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Ninth Circuit Finds CFPB Interpretation of RESPA Provision Not Entitled to Deference

On August 24, 2015, the Ninth Circuit found that the CFPB’s interpretation offered in an amicus brief of 12 U.S.C. § 2607(c)(2) of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) was not entitled to Chevron deference...more

FTC’s New Interpretation of Hart-Scott-Rodino Investment Property Exemption May Disrupt Industries Structured Around Prior...

The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition Premerger Notification Staff has announced that Hart-Scott-Rodino Rule 802.5 (the “investment rental property exemption”) will no longer be available if the buyer...more

CFPB Officially Moves TRID Effective Date To October 3

The CFPB has issued a final rule postponing the effective date for all provisions of the TILA-RESPA Final Rule and Amendments to October 3, 2015. The final rule also includes certain technical amendments to reflect the new...more

CFPB Targets Real Estate Developer in Recent Enforcement Action

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently entered into a consent order against International Land Consultants, Inc. (ILC), a real estate development company, and four of its employees involved in the marketing,...more

A Bit of Grace

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has finally agreed to bend under the strain of numerous requests from financial industry participants and 255 bi-partisan House members and 41 senators, who requested that the...more

Deference in Decline: ECOA’s Regulation B and Agency Discretion Might Not Be Broad Enough to Include Spousal Guarantors

For more than 40 years, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (‘‘ECOA’’) has prohibited lenders from discriminating against applicants for credit on various prohibited bases, including marital status. The policy reasons for such...more

Are Airbnb Hosts Regulated by the CPSC? Short-Term Rental Properties May Require Compliance with Pool & Spa Safety Laws

In the wake of the tragic drowning of Virginia Graeme Baker, granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker, Congress passed and President Bush signed into law the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. The...more

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – Lender Liability in Real Estate Closings; Know Your Closer Well

The general phrase “lender liability” usually refers to cases where a lender does not live up to its own loan agreement, or where a loan officer promises more than the loan documents provide, or where the lender sells...more

Amendments to Section 32 of the Sale of Land Act 1962 (Vic)

The Sale of Land Amendment Act 2014 (Vic) (Act) will amend the Sale of Land Act 1962 (Vic) (SLA). The objective of the Act is to re-enact, reform and modernise the provisions relating to statements made under section 32,...more

Food and Hospitality Bites

In This Issue: - LANDLORDS AND LICENSED PREMISES - THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LATE NIGHT LEVY - THE NEW FOOD INFORMATION REGULATIONS - “PARNUTS” – NEW RULES FOR FOOD FOR PARTICULAR NUTRITIONAL USES - THE WORLD CUP...more

The Target and Neiman Marcus breaches: What hoteliers need to know

The Target and Neiman Marcus problem. The massive security breach of Target's customer data may affect more than 110 million Americans -- potentially about 1 in 3 persons living in the United States. Followed in quick...more

CFPB Releases Final RESPA-TILA Integrated Disclosures Rule

On November 20, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released the nearly 1,900-page final RESPA-TILA Integrated Disclosures Rule. The rule will be effective for applications received on or after August 1, 2015. The...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- Nov 14, 2013

In A New York State Of Mind . . . For Expanded Vandalism Coverage - Why it matters: Property owners in New York with coverage for vandalism will be pleased with the Georgitsi Realty LLC v. Penn-Star Insurance Company...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

Hurricane Sandy And Flood Insurance: Critical Deadline Looms

Hurricane Sandy And Flood Insurance: Critical Deadline Looms by Charles A. Yuen on September 11, 2013 Flood insurance policies contain a provision requiring the filing of a sworn proof of loss, typically within sixty...more

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Staff Papers: How Bad Was It? The Costs and Consequences of the 2007–09 Financial Crisis

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Staff Papers The Costs and Consequences of the 2007–09 Financial Crisis The Financial Crisis Cost More Than $14 Trillion: Dallas Fed Study The financial crisis likely cost at least a...more

PRC Legal Alert--New Measures for Senior Care Facility

As of 1st July, the Ministry of Civil Affairs has implemented two Measures to regulate the establishment and operation of senior care facilities. Our careful review finds the Measures are very welcome and encouraging...more

Where is China CCRC's Industry

In this article, we will discuss on the topic of: --What’s Happening in the Marketplace in China? --The History and Development of CCRCs in the U.S. --Fee Structures for CCRCs --Financial, Regulatory and...more

A Familiar Shadow: Anticipating CFPB’s Impact On Commercial Lending

The July 2013 issue of the “Mortgage Banking” magazine focuses on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (or “CFPB”). The coverline is this: “CFPB – A Powerful New Overseer.”...more

$6.3 Million Judgment Awarded in Alleged Timeshare Resale Scam

A federal court recently entered a final judgment against and approved settlement agreements with several telemarketing companies charged by the Federal Trade Commission with operating a timeshare resale scam. The judgment...more

Third Circuit Shields Property Reporting Firm From FCRA Liability

On December 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a property reporting firm cannot be held liable for a willful violation of FCRA because the firm’s interpretation that it was not a consumer reporting...more

Comment Period on the Integrated Mortgage Disclosure Rules Ends November 6, 2012 by Brian Gallogly, Esq.

As a component of its “Know Before You Owe” project and pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) issued its proposed...more

Comment Period on the Integrated Mortgage Disclosure Rules Ends November 6, 2012 by Brian Gallogly, Esq.

As a component of its “Know Before You Owe” project and pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) issued its proposed...more

New State Bill Aims To Make Solar Power A Reality For Renters

Homeowners and renters in California may soon be able to access solar or other renewable energy from community based self-generation programs as an alternative to the power grids offered by the state’s three major public...more

You owe, you owe, How much I'd like to know

Does disclosure of a mortgage balance to a subsequent mortgagee violate the mortgagor's privacy rights? A recent Alberta decision says no....more

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