Federal Regulators Announce Additional Monetary Settlements In Lieu Of Independent Foreclosure Review

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On January 16, the Federal Reserve Board announced that two additional mortgage servicers subject to consent orders issued in April 2011 agreed in principle to a monetary resolution of allegations that the firms engaged in improper mortgage servicing and foreclosure practices. As described, the agreements in principle mirror those obtained by the Federal Reserve Board and the OCC from 10 other servicers, which were announced last week. Together the two firms will provide $232 million in direct payments to more than 220,000 borrowers whose homes were in foreclosure during 2009 and 2010. The companies also will provide $325 million in other assistance, such as loan modifications and forgiveness of deficiency judgments. On January 18, the Federal Reserve Board and the OCC announced an agreement in principle with another servicer that will provide $96 million in direct payments to more than 112,000 borrowers, and $153 million in other assistance. Under all three agreements, borrowers will be contacted by the end of March about their exact payout, which could range from hundreds of dollars to $125,000, depending upon the type of alleged servicing error.