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DOJ Settles with New Jersey Mortgage Lender Over False Claims Act Violations

On April 15, the DOJ announced a $113 million settlement with a New Jersey-based mortgage company to resolve allegations that the mortgage lender violated the False Claims Act. According to the DOJ, the mortgage company –...more

Will the DOJ Kill FHA Loans Through Their Use of the False Claims Act?

The purpose of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is "to help creditworthy low income and first time homebuyers, individuals and families often denied traditional credit, to obtain a mortgage and purchase a home." This...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of $2.3 Billion FCA Case Due to Prior Public Disclosure

Last week, in U.S. ex rel. Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) v. U.S. Bank, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) suit against U.S. Bank because the conduct alleged by the qui tam...more

Ninth Circuit holds that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not officers, employees, or agents of the United States under 31 U.S.C. §...

On February 22, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an FCA claim brought by relators alleging that various lenders and loan servicers made false certifications to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, concluding that claims...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Whistleblower Argument that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are Federal Instrumentalities under the False Claims...

Liability under the False Claims Act (FCA) is premised on the submission of a claim for money or property either to a federal government “officer, employee, or agent” or, under certain circumstances, to a nongovernmental...more

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Not Considered Government Agents Under the FCA

In United States ex rel. Adams v. Aurora Loan Servs., Inc., 2016 WL 697771, — F.3d —- (9th Cir. Feb. 22, 2016), the Ninth Circuit found that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were not government entities for purposes of the False...more

Fannie And Freddie Loans Could Be Next FCA Targets

By now, lenders that make loans insured by the federal government are well acquainted with the False Claims Act. Following the financial crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice has aggressively used the FCA to collect billions...more

A School Facilities Bond For 2016: Good News For Everyone

Over the last 15 years, California’s population has grown by approximately 5 million people—the same number filling the entire state of Colorado. This influx has created a housing shortage that the California market has...more

Mortgage Company Resolves DOJ Allegations of False Claims Act Violations

On December 2, a Tennessee mortgage company agreed to pay the United States $70 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act. According to the DOJ, the company, acting as a direct endorsement lender,...more

When Government Walks in Industry’s Shoes, FCA May Not Apply (and Vice Versa)

In November, an Illinois federal judge blocked a former bank employee from collecting his claimed relator’s share of a potential settlement between the FDIC (acting as the bank’s receiver) and the bank’s former directors. In...more

Regional Bank Agrees to Pay Over $200 Million for Alleged Violations of the False Claims Act

On June 1, a regional bank agreed to pay the United States $212.5 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly violated the False Claims Act by originating and underwriting FHA-insured mortgage loans that did not meet...more

Can A Law Firm Qualify As An Original Source?

Although a Federal district court refrained from providing a definitive answer to this question, it appears unlikely given the court’s holding and reasoning in United States v. U.S. Bank, N.A., No. 3:13-cv-704, 2015 WL...more

U.S. Files Complaint Against Leading Non-Bank Mortgage Lender For Alleged Improper Underwriting Practices on FHA-Insured Loans...

On April 17, Quicken Loans filed a preemptive lawsuit against the DOJ and HUD in the Eastern District of Michigan against HUD, the HUD-IG, and DOJ, asserting that it “appears to be one of the targets (due to its large size)...more

Quicken Loans Takes on the DOJ & HUD

Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-backed mortgage lender, filed suit on Friday, April 17 in the United States District Court in Detroit against the United States Department of Justice...more

FCA Matters: Department of Justice Touts Record Recoveries in False Claims Act Cases (2/15)

The U.S. Department of Justice collected a record $5.69 billion through settlements and judgments in False Claims Act cases during the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, according to a recent announcement by DOJ...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

HUD Publishes New Rule Governing Federal Procurement and Contracting

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a rule that made numerous changes to grant administration, procurement, and contracting requirements. The rule repealed the requirements found at...more

DOJ Announces Record Year of Over $5 billion in False Claims Act Recoveries

2014 was a banner year for federal recoveries under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). In a press release dated November 20, 2014, the DOJ announced that its total recoveries – including those from both settlements and judgments –...more

5 things to know about RAD

With HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program in full swing and transactions moving through the RAD pipeline, it may be helpful to step back now and again to consider some points about RAD. Here are a few that have...more

DOJ Obtains Settlement In FHA False Claims Act Case

On February 4, the DOJ announced the filing and simultaneous settlement of a complaint by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) against a mortgage lender alleged to have violated the False Claims Act...more

Cities and Counties Must Provide Report Before Approving Economic Development Subsidies to Businesses

New Law Applies to Subsidies of $100,000 or More - Gov. Brown last week signed into law AB 562, legislation that will require all cities and counties to provide a report to the public before approving any economic...more

Federal Court Refuses To Dismiss Government’s Statutory Claims against Mortgage Originators That Allegedly Defrauded HUD

A federal judge recently rejected motions to dismiss in a suit in which the U.S. government alleged that two mortgage originators and their officers defrauded the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) into...more

Southern District Of New York Again Endorses DOJ Mortgage Fraud Theory

On September 24, U.S. District Court Judge Jesse Furman largely denied a bank’s motion to dismiss a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) in which the government alleges...more

Summary Of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office Of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), June 26, 2013

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

Federal Government Civil Fraud Suit Targets Mortgage Lender And Its President

On April 4, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and HUD officials announced a civil fraud suit alleging FCA and FIRREA claims against a mortgage lender and its president for falsely certifying loans and...more

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