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Financial Services Weekly News - May 2017 #3

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Editor's Note - The Dual Banking System is Working. In the April 26 edition of the Roundup, we noted that the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) had sued the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC),...more

ABA Critical of HMDA Rule in Comments to Treasury Secretary

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Based on the President’s executive order 13772 on The Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System, the American Bankers Association (ABA) submitted a white paper to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin that...more

Lender's Edge Newsletter

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Deeds in Escrow - Deeds in escrow, or “pocket deeds,” have increased in popularity in recent years. But are they the right option in connection with a workout of your distressed loan? Please see full Publication...more

CFPB Seeks Comment on Effectiveness of the RESPA Mortgage Servicing Rule

As required by the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB is conducting an assessment of its RESPA Mortgage Servicing Final Rule, which took effect on January 10, 2014. The assessment will seek to compare servicer and consumer activities...more

The Financial CHOICE Act, now closer to passage, would significantly impact the mortgage industry

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On May 4 H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act (the Act) introduced by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, obtained enough votes to move the bill on to the House of Representatives floor.  The Act...more

Two CFPB enforcement actions tried in federal court

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Two enforcement actions filed by the CFPB recently went to trial in federal district court. One of the cases was filed by the CFPB in July 2014 in a Wisconsin federal district court against two law firms and four of the...more

HUD Settles Fair Housing Act Claims Against California Credit Union

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On May 10, 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a settlement with a California credit union concerning allegations that the credit union denied loan approval to a married couple because...more

CFPB investigating Zillow for RESPA compliance

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For years many industry participants wondered if allowing their real estate agents or loan officers to engage in co-marketing on Zillow Group applications and websites posed a risk to their companies under RESPA. The...more

CFPB seeks comments on its plan to assess the RESPA mortgage servicing rule

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On May 4, the CFPB announced that as part of its impending 5-year review of mortgage rules, it was proposing a plan to assess the effectiveness of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) mortgage servicing rule.  ...more

CFPB's Monthly Report Focuses on Student Loan Products

The CFPB’s most recent monthly report on consumer complaints spotlights student loans. The report is a high level snapshot of trends in consumer complaints. The Report provides a summary of the volume of complaints by product...more

CFPB Report Outlines Best Strategies for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Mortgage Industry

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a report that outlines a number of strategies for promoting diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the mortgage industry, presents the business case for diversity, and...more

Supreme Court Rules that Cities Can Sue Banks for Predatory/Discriminatory Lending

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, by a 5-3 majority, that the city of Miami was authorized to bring lawsuits based on allegations that banks engaged in financial-crisis-era discriminatory lending. The city alleged that the...more

CFPB Releases a Report Outlining Best Strategies for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Mortgage Industry

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On Thursday, April 27, the CFPB released a report which outlines a number of strategies for promoting diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the mortgage industry, presents the business case for diversity, and provides current D&I...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017 #4

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Editor's Note - State Regulators Sue OCC Over Federal FinTech Charter. On April 26, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) sued the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in the U.S. District Court for...more

CFPB Spring 2017 Supervisory Highlights focuses on mortgage origination/servicing, student loan servicing deficiencies, service...

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The CFPB’s newly-released Spring 2017 edition of Supervisory Highlights covers supervisory activities generally completed between September and December 2016. The report indicates that supervisory resolutions resulted in...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update April 27, 2017

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Breaking News - Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Practice Co-Chair Lori Kalani Interviews Massachusetts Attorney General - Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Co-Chair Lori Kalani recently interviewed...more

Regular CFPB Service Provider Examinations Have Begun; More Service Providers to Face Examinations

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At the program held on April 7 titled “The State of Consumer Protection Initiatives” at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Consumer Financial Services Committee 2017 Spring Meeting, Peggy Twohig, the CFPB’s...more

CFPB’s Fair Lending Report Indicates Increased Focus for 2017 on Servicing and Small Business Lending

For many of us, the mention of fair lending enforcement immediately brings us to the origination side of the industry, specifically conjuring thoughts of redlining and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data. While these...more

CFPB proposes revisions to HMDA final rule

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On April 13, 2017, the CFPB proposed substantive changes and technical corrections to the 2015 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Final Rule (Final Rule) amending Regulation C. The proposal, which is discussed in more...more

CFPB identifies 2017 priorities in annual fair lending report

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In its new annual report covering its fair lending activities during 2016, the CFPB identifies the following three areas on which it “will increase our focus” in 2017...more

CFPB Issues Proposed Amendments to Clarify Mortgage Data Rule

On April 13, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued proposed amendments to Regulation C (the implementing regulation for the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act), to make technical corrections and to clarify certain...more

CFPB Issues its Annual Fair Lending Report and Sets its 2017 Agenda

The CFPB has issued its 2016 Fair Lending Report which provides a summary of the Bureau’s efforts in fair lending for 2016. The Report also includes an indication of the Bureau’s fair lending priorities for 2017. Here are...more

The Framers did not rest our liberties on “bureaucratic minutiae,” PHH argues

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PHH filed its reply brief with the D.C. Circuit on April 10 in the en banc rehearing of the PHH case. We have blogged extensively about the case since its inception. Central to the case is whether the CFPB’s...more

Director Corday’s appearance before House Committee: strong on theater, weak on substance

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Despite its long duration (over five hours including a recess for a vote), the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on April 5 at which Director Cordray was the sole witness provided a strong dose of political theater...more

CFPB issues annual complaint report

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The CFPB has issued its annual Consumer Response Report that provides an analysis of the approximately 291,400 complaints handled by the CFPB between January 1 and December 31, 2016. According to the report, complaint volume...more

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