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Supervisory Highlights, Fall 2015: Totally Sanitized Limerick Edition!

Don’t know about you, but we’ve been dreaming about wrapping ourselves in a big cabled sweater, drinking a pumpkin-spiced beverage and cozying up to the Fall 2015 issue of Supervisory Highlights. Usually haiku is how we roll,...more

CFPB Publishes Semi-Annual Rulemaking Agenda

Just in time for the holidays, the CFPB released its Fall 2015 rulemaking agenda on Friday, November 20. The agenda does not include any major surprises, but it does slightly revise the projected timeline for several highly...more

Auto Loans at the Top of OCC's Supervisory Priority List

Why it matters - In two recent speeches, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry discussed the supervisory priorities of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), including bank operational risks,...more

ARB Rejects CFPA Whistleblower Claim On Protected Activity Grounds

On November 6, 2015, the DOL’s Administrative Review Board affirmed the dismissal of Consumer Financial Protection Act (“CFPA”) whistleblower claims of a terminated mortgage broker, concluding that the complainant did not...more

CFPB Issues New Mortgage Disclosure Rule

On October 15, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule amending Regulation C, which implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). At nearly 800 pages, the new HMDA rule changes (i) the...more

A Response to the CFPB’S Recent Compliance Bulletin on MSAs

On October 8, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued a Compliance Bulletin on RESPA Compliance and Marketing Services Agreements (“MSAs”)(“Compliance Bulletin”).  The Compliance Bulletin’s...more

Regulators Demand “Good Faith Efforts” for TRID Implementation

Why it matters - Federal regulators said they don’t expect perfection from banks trying to comply with the new mortgage disclosure requirements but will not turn a blind eye with regard to enforcement. In letters to...more

CFPB Watch: MSAs Going the Way of Arbitration Clauses?

Following a now familiar approach, the CFPB issued a bulletin today that suggests deep disapproval of an entirely legal practice. This time, its target is marketing servicing agreements (MSAs), which are agreements that...more

CFPB Sends Industry Letter on TRID

On October 1, regulators including the CFPB sent a letter to mortgage industry trade groups regarding TRID. The letter states that...more

CFPB Issues Rule on Mortgage Guidelines for Special Classes of Creditors

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) this week issued a final rule making a series of changes to its mortgage guidelines for small creditors and creditors in rural and underserved communities....more

Amendments Relating to Small Creditors and Rural or Underserved Areas Under the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z)

The CFPB is amending certain mortgage rules issued by the Bureau in 2013. This final rule revises the Bureau’s regulatory definitions of small creditor, and rural and underserved areas, for purposes of certain special...more

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

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

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

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

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

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


CALIFORNIA SENATE BILL No. 1474 CHAPTER 568 An act to amend Sections 781 and 923 of the Penal Code, relating to grand jury proceedings. Approved by Governor September 25, 2012. Filed Secretary of State September 25,...more

Barofsky: Don't Believe Hype About $25B Mortgage Settlement [Video]

March 15 (Bloomberg Law) -- The $25 billion mortgage settlement between lenders and state attorneys general won't help nearly as many people as its touted to, Neil Barofsky, the former Special US Treasury Department Inspector...more

Dodd-Frank Act: Reformation and Regulations

Part I of a Three-Part Series on Financial Reform Legislation. Published in National Mortgage Professional Magazine First Published: August 2010 Re-Published: August 2011 Part I outlines the general features of the...more

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