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The Meth Business is Dangerous; (En)trust No One

For a landlord, it’s a bad day when your tenant gets busted for operating a meth lab, and the local authorities condemn your house because it’s contaminated with the byproducts of his business. It’s even worse when you learn...more

BankinBits First Quarter Recap

The BankinBits blog, which discusses recent developments in the banking industry, has within the first quarter of 2014 addressed a diverse range of topics including banking services for the marijuana industry, the shuttering...more

Don’t Let Your Client’s Assets Go Up In Smoke When They Discover That Their Tenant Is Growing or Manufacturing Drugs In Their...

Your next-door neighbors may look like normal, law-abiding citizens, but you never really know what they’re hiding beneath their homes – like a largescale marijuana grow operation, perhaps? One such operation was uncovered in...more

Federal Criminal Investigation of JPMorgan

The civil division of the Justice Department has preliminarily concluded that JPMorgan broke federal laws in connection with its sale from 2005 to 2007 of subprime and Alt-A residential mortgage securities, and the bank is...more

State v. Brown Affords Managers in the Mortgage Processing Industry a Cautionary Tale

In Brief: - Significant jail time can result from overseeing and directing unauthorized robo-signing activities. - Victims of unauthorized robo-signing include residential mortgage servicers, in addition to...more

What’s at the Bottom of the ‘Robosigning’ Scandal?

The problematic practice of robosigning – whereby banks and other lenders improperly foreclosed on properties through formulaically processing foreclosure documents – has been much in the news over the past couple of years....more

Democratic Lawmakers Push Regulators For Independent Foreclosure Review Details

On March 25, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry challenging the regulators’ response...more

Usury in Florida; Generally

Under Florida law, usury is defined as the willful and knowing charge or receipt of interest in excess of 18% per year for credit transactions involving less than $500,000 or between 25% and 45% per year in a credit...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - March 29, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - CREDIT CARDS - PAYMENTS -...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - October 12 2012

Topics In This Issue: - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - CREDIT CARDS - CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT - FEDERAL ISSUES - Excerpt From Federal Issues: FTC Settles Charges Related to Sale...more

FinCEN Proposes Rules for Government-Sponsored Enterprises To Combat Mortgage Fraud

As part of its ongoing efforts to combat mortgage fraud and other related financial crimes, on November 8, 2011, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed...more

InfoBytes, August 5, 2011 - Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry

Topics In This Issue • Federal Issues • State Issues • Courts • Miscellany • Firm News • Mortgages • Banking • Litigation • Criminal Enforcement Action Excerpt from "Mortgages" HUD Issues...more

InfoBytes, April 15, 2011 - Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry

Topics In This Issue • Federal Issues • Courts • Firm News • Miscellany • Mortgages • Banking • Litigation • E-Financial Services • Criminal Enforcement Action Federal Issues Federal Banking...more

InfoBytes,March 25, 2011 - Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry

Topics In This Issue • Federal Issues • State Issues • Courts • Firm News • Miscellany • Mortgages • Litigation • Credit Cards • Criminal Enforcement Action Excerpt from "Federal Issues" Federal...more

InfoBytes, October 15, 2010 - Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry

Topics In This Issue • Federal Issues • State Issues • Courts • Firm News • Miscellany • Mortgages • Banking • Consumer Finance • Litigation • E-Financial Services • Criminal Enforcement...more

Mortgage Lender Not "Financial Institution" For Federal Criminal Bank Fraud Just Because It Was Owned By A Financial Institution

Question: Is a mortgage lender that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of a “financial institution” itself a “financial institution” for purposes of federal criminal bank fraud? Answer: No, according to the Ninth Circuit Court...more

New Massachusetts Law Affecting Foreclosures, Evictions, Reverse Mortgage Lending and Mortgage Fraud

On August 7, 2010, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed new legislation affecting mortgages, Chapter 258 of the Acts of 2010, “An Act Relative to Mortgage Foreclosures” (the “Act.”) The earliest version of the Act was...more

Financial Crisis Alert: FBI Probes Role of 26 Firms in Financial Crisis

Law enforcement officials have said that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers and American International Group (AIG) are 4 of 26 companies subject to corporate fraud investigation by the FBI. The investigations come in...more

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