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North Carolina Update: State Tax Developments - Spring 2014

This North Carolina update discusses significant legislative, judicial, and administrative developments in North Carolina tax laws during the period October 2013 through April 2014, including the outlook for the upcoming...more

PA Senators Pushing to Replace School Property Taxes with Expanded Personal Income and Sales Taxes

A number of Pennsylvania State Senators continue to push for legislation to eliminate school district property taxes in Pennsylvania. They would replace the lost revenues by increasing the statewide Personal Income Tax rate...more

Texas Reverse Mortgage Constitutional Amendment Takes Effect

On November 22, an amendment to the Texas constitution took effect to permit the use of a reverse mortgage for the purchase of a homestead property. The amendment was approved by Texas voters on November 5. ...more

Proposed Legislation Would Curb JP Morgan’s Potential Multi-Billion Dollar Tax Windfall

Late last month, we commented on JP Morgan Chase’s $5.1 billion settlement with the Fair Housing Financing Agency (FHFA), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Wall Street Journal has since reported that JP Morgan...more

Cordray reaffirms CFPB regulatory approach

As a follow-up to our recent post on Director Cordray’s plans on whether to pursue political office, we offer the highlights below from last week’s Politico Morning Money Breakfast Briefing. During the event, Politico Chief...more

A Glimmer of Hope for Condominium Developers

On September 26, 2013, the House of Representatives took a major step in simplifying the sale and lease process for condominium developments, voting 410/0 in favor of H.R. 2600, introduced by New York Republican...more

Condo Developers May Be Getting Relief From Washington

The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress, in a surprising nonpartisan move, passed H.R. 2600 on September 26, 2013. This bill, submitted by New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, exempts developers of condominiums...more

Legal Alert: Federal Insurance Issues We Are Watching During Fall 2013

The United States Congress has returned from its summer recess. On its first full day back in session, the U.S. House of Representatives passed (by a vote of 397-6) long-stalled legislation that would fundamentally alter the...more

Housing Finance Reform Efforts Heat Up in Summer Session

This summer has brought a wave of housing finance reform efforts in both chambers of Congress. Legislators are finally proposing ways to downsize and eliminate two housing finance giants – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the...more

Director Cordray comments on effective date of mortgage rules, prepaid card rule and new Deputy Director

CFPB Director Richard Cordray was among the federal financial regulators who attended a closed door meeting yesterday with President Obama. Other regulators attending the meeting included the Chairs of the Fed, FDIC and SEC....more

Obama Supports Legislation to Replace Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

President Obama officially threw his support behind a bipartisan push to replace beleaguered housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during a speech to an Arizona crowd on Tuesday....more

Vetoed Foreclosure Bill Will Return

All legislation is not good legislation. The good news is that some of it fails. Such is the case with H.B. 2590 passed by the 2013 Texas legislature but vetoed by the Governor. We mention it because it will be back in the...more

Senate Banking Leaders Offer Bipartisan FHA Reform Bill

On July 15, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) released a discussion draft of a bill intended to improve the solvency of the FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMI...more

Impasse on CFPB Director Resolved

One of the most unsettled issues facing mortgage servicers and lenders has been the uncertainty regarding the host of new regulatory rules regarding loan servicing and origination set to go into effect on January 10, 2014....more

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Propose Housing Finance Reform Bill

On June 25, Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Bob Corker (R-TN) announced the introduction of a new bill to reform the secondary mortgage market. ...more

Far-Ranging Consequences Of Superstorm Sandy Legislation

The damage and dislocation caused by Superstorm Sandy have triggered the recent passage of numerous bills by the New York Legislature. One of the most controversial governmental responses is embodied in two similar bills —...more

Maine Budget Contains Significant Tax Changes

Averting a potential government shutdown, the Legislature voted to override Governor LePage’s veto of the biennial budget....more

New York Assembly Presents Insurance Reform Overhaul in Wake of Superstorm Sandy

We previously reported on the New Jersey Legislature’s attempts to enact a bill that would allow policyholders to sue an insurer for bad faith in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey Assembly Bill A3710 is still...more

Condominium And Homeowners Bills Enacted By The 2013 Florida Legislature

HB 73- Omnibus Legislation - This bill containing 74 pages is a "stripped down" version of a bill which passed the House last year but failed to obtain Senate approval. It contains a potpourri of changes to the...more

Illinois House Considers Bill to Allow “Bonding Off” of Mechanics Liens

Lenders in Illinois might want to take note of pending Illinois House Bill 2804. The bill would amend the Mechanics Lien Act, so as to allow “bonding off” of mechanic liens for the first time in Illinois. Nearly every state...more

The Canadian Federal Budget and Financial Institutions

The recently published federal budget (titled “Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013”) included high level guidance regarding the Government’s priorities for the regulation of financial institutions, services and markets. The...more

Democratic Lawmakers Push Regulators For Independent Foreclosure Review Details

On March 25, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry challenging the regulators’ response...more

A Christmas Wish: Fix Dodd-Frank (Just a Little)

The election’s over and elections matter we’re told, albeit most of the denizens of Washington seem to have remained in their seats. The fiscal cliff awaits. We wait, with various levels of trepidation, for a workable...more

Weekly Brief: BoA Sued; SCOTUS Shortlists; Fund Fights Argentina [Video]

Oct. 25 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the week's most important legal news. Bank of America was sued by the federal government for over $1 billion in damages on claims that the bank defrauded...more

Cherryland and Peaches: State Politicians' Efforts to Protect Bad Boys Garner Mixed Results

A few weeks ago Crunched Credit previewed a (now enacted) bit of Michigan legislation entitled the “Nonrecourse Mortgage Loan Act”, which, in fewer than 800 words, seeks to ringfence recourse guarantors’ assets from attack in...more

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