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Complying with Regulation X §1024.17(k)(5) - Timely Disbursements from Escrow

As part of its 2014 Mortgage Servicing Rules, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued §1024.17(k) of Regulation X, which is devoted to Escrow Accounts and the requirements for disbursements made from those...more

Los Angeles Proposing Strict Regulations on Short-term Vacation Rentals, But to What Effect?

In recent years, the short-term online vacation rental market has flourished, and connecting travelers with short-term bedroom, apartment, or home rentals has become what many value as a billion dollar industry. The industry...more

CFPB Files Amicus Brief Regarding TILA’s Definition of “Consumer Credit”

In its most recent amicus brief, filed with the Fifth Circuit on April 9, 2015 in Billings v. Propel Financial Services, LLC, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) argues that entities who lend consumers money to...more

CFPB files amicus brief in Fifth Circuit TILA case

The CFPB has filed an amicus brief in Billings v. Propel Financial Services, LLC, a case on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The issue in the case is whether a private lender extends“consumer credit”...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending April 10, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Mediation: trial court erred in compelling borrowers to produce financial information at mediation not relevant pre-foreclosure judgment – Morejon v. F&M Real, Inc., No. 2D14-2531...more

CFPB Details Complaints About Reverse Mortgages

On February 9, the CFPB released a report detailing complaints associated with reverse mortgages. According to the report, a high volume of complaints concern requests for changes to loan terms, issues related to loan...more

Antitrust Claims Survive Motions to Dismiss in the New Jersey Tax Lien Bid-Rigging Class Action

The plaintiffs’ antitrust claims in the New Jersey municipal tax lien auction bid-rigging class action may proceed, the federal judge presiding over the litigation has ruled. New Jersey municipalities hold public...more

DOD Proposes Expanded Coverage Of Military Lending Act Protections

On September 29, a proposed amendment to the U.S. Department of Defense’s regulation that implements the Military Lending Act (MLA) was published in the Federal Register, with comments due by November 28. Most importantly,...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds that Scope of Act 6 Is Limited to Loans or Use of Money

For the first time, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has addressed the important issue of whether, and to what extent, Pennsylvania's Loan Interest and Protection Law (Act 6) may be used as the basis for claims that do not...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - October 30, 2013

In This Issue: - Fed Proposes Rule Requiring Banks to Stay Liquid During Crisis - Simulation Tests Banks' Survival Against Cyber Attacks - Largest Banks Close to Meeting Mortgage Settlement Obligations -...more


The top 10 percent of earners took more than half of the country’s total income in 2012, the highest level recorded since the government began collecting the relevant data a century ago, according to an updated study by the...more

IRS, Taxes – Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act Expiring! Key Facts 6 – 10

IRS, taxes - Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act expiring! Key facts 6 to 10 regarding mortgage loan modification principal balance reduction & tax implications....more

Dealing With Your Mortgage Through Bankruptcy: Arizona Bankruptcy Attorney

In Arizona there are few people who aren’t dealing with a home that is worth far less than what they owe on it. I regularly visit with people who owe 50% more than what the home is worth and often have second mortgages or...more

Can Taxes Be Discharged in Bankruptcy?

This article addresses the issue of whether income taxes can be discharged through a bankruptcy filing....more

Debt Forgiveness May Increase Your Tax Bill

Everybody with forgiven debt should feel exhilarated. Nonetheless, such exhilaration might be premature as the individual might have to pay taxes on the forgiven debt, unless an exemption applies. Let us review some of these...more

Plaintiff v. U.S. Bank, Specialized Loan Servicing, et al.

Plaintiffs' Opposition to Defendants' Demurrer to Complaint

This Opposition is in response to a Demurrer to a wrongful foreclosure matter. Specifically, it addresses the standing of the foreclosing trustee and alleged beneficiary to foreclose on the property. Here, MERS allegedly...more

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