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National Bank to Pay $30 Million Civil Penalty to OCC for Alleged SCRA Violations

On May 29, the OCC entered into a consent order with a national bank to resolve allegations that it (i) violated the SCRA; (ii) engaged in unsafe and unsound practices in its efforts to comply with the SCRA; and (iii) engaged...more

California-Based Storage Company Agrees to Settle SCRA Claims

On May 15, a San Diego-based storage company entered into a consent order with the DOJ to settle claims that the company’s practice of auctioning off active duty servicemembers’ stored belongings violated the Servicemembers...more

CFPB launches financial coaching initiative

The CFPB has announced the launch of its Financial Coaching Initiative which targetsrecently-transitioned veterans and economically vulnerable consumers. (The CFPB first announced its plans for launching the program in 2013,...more

CFPB Fines Military Allotment Processor $3.1 Million

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a consent order with Fort Knox National Co. and its subsidiary Military Assistance Co. (MAC), alleging that the companies duped U.S. military service members...more

CFPB targets another mortgage lender for deceptive advertising

The CFPB has announced the settlement of an enforcement action against a California-based mortgage lender for alleged deceptive advertising practices, including the use of advertisements that the CFPB claimed falsely led...more

ALERT: Federal Government Announces Compensation for Employers of Reservists

On November 25, 2014 the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., announced a new Government of Canada program which will provide financial support to employers of Canadian Armed Forces...more

Infobytes Special Alert: VA Adopts Its QM Rule

On May 9, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (the “VA”) issued an interim final rule defining what constitutes a “qualified mortgage” (“QM”) for purposes of the loans it guarantees, insures, or originates. The VA stated...more

President Signs Bill Enhancing Enforcement Of The Military Lending Act

On January 2, President Obama signed H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013, which includes provisions that enhance federal enforcement of the Military Lending Act (MLA). The MLA (i)...more

Congress passes bill giving CFPB authority to enforce Military Lending Act and creating civil liability for violations

The 2013 Defense Authorization Bill (H.R. 4310), currently awaiting signature by President Obama, makes several changes to the Military Lending Act. Last week, both the House and Senate agreed to the conference report....more

CFPB Fair Lending Updates – Expectations for Enforcement and Regulation in 2013

Signaling that 2013 will be another eventful year in the fair lending world, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) issued two items this month that reveal an ambitious agenda for fair lending...more

OCC Issues Bulletin Regarding Extended SCRA Protections

On November 19, the OCC issued Bulletin 2012-37, which advises all national banks and federal savings associations of the extension of certain servicemember protections afforded by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)....more

National Mortgage Settlement Monitor Seeks Servicemember Complaints

On November 12, National Mortgage Settlement Monitor Joseph Smith, Jr. launched a military-specific outreach program to encourage servicemembers to report mortgage servicing complaints using an online form. The Monitor...more

Federal Regulators Host Webinar on SCRA Compliance

On September 10, federal banking regulators, the CFPB, and the FHFA conducted a webinar on federal servicemember financial protections, recent changes to the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA), and recent changes to...more

Mortgage Banking Update - August 23, 2012

In This Issue: - FHFA Questions Use of Eminent Domain for Underwater Mortgages - Only Promissory Note Holders Can Initiate Foreclosures in Washington State - Congress Amends SCRA and the Maximum Guaranty for VA...more

OCC and DOJ Announce SCRA Enforcement Action Against a National Bank

On July 26, the OCC and the DOJ announced resolution of actions brought against a national bank for alleged violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The DOJ filed a complaint and consent order in the U.S....more

Financial aid shopping sheet for student loans finalized

A final model “financial aid shopping sheet,” the result of a collaborative effort by the CFPB and the Department of Education, has recently been issued by the DOE. The shopping sheet is intended to serve as a uniform...more

State Law Update: Hawaii and California Take Actions on Mortgages and Privacy

California AG Announces Privacy Enforcement Unit. On July 19, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced the creation of the Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit. The unit will combine the various existing privacy...more

Federal Agencies Announce New Mortgage-Related Policies to Support Military Homeowners

On June 21, the CFPB, the federal prudential banking regulators, and the FHFA announced new policies to support servicemember homeowners. The CFPB, the Federal Reserve Board, the FDIC, the NCUA, and the OCC issued joint...more

Agency Guidance on Mortgage Servicing for Servicemembers

On June 21, the Fed, CFPB, FDIC, NCUA, and OCC issued guidance to mortgage servicers to address risks related to military homeowners who have informed the servicer that they have received military Permanent Change of Station...more

Spotlight on Auto Finance (Part 2 of 3): New Database to Combat Fraud Against Military and Veterans

The federal government is increasing scrutiny of financial services companies’ practices affecting active military members, veterans and their families. Earlier this year, the CFPB along with the FTC, the Department of...more

Auto Finance May Be DOJ’s Next Focus in SCRA Enforcement

The Department of Justice’s recent announcement that two towing companies have settled an action alleging violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) may portend further SCRA enforcement actions by the DOJ in the...more

Executive Order on military educational benefits includes role for CFPB

As reported in a recent blog post by Holly Petreaus, Assistant Director of the CFPB’s Office of Servicemembers Affairs, an Executive Order signed last week by President Obama directs the Secretaries of Defense, Veterans...more

"Department of Defense Initiatives Focus on Renewable Energy Projects"

The recession, improvements in energy efficiency, low natural gas prices, ratepayer unwillingness to fund higher-cost renewable energy and largely satisfied renewable energy portfolio standards have resulted in slower load...more

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