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CFPB Releases Fall 2015 Report Touting Recovery of Millions Through Supervisory Actions

On November 3, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its fall 2015 supervisory report concerning enforcement actions from May 2015 through August 2015. The Bureau highlights violations in the mortgage...more

Washington Supreme Court Clarifies Mandatory Mediation Program Exemption – Holders Score a Washington Victory

The servicer community recently scored an important victory in an opinion issued by the en banc Washington Supreme Court. The decision — Brown v. Wash. State Dep’t. of Commerce, — clarifies the scope of the small lender...more

Avoiding a Limitations Fight by Rescinding Acceleration

Texas recently added a new statute aimed at providing lienholders and loan servicers an unambiguous method for unilaterally abandoning the acceleration of a loan's maturity. When a borrower defaults in paying an...more

New Case Poses Threat to Mortgage Servicers in Bankruptcies

A new decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit poses a serious threat to mortgage companies that service mortgages of chapter 13 debtors. Mortgage servicers should be aware of the case's implications and...more

Mortgage Acknowledgements: Can A Boo-Boo Be Fixed?

Bank of America, N.A. v. Casey, 517 B.R. 1 (D. Mass. 2015) – A Chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a mortgage using “strong-arm” powers based on a defect in the acknowledgement. The mortgagee contended that the defect was...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 23, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Documentary Stamp Tax: deferred interest on a “pick-a-payment” mortgage did not amount to future advance, which would have required payment of documentary stamp tax - Steinberg v. Wells...more

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds MERS’ Authority to Assign Mortgages

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently handed Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) another victory against challenges to MERS’ authority to assign a mortgage. In Ferguson v. Bank of New York Mellon, the...more

EBA Consults on its Benchmark Rate Under the MCD

The Mortgage Credit Directive (2014/17/EU) (MCD) requires that creditors create two illustrative examples for variable rate mortgages on the basis of a benchmark rate specified by the EBA. Consequently, the EBA has developed...more

Mortgage Assignment Validity

In Marcuzzo v. Bank of the West, 862 N.W. 2d 281 (Neb. 2015), the Nebraska Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that the borrower-plaintiffs in a consumer foreclosure action lacked standing to challenge the validity of...more

BuckleySandler Files Amicus Curiae Brief on Behalf of Industry Group in RESPA Case; Marks First Appeal Against CFPB Director...

On October 5, BuckleySandler attorneys filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Consumer Mortgage Coalition (CMC) in the first case to come up on appeal to the District of Columbia Circuit since the CFPB was founded in...more

New Landmark Consumer Disclosure Rules Trigger Privacy Concerns

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule is designed to prevent surprises at the closing table, but with increased transparency come concerns over borrower and seller...more

CFPB Issues TRID FAQs to Help Borrowers Understand the New Mortgage Process

On October 5, the CFPB posted on its blog six FAQs to assist borrowers in understanding the TRID rule and how the new process attempts to make the mortgage process easier. The post comes in light of the TRID rule becoming...more

Appellate Court Rejects Claim That Borrower Must Be Permitted to Conduct Life of Loan Standing Discovery or Examine Bank Policies...

Standing is one of the top issues in foreclosure case law. So it comes as no surprise that the issue of standing is also a common focal point for discovery disputes in foreclosures. It has become common foreclosure defense...more

CFPB Reports Continued Mortgage Servicing and Other Violations of Consumer Financial Law

In its Supervisory Highlights released earlier this summer, the CFPB reported its examination observations in consumer reporting, debt collection, mortgage origination and servicing, fair lending, and student loan servicing....more

Florida Court Confirms Substantial Compliance Standard Concerning Foreclosures

The Florida Second District Court of Appeal recently issued a long-awaited opinion in Green Tree Servicing v. Milam. Until this decision, the district courts in Florida had not spoken directly on the issue of whether strict...more

Southern District of Florida Rejects Borrower Attempts to Hold Mortgage Servicers Liable for Alleged Deficiencies in Responses to...

Increasingly in courts around the country, borrowers have attempted to transform the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), along with its implementing regulation (Reg. X), into a “Gotcha!” device through which...more

Federal Courts Rejecting Hyper-Technical Claims on Reg X Notice of Error/Request for Information Provisions

In Russell v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, No. 14-61977-CIV, 2015 WL 5029346, at *5 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 26, 2015), United States District Court Judge Beth Bloom issued litigious borrowers their latest setback in a large scale...more

CFPB Finalizes Rule Allowing Small Creditors to Increase Lending in Rural and Underserved Areas

On September 21, the CFPB issued a final rule, amending certain mortgage rules and comments relating to lending activities by small creditors in rural and underserved areas. Initially proposed in January 2015, the final rule,...more

Foreclosure Plaintiffs Cannot Rely Solely on Their Status as Parent Corporation

The ownership of the promissory note by a subsidiary corporation of the Plaintiff cannot alone establish standing to foreclose. In HSBC Bank USA, N.A. v. Ryan Kahan, et al., the Court granted the borrowers’ motion for...more

Borrower Who Obtains A Preliminary Injunction Is Entitled To A Fee Award

In Monterossa v. Superior Court (PNC Bank), 2015 DJDAR 6488, the California Court of Appeal for the Third District decided a case of first impression under Code of Civil Procedure Section 2924.12(i) enacted in 2012. The...more

Summary of HUD's LEAN 232 Program Email Blast Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF) August 28, 2015

The August 28, 2015 LEAN Email Blast contains information on the final rule regarding fire safety equipment, the new delegated underwriter approval process, the Green Lane, and the mortgage termination process, among other...more

Ninth Circuit Rules Against Title Insurer in Long-Running RESPA Litigation

On August 24, the Ninth Circuit held that a title insurer’s equity investments in title agencies in exchange for agreements that the agencies would refer customers to the insurer violated the anti-kickback provisions of the...more

CFPB issues technical reports on National Mortgage Database and National Survey of Mortgage Borrowers

On August 27, 2015, the CFPB issued two Technical Reports:  one on the National Mortgage Database (NMDB), and the other on the National Survey of Mortgage Borrowers (NSMB). The NMDB project is a joint undertaking by the FHFA...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

Fannie Mae Announces New Mortgage Product for Low- and Moderate-Income Borrowers

On August 25, Fannie Mae announced that it will begin offering HomeReady, a mortgage loan product featuring new flexibilities for lower to moderate income borrowers. For the first time, income from a non-borrower household...more

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