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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

Ninth Circuit Holds Attempted Collection of Foreclosure Related Fees Violates SCRA

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court decision granting defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim that defendant violated section 533 of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act...more

GAO Issues Report On SCRA Mortgage Protections

On January 28, the GAO issued a report on SCRA mortgage protections required by the 2012 legislation that extended those protections. Using data from three large mortgage servicers and a large credit union, the GAO examined...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

Another Court Affirms DOJ Financial Fraud Strategy

On Sept. 24, 2013, Judge Jesse Furman in the Southern District of New York released his widely anticipated decision allowing the U.S. Department of Justice’s False Claims Act and Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and...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

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

Spotlight On The SCRA (Part 1 of 3): Increased Enforcement Activity

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is designed to provide protection for military members as they enter active duty. The Act has origins dating back to the Civil War, but was first solidified in 1940 with the passage...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

Mortgagee and Mortgagor Standing and the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Trustee v. Jodi B. Matt, No. 11101 (Jan. 14, 2013), recently clarified the issue of standing for both plaintiffs and defendants in actions under the...more

TBTF Servicing: Another Issue for Originators to Consider

As widely reported recently, close to 1.2 million borrowers (about 30% of the more than 3.9 million households that faced foreclosure proceedings by the 11 leading financial institutions in 2009 and 2010), had to battle...more

DOJ Announces Payments Under 2011 SCRA Settlements

On April 4, the DOJ announced that two mortgage servicers will pay a combined $39 million to 316 servicemembers pursuant to SCRA settlements from 2011. Those settlement agreements resolved allegations that the mortgage...more

Fannie Mae Announces Numerous Servicing Policy Changes

On April 3, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2013-07, which outlines policy updates regarding (i) lender-placed property insurance requirements, (ii) military indulgence reporting and reimbursement...more

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: Provisions Affecting Banking Institutions

According to December 2012 data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Gulf War Era veterans, hovering around eight percent, remains higher than the national rate. Over the last decade, more...more

Levick Weekly - February 15, 2013: S&P’S Ordeal IS There Life After Eric Holder?

In This Issue: - S&P’S Ordeal Is There Life After Eric Holder? - The PR problem the Pentagon & VA Share - Change.Org A powerful adversary for brands - Blogs worth following - Levick in the news - Excerpt...more

Massachusetts Supreme Court Holds Standing In Servicemember Proceeding Requires Evidence Of Mortgagee Status

On January 14, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) reversed a Land Court decision and held that a trustee lacked standing to bring a servicemember proceeding because the trustee was not the clear holder of either...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

Dismissal of Putative Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged Violations of the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act

In a putative class action handled by Robert Maddox, Mike Pennington, and Keith Anderson, the Northern District of Alabama recently dismissed a lawsuit for alleged violations of the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”)....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

The Rights of Tenants in Georgia After Foreclosure: Part I

Many of our clients have contacted us to ask what happens when the house a tenant is leasing or renting is sold at foreclosure. Landlord-tenant law and foreclosure law in Georgia historically have been local matters with the...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

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

President Obama Expands SCRA Protections for Servicemembers

On August 6, President Obama signed into law the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, H.R. 1627. Section 710 of this Act expands foreclosure protections for active duty servicemembers....more

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