it violated the False Claims Act and FIRREA by failing to...more

Suntrust Reaches $320 Million Settlement

SunTrust Banks (“SunTrust”) reached a settlement with Federal prosecutors last week in which it agreed to a $320 million settlement for a combination of consumer relief and housing counseling services. SunTrust issued a press...more

Massachusetts AG Requires Mortgage Servicer To Provide Foreclosure-Related Relief

On June 16, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley announced that a large mortgage servicer agreed to provide $3 million in borrower relief and pay $700,000 to the Commonwealth to resolve allegations that the...more

DOJ And CFPB Team Up To Take On Auto And Mortgage Lenders

The CFPB and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are joining forces to pursue damages and penalties against consumer lenders for violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) in pricing consumer loans....more

The SCRA can be a Minefield: Recent Ninth Circuit Opinion Addresses Foreclosure Protection

On February 7, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Brewster v. Sun Trust Mortgage, Inc. The decision stands as a stark reminder to mortgage lenders and servicers of the importance of verifying a...more

CFPB files second amicus brief in First American RESPA case

Last year, many observers were disappointed when the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the appeal in First American Financial Corp. v. Edwards, the case that presented the issue of whether a plaintiff who brings a RESPA claim has...more

N.J.’s Supreme Court Weighs In On Proper Measure of Damages under the Consumer Fraud Act and Interrelationship Between...

In D’Agostino v. Maldonado, 2013 WL 5476857 (Oct. 3, 2013), the New Jersey Supreme Court weighed in on whether the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act ("CFA") could be triggered by a complex real estate deal between a purported...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

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

PHILLIP R. CORVELLO v. WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, RE: CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF IMPLIED COVENANT OF GOOD...

CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF IMPLIED COVENANT OF GOOD FAITH AND FAIR DEALING, VIOLATION OF THE UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW, AND PROMISSORY ESTOPPEL. THE 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS REVERSED THE...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

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

Wells Fargo Mortgage Modification Lawsuits Revived by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Wells Fargo Mortgage Modification Lawsuits Revived by Court In a separate action involving Wells Fargo, a U.S. Court of Appeals held that the bank must face lawsuits by home loan borrowers for refusing to offer them...more

THOMAS A. GLASKI, v. BANK OF AMERICA N.A OPINION ORDERED PUBLISHED on 8/8/13 Author: Franson, Jr., Donald R.

THOMAS A. GLASKI v BANK OF AMERICA SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT RE: Borrower May Challenge The Securitized Trust's Claim to Ownership

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FIFTH APPELLATE DISTRICT OPINION ORDERED PUBLISHED ON 8/8/2013 Re: Borrower May Challenge The Securitized Trust’s Chain of Ownership CERTIFIED FOR PUBLICATION IN THE...more

THOMAS A. GLASKI, v. BANK OF AMERICA N.A OPINION ORDERED PUBLISHED on 8/8/13 Author: Franson, Jr., Donald R.

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FIFTH APPELLATE DISTRICT OPINION ORDERED PUBLISHED ON 8/8/13 Re: Borrower May...

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FIFTH APPELLATE DISTRICT OPINION ORDERED PUBLISHED ON 8/8/13 Re: Borrower May Challenge The Securitized Trust’s Chain of Ownership Glaski v. Bank of America, N.A. Case...more

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, v. BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., BANC OF AMERICA MORTGAGE SECURITIES, INC., and MERRILL LYNCH, PIERCE, FENNER & SMITH, INC. f/k/a BANC OF AMERICA SECURITIES LLC,

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION v BANK OF AMERICA N.A. COMPLAINT FOR INJUNCTIVE AND OTHER RELIEF

Civil Action No. 3:13-cv-447 The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Bank of America and two subsidiaries with defrauding investors in an offering of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) by failing to...more

CAROL COKER v. JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., et al., Re: California law prohibits a deficiency judgment following either a foreclosure sale or short sale

CAROL COKER v. JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. Re: California Law Prohibits a Deficiency Judgment following either a Foreclosure Sale...

