Fraud Mortgages

Fraud is the making of false representations or engaging in deceptive behavior in order to unlawfully secure financial or personal gain. 
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Claimant Must Exhaust Administrative Remedies Provided For In The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of...

After defaulting on his Hawaii home mortgage with Washington Mutual Bank ("Wamu") and facing nonjudicial foreclosure, Todd Rundgren (Hello It's Me) and his wife, Michelle (collectively the "Rundgrens"), sued Wamu and JP...more

Aurora Resolves Mortgage Modification Class-Action Lawsuit for $5.3 Million

A former goliath of the non-prime lending market, Aurora Loan Services, LLC (“ALS”), recently resolved a class-action lawsuit alleging that it fraudulently induced distressed California borrowers to enter into purported...more

On the hook for another’s fraud

In Santander (UK) plc v R.A. Legal Solicitors [2014] EWCA Civ 183, a firm of solicitors found themselves on the hook for a fraud in which they were not involved, but in which their substandard conduct had played a part. The...more

Freddie Mac Revises Miscellaneous Selling, Servicing Policies

On April 24, Freddie Mac issued Single-Family Seller/Servicer Guide Bulletin 2014-06, which notifies sellers and servicers of numerous miscellaneous policy updates. The Bulletin, among other things, (i) requires sellers and...more

Justice Department Keeps its Distance From Szymoniak Mortgage Fraud Lawsuit

As detailed in an August 2013 Salon article by David Dayen and a September 2013 Bloomberg Businessweek article by Karen Weise, West Palm Beach, Florida homeowner and attorney Lynn Szymoniak helped blow the whistle on...more

Credit Crunch Digest

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on recent developments in Libor and the Foreign Exchange market litigation; Credit Suisse’s $885 million mortgage settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency; Irving...more

Congressional Democrats Want Meeting With Attorney General On Mortgage Fraud Enforcement

On March 17, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representatives Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) sent a letter requesting a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder to review the findings of a recent report...more

DOJ OIG Report Critical Of Mortgage Fraud Enforcement Programs

On March 13, the DOJ Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on its audit of the DOJ’s efforts between 2009 and 2011 to pursue alleged mortgage fraud. Of particular note, the report reveals for the first time...more

Mortgage Fraud Whistleblower Receives $64 Million Award

On March 7, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a stipulation and order awarding nearly $64 million to the relator in a mortgage fraud case recently settled by the federal government....more

Eleventh Circuit Holds Certain Improper Disclosures Do Not Trigger TILA Rescission

On January 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of a suit seeking rescission of a mortgage loan based on the lender’s alleged failure to disclose the “real lender” and improper disclosure...more

Federal Court Dismisses FCA Claims Against Bank’s Outside Directors

On January 3, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that a relator failed to support allegations that the outside directors of a failed bank misrepresented to the FDIC the quality of the bank’s...more

Challenging FIRREA Subpoenas: The RMBS Working Group Faces Subpoena Fight

As the Justice Department has stepped up its pursuit of financial institutions, there has been a surge of civil fraud lawsuits brought by the government under FIRREA — the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and...more

Goldman Sachs Motion to Dismiss RMBS Fraud Suit Granted in Part, Denied in Part

On November 26, Justice Melvin Schweitzer of the New York Supreme Court granted in part and denied in part Goldman Sachs’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by HSH Nordbank. Justice Schweitzer dismissed claims arising out...more

Freddie Mac Withdraws Fraud Training Requirement, Updates Various Selling Requirements

On November 15, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-23, which withdraws recently announced fraud training requirements and describes various changes to other requirements. Citing the need to assess industry feedback, Fannie Mae...more

HUD Revises Lender Self-Reporting Requirements

On November 13, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2013-41, which, effective immediately, clarifies self-reporting requirements for all single-family FHA-approved lenders. The letter details lenders’ obligations to report all...more

BofA $1.4 Billion Settlement Talks with Freddie Mac

Bank of America and Freddie Mac are currently attempting to resolve a mortgage repurchase dispute in which Freddie Mac claims that Bank of America should have to buy back more than $1.4 billion in mortgage loans it claims...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- October 2013

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on the indictment of former ICAP employees for rate fixing of the yen Libor; a new lawsuit filed against global banks for their involvement in Libor manipulation schemes; a...more

DOJ Secures Jury Verdict In First GSE Civil Fraud Suit

On October 23, a jury found a bank liable on one civil mortgage fraud charge arising out of a program operated by a lender the bank had acquired. The jury also found against a former executive of the acquired lender....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - October 28, 2013

Joint Release on QM Fair Lending Risks - On October 22, the Fed, CFPB, FDIC, NCUA and OCC issued a joint statement to address industry questions on fair lending risks associated with offering only qualified mortgages. ...more

BofA’s Countrywide Found Responsible For Defrauding Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac

A federal jury ruled yesterday that Countrywide, now owned by Bank of America, defrauded Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by selling them defective mortgages in advance of the great financial crisis of 2008. A former Countrywide...more

Federal Court Refuses To Dismiss Government’s Statutory Claims against Mortgage Originators That Allegedly Defrauded HUD

A federal judge recently rejected motions to dismiss in a suit in which the U.S. government alleged that two mortgage originators and their officers defrauded the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) into...more

Freddie Mac Revises Numerous Selling, Servicing Requirements

On September 24, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-18, which updates and revises certain selling and servicing requirements. Effective October 1, 2013, Freddie Mac will require that seller/servicers (i) provide third-party...more

Ninth Circuit Judge Withdraws Fraud Characterization Of Bank’s HAMP Trial Plan

On September 23, in a brief order, a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit withdrew his concurrence in a recent opinion in which the court held that HAMP Trial Period Plans (TPPs) create a contractual...more

Southern District Of New York Again Endorses DOJ Mortgage Fraud Theory

On September 24, U.S. District Court Judge Jesse Furman largely denied a bank’s motion to dismiss a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) in which the government alleges...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #32

We are pleased to present the 32nd edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight cases addressing the scope of non-solicitation agreements, a challenge to Google’s...more

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