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Bank of America Wins Reversal of FIRREA $1.27B Penalty

A breach of contract is insufficient to also support a claim for fraud, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled, reversing a $1.2 billion verdict against Countrywide Home Loans in the process. What happened...more

M&A Update: New York Court of Appeals Rejects Extension of Common Interest Privilege to Merger Talks

On June 9, 2016, a divided New York Court of Appeals in a much-anticipated ruling held that the attorney-client privilege can only be maintained for communications involving third parties in situations where litigation is...more

Reversal of Countrywide Fraud Verdict a Reminder of Government’s Heavy Burden of Proof

On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a jury’s finding of civil fraud against Countrywide Home Loans and other lenders, finding that the government had failed to prove fraud in...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 13 & May 20, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Contracts/Personal Liability: official title of “President” underneath signor’s signature on contract did not shield individual from personal liability because contract language reflected...more

I Meant it at the Time: Second Circuit Reverses $1.2BN FIRREA Judgment

It’s hornbook law that a later intentional breach of contract, alone, doesn’t equal promissory fraud. Holding it therefore cannot establish mail or wire fraud, the Second Circuit reversed the Government’s $1.2 Billion FIRREA...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 22, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Condition Precedent: providing a notice of the assignment of mortgage loan, as required by section 559.715, Florida Statutes, is not a condition precedent to filing a mortgage...more

FDIC Sues BNY Mellon For Alleged Failure As Trustee of RMBS

On August 19, 2015, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., acting as receiver for Guaranty Bank, filed suit against Bank of New York Mellon Corp. in New York federal court, alleging that BNY breached its duties as trustee of 12...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 1 & 8, 2015

Foreclosure: trial court abused its discretion in dismissing foreclosure action with prejudice, cancelling substantial debt, and denying lender ability to refile a foreclosure action without making finding of facts as...more

Real Estate Lien Priority Case - Effect of Subordination Agreement on Junior Liens

In a recent decision, the Utah Supreme Court addressed a matter of first impression in Utah, namely, whether a subordination agreement between two senior lenders, which reversed the priority of their respective liens against...more

Dodd-Frank News: April 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

Fraud Verdict Against Countrywide & BofA Upheld

BofA’s “hustling” attempt to overturn a $1.27 billion judgment against it and Countrywide—along with the individual defendant identified in the next paragraph, the “Defendants”—in the U.S. District Court for the Southern...more

No Lawsuit Required to Rescind: U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Mortgage Rescission Notification Requirements for Borrowers under...

Background of Notice versus Lawsuit Issue - The Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”), as implemented by Regulation Z, provides borrowers with a powerful tool: the right to rescind certain mortgage loan transactions. This...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Resolves Circuit Split Regarding Notice Requirement for Truth in Lending Act Right of Rescission

In Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., decided January 13, 2015, the United States Supreme Court resolved a circuit split and clarified that borrowers need not file a complaint in order to invoke their right to rescind...more

The U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Against the Creditor in Jesinoski

We predicted here that at least five U.S. Supreme Court Justices would reject the creditor’s argument in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. that a borrower must file a lawsuit within three years of the consummation of...more

SCOTUS Ruling Makes it Easier for Borrowers to Rescind Home Loan Under Truth in Lending Act

On January 13, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that borrowers may reserve and effect their right to rescission by simply notifying creditors of their intent to rescind a loan within three years after receiving...more

Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split Over TILA Rescissions Limitations Period

The United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a borrower relying on the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) to rescind his mortgage loan need only mail written notice of his intent to his lender within three years of the...more

Supreme Court Decides Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc.

On January 13, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held that borrowers exercising their right to rescind a loan under the Truth in Lending Act must provide written notice to their lender within the three-year rescission period but...more

The Supreme Court Just Held That TILA Rescission Is Accomplished With Notice Alone

Until today, courts were split over what steps borrowers must take to rescind a home loan. Some courts had ruled that a borrower simply had to send a rescission notice to his creditor within three years after taking out a...more

TILA versus TILA: Rescission by Notice or Lawsuit

Here’s something to ponder on: “Whether the Truth in Lending Act entitles homeowners to rescind their mortgage commitment by notifying the lender in writing within the period specified by the statute, or whether the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review - June 3, 2013

In This Issue: CFPB Final Rule Amendments to Ability to Repay and QM Rule; Extension of Loan Modification Programs; Freddie Mac $1 Billion Performing Modified Loan Securitization; FinCEN Guidance on Virtual Currency...more

Where There’s Smoke, There’s FIRREA

Few can ignite a legal firestorm like U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York. Last week, in a mortgage fraud suit against Bank of America and Countrywide, Judge Rakoff refused to dismiss a novel...more

Court Denies in Part Motions to Dismiss FHFA’s Claims Against Countrywide and Various Underwriters

On March 15, Judge Mariana Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California denied in part motions to dismiss brought by Countrywide, various individuals and various underwriters in...more

$193 Million RMBS Suit Against Countrywide Dismissed as Untimely

On January 10, Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed a $193 million suit brought by mutual fund Asset Management Fund against several Bank of America...more

Failure to Conduct Face-To-Face Interview With Borrower Precludes Nonjudicial Foreclosure Sale Under FHA Loan – Pfeifer v....

California courts have to date been reluctant to inject themselves into the comprehensive nonjudicial foreclosure scheme enacted by the Legislature at Civil Code section 2924 et seq....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 14, 2013

In This Issue: - Financial Industry Developments •CFPB Rules on Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgages •Independent Foreclosure Review Settlement •CFPB Final Rules on High-Cost Mortgages •Rating Agency...more

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