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The Financial CHOICE Act, now closer to passage, would significantly impact the mortgage industry

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On May 4 H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act (the Act) introduced by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, obtained enough votes to move the bill on to the House of Representatives floor.  The Act...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017 #4

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Editor's Note - State Regulators Sue OCC Over Federal FinTech Charter. On April 26, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) sued the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in the U.S. District Court for...more

Director Corday’s appearance before House Committee: strong on theater, weak on substance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Despite its long duration (over five hours including a recess for a vote), the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on April 5 at which Director Cordray was the sole witness provided a strong dose of political theater...more

The New Administration's Plans for the CFPB Take Shape

For those who have been wondering—as I did in a previous post—what the new presidential administration would mean for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an agency that has been in Republicans’ crosshairs...more

House subcommittee to hold hearing tomorrow on CFPB’s constitutionality

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Financial Services has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow entitled “The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional Design.” The memo...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2017 #3

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Editor's Note - A Not So New Tool for Reigning in Federal Regulations. President Trump has signed a Joint Resolution of Congress which “disapproves the rule submitted by the SEC relating to ‘Disclosure of Payments by...more

CFPB Steps Up Oversight of Companies’ Compensation Programs Following Wells Fargo Scandal

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will likely be weakened by the incoming Trump administration and its Republican allies in Congress. Exactly how, and how much, remains to be seen, however—and, in the meantime,...more

Director Cordray Responds To Letter from Senators Seeking Tailored Rulemaking for Community Banks and Credit Unions

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Last month, a bipartisan group of 70 senators were signatories to a letter sent to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray urging the CFPB to “carefully tailor its regulations to match the unique...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Ruling in Favor of CFPB against Lawyer in Mortgage Relief Scam, Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Director...

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The Ninth Circuit recently considered arguments relating to an enforcement action brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) against a California attorney who was offering loan modification services. The CFPB...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Director Cordray's Recess Appointment as Defense to CFPB Enforcement Action; Dissenting Judge Disagrees

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Since it was filed in a California federal court in July 2012, we have been following Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) v. Chance Edward Gordon, a case in which the CFPB alleged that an attorney duped consumers by...more

Attention Home Improvement Contractors: CA Bill Singles Out Solar Contractors

California Assembly Bill 2699 (Gonzalez) is a bill to watch if you are a home improvement contractor that solarinstalls solar energy systems or, for that matter, a contractor in California. AB 2699 would, among other things,...more

CFPB Director Cordray Responds to Senator Corker Letter

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The CFPB responded to a letter from Senator Corker (R. Tenn.) requesting the Bureau to release official guidance on what constitutes a technical error under the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule and possible...more

SCRA Will Continue to Receive Regulatory Scrutiny

On March 22, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015. This bill was signed into law by President Obama on March 31, 2016. This follows the...more

Ninth Circuit rejects Director Cordray’s recess appointment as defense to CFPB enforcement action; dissenting judge disagrees

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Since it was filed in a California federal court in July 2012, we have been following CFPB v. Chance Edward Gordon, a case in which the CFPB alleged that an attorney duped consumers by falsely promising loan modifications in...more

House Votes to Nix Indirect Auto Bulletin and Expand QM

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on November 18, 2015, that would revoke the CFPB’s guidance on indirect auto lending and expand the qualified mortgage rule’s safe harbor. The Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto...more

New Federal Budget Deal Provides TCPA Relief for Federal Loan Servicers

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For years now, the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has been a looming threat to U.S. businesses. Although the TCPA was initially passed “to develop the necessary ground rules for cost-effective protection of...more

TRID Legislation and GSA Grace Period

Last week, the House passed H.R. 3192 the “Homebuyers Assistance Act.” On the same day, the Senate read a similar Bill, S. 1711, twice, and referred their Bill to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. In...more

S. 682 Offers Possible Relief for Consumers Stranded by CFPB

Recent history has shown that the regulations designed to implement the Dodd-Frank Act thresholds for High-Cost Mortgages under the Home Ownership and Equity Protections Act (HOEPA) for personal property loans are having a...more

Nevada Senate Passes Bill Affecting Super-Priority Liens in Foreclosure

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The Nevada Legislature recently passed a bill intended, in part, to address issues resulting from the Nevada Supreme Court’s decision that a homeowners association lien is a true super-priority lien that, if foreclosed,...more

Oklahoma Amends SAFE Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Governor Mary Fallin signed SB-377 on May 12, amending provisions relating to the Oklahoma SAFE Act (the Act). The amendment clarifies the Act by adding references to “mortgage lenders” and “servicing” throughout the Act and...more

Banking Committee Chairman Introduces the Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015

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For more than two decades, each and every Congress has considered and adopted wide-ranging financial services legislation that has significantly altered the legal and regulatory landscape governing financial institutions in...more

255 members of Congress seek TILA/RESPA integrated disclosure rule grace period

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A bipartisan group of 255 members of Congress have sent a letter to the CFPB seeking a grace period for enforcement of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule which becomes effective on August 1, 2015. They ask for...more

Democrats release alternative regulatory relief bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee have released a regulatory relief bill intended to be an alternative to the bill released by Senator Richard Shelby. While Senator Shelby’s bill is entitled the “Financial Regulatory...more

Shelby Draft Regulatory Relief Bill Addresses Various Residential Mortgage Issues

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On May 12, 2015 Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) released a draft of a regulatory reform bill entitled the Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015. The draft bill addresses various residential mortgage lending issues, a...more

Bipartisan House Bill Introduced To Create Temporary Safe Harbor from Enforcement of TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rules

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Republican Congressman Steve Pearce and Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman have introduced a bill in the House of Representatives (H.R. 2213) that would provide lenders with a temporary safe harbor from enforcement of the...more

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