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Financial Institutions and Creditors’ Rights: Ninth Circuit Finds SCRA Liability Based on Prior Servicer’s Actions

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) was signed into law in 2003, greatly expanding prior legislation in order to better assist servicemembers in avoiding default and foreclosure while they are on active duty. The...more

VA Issues ‘Qualified Mortgage’ Definition for VA Guaranteed or Insured Loans

On May 9, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued an interim final rule defining a qualified mortgage (QM) for VA insured and guaranteed loans. Under the proposed rule, all purchase money origination loans and...more

VA issues “qualified mortgage” definition for VA guaranteed or insured loans

On May 9, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued an interim final rule defining a qualified mortgage (QM) for VA insured and guaranteed loans. Under the proposed rule, all purchase money origination loans and...more

The SCRA can be a Minefield: Recent Ninth Circuit Opinion Addresses Foreclosure Protection

On February 7, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Brewster v. Sun Trust Mortgage, Inc. The decision stands as a stark reminder to mortgage lenders and servicers of the importance of verifying a...more

VA Issues Statement On ATR/QM Rule

On January 9, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued Circular 26-14-1, which clarifies lender requirements for home loans guaranteed by the VA under the TILA and the CFPB’s Ability to Repay and Qualified Mortgage...more

Freddie Mac Updates SCRA Servicing Requirements

On August 15, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-05, which, among other things, revises requirements relating to the SCRA and similar state laws and explains servicer responsibilities to effectively implement military relief...more

FTC Obtains Settlement Regarding Marketing Of Mortgage Refinancing Services To Servicemembers; Announces First Settlements In...

On June 27, the FTC announced that a mortgage broker will pay a $7.5 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and Mortgage Acts and Practices – Advertising Rule (MAP...more

Spotlight On The SCRA (Part 3 Of 3): Federal vs. State

Thus far SCRA enforcement activity has focused on the federal act, leaving the states overlooked....more

CFPB issues report on servicemember complaints

The CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs has issued a report on complaints submitted by servicemembers, veterans or their spouses and dependents (“servicemember complaints”) over the period from January 1, 2012 through...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

State Law Update: Illinois Enacts Servicemember Protections

On August 9, Illinois enacted SB 3287, a bill to expand and create various new protections for servicemembers. The bill clarifies the scope of coverage of servicemember protections by amending the definition of “military...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

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