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Recent Eleventh Circuit Reversal Sparks Upward Trend in Estimated-Fee FDCPA Litigation

On December 3, 2015, the Eleventh Circuit issued an opinion that has carved a path for plaintiffs challenging their communications with loan servicers. The decision, Prescott v. Seterus, Inc., reversed a grant of summary...more

Loan Modification Differences Continue to Preclude Class Certification

Last month, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California issued the latest in a string of decisions denying class certification in cases of alleged misconduct regarding residential mortgage loan...more

Fair Lending Year in Review – 2015

2015 was an action-packed year for fair lending, including a long-anticipated Supreme Court decision on disparate-impact claims under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), record-breaking redlining settlements, a new round of...more

CFPB in 2016

A new year is upon us and what better resolution for the financial services industry than thinking ahead and planning for the CFPB's potential agenda in 2016? After the flurry of mortgage activity in both 2014 and 2015,...more

The Moronta Decision in Massachusetts – Determining A Borrower’s Ability To Repay

A recent decision by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals highlights some of the challenges lenders may face when seeking the dismissal of allegations of unfair and deceptive lending practices in connection with a loan that...more

Residential Real Estate Marketing Services Agreements: Not Worth the Regulatory Risk

The residential mortgage origination industry has long used Marketing Services Agreements (MSAs) to establish the terms of certain marketing arrangements. An MSA, written or oral, addresses the terms according to which a...more

The More the Merrier: Court Rejects Waiver Argument, Enforces Arbitration Clause in Consumer Contract

A federal district court in Oklahoma recently rejected a defaulting borrower’s attempt to argue that her lender’s pursuit of foreclosure litigation waived the lender’s right to insist on arbitration of the borrower’s...more

TILA Notice Requirement Not Retroactive: Ninth Circuit

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that a 2009 amendment to the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) does not apply retroactively. In a putative class action, Plaintiffs Mohammad and Rosa Talaie brought a claim...more

The Writing is On the Wall – The CFPB Wants MSAs Gone; What Does This Mean for You?

The CFPB's mission is to promote policies and adopt regulations to allow consumers to make a fully educated decision when they purchase any consumer loan product, with the goal of such consumers taking control over their...more

Can Contract Ambiguity Cause Liability for Unfair Trade Practices?

Most of the time, a contract breach—even if intentional—does not violate N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. A contract breach, however, can turn into a 75-1.1 violation if the breach is accompanied by “substantial aggravating...more

Final HMDA rule makes significant changes

As we previously reported, the CFPB has issued a final rule amending Regulation C, which implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. The final rule makes many significant changes, including changes to the rule’s coverage and...more

CFPB issues Fall 2015 supervisory report

In its Fall 2015 Supervisory Highlights, which covers supervision work generally completed between May and August 2015, the CFPB highlights legal violations resolved using non-public supervisory actions involving consumer...more

Potential PMI Pitfall: Recalculating PMI Termination Date After Loan Modification May Lead to Litigation Exposure

In August, the CFPB issued a compliance bulletin to clarify lenders’ obligations to terminate Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) charges under 12 U.S.C. § 4902. One subject that the bulletin did not address—but which is...more

Kentucky Court Affirms Consumer Act Claim Does Not Apply to Real Estate Transactions

In Kennedy v. Parks, the Kentucky Court of Appeals affirmed that the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act (CPA) does not apply to real estate transactions. In Kennedy, the plaintiffs entered into a contract with a builder...more

The CFPB Strongly Scrutinizes MSAs Under RESPA

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently provided guidance discouraging mortgage industry participants from entering into marketing services arrangements (MSAs). An MSA is an agreement under which a settlement...more

CFPB Issues Final Rule to Improve Information About Access to Credit in the Mortgage Market

On October 15, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule to implement amendments to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) made by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

Summary of Final Rule Amending HMDA and What It Means for Covered Institutions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a final rule amending Regulation C, which implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), requiring most lenders to report certain information about mortgage...more

CFPB Finalizes Rule to Update Reporting Requirements of the HMDA

On October 15, the CFPB finalized a rule amending Regulation C to update the reporting requirements of the HMDA. The final rule changes what data financial institutions must provide to Federal agencies. ...more

CFPB issues final HMDA rule

The CFPB has issued a final rule amending Regulation C, its Home Mortgage Disclosure Act regulation. The changes, which, in part, implement the Dodd-Frank Act’s amendments to HMDA, expand the scope of data required to be...more

CFPB Finalizes New HMDA Reporting Requirements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized a rule yesterday aimed at providing the public and regulators with meaningful information concerning the lending practices of financial institutions....more

CFPB Issues RESPA and Marketing Services Agreements Compliance Bulletin

On October 8, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a compliance bulletin concerning marketing services agreements (MSAs) under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). RESPA - RESPA...more

New Landmark Consumer Disclosure Rules Trigger Privacy Concerns

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule is designed to prevent surprises at the closing table, but with increased transparency come concerns over borrower and seller...more

CFPB Bulletin Cautions That Marketing Services Agreements Often Violate RESPA

Lenders utilizing “marketing services agreements” (“MSAs”) beware: On October 8, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a new bulletin strongly cautioning that MSAs often violate Real Estate Settlement...more

CFPB Warns Again About Marketing Services Agreements

Following up on a series of enforcement actions against industry participants engaged in “marketing services agreements” (“MSAs”), the CFPB issued a Compliance Bulletin (No. 2015-15) entitled “RESPA Compliance and Marketing...more

Special Alert: CFPB Issues Guidance Regarding Marketing Services Agreements

On October 8, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) published a compliance bulletin providing guidance to mortgage industry participants regarding the permissibility of marketing services agreements (“MSAs”)...more

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