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You Can’t Ignore RESPA Section 8(c)

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

It’s been over a year since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) turned the real estate settlement services industry on its head by announcing in its first ever administrative appeal that Section 8(c) of the Real...more

Online Vacation Rental Marketplace Sends Claims Packing with Carefully Drafted Terms

In a resounding victory for well-drafted terms and conditions and robust immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230 (“CDA Section 230”), a Massachusetts district court granted summary...more

DOJ invited to participate in Ocwen’s challenge to CFPB’s constitutionality

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Florida federal district court has granted the motion filed by Ocwen Financial Corporation to invite the U.S. Attorney General to express the AG’s views on the CFPB’s constitutionality....more

CFPB Loses Another RESPA Case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A federal district court recently ruled against the CFPB in a long-standing case under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) involving a Louisville, Kentucky law firm Borders & Borders, PLC (Borders). In the...more

Mortgage Servicer’s Transfer Notice Violates FDCPA

Mortgage servicers need to carefully review their Transfer Notices when the debt is in default at the time of transfer. In an unpublished decision, the Eastern District of New York recently held that a “Notice of Servicing...more

District Court Rebuffs CFPB’s RESPA “Continuing Violations” Theory

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 6, 2017, a federal district court in Menichino v. CitiBank rejected an interpretation of the RESPA Section 8 statute of limitations espoused by the CFPB in captive reinsurance cases, instead concluding that RESPA’s...more

Kerfuffle on statute of limitations issue in PHH case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 7, the CFPB submitted a Rule 28(j) letter to the D.C. Circuit in the PHH case. In the letter, the CFPB embraced the fact that the Supreme Court’s recent Kokesh v. SEC decision makes the five-year statute of...more

CFPB Announces Consent Order for Mortgage Servicing Violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB recently announced that it has entered into a consent order with Fay Servicing, LLC (“Fay”) to settle alleged mortgage servicing violations. A copy of the consent order can be found here. As is typical for CFPB...more

D.C. Circuit Publishes Transcript of PHH v. CFPB Oral Arguments

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 6, 2017, the D.C. Circuit published the 85-page transcript of the May 24, 2017 oral arguments in the PHH v CFPB case...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Arguments to Expand Scope of Liability under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

by Locke Lord LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected arguments that would have expanded the scope of liability under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act for lenders, or other participants, in the secondary mortgage market....more

Lease-Termination Fee Class Fails Third Circuit Ascertainability Requirement

by Carlton Fields on

Using the Third Circuit’s comparatively robust ascertainability standard, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently denied certification of a class of tenants allegedly charged an...more

D.C. Circuit poised to decide constitutionality of CFPB structure in PHH case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On May 24, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (D.C. Circuit) held oral argument in the PHH case, which we have blogged about extensively. The constitutionality of the CFPB’s structure was the central issue at...more

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

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017 #4

by Goodwin on

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

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

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

DOJ seeks leave to participate in PHH en banc rehearing oral argument

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Justice, with the consent of PHH and the CFPB, has filed an unopposed motion with the D.C. Circuit requesting ten minutes of argument time in the oral argument to be held on May 24, 2017 in the rehearing en...more

CFPB Says Individual Liberty is Not a Relevant Consideration in the Constitutional Analysis of its Structure

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On March 31, the CFPB and supporting amici submitted their briefs in the en banc rehearing of the PHH case. We have blogged extensively about the PHH case in which the D.C. Circuit is grappling with four critical issues: (i)...more

Consumer advocacy groups, members of congress, and legal scholars file amicus briefs in support of the CFPB’s constitutionality

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Several individuals and organizations filed amicus briefs in support of the CFPB in the en banc rehearing in the PHH case. Among the amici is a brief filed by current and former members of Congress, including Chris Dodd and...more

Justice Department Tells Court CFPB is Unconstitutional

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief in the case of PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and is scheduled for...more

Trump’s DOJ supports striking Cordray’s removable-only-for-cause protection from Dodd-Frank

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The DOJ submitted its amicus brief in the PHH case on Friday, March 17.  We have blogged extensively about this case since its inception. Unsurprisingly, the Trump DOJ supports striking from Dodd-Frank the...more

PHH files opening en banc brief; seven supporting amicus briefs filed

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Friday, PHH filed its opening en banc brief with the D.C. Circuit in the rehearing of its appeal of Director Cordray’s June 2015 decision that affirmed an administrative law judge’s (ALJ) recommended decision concluding...more

D.C. Circuit grants motion of U.S. for leave to file amicus brief in PHH by March 17; denies motions to intervene

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The D.C. Circuit has entered an order granting the unopposed motion of the United States for leave to file an amicus brief in PHH by March 17, 2017.  As we previously observed, the motion appears to signal the DOJ’s intention...more

Motion filed by U.S. seeking leave to file amicus brief by March 17 signals support for PHH

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The United States, at the Solicitor General’s request, has filed an “unopposed motion” with the D.C. Circuit for leave to file an amicus brief in PHH by March 17, 2017.  The motion states that both PHH and the CFPB have...more

PHH opposes intervention by plaintiffs in another case challenging CFPB’s constitutionality

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

PHH has filed a response opposing the motion of the plaintiffs in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew to intervene in the en banc rehearing.  The D.C. Circuit granted the CFPB’s petition for en banc...more

D.C. Circuit Agrees to Hear Controversial PHH Case En Banc

by BakerHostetler on

On Feb. 16, 2017, the D.C. Circuit granted the CFPB’s petition to rehear en banc the court’s landmark October 2016 decision finding that the structure of the CFPB was unconstitutional. In its Feb. 16, 2017, order the D.C....more

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