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Valuable Information Security Lessons from the Olympus Mortgage vs. Guaranteed Rate Case

Late last month a jury awarded Mount Olympus Mortgage Company (MOMC) more than $25 million for their claims against Guaranteed Rate (Guaranteed), which alleged Guaranteed along with other former employees of MOMC illegally...more

The Economist Frames the Argument Against Excessive Bank Regulation (somewhat unintentionally)

On March 26, 2016, The Economist published an article entitled “The Problem with Profits.” That article discussed the high profitability of U.S. firms and why that seemingly positive fact is actually harmful to the overall...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.10.16

The SEC’s been floating an idea that would require mutual funds “to increase their liquidity cushions to accommodate investors looking to leave in a hurry,” but the industry’s pushing back—hard—despite the recent Third Avenue...more

Sophisticated Email Scams Targeting the Real Estate Industry

A sophisticated (and effective) wire-fraud scam targeting real estate (and other) transactions is on the rise, and mostly occurring in the United States....more

Can New Beneficial Owner Identification Requirement for Cash-Only Real Estate Deals in Miami and New York City Be Avoided if...

Why it matters - After years of concern about money laundering through shell corporations, repeated legislative and regulatory efforts to gain more information on beneficial owners of entities involved in various types...more

German real estate: Risks and opportunities in a shifting landscape

How does the prevalence of home offices influence the development of new office space? What does Internet use mean to real estate investors? Which sectors will see the highest demand for investment?...more

CFPB engaged in process to allow public input on privacy questions under new HMDA rule

On January 11, Elena Babinecz, a CFPB attorney, spoke as part of a panel relating to the revised HMDA rule at the Winter Meeting of the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar...more

Financial Services Report, Winter 2015

BELTWAY - Finally Faster than Amazon Prime - The Federal Reserve Board recently announced that banks and other financial institutions that use its payments system will have to be able to process same-day...more

Big Data, Big Government – Big Trouble? A Hard Look at the Final HMDA Rule

If all goes according to plan, financial institutions will report over 250 million data points related to mortgage loan applications and originations in 2018. If the mortgage market returns to the high volumes seen in 2005,...more

Multi-State Mortgage Committee Issues Expectations for Use of Electronic Tools in State Examinations

On September 29, 2015, the Multi-State Mortgage Committee (MMC) and Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) issued an industry bulletin – Supervisory Expectations Regarding the Use of Electronic Examination Tools –...more

Information Security: MBA Whitepaper

Recently, the Mortgage Bankers Association released “The Basic Components of an Information Security Program,” for small and medium size companies in the mortgage industry that may not have the resources to stay well-informed...more

CFPB Studies Electronic Closings

In an age of online banking, e-vites, and digital media, the mortgage loan closing process sticks out as one of the few areas that remain primarily paper-driven. Mortgage loan closings, however, could be the next target of a...more

CFPB Publishes Results of eClosing Pilot Program

On August 5, the CFPB released a 90-page report summarizing the results of its eClosing pilot program, a research initiative launched in April 2014 to explore whether electronic closing processes offer measurable benefits to...more

Points & Authorities - Spring 2015

In this Issue: - Negotiating Strategies for the Successful Sale of Technology Companies - Broker Beware: Are Real Estate Brokers Susceptible to Agent v. Agent Fee Splitting Disputes After Sanowicz v. Bacal? -...more

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing

Application Submission Scheduled for Mid-December Through Mid-January - The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to approve the California Advanced Services Fund Public Housing Broadband Grant Guidelines...more

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

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