Loss Mitigation

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Sixth Circuit Weighs in on TCPA “Prior Express Consent”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently addressed both the timing and scope of “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). The plaintiff in Stephen M. Hill v. Homeward...more

Ohio District Court Distinguishes Date of Foreclosure Action from Date of Foreclosure Sale When Applying New CFPB Mortgage Rules

In Cooper v. Fay Servicing, LLC, 2015 WL 4470213 (S.D. Ohio July 17, 2015), the mortgagors sued the servicer of their real estate loan asserting claims for alleged violations of Regulation X relating to the loss mitigation...more

CFPB Orders Mortgage Servicer to Pay $1.6 Million over Servicing Practices

On July 30, the CFPB ordered a Texas-based mortgage servicer to pay $1.5 million in restitution and $100,000 in civil money penalties for allegedly engaging in faulty servicing practices, according to a settlement announced...more

The CFPB Details Recent Supervisory Activities Regarding Mortgage Servicing

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently published the eighth edition of its Supervisory Highlights, in which the Bureau “shares recent supervisory observations” touching on several legal topics under its...more

CFPB Reports Continued Mortgage Servicing and Other Violations of Consumer Financial Law

In its Supervisory Highlights recently released, which cover the period from January to April 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“The Bureau”) reported its examination observations in consumer reporting, debt...more

Servicer’s Loss Mitigation Letters Found Not to Be Attempts to Collect a Debt

A recent decision from Pasco County, Florida clarifies for lenders and servicers what constitutes an attempt to collect a debt when they are communicating with a debtor about loss mitigation. In Hurtubise v. P.N.C. Bank,...more

Michigan Exempts Loss Mitigation Specialists from MLO Licensing

Michigan has updated its mortgage loan originator (MLO) licensing provisions to expressly exempt from licensure certain individuals involved in loss mitigation and modification services. The revision makes Michigan law...more

Why the Flagstar Bank Case is Important - Blog: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Let’s revisit the Flagstar Bank case which I touched on in my November 20, 2014 posting. This is an important case for a number of reasons, most notably because it was the CFPB’s first enforcement action under the CFPB’s new...more

Fifth District Rejects CEQA Challenge to Fresno County Aggregate Mine Project EIR In Partially Published Decision, Clarifies State...

In a lengthy, 65-page opinion filed December 8, 2014 (of which fully two-thirds was unpublished), the Fifth District Court of Appeal affirmed the Fresno County Superior Court’s judgment upholding the EIR, Conditional Use...more

Does French law recognise a duty to mitigate?

Introduction - On 2 July 2014, the 1st Civil Chamber of the French Cassation Court reaffirmed that a tortfeasor is liable for all consequences resulting from his or her tort. The victim of the tort has no duty to...more

Unmitigated Waivers: Guarantors Remain Liable Despite 4-Year Delay in Foreclosure Sale

If a lender delays foreclosure allowing years of default interest to accrue such that a guarantor’s obligation increases from $6 million to $12 million, should the guarantor remain on the hook for the full $12 million? In...more

CFPB Continues Respa Enforcement With Action Against Nonbank Lender

On February 24, the CFPB announced that a nonbank mortgage lender agreed to pay an $83,000 penalty to resolve violations of RESPA’s Section 8. The lender primarily offers loss-mitigation refinance mortgage loans to distressed...more

CFPB and State Regulators Take Enforcement Action for Alleged UDAAP Violations

The CFPB announced an enforcement action against a nonbank mortgage lender and its mortgage servicer alleging the companies engaged in unfair, deceptive and abusive acts or practices in violation of the Consumer Financial...more

Will the CFPB’s mortgage education campaign encourage consumers to sue?

Last week, the CFPB announced that it has launched “a campaign to educate the public about the new protections provided by the Bureau’s mortgage rules.” Consumers could, however, misinterpret the CFPB’s message as an...more

Massachusetts Amends Debt Collector and Third-Party Loan Servicer Regulations

The Massachusetts Division of Banks recently amended 209 CMR 18, "Conduct of the Business of Debt Collectors and Loan Servicers." The final amended regulations clarify and establish new standards of conduct for debt...more

New Servicing Guidelines Going Into Effect January 10, 2014

The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) servicing rules effective January 10, 2014 will change the legal landscape for mortgage servicers tremendously. Servicers now have very little time to accommodate the new...more

Wrongful Discharge In California: A longer commute may mean that the new job doesn’t mitigate damages

Most California employers (and their counsel) likely believe that an employee who obtained new employment in the same business at a higher salary with a promotion that required similar skills would have obtained employment...more

CFPB's New Regulations Will Affect Local Banks and Small Servicers

While the new regulations implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) are designed to apply primarily to big banks and loan servicers, the regulatory environment for small and community banks will also be...more

HUD Clarifies FHA Loss Mitigation Requirements

On November 1, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2013-40, which clarifies requirements under FHA’s mandatory loss mitigation program and sets expectations for servicers engaging in loss mitigation during the foreclosure process....more

Litigation Exposure Under The 2013 Dodd-Frank Mortgage Servicing Regulations

In This Issue: - Introduction - Potential Litigation Exposure Under the New Mortgage Servicing Regulations Governing Responses to Borrower Inquiries ..Which of the New Servicing Regulations Governing Responses...more

HUD Clarifies Changes To HECM Program, Updates FHA Loss Mitigation Home Retention Options

On September 25, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2013-33, which clarifies the recent changes HUD made to its HECM program earlier this month through Mortgagee Letter 2013-27. The new letter (i) defines mandatory obligation, (ii)...more

CFPB Finalizes Additional Modifications To Certain Mortgage Rules

On September 13, the CFPB issued final amendments to its Mortgage Servicing and Loan Originator Compensation rules. The CFPB’s press release states that the amendments (i) clarify what servicer activities are prohibited in...more

First District Publishes Significant CEQA Decision On Legal Feasibility Of Mitigation For Prime Farmland Losses In Masonite...

In a partially-published opinion filed July 25, 2013, the First District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s judgment denying a writ petition with directions that the County of Mendocino prepare and circulate a...more

Encryption is Key to Limiting Company Exposure for Data Security Breaches

Companies doing business in California may find themselves targeted for investigation if they fail to encrypt personal information, according to a recent report issued by the California Attorney General’s office. ...more

InfoBytes Special Alert: CFPB Proposes Additional Amendments To Mortgage Rules - June 26, 2013

On June 24, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") issued another set of proposed amendments to its January 2013 mortgage rules....more

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