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Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.12.16

A year after announcing that it would pay roughly $2.6 billion to settle with state and federal regulators over faulty MBS, Morgan Stanley’s taking an additional $600 million hit, putting the figure at $3.2 billion—no chump...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending January 29 & February 5, 2016

Real Property Update - Foreclosure/Standing: filing of original note and mortgage with assignment after complaint filed does not establish standing to sue at inception of suit where endorsement undated and assignment...more

FDIC Announces RMBS-Related Settlement with New York-Based Financial Institution

On February 2, the FDIC announced a settlement for more than $62 million with a New York-based financial institution to resolve “federal and state securities law claims based on misrepresentations in the offering documents...more

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

Morgan Stanley Settles RMBS Litigation with FDIC for $63M

On January 29, Morgan Stanley and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation agreed to settle five suits encompassing state and federal claims alleging that Morgan Stanley made misrepresentations in offering residential...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.8.16

Friday’s jobs report was disappointing as compared to the month earlier, but it contained news of a half a percentage point increase in average hourly earnings that pleased some economists who have been worrying about...more

Virginia AG Herring Announces Settlement with Banks Over Alleged Mortgage-Backed Securities Fraud

On January 22, Virginia State AG Mark Herring announced a settlement with eleven banks over their alleged misrepresentation of residential mortgage-backed securities to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Virginia Retirement...more

Judge Mostly Denies Deutsche Bank National Trust Co.’s Motion to Dismiss in RMBS Class Action

On February 3, Judge Alison Nathan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York largely denied Deutsche Bank National Trust Co.’s (the “Trustee’s”) motion to dismiss in a proposed class action...more

CREFC and MBA/CREF: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Alternate Universes

That whole alternate universe thing, the conceit of so many sci-fi novels, is clearly not merely the product of fevered minds. It’s real. Or, at least it seemed awfully real after having been at the CREFC meeting in Miami...more

Did the Fourth Circuit Just Create a Cause of Action for “Unconscionable Inducement” Under West Virginia Law?

In McFarland v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 14-2126 (4th Cir. Jan. 15, 2016), the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals examined the argument that a loan was substantively unconscionable because it vastly exceeded the worth of the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 25, 2016, DBRS updated its methodology for rating Subscription Loans (Capital Call). On January 21, 2016, Fitch updated its U.S. RMBS Master Rating Criteria....more

Eleven Banks Reach Settlement with Commonwealth of Virginia on RMBS Claims

On Friday, January 22, 2016, eleven banks, including Merrill Lynch, RBS, and Barclays, agreed to settle claims brought by the Commonwealth of Virginia in a 2014 action alleging misrepresentations as to the nature, quality,...more

Ambac and J.P. Morgan Reach $995M RMBS Settlement

On Monday, January 25, 2016, monoline insurer Ambac Assurance Corporation (“Ambac”) reached a $995 million settlement with J.P. Morgan, resolving two RMBS actions pending before Justice Ramos in the Supreme Court of the State...more

In Flannery v. SEC, First Circuit Rebukes Commission, Signals Departure from Deferential Review

On December 8, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled in Flannery v. SEC that the Securities and Exchange Commission lacked substantial evidence in finding securities law violations by two executives in...more

Application Deadline for the CITF Grant and Loan Program – February 26, 2016

The deadline to submit applications for Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund (CITF) grants and loans is February 26, 2016. There is an estimated $6,600,000 available in grants and loans for approved applicants. The...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - January 2016

In Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co. v. Estrella Perez, et al., No. 3D15-58, 2015 WL 8347002 (Fla. 3d DCA Dec. 9, 2015), Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal held that the trial court erred in dismissing a foreclosure case on...more

FinCEN Imposes New Reporting Requirements on New York and Miami Real Estate Markets

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced two geographic targeting orders (GTOs) imposing new reporting and recordkeeping requirements on title insurance companies operating in New York City and...more

Rhode Island Supreme Court Rules That Condominium Assessment Liens Could Extinguish First-Priority Mortgages

First mortgage holders in Rhode Island beware: in a 4-1 decision handed down on December 4, 2015, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has ruled that pursuant to the Rhode Island Condominium Act, RIGL § 34-36.1-1.01 et seq., liens...more

FinCEN Geographic Targeting Order Affects Miami-Dade County Residential Purchases Exceeding $1 Million

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on Jan. 13, 2016, issued a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO or the Order) requiring title insurance companies, subsidiaries and agents (each a...more

Trustees Seek Approval of $4.5 Billion Settlement

On January 20, trial commenced before Justice Marcy Friedman in New York County Supreme Court to determine whether Deutsche Bank, U.S. Bank, and the other trustees of 330 RMBS trusts acted reasonably when they reached a $4.5...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

Claims Against RMBS Trustees Dismissed

On January 19, Judge Richard Berman of the Southern District of New York dismissed, for lack of jurisdiction, the vast majority of claims asserted against Deutsche Bank and Wells Fargo in their respective capacities as RMBS...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: Jan. 2016 #3

Reporting Leases on the Balance Sheet - The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) announced on Jan. 13, 2016, a new ­– and materially different – manner of accounting for leases. The new standard, IFRS 16...more

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