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CFPB Answers FAQ on the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule

On August 26, 2014, the CFPB staff and Federal Reserve Board co-hosted a webinar and addressed questions about the final TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule that will be effective for applications received by creditors or...more

Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act Applies to Anyone Collecting a Debt

The Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (“FCCPA”) prohibits anyone attempting to collect a debt from using certain types of abusive, deceptive, and misleading tactics. In a recent decision, Florida’s Second District...more

Bank of America’s $16.65 Billion Settlement

In what is being reported as the largest settlement ever between the U.S. and a single business entity, Attorney General Eric Holder and Associate Attorney General Tony West announced Thursday that Bank of America Corp....more

Mortgage Q&A with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

To address outstanding questions regarding the new mortgage rules that took effect in January 2014, CFPB staff provided non-binding, informal guidance in a webinar hosted by the American Bankers Association (ABA)....more

Do You Have a Plan for Transferring Your Servicing Rights? You Probably Should…

Gone are the days that a simple “Hello/Goodbye” letter could satisfy the transfer of servicing obligations from one mortgage company to another. In light of potential risks to consumers during the mortgage servicing transfer...more

CFPB announces eClosing pilot program participants

The CFPB has announced the participants for its mortgage eClosing pilot program, a three-month pilot set to begin later this year. The CFPB’s plans to conduct the pilot were unveiled at a forum on the mortgage closing process...more

CFPB issues new mortgage servicing guidance

On August 19, 2014, the CFPB issued a compliance bulletin and policy guidance updating and replacing its earlier guidance regarding mortgage servicing transfers. In replacing Bulletin 2013-01 (the “Original Guidance”),...more

CFPB Adjusts CARD Act, HOEPA, And Ability To Repay Thresholds

On August 14, the CFPB issued a final rule to re-calculate certain threshold amounts under Regulation Z. With respect to certain amounts under the CARD Act, effective January 1, 2015, the minimum interest charge disclosure...more

Infobytes Special Alert: CFPB Bulletin Re-Emphasizes Focus On Mortgage Servicing Transfers

On August 19, 2014, the CFPB issued Bulletin 2014-01 to address “potential risks to consumers that may arise in connection with transfers of residential mortgage servicing rights.” The bulletin, which is the latest in a...more

Are Airbnb Hosts Regulated by the CPSC? Short-Term Rental Properties May Require Compliance with Pool & Spa Safety Laws

In the wake of the tragic drowning of Virginia Graeme Baker, granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker, Congress passed and President Bush signed into law the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. The...more

CFPB Revises Mortgage Servicing Transfer Guidance

The CFPB believes there are potential risks to consumers that may arise in connection with transfers of residential mortgage servicing rights. The CFPB has stated its concern in this area remains heightened due to the...more

Caveat Venditor (Let the Seller Beware):Consumer Protection Laws Can Have Significant Implications

A decision by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals emphasizes the need for real estate developers to proceed with caution when making representations to potential home buyers in jurisdictions with consumer protection...more

No RESPA Respite - Continued

The CFPB continues to crack down on basic RESPA violations. On August 12, 2014, the CFPB announced yet another Consent Order with alleged violations of RESPA. In this case, an on-line retail mortgage company, the company’s...more

Mortgage Lending: Important Lessons about Advertising, Affiliates, and Authorizations

On August 12, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) entered into a consent order with an online mortgage company, its affiliated appraisal company, and its chief executive officer; they agreed to pay $20.8...more

CFPB Fines Online Mortgage Company And Its Owner For Alleged Deceptive Rate Advertising

On August 12, the CFPB announced a consent order with a nonbank mortgage lender, its affiliated appraisal management company (AMC), and the individual owner of both companies to resolve allegations that the lender deceptively...more

CFPB publishes annual CARD Act, HOEPA and QM adjustments

The CFPB has published a final rule regarding various annual adjustments it is required to make under provisions of Regulation Z (TILA) that implement the CARD Act, HOEPA, and the ability to repay/qualified mortgage...more

Feds, States Sweep Country for Mortgage Relief Scams

In an enforcement sweep dubbed “Operation Mis-Modification,” the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and 15 state Attorneys General have targeted “foreclosure relief scammers that have...more

3rd Circ. Puts Debtors 1st In FDCPA Case

In McLaughlin v. Phelan Hallinan & Schmeig LLP, the Third Circuit recently held that debtors are not required to dispute a debt under Section 1692g of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq., prior to...more

CFPB Proposal Would Make 'HMDites' Of Us All

On July 24, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published long-awaited proposed revisions to its Home Mortgage Disclosure Act rules. The 573-page proposed rule would make sweeping changes to Regulation C, which...more

FNMA Survey Indicates QM Rules Lead to Increased Lender Costs

FannieMae has released a survey that indicates the CFPB’s Ability-to-Repay (“ATR”) and Qualified Mortgage (“QM”) rules will lead to increased lender costs. Specifically, most firms (74%) reported that they expect their...more

CFPB Targets Mortgage Online Advertising: Lead Generation Lessons

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has entered into a consent order under which, Amerisave Mortgage Corporation, an affiliate, and the owner of both companies, agreed to pay a total of $20.8 million to settle...more

CFPB announces settlement with mortgage lender and its owner charged with “bait-and-switch” scheme

On August 12, the CFPB announced that it has issued a Consent Order under which Atlanta-based Amerisave Mortgage Corporation, its affiliate appraisal management company, Nova Appraisal Management Company, and a principal and...more

Sixth Circuit Establishes ‘Baseline’ Information To Verify a Debt

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently articulated a standard for verifying a debt under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in Haddad v. Alexander, Zelmanski, Danner & Fioritto, PLLC. The FDCPA...more

SDNY Orders Bank To Pay $1.3 Billion Following Verdict In GSE Civil Fraud Case

On July 30, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered a bank to pay a nearly $1.3 billion civil penalty after a jury found the bank liable in October 2013 on one civil mortgage fraud charge arising...more

Loan Officers Say ATR/QM Rules Make Mortgage Approvals More Difficult

Around 34% of all loan officers responding to a Fed survey indicated the CFPB’s Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgage Standards under the Truth in Lending Act (the ATR/QM rule) makes it more difficult to get conforming...more

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