Loan Modifications

Loan modifications are changes made to the terms of an existing loan outside the specifications contained in the original loan agreement. In a mortgage situation, loan modifications are typically made to assist... more +
Loan modifications are changes made to the terms of an existing loan outside the specifications contained in the original loan agreement. In a mortgage situation, loan modifications are typically made to assist borrowers in meeting their obligations and avoid foreclosure. Such mortgage loan modifications may include reduction of principal amount or interest rate, lengthening of loan term, and monthly payment caps. less -
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Ninth Circuit Upholds Ruling in Favor of CFPB against Lawyer in Mortgage Relief Scam, Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Director...

The Ninth Circuit recently considered arguments relating to an enforcement action brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) against a California attorney who was offering loan modification services. The CFPB...more

FHFA Announces Home Modification Program

On April 14, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) announced the launch of a principal reduction program for first-lien mortgages that are owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. According to the...more

Ninth Circuit rejects Director Cordray’s recess appointment as defense to CFPB enforcement action; dissenting judge disagrees

Since it was filed in a California federal court in July 2012, we have been following CFPB v. Chance Edward Gordon, a case in which the CFPB alleged that an attorney duped consumers by falsely promising loan modifications in...more

FHFA Announces Program Changes to Aid Delinquent Borrowers

On April 14, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced two changes concerning its policies affecting delinquent mortgage loans: first, it announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer mortgage...more

A Tale of Two Orders: Different Results for Motions to Strike Class Allegations

The Southern District of California and the Northern District of Illinois recently entered orders addressing motions to strike class allegations—with very different results for the respective defendants. Although the claims...more

FASB’s Current Expected Credit Loss Proposal - Capital Recapture Considerations for Loan Documents

This eUpdate addresses a concern regarding the impact on bank capital of the FASB’s “Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Subtopic 825-15)” (the “Proposal”), should it be adopted. ...more

“Dual Tracking” Can Be Unfair Competition

Unfair competition claims are often seen as “tag-along” claims without a lot of independent value. A recent California Court of Appeal decision (Fourth District, Division Three in Santa Ana) published January 14, 2016 — Majd...more

District Court Concludes Mortgage Servicer’s Actions Violated RESPA

On January 28, the U.S. District Court for the Western Division of Washington, having determined that a mortgage loan servicer violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and committed the tort of outrage,...more

Loan Modification Differences Continue to Preclude Class Certification

Last month, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California issued the latest in a string of decisions denying class certification in cases of alleged misconduct regarding residential mortgage loan...more

Can Lenders Foreclose While a Borrower’s Loan Modification Application is Under Review?

A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal held that the practice called “dual tracking” – when a lender forecloses on a property while the borrower’s application for a loan modification is under review – violates...more

The Moronta Decision in Massachusetts – Determining A Borrower’s Ability To Repay

A recent decision by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals highlights some of the challenges lenders may face when seeking the dismissal of allegations of unfair and deceptive lending practices in connection with a loan that...more

Florida Appellate Court Rejects Defense of Oral Loan Modification Defense on Statute of Frauds Grounds

In Cowen Loan Servicing, LLC v. Jean Marie Delvar, 4D14-763, 2015 WL 8347300 (Fla. 4th DCA Dec. 9, 2015) the borrower alleged that he had been offered a loan modification and accepted and relied on that offer by making loan...more

The Eleventh Circuit Issues Two Unanimous Opinions Finding No Private Right of Action Under TARP

On October 3, 2008, George W. Bush signed the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) into law as part of the government’s efforts to combat the subprime mortgage crisis and shore up the faltering economy. In general terms, TARP...more

Government Contract: How Can a Subcontractor Get Paid?

G4S Technology LLC v. US, 779 F.3d 1337 (Fed. Cir. 2015) – A subcontractor worked on construction of wireless broadband networks for rural communities that was funded in part by a loan to the prime contractor from a US...more

Potential PMI Pitfall: Recalculating PMI Termination Date After Loan Modification May Lead to Litigation Exposure

In August, the CFPB issued a compliance bulletin to clarify lenders’ obligations to terminate Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) charges under 12 U.S.C. § 4902. One subject that the bulletin did not address—but which is...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

Secured Lenders – Stay on Top of the Law or Proceed at Your Own Risk

For years, the typical post-default strategy of secured lenders has been to foreclose the collateral through the power-of-sale contained in the deed of trust, credit the foreclosure proceeds to the outstanding loan balance,...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

CFPB Highlights Mortgage Complaints in Third Monthly Complaint Report

The CFPB has issued its September 2015 complaint report, the third in its new series of monthly complaint reports. The new report spotlights mortgage complaints and complaints from consumers in the Denver, Colorado, metro...more

CFPB highlight mortgage complaints in third monthly complaint report

The CFPB has issued its September 2015 complaint report, the third in its new series of monthly complaint reports. The new report spotlights mortgage complaints and complaints from consumers in the Denver, Colorado metro...more

Sixth Circuit Weighs In On Prior Express Consent

Under what circumstances does a person give his “prior express consent” to be contacted on his cellphone by a creditor? The Sixth Circuit recently examined that very question in Hill v. Homeward Residential, Inc., where it...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

New Administrative Orders Amend Procedures for Creditors in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases Pending in the Middle District of Florida

Prior to September 1, 2015, procedures in consumer chapter 13 bankruptcy cases varied greatly across the divisions of the Middle District of Florida, creating vastly different workflows for creditors and attorneys with cases...more

N.D. Illinois: Bank’s HAMP Procedures Weren’t Unfair or Deceptive

A U.S. District Judge in the Northern District of Illinois recently granted summary judgment in favor of defendant PNC Bank on a borrower’s promissory estoppel and Illinois Consumer Fraud Act (ICFA) claims in connection with...more

BuckleySandler Secures Major Victory on Behalf of Mortgage Servicer in Putative Class Action Suit

On August 25, BuckleySandler secured a substantial victory in a putative class action in the Northern District of Illinois. McGann v. PNC, No. 11-c-6894 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 25, 2015). The suit alleged that a major mortgage...more

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