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Contamination, Underwater Mortgages, and the IRWA Annual Education Conference

Along with my colleagues Brad Kuhn, Ben Rubin, and Katherine Contreras, I'm here in Hartford at the IRWA Annual Education Conference. It's been an interesting few days as we discuss eminent domain issues in the shadow of New...more

California Investment Firm and City Team Up to Erase Mortgages Through Eminent Domain

If a California investment firm and the City of Richmond, California have their way, the mortgage industry may face a new threat: a plan to use government’s eminent domain power to seize homes where homeowners owe more than...more

Community Banking Excellence - Issue 2, 2014

In This Issue: - Another Perspective: Robert T. Braswell, President and Chief Executive Officer Carolina Bank: Mr. Robert T. Braswell is President and Chief Executive Officer of Carolina Bank. He has served in...more

Treasury Department Opposes HARP Expansion, Use Of Eminent Domain

On January 22, Michael Stegman, Treasury Department Counselor for Housing Finance Policy stated in remarks to an industry conference that the Treasury Department opposes expansion of the Home Affordable Refinance Program...more

Bank of New York Mellon Corp. Sues to Block City of Richmond’s Condemnation of Home Loans

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY) is seeking an injunction to prevent the City of Richmond, California from using eminent domain powers to seize and refinance more than 600 home loans with outstanding balances...more

Federal Court Dismisses Second Challenge To California City’s Eminent Domain Plan

On November 6, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed without prejudice as not yet ripe for determination a suit by investors seeking to preempt a California city’s plan to use its eminent...more

City of Richmond, California Backs Plan to Use Eminent Domain to Seize Bad Mortgages

Richmond, California’s leaders approved a controversial plan earlier this month to become the first municipality in the nation to use eminent domain to rid itself of underwater mortgages. The plan was approved by the Richmond...more

Federal Court Dismisses Challenge To California City’s Eminent Domain Plan

On September 16, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed one of two suits filed recently by investors to preempt a California city’s plan to seize certain mortgages using the government’s...more

Mortgage Banking Industry Fights Use of Eminent Domain To Seize Underwater Mortgage Loans

In the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis, a number of local governments are weighing whether to use the power of eminent domain to assist homeowners struggling with underwater mortgages held by lenders who have issued...more

California Municipality Approves Mortgage Seizure Plan

The City Council of Richmond, California recently approved a plan that would allow the city to seize mortgages in which the remaining mortgage balance exceeds the property value by using eminent domain, making it the first...more

California City Votes To Pursue Eminent Domain Plan, Legal Challenge Found Not Ripe For Injunction

On September 11, the California city of Richmond reportedly voted to proceed with a plan to employ its eminent domain authority to seize certain mortgages. As previously described, the city recently demanded that owners and...more

Federal Court Halts Lender Underwater Mortgages Lawsuit Against Richmond

On September 12, the City of Richmond caught a small reprieve with respect to its plan to condemn underwater mortgages. As reported by Reuters, the federal district court ruled that the lawsuit filed by lenders Wells Fargo,...more

Showdown in the Richmond: The City of Richmond Threatens Eminent Domain on Underwater Loans

BREAKING NEWS: In a contentious 4-3 decision and amid more than 300 community members on both sides of the issue, the City Council for the City of Richmond voted to continue pursuing its eminent domain plan in the early...more

The City of Richmond Remains Undeterred in its Quest to Condemn Underwater Mortgages

Despite three major banks filing federal lawsuits against the City of Richmond last month related to its plan to condemn underwater mortgages, the City continues to press on. On Tuesday, the City voted 4-3 to continue its...more

New Filings Reinforce the Need to Stop Eminent Domain Mortgage Seizure Scheme in Richmond, CA

Materials illustrate the damage the scheme would inflict on millions of savers and retirees and the Richmond and U.S. housing markets - San Francisco, CA – Important new documents were filed today in the lawsuit to...more

HUD Explains Wait And See Approach To Eminent Domain Plans

On August 12, HUD responded to a congressional inquiry about plans announced by certain localities to seize mortgages via eminent domain and potentially refinance them through the FHA. ...more

City attempting to seize underwater mortgages via eminent domain: constitutional objections, potential investor losses

The City of Richmond, California has commenced the process for taking by eminent domain hundreds of notes secured by mortgages on underwater residential properties owned by investors through residential mortgage backed...more

Investors Sue To Preempt Locality’s Planned Seizure Of Mortgages Using Eminent Domain; FHFA Outlines Potential Responses

On August 7, trustees representing the interests of investors in mortgage backed securities filed two separate suits to halt the planned use of eminent domain by the city of Richmond, California to seize a group of mortgages....more

Planned Use of Eminent Domain Powers to Condemn Underwater Mortgages Faces Uncertain Constitutional Outcome

Amidst reports of rising home prices throughout California and fears of a new housing bubble, controversial plans floated by California cities to deal with the lingering effects of the mortgage meltdown by invoking their...more

Lenders React to Richmond's Plan to Condemn Mortgages by Filing Suit

We all knew this was coming (see my post from July 23). If you poke a sleeping giant, it's going to file a lawsuit against you in federal court. Yesterday, in response to the City of Richmond's preliminary actions to...more

California City Sets Ultimatum For Eminent Domain Action

On July 29, the California city of Richmond reportedly sent letters to the owners and servicers of the mortgages on 626 homes in the city, informing those entities that if they do not accept the city’s offer to purchase the...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - August 2, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY -...more

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo: Eminent Domain Needs More Than a Magic Wand to Overcome Title Defects

Oh, if it only were that easy. A city seizes “underwater” residential mortgage loans through eminent domain, waves its magic wand, says Abracadabra or Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, and then the mortgage lien of the prior loan holder...more

Nevada Locality Latest To Explore Use Of Eminent Domain To Seize Mortgages

On June 19, the city council of North Las Vegas, Nevada, reportedly voted to explore the potential use of the government’s eminent domain powers to seize underwater mortgages from trusts, write down the loan principal, and...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - June 21, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - Excerpt from Federal...more

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