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Nonprofit Seeks to Enjoin DOJ Settlement with JP Morgan

On February 10, non-profit corporation Better Markets, Inc., filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the United States Department of Justice and the Attorney General of the...more

GSEs: Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgages

Yesterday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that it is directing Fannie Mae ("Fannie") and Freddie Mac ("Freddie") to limit their future mortgage acquisitions to loans that meet the requirements for a...more

FHA: Mortgagee Review Board - Administrative Actions

Periodically, we review with you the types of administrative actions taken by HUD's Mortgagee Review Board (MRB). The review of the MRB's published administrative actions should be considered a teaching moment for all FHA...more

Waiting for the CFPB

My sources tell me that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will soon announce substantial monetary penalties and other administrative actions against a large nonbank. I guess it is inevitable that when such an...more

CFPB's Gang of Seven (Final Rules)

This has been a busy month for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Since the advent of the New Year, the CFPB has issued seven Final Rules that impact residential mortgage loan originations. The finale was...more

Is the Fed's Settlement with Mortgage Servicers Good for the Market?

On January 7, 2013, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the U.S. Federal Reserve Board announced an $8.5 Billion settlement with 10 of the nation's top residential loan servicers ending independent...more

Federal Reserve Announces Another Major Cash Settlement with Mortgage Servicers: $8.5 Billion to be Paid in Cash, Used to Help...

In a joint press release issued by the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, news this past week is that 10 mortgage servicers around the country have entered into a settlement agreement with the...more

Revised law is new paint job for construction remedies

Originally published in the San Francisco Daily Journal - December 26, 2012. If the sudden 2008 credit crunch can be likened to an earthquake, then the following flood of mechanics lien and stop payment notice...more

Ninth Circuit Vacates Restitution Order In Overdraft Ordering Case, Allows State Fraud Claims To Proceed

On December 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a national bank’s practice of posting payments to checking accounts in a particular order is a federally authorized pricing decision, and that federal...more

CFPB's Final Rule: Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgages

Yesterday, I provided an outline of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB's) Regulatory Agenda for 2013. As if on cue, the CFPB has accommodated us today with the first of its forthcoming issuances. This pertains...more

Where Have All The CAFA Notices Gone?

On February 18 2005, Congress enacted the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), P.L. No. 109-2 (28 U.S.C. §§ 1332(d), 1453, and 1711 – 1715). In enacting the CAFA, Congress sought to protect consumers and investors from...more

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in Stem Cell Funding Case

In an order issued earlier today, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in Sherley v. Sebelius, ending the efforts by two adult stem cell researchers to prevent the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from funding research...more

Justice Department Settles ADA Claims against Debt Collector

A recent Department of Justice settlement with a debt collection law firm that was accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act exemplifies the mounting federal scrutiny of the debt collection industry....more

FDIC Obtains Jury Verdict And Settlement In Separate Actions In California District Court Against Former Bank Officers And...

On December 7, the FDIC, as receiver of a failed bank, obtained a jury verdict in its favor in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against a group of former bank officers. FDIC v. Van Dellen, No....more

Possible New Defenses for ATM Suits

Bankers received a Christmas present on December 20, 2012 when President Obama signed H.R. 4367, which eliminates the requirement for physical notices on ATMs regarding fees. That information is already disclosed onscreen,...more

Rogers Towers: Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA): Applicable to Institutions that Acquire Loans from the FDIC?

In the wake of bank failures, some institutions have acquired failed bank assets, including loans, from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Such institutions should exercise caution when collecting on consumer loans...more

Assignee Judgment Creditor May Apply For And Receive Property Held By The State Controller Pursuant To The Unclaimed Property Law

In Weingarten Realty Investors v. Chiang (Cal. App. 4th, December 19, 2012), a California court of appeal considered whether a judgment creditor could claim property being held by the State Controller’s office on behalf of...more

A CFPB Christmas carol: first coordinated action with states

In the first action of its kind since the agency’s creation, the CFPB, Attorneys General from New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Wisconsin, and the Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection joined forces to enjoin a...more

Fannie Mae Updates Maximum Allowable Attorney Fees, Provides Standard Short Sale FAQs

On December 13, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2012-26 to update the maximum allowable foreclosure attorney fees for mortgage loans, participation pool mortgage loans, and MBS mortgage loans serviced under...more

National Mortgage Settlement Monitor Issues Progress Report

On November 19, Joseph Smith, Jr., the Monitor of the national mortgage settlement, released a report on the consumer relief activities of the five banks that are parties to the settlement. Between March 1, 2012 and September...more

SEC Annual Report: Thousands of Tips, One Award & Minimal Transparency

In its Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program (Report), the SEC has revealed that it has received 3,001 tips during its 2012 fiscal year (the first year of this program), and it paid out its first award to a...more

SEC Releases Whistleblower Program’s 2012 Annual Report

On November 15, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”) released its Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program (the “Report”). The Report – which was prepared by the Commission’s...more

Shoot First and Ask Questions Later: Financial Regulators’ Use of Their Emergency Enforcement Powers

Originally published in the November/December 2012 issue of the Financial Fraud Law Report. In the era of “real-time enforcement,” financial regulators repeatedly preach the importance of bringing an alleged malfeasor...more

Bank Argues Government’s False Claims Act Case Violates National Servicing Settlement

On November 1, one of the five banks that entered into a comprehensive mortgage servicing settlement earlier this year with the federal government and 49 state attorneys general invoked that agreement in defense of claims...more

SEC Suffers Defeat in Trial Against “Break the Buck” Executives

A federal court jury in Manhattan returned verdicts on Monday, November 12, largely exonerating the two most senior Reserve Management Company executives in a Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement action accusing...more

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