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JP Morgan Settles RMBS Lawsuit for $500 Million

On February 1, JP Morgan Chase & Co. settled federal securities claims brought by investors led by the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi and the New Jersey Carpenters Health Fund related to Bear Stearns’ sale...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19194 - State v. Miranda SC19289 - Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. v. Perez Supreme Court upheld Appellate Court’s decision to reform the plaintiff’s mortgage. SC19226 - Sullins v. United Parcel...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19216 - Sikorsky Financial Credit Union, Inc. v. Butts - Finally some clarity in rules pertaining to the award of post-judgment interest. Here the (consumer) loan agreement provided that interest would accrue at 9%...more

Record Settlement Not Enough for JPMorgan Whistleblower

In what was the largest settlement ever reached between the United States Department of Justice and a corporation, JPMorgan Chase paid out $13 billion to the government in response to charges that the organization had...more

When Being Ethical Pays Off – Countrywide Whistleblower Gets $56.7 Million Payout

A former executive at mortgage lender, Countrywide Financial, is about to become an extremely wealthy man. Edward O’Donnell is set to collect $57.6 million from Bank of America, for his role in exposing fraudulent activity...more

CFPB settles second loan originator compensation case

The CFPB entered into a stipulated order and final judgment with Franklin Loan Corporation (Franklin) to settle allegations that Franklin paid its employee loan originators compensation based on the interest rates charged on...more

Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), October 2014

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) LEAN E-mail Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper are providing this...more

When the Whistle Blows, What Follows?

Real estate investment trust American Realty Capital Properties (“ARCP”) recently announced the preliminary findings of an Audit Committee investigation into accounting irregularities and the resulting resignation of its...more

Fannie Mae Announces Selling Guide Updates

On August 26, Fannie Mae issued Selling Guide Announcement SEL-2014-11, which advises that Fannie Mae is retiring two standard Fannie Mae ARM plans—ARM Plan 1445 and ARM Plan 1446—because certain revisions to Regulation Z and...more

Federal Court Finds No Willful Violation for Misclassification of Mortgage Loan Officers

A federal court in Oklahoma delivered another blow to claims by mortgage loan officers that they are entitled to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In Chapman v. BOK Financial Corporation, the court...more

Former Analyst Claims Moody’s Falsely Inflated Ratings

Former Moody’s analyst, Ilya Kolchinsky, has accused the credit rating powerhouse of overstating its ratings for countless toxic mortgage-backed securities that caused the financial meltdown in 2008, misleading investors and...more

Protection from Sexual-Orientation Discrimination in Pennsylvania

In Whitewood v. Wolf, a federal judge struck down a Pennsylvania law that limited the definition of marriage to that between “one man and one woman.” In his momentous opinion, Judge Jones also declared that classifications...more

HUD challenge to executive compensation

On Friday, May 16th, HUD released compensation data from the 2013 Executive Compensation Survey, in which Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) were required to report salary information from their top 3 management officials and...more

Spotlight On Belgium: Trends In The Legal Landscape - Issue 5, Spring 20014

One might expect that, with this fifth issue of a quarterly newsletter, we would be able to rely on the cyclical nature of things and simply model this Spotlight on Belgium after our very first issue. This is not the case,...more

Appellate Court Notes - Week of April 21

SC18877 Concurrence - Sarrazin v. Coastal, Inc. - Foreman for a plumbing contractor sued the company claiming he was entitled to overtime for traveling to job sites all over the state as he had to do so in a company...more

New York Financial Services Regulator Urges More Enforcement Against Individuals, Reaffirms Focus On Nonbank Mortgage Servicers

On March 19, New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky called on banking regulators to assess whether they are doing enough, particularly with regard to enforcement, to deter or...more

New Bill Would Suspend Interest Payments On Mortgages For Employees Aggrieved By Violations Of The New Jersey WARN Act

On February 25, 2014, a bill was introduced and referred to the Senate Commerce Committee that would allow employees to suspend payment of interest on their mortgages if they were affected by a violation of the Millville...more

Gender Identity Legislation Introduced Again

After a 6-5 committee defeat in last year’s legislative session, Sen. Richard S. Madaleno, Jr. (D-Mont. Co.) has introduced the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 or “FAMA” (SB212) which is a reiteration of the 2013...more

Five Questions to Ask Before January 10, 2014 - CFPB Focus

1. Compliance Procedures. Have you updated your written policies and procedures for each of your products or services to encompass the new rules and regulations? Once updated, have you provided copies to your employees? Have...more

Mortgage Loan Officers: Likely Exempt Under the Fair Labor Standards Act . . . For Now

This past July, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (“D.C. Circuit”) vacated a 2010 Department of Labor (“DOL”) Interpretation Letter that concluded employees who perform the “typical” job duties...more

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

In This Issue: - NCUA Drafts Rule Subjecting Big Credit Unions to Stress Tests Report Finds FDIC Has Filed as Least 32 D&O Lawsuits This Year - CFPB Cracks Down on "Furnishers" Giving Credit Report Information -...more

DC Circuit Invalidates U.S. Department of Labor Interpretation Regarding Mortgage Loan Officer Eligibility for Overtime Pay

In recent years, financial companies have faced uncertainty over wage requirements for mortgage loan officers because the U.S. Department of Labor has taken inconsistent positions on whether they are eligible for overtime...more

Mortgage Loan Officers Are Exempt From Wage And Hour Laws Again--For Now

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2010 guidance that stated that most mortgage loan officers are not exempt from minimum wage and overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards...more

Appeals Court Strikes Down Labor Department’s Interpretation Regarding Exempt Status of Mortgage Loan Officers

In a victory for the Mortgage Bankers Association (“MBA”), a federal Court of Appeals has vacated an “Administrator’s Interpretation” issued in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (“DOL”) regarding the...more

D.C. Circuit Sanctions Labor Agency 'Flip-Flop' on Overtime Requirements for Mortgage Loan Officers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently vacated a 2010 interpretation of federal wage and hour law in which the Department of Labor (DOL) had concluded that mortgage loan officers do not...more

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