The California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, held in a case of first impression that a section of California law that prohibits a deficiency judgment following a foreclosure on a purchase money loan similarly...more

New CFPB Enforcement Action Involving Alleged ILSA Violations

As we reported earlier this year, the CFPB was actively investigating a company called 3D Resorts-Bluegrass, LLC for possible violations of the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA)....more

CFPB files lawsuit challenging loan officer bonuses

It appears the CFPB wants to send a warning through the lawsuit it filed yesterday in a Utah federal court against a mortgage company and two of its officers for allegedly paying illegal bonuses to loan officers that were...more

Steering Consumers to Expensive Mortgage Loans

The CFPB announced that it had filed a complaint yesterday in a federal district court against Utah-based Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC (“C & C”) and two of its officers for illegally giving bonuses to loan officers who...more

RICHARD GEORGE; STEVEN LEAVITT and SANDRA LEAVITT, and all others similarly situated Plaintiffs, v. URBAN SETTLEMENT SERVICES d/b/a URBAN LENDING SOLUTIONS; BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.

CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT Re: Bank of America & Urban Lending Sued for Racketeering (RICO) on Fraudulent “Modification” Program

In a case that may have far-reaching consequences, a lawsuit was filed in federal court in Colorado accusing Bank of America of racketeering (RICO). It was a game to the bank. They intentionally lured people into what they...more

Wachovia Mortgage Corp. (Wells Fargo Bank) vs. Paul Posti et al.

Final Judgment Re: Judge Forces Permanent Modification After Mortgagor Complies with the Terms of The Trial Modification

A trial judge has ordered the lender to execute a permanent modification based upon the borrowers total compliance with the provisions of the trial modification. Wells Fargo (Wachovia) was given the terms of the...more

NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES vs DELOITTE FINANCIAL ADVISORY SERVICES LLP. RE: $10 MILLION FINE & A ONE-YEAR BAN...

Deloitte LLP’s financial advisory services unit agreed to pay $10 million and accept a one-year ban from consulting for New York-regulated banks to settle regulators’ allegations the firm mishandled its anti-money-laundering...more

IN RE BANK OF AMERICA HOME AFFORDABLE MODIFICATION PROGRAM (HAMP) CONTRACT LITIGATION UNSEALED COMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. UNSEALED COMPLAINT FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE FALSE CLAIMS ACT

Bank of America’s mortgage servicing unit systematically lied to homeowners, fraudulently denied loan modifications, and paid their staff bonuses for deliberately pushing people into foreclosure: These allegations were...more

DIANA ELLIS, JAMES SCHILLINGER, and RONALD LAZAR, individually and on behalf of other members of the general public similarly situated vs. J.P. MORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., and CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC,

ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART DEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO DISMISS

Defendants allegedly adopted a uniform practice designed to maximize fees assessed on delinquent borrowers’ accounts. As part of the scheme, Defendants “formed an enterprise with their respective subsidiaries, affiliates,...more

IN RE BANK OF AMERICA HOME AFFORDABLE MODIFICATION PROGRAM (HAMP) CONTRACT LITIGATION

BANK OF AMERICA'S CASE MANAGEMENT TEAM MANAGER AND UNDERWRITER ADMITS TO BLITZ BY "CLEAN OUT" OF BACKLOGGED HAMP APPLICATIONS...

SIX FORMER BOA EMPLOYEES TESTIFY THAT BOA MODIFICATION AND FORECLOSURE SPECIALISTS WERE PAID AND INSTRUCTED TO LIE TO HOMEOWNERS, PAID WITH GIFT CARDS IF THEY SUCCESSFULLY THREW THE HOMEOWNER INTO FORECLOSURE AND WERE...more

CHERYL SOBH and SAM SOBH vs BANK OF AMERICA, NA, JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, TROTT & TROTT, and AMERICAN PREMIERE TITLE

STATE OF MICHIGAN COURT OF APPEALS Re: Defendant Bank of America lacked standing to foreclose. Reversed and Remanded

Bank of America was found to LACK STANDING to Foreclose. It turns out that Chase never paid for anything. While it could be argued that they assumed the liability on billions of dollars in deposits, they also got the...more

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