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The “Payback Playbook”: CFPB Calls for Comments on Student Loan Communication Initiative

On April 28, 2016, the CFPB released its “Payback Playbook” initiative proposal, which concerns loan servicers laying out student loan repayment options in communications with borrowers in order to “reduce defaults, improve...more

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Upholds CFPB Director’s Authority to Sue

A divided US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Director of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had the authority and standing to bring a civil enforcement claim against a California attorney and...more

OIG Conducts Review of Department of Education Program for Ensuring Compliance with SCRA

On February 29, the Department of Education Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a response to a congressional request that the OIG conduct a review of student loan servicers’ compliance with the SCRA. The OIG analyzed...more

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Not Considered Government Agents Under the FCA

In United States ex rel. Adams v. Aurora Loan Servs., Inc., 2016 WL 697771, — F.3d —- (9th Cir. Feb. 22, 2016), the Ninth Circuit found that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were not government entities for purposes of the False...more

California Supreme Courts Holds that Borrowers Can State a Claim for Wrongful Foreclosure Based on a Void Assignment of the Loan;...

In recent years, the plaintiffs' bar for borrowers resisting foreclosures has pushed the theory that a claim can be stated for wrongful foreclosure where a loan was transferred into a securitized trust after the closing date...more

Recent Eleventh Circuit Reversal Sparks Upward Trend in Estimated-Fee FDCPA Litigation

On December 3, 2015, the Eleventh Circuit issued an opinion that has carved a path for plaintiffs challenging their communications with loan servicers. The decision, Prescott v. Seterus, Inc., reversed a grant of summary...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

SEC Announces Settlement with Loan Servicer for Misstating Financial Results

On January 20, the SEC announced a settlement with a residential and commercial loan servicer for allegedly misstating its financial results for the last three quarters of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, the consequence...more

New Federal Budget Deal Provides TCPA Relief for Federal Loan Servicers

For years now, the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has been a looming threat to U.S. businesses. Although the TCPA was initially passed “to develop the necessary ground rules for cost-effective protection of...more

Avoiding a Limitations Fight by Rescinding Acceleration

Texas recently added a new statute aimed at providing lienholders and loan servicers an unambiguous method for unilaterally abandoning the acceleration of a loan's maturity. When a borrower defaults in paying an...more

The Four Cornerstones: Regulatory Focus Sharpens on Student Loan Servicing Industry

We have previously written about recent regulatory focus on the student loan servicing industry. In particular, we discussed the issuance of a 151-page report issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) titled...more

First Round of ATR Cases Goes to Banks

The CFPB’s ability-to-repay (ATR) rule became effective in January 2014. It requires mortgage lenders to determine during underwriting that a borrower has a reasonable ability to repay a loan according to its terms. ...more

CFPB Online Loan Suit Sent to California

In the most recent development in the CFPB’s two-year-old lawsuit alleging unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices by several online lenders, on September 23, 2015, Massachusetts U.S. District Judge George O’Toole, Jr.,...more

Servicers Beware: RESPA Transfer of Servicing Letter May Trigger FDCPA Initial Debtor Communication Disclosure Requirement

In Hart v. FCI Lender Services, Inc., the Second Circuit made it clear that servicers should pay close attention to initial communications with borrowers upon commencing loan servicing when it determined in an August 12, 2015...more

Just when you thought Deco-ast was clear for special servicer replacements

If you thought the wrangling over special servicer replacements was over following Richard Snowden QC’s judgment in US Bank v Titan Europe 2007-1 (NHP) plc in April last year, think again....more

Insurance Filed Rate Defense Wins Over the Second Circuit

In a noteworthy embrace of the filed rate doctrine, the Second Circuit recently ruled, in the context of a challenge to so-called lender-placed or “force placed” insurance, that a regulator-approved rate is subject to the...more

CFPB Turns Focus to Student Loans to Servicemembers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently published a report highlighting the difficulties military personnel encounter when dealing with servicers of student loans....more

Admissibility of Prior Servicer Business Records

In Sas v. Federal National Mortgage Ass’n., No. 2D14-1003, 2015 WL 3609508 (Fla. 2d DCA June 10, 2015) the appellate court was faced with the issue of whether there was a requirement that the records custodian of the current...more

New York Court of Appeals Rules Possession of Note, Rather than Mortgage, Conveys Standing to Commence Foreclosure Action

On June 11, the New York Court of Appeals held that a loan servicer who holds the note has standing to commence a mortgage foreclosure action against a borrower even if the servicer cannot show that it also holds the...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending June 5 & 12, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Lien Priority: claimant’s judgment lien related back to recording of lis pendens and therefore took priority over competing judgment lien obtained after lis pendens but before entry of claimant’s...more

Department of Education Releases Reports on SCRA Reviews of Major Student Loan Servicers

On May 26, the Department of Education announced the release of reports on its reviews of four major federal student loan servicers, which were conducted to ensure that the servicers adhered to federal law concerning loan...more

CFPB Seeks Public Comments Into Student Loan Servicing Practices

On May 14, the CFPB published a Request For Information (RFI) seeking public comment on student loan servicing practices. In particular, the Bureau is requesting comments on six areas: (i) industry practices that cause...more

Can a Foreclosure be “Wrongful” if the Debtor is Underwater?

In most successful “wrongful foreclosure” cases (challenging an already-completed trustee’s sale), the debtor’s most obvious source of damages is the lost equity in the wrongfully sold security property....more

HUD Announces Changes to Distressed Asset Stabilization Program

On April 24, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development changed its Distressed Asset Stabilization Program to require loan servicers to wait one-year before initiating a foreclosure action....more

UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - 2/4/2015

Every week, courts around the United States issue decisions addressing aspects of civil UDAAP claims. In an effort to illuminate the UDAAP standards, below is a sampling of some of this week’s UDAAP decisions on the meaning...more

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