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CFPB Orders Indirect Auto Finance and Title Loan Companies to Pay $48.35 Million in Redress and Penalties For Abusive Debt...

The CFPB has entered into a consent order with Westlake Services, LLC, an indirect auto finance company, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Wilshire Consumer Credit, LLC, for alleged deceptive debt collection practices. The...more

CFPB Lays Down the Gauntlet on Student Loan Servicing

The CFPB and the U.S. Departments of Education and the Treasury have released a Joint Statement of Principles on Student Loan Servicing, accompanied by a CFPB report. In the CFPB’s press release announcing the publications,...more

ECJ confirms “consumer” definition in mixed contracts

In the case of Costea v. SC Volksbank Romania S.A., ECJ considered the meaning of the term “consumer” for the purposes of the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Directive. Here a lawyer who entered a credit agreement with a...more

Agency CMBS – the perfect pill for a large loan CMBS pricing headache!

The recent below par pricing of two Goldman Sachs arranged CMBS deals demonstrate the potential perils of CMBS as a distribution tool for CRE debt. Indeed, these two deals bring into stark focus the pricing quandary that...more

CFPB Announces Results of eClosing Pilot Project

On August 5, 2015, the CFPB published a report titled “Leveraging technology to empower mortgage consumers at closing,” which concluded that borrowers can benefit from electronic closings or “eClosings” – that is, closings in...more

84 House members urge expedited CFPB action on small business lending data collection rules

84 House members recently wrote to the CFPB to urge it to expedite rulemaking to implement the small business lending data requirements of Dodd-Frank Section 1071. Section 1071 amended the ECOA to require financial...more

Sixth Circuit Weighs in on TCPA “Prior Express Consent”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently addressed both the timing and scope of “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). The plaintiff in Stephen M. Hill v. Homeward...more

6th Circuit Rules Prior Express Consent Defeats Mortgagor TCPA Claim Against Lender

On August 21, the Cincinnati-based United States Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit issued its ruling in Hill v. Homeward Residential, Inc., 2015 WL 4978464 (6th Cir. August 21, 2015), and affirmed a jury verdict...more

Finally, a SOL Decision Focused On Unjust Enrichment and Inequitable Results

This week, the First District Court of Appeals joined the Fourth District Court of Appeals in holding that Florida’s five-year statute of limitation (SOL), under Fla. Stat. § 95.11(2)(c), did not bar the lender’s second...more

Agency CMBS – the sophisticated tool for raising cheaper commercial real estate debt!

As was the case prior to the global financial crisis, the current driver for all new European CMBS deals stems from the adoption by investment banks of the originate-to-distribute business model for financing commercial real...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

Illinois Governor Signs Reverse Mortgage Act

On August 10, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Senate Bill 1440, the Reverse Mortgage Act which provides new consumer protections for borrowers with respect to reverse mortgage loan transactions. Among other...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

CFPB Study Finds Electronic Mortgage Closings Can Benefit Consumers

On August 4, the CFPB published a report on its “Know Before You Owe” eClosing project which found that borrowers can benefit from electronic closings when navigating the mortgage closing process. Specifically, the results of...more

CFPB Sues Offshore Payday Lender

On August 4, the CFPB announced the filing of a lawsuit against NDG Eneterprise, a complex web of commonly controlled companies, for collecting money consumers did not owe. The CFPB alleges that the defendants illegally...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending July 31 & August 7, 2015

Foreclosure: non-borrower owner of real property as tenants-in-common with borrower not required to sign mortgage for borrower to encumber only his interest in the property and non-borrower’s signature on mortgage reflected...more

Wells Fargo Ends Marketing Services Arrangements with Builders

Concerned about “increasing uncertainty surrounding regulatory oversight of these types of arrangements,” Wells Fargo is ending all of its roughly 200 mortgage marketing services and desk rental agreements with builders and...more

Burr Commentary: Florida’s District Courts of Appeal Continue to Tighten Standing Requirements for Foreclosures

The UCC was supposed to make enforcing negotiable instruments a simpler, more streamlined process. It has proven anything but in Florida.  Continuing a trend that now stretches back years, mortgage lenders have had an...more

CFPB issues results from eClosing pilot program

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reports that most borrowers benefit from electronic closings relating to the mortgage loan process. On August 5, 2015, the CFPB published its study on the benefits of electronic...more

Chorus of Critics Grows Again for Third DCA’s Beauvais Opinion on Statute of Limitations, Rehearing Granted by Third DCA

The opinion of Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal in Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas v. Beauvais, No. 3D14-575, 2014 WL 7156961 (Fla. 3d DCA Dec. 17, 2014) has been a lightning rod for criticism from federal courts in...more

Spotlight on the Military Lending Act: Did the Final Rule Improve on the Proposal?

On July 22, 2015, the Department of Defense (“Department”) released its final rule amending the regulations that implement the Military Lending Act (“MLA”), which means that a wider range of credit products—including open-end...more

Department of Defense Adopts Significant Changes to Its Military Lending Act Regulations

On July 22, 2015, the Department of Defense (DOD) published sweeping changes to its rules that implement the Military Lending Act (MLA). The amended rules significantly expand the scope of the MLA provisions by covering both...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: CFPB Claims Sensitivity on Good-Faith TRID Compliance Efforts

On June 3, 2015, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray responded to Congressional requests and industry pleadings for a grace period in enforcing the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures...more

Great News for Lenders—A Recent Decision Further Limits the Sham Guaranty Defense

Recently, and shortly after my visit to several lender clients to make presentations regarding, among other topics, the enforceability of commercial guaranty agreements and the sham guaranty defense, the California Court of...more

Chapter 7 Debtors Cannot Strip Off Junior Liens on Underwater Home Loans, United States Supreme Court Rules

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that debtors in Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases cannot “strip off,” or completely void, junior mortgages that—based on the value of the property and the amount of claims secured by...more

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