The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which includes California, issued a ruling on March 9 that the clear and unambiguous language of RESPA Section 8(b) does not reach the practice of overcharging. Martinez v. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc. Section 8(b) of RESPA states that "no person shall give and no person shall accept any portion, split, or percentage of any charge made or received for the rendering of a real estate settlement service in connection with a transaction involving a federally related mortgage loan other than for services actually performed."
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