On March 12, 2012, Federal and state officials filed documents in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia formalizing a previously announced settlement (the Settlement) of various government probes into alleged mortgage-related violations by the five largest residential mortgage servicers (collectively the Servicers). The Settlement, which was first announced on February 9, 2012, resolves investigations and inquiries by numerous federal regulators and 49 state Attorneys General (AGs). The federal agencies that have signed on to the settlement include: the Department of Justice, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Treasury, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the U.S. Trustee.
With the filing of a consolidated complaint and a separate consent judgment for each Servicer, the details of the Settlement have been made available, including its provisions regarding: (i) restitution and other relief, (ii) new servicing standards, (iii) the scope of its releases, and (iv) implementation and enforcement.
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