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HUD Notice Has Potential To Encourage Broad PHA Renewable Energy Rollout

In an effort to support President Obama's July 2013 Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued Notice PIH-2014-18 (HA). The notice offers guidance on federal incentives for...more

What is Happening Now in the Market for EB-5 Financing for Hotel, Multi-Family and Mixed Use Real Estate Developments

Competition for EB-5 Financing is Strong. Demand for EB-5 financing among U.S. real estate developers is at record high levels, and demand for high quality EB-5 investments in China remains strong. Marketing agents in...more

Banking & Financial Services E - Note - May 2014

In This Issue: - Fed Regulator Calls for End of Banks' Self-Grading of Risk - Regulator Won't Act on Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - Community Bankers Support Tiered Banking Regulatory System -...more

Judge Denied Bank of America’s Motion to Dismiss $850M Mortgage Fraud Case

Last week, Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina denied Bank of America’s motion to dismiss the Security and Exchange Commission’s claims against it in SEC v....more

Two Very Good Reasons To Visit The Department’s Website

When I joined the Department of Corporations, it had no website. I remember reviewing possible designs for a site. Now, it seems hard to imagine that there was a time when state agencies didn’t have websites. Today, the...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - May 3, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - CREDIT CARDS - E-COMMERCE - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY -...more

Virginia Financial Institutions - April 2013

In This Issue: - Virginia General Assembly Concludes 2013 Session – Highlights and Considerations for Financial Institutions - Cyber Fraud: Lawsuit by Local Community Bank Demonstrates Need for Vigilance...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - February 15, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - Excerpt from Privacy/Data...more

Banking And Financial Services E-Note - January 24, 2013

In This Issue: - Fed Governor Seeks to Regulate Banks Beyond Dodd-Frank - Small Banks Worry of "Walmartization" from Dodd-Frank Act - FDIC Passes Appraisal Standards for Higher-Risk Mortgages - Community Banks...more

Mortgage Banking Update - January 10, 2013

In This Issue: - Ohio Enacts the Nation's First Transitional MLO Licensing Law for Out-of-State MLOs - Noted Data Security and Privacy Attorney Amy Mushahwar Joins Ballard Spahr - Information Security...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - December 2012

In This Issue: - Accounting Rule Would Force Banks to Take Loan Write-Downs - End of TAG Program Has Community Banks Concerned - New Mortgage Rules Protect Banks from Homeowner Lawsuits - Obama Signs Bills...more

Washington Insight - May 2012

In This Issue: - An Insider’s View - More on Campaign Subplots - The Congressional Calendar - So Much To Do, So Little Time – - Heading Towards a Debt Ceiling Standoff, Part II - Paul Volcker Testifies on His...more

Manhattan Federal Judge Denies UBS’s Motion to Dismiss FHFA Suit

On May 4, the Honorable Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York denied UBS Americas Inc.’s (“UBS”) motion to dismiss the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (“FHFA”) complaint against it for violations of the Securities...more

Electronic Signatures Gaining Acceptance and Popularity In Residential Real Estate Transactions

Electronic signature technology has been quickly gaining steam throughout the U.S. real estate community, and has now arrived in earnest in my home state of Massachusetts. Electronic signature software lets you send legally...more

Progress towards e-conveyancing

A new project has been launched designed to streamline conveyancing procedures through the use of an online system. The initiative is called ‘PEXA’ (Property Exchange Australia) and is projected to be operational nationwide...more

Massachusetts May Pick Up the PACE

A financing concept for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that seems to be sweeping the nation has made its way to Massachusetts. A provision of a major bill now pending in the House Ways and Means Committee...more

Ahead of the Summons - May 2007

Irritable TILA Syndrome Get out your “I’m with Stupid” T-shirts. In our last several issues, we have been tracking the demise of rescission class actions under TILA. AND: Truncate This! The newest consumer class...more

E-Mortgage Implementation Considerations

Adoption of E-Sign and UETA allows the widespread replacement of paper documents with electronic records and use of electronic signatures. This article, reprinted from Thomson/West’s Electronic Banking Law and Commerce Report...more

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