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CFPB Adjusts CARD Act, HOEPA, And Ability To Repay Thresholds

On August 14, the CFPB issued a final rule to re-calculate certain threshold amounts under Regulation Z. With respect to certain amounts under the CARD Act, effective January 1, 2015, the minimum interest charge disclosure...more

State Attorneys General Bringing Actions Under Dodd-Frank

As the CFPB celebrates its three-year anniversary, the current trend appears to be lawsuits brought by state attorneys general or state regulators pursuant to their authority under Dodd-Frank Section 1042. Under Section 1042,...more

Wealth Management Update - August 2014

August Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The August § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

HUD Seeks Comments On Limits Of Insurability Of Fixed Interest HECM Products, Announces Other HECM Program Changes

On July 10, HUD published a request for comment on its recent amendments to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) reverse mortgage program to limit the insurability of fixed interest rate reverse mortgages....more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - July 2014

Extension of Certain Dodd-Frank No-Action Relief - The CFTC recently established a phased compliance timeline for the implementation of the execution requirement currently applicable to certain interest rate swaps and...more

Prompt Payment Act Interest Decreases

Since 2008, when the PPA and CDA interest rates were as high as 5 5/8 % per annum, the interest rates under the PPA and CDA have trended downward to a low of 1 3/8 % per annum for the first half of 2013. ...more

"First-Half Activity Energizes US Capital Markets in 2014"

The U.S. equity and debt markets experienced a strong first half of the year. In the first quarter, the U.S. IPO market was the busiest since 2000, more than doubling the number of IPOs from the same period last year. ...more

HUD Policy Revisions Address Emerging HECM Risks

On June 18, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2014-11, which amends the HECM reverse mortgage program to limit the insurability of fixed interest rate reverse mortgages. The letter explains that HUD has identified new emerging...more

Utah Federal Court Dismisses Putative Class’s “True Lender” Claims Against Online Merchant

On May 23, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah dismissed a putative class action filed against an ecommerce merchant for allegedly operating a financing program that violated various California laws, including...more

Maryland Alters Conditions For Refinancing Without Junior Lienholder Permission

On May 15, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed HB 1045, which alters the conditions for refinancing without junior lienholder permission. Under current law, a mortgagor or grantor may refinance the full unpaid balance at...more

HUD Issues Proposed Rule Regarding ARM Disclosures

On May 8, 2014, HUD issued a Proposed Rule meant to align HUD rules governing FHA-insured ARMs with the recent CFPB rules regarding ARM interest rate adjustment and disclosures under Regulation Z (ARM Rules). Comments on the...more

EU Commission Sends Statement of Objections to Three Banks in Cartel Investigation

On May 20, the European Commission announced that it has sent a statement of objections to Credit Agricole, HSBC and JP Morgan for their suspected participation in the euro interest rate derivatives (EIRDs) cartel. The...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EU Commission Sends Statement of Objections to Three Banks in Cartel Investigation - On May 20, the European Commission announced that it has sent a statement of objections to Credit Agricole, HSBC and JP Morgan for...more

Mortgage Lead Generator To Pay $250,000 in FTC Settlement on Deceptively Advertised Mortgage Rate Charges

GoLoansOnline.com, Inc., a Houston, Texas-based mortgage lead generator, will pay the Federal Trade Commission $250,000 under a settlement announced earlier this month of claims it operated mortgage lending websites that...more

VA issues “qualified mortgage” definition for VA guaranteed or insured loans

On May 9, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued an interim final rule defining a qualified mortgage (QM) for VA insured and guaranteed loans. Under the proposed rule, all purchase money origination loans and...more

The British Are Coming: The Redcoats Get Serious About Prosecuting International White-Collar Crime

United States financial entities and their individual employees should be aware that a new sheriff is in town. Last week, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) brought criminal charges against three American bankers...more

Important Trends And Factors To Consider As Empty Nesters Downsize

As boomers reach retirement age, they are seeking a more carefree lifestyle by reducing the square footage of both house and yard, and purchasing more new and easily maintained homes....more

Will the German interest deduction limitation rules be found unconstitutional? Action steps for taxpayers as the courts decide

In a decision dated December 13, 2013 but only published recently, Germany’s Federal Tax Court has suspended execution of a German corporate income tax assessment to the extent that it was levied on the basis of the...more

Fast Five: Rhode Island Appellate Practice - March 2014: Lenders Beware! Usury Savings Clause Does Not Validate Usurious...

In a case of first impression that has important implications for lenders in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Supreme Court held this term that a usury savings clause in a commercial loan document does not validate an otherwise...more

Summary Of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office Of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), February 27, 2014

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) LEAN E-mail Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper are providing this...more

Interest On Tax Overpayments–Not Always Available

Code §6611 provides that the IRS will pay interest on tax overpayments back to the due date if the overpayment is not refunded within 45 days of the refund claim (or within 45 days of the return due date for a timely filed...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines to Apply Offer-of-Judgment Rule in Appraisal Proceedings

In Huff Fund Investment Partnership v. CKx, Inc., Civil Action No. 6844-VCG, 2014 WL 545958 (Del. Ch. Feb. 12, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.), the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a request by respondent CKx, Inc. (“CKx”) to compel...more

New York Attorney General Announces Settlement with Large Payday Lender

On January 24, 2014, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that a settlement had been reached with Western Sky Financial, LLC, Cash Call, Inc., WS Funding, LLC, and their principals for alleged violations of...more

LIBOR Rate To Be Managed By New Administrator

Recently, the entity administering the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), a common benchmark for setting interest rates in commercial transactions, was changed. This change may require amendments to existing loan...more

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies HELOC Fee Cap Decision

On January 31, the Texas Supreme Court released a January 24 supplemental opinion clarifying a June 2013 opinion in which it invalidated state regulations that (i) defined “interest” with regard to home equity loans to...more

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