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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Attached is an affidavit of a senior loan collector for BOA that was filed in United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts under case number MDL 2193.
Simone Gordan stated the following under oath:
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
I learned recently some rather extraordinary news: my firm is currently the only mortgage risk management firm in the country offering testing of a Residential Mortgage Lenders and Originator’s (RMLO’s) Anti-Money Laundering...more
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against HSBC Bank USA and HSBC Mortgage Corporation (USA) for failing to follow state law related to foreclosure actions, putting homeowners at greater risk of losing...more
The Offices of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (HUD-OIG and FHFA-OIG) have produced this report on “real estate owned” (REO) properties. REO...more