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Washington Amends State SCRA Statute To Provide State Remedy For Violation Of Federal SCRA

On March 27, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed SB 2171, which amends the Washington Service Member’s Civil Relief Act (WSCRA) to provide that a violation of the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act is a violation of...more

Beyond Credit Reporting: The Extension of Potential Class Action Liability to Employers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Do not be fooled by its title: the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) reaches far beyond the realm of credit reporting and governs a broad spectrum of industries. Indeed, the provisions of FCRA apply to any business entity...more

Institutions of Higher Education and the Fair Credit Reporting Act: Third Circuit Holds Higher Education Amendments Offer No Safe...

In a recent precedential opinion, the Third Circuit has held that the Higher Education Act provides no safe haven from strict adherence to the Fair Credit Reporting Act for colleges and universities. Moreover, the Court...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

Cert Petition Asks Supreme Court To Decide Whether Congress Can Allow Uninjured Plaintiffs To Sue In Federal Court

For years, defendants have argued that federal courts may not entertain class-action lawsuits when the plaintiff does not allege that he or she suffered any concrete personal harm and instead relies solely on an “injury in...more

CFPB Finalizes Rule on Awards of Expenses, Attorney Fees to Prevailing Parties in Adversary Proceedings

As previously noted on this blog, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an interim final rule in June 2012 to implement the Equal Access to Justice Act. At the time, the CFPB requested public comment on the...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds Collection Fee Based On Percentage Of Principal Owed In Violation Of Contract Terms Violated FDPCA

On January 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that a debt collector violated the FDCPA by collecting a fee based on a percentage of the principal owed when the contract allowed a fee only for the...more

Fear FACTA: Beware the Truncation Requirement of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act

All businesses, large and small, that issue electronically generated credit or debit card receipts to consumers at the point of transaction are subject to the “truncation” requirement of the Fair and Accurate Credit...more

S.D.N.Y. Holds TILA Short-Form Credit Card Notice Violations Subject To Statutory Damages

On November 4, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that credit card holders may pursue statutory damages for alleged violations of Regulation Z’s short-form credit card notice requirement, even...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

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

7th Circuit: Posner Explains Notice Requirements & Utility of Cy Pres Decrees in Small Class Actions

This week we examine the recent Judge Posner authored decision in Hughes v. Kore of Indiana Enterprise, Inc. that discusses class action notice requirements and the utility of cy pres decrees. We also examine the bombshell...more

Anti-Money Laundering: Italian Competent Authorities Issue Clarification on the Duty of Restitution of Money/Securities to...

New paragraph 1-bis of article 23 of Legislative Decree 21 November 2007, no. 231 (the Italian anti-money laundering law), introduced by article 18 of Legislative Decree 19 September 2012, no. 169, provides that, in the event...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

Huge FCRA Verdict Against Equifax Shows Potential Costs of Failing to Protect and Correct Consumer’s Credit History

Last week an Oregon jury awarded an individual plaintiff over $18 million in compensatory and punitive damages in what some sources have reported to be the first jury verdict in a case brought under the Fair Credit Reporting...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

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