Mortgage Servicers

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CFPB Reopens Comment Period on Proposed Amendments to Servicing Rules

On April 21, 2016, the CFPB reopened the comment period on a narrow portion of its December 15, 2014 notice of proposed rulemaking (the “NPR”), which would amend the mortgage servicing rules in Regulation X and Regulation Z....more

CFPB April 2016 complaint report highlights mortgage complaints, complaints from California consumers

The CFPB has issued its April 2016 complaint report which highlights complaints about mortgages and complaints from consumers in California.  The CFPB began taking complaints about mortgages in December 2011....more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Jury Verdict Against Mortgage Servicer for Extreme and Outrageous Conduct

Following the Eleventh Circuit’s decision last month in McGinnis v. American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc., No. 14-13404, mortgage servicers should be aware that failing to recognize and correct miscalculations of a...more

Tennessee Amends Condominium Lien Law to Clarify Lack of Superpriority Right

On April 19, 2016, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed HB 2401, amending Tennessee’s condominium statue to make it clear that condominium associations cannot acquire a “superpriority” lien that trumps a first security...more

NMLS MCR Enhancements

NMLS MCR Enhancements - Changes have been made to the NMLS Mortgage Call Report (MCR) which have been reflected as of April 1, 2016. The changes will affect the Residential Mortgage Loan Activity (RMLA) and the...more

GAO Report: Regulatory Oversight of Nonbank Servicers Could Be Stronger

On April 11, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled, “Nonbank Mortgage Servicers: Existing Regulatory Oversight Could Be Strengthened.” The report analyzes data on the mortgage servicing market...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

Do RESPA’s Loss Mitigation Procedures Really Apply After a Borrower Leaves a Residence?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s mortgage servicing rules, which took effect on January 10, 2014, contain a number of detailed loss mitigation procedures that servicers must follow after a payment default. ...more

Regulatory and Litigation Trends Regarding Lender-Placed Insurance

In recent years, LPI has been the subject of significant New York state regulatory action resulting in consent decrees prohibiting certain practices that were alleged to raise insurance rates. Similar federal action on behalf...more

The TCPA And Mortgage Servicing Rules: Caught Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Mortgage servicers are heavily regulated. Usually, the worst that can be said is that the laws and regulations are many, complex, and onerous. Sometimes, however, they are contradictory....more

Eleventh Circuit Dismisses Plaintiff’s Complaint: Assignee Not Liable under TILA for Servicer’s Failure to Provide Payoff Balance

On March 1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that, as an assignee, Fannie Mae is not liable under TILA for a servicer’s failure to provide a borrower with a payoff statement. Evanto v. Federal Nat’l...more

Eleventh Circuit Refuses to Extend Scope of Assignee TILA Liability to Failure to Provide Payoff Balance

Ruling on an issue of first impression at the Circuit Court level, the Eleventh Circuit recently refused in Evanto v. Federal National Mortgage Association to impose Federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA) liability on assignees...more

Ninth Circuit: Common Issues Do Not Predominate in Mortgage Borrowers’ Action

The Ninth Circuit affirmed an order denying class certification in a case involving allegations that a mortgage servicer wronged borrowers through its implementation of the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP)....more

Consumer Financial Services Litigation - Year In Review

In 2015, the consumer financial services industry continued to face increasing pressure, from regulators and government enforcement activity, and ever-more creative litigation tactics. In order to stay competitive—and to...more

OCC Removes Mortgage Servicing-Related Restrictions on Delaware and Ohio-Incorporated Banks

On February 9, the OCC terminated mortgage servicing-related consent orders against Delaware and Ohio-incorporated banks. The OCC determined that the two banks now comply with the original April 2011 consent orders and lifted...more

Fannie And Freddie Loans Could Be Next FCA Targets

By now, lenders that make loans insured by the federal government are well acquainted with the False Claims Act. Following the financial crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice has aggressively used the FCA to collect billions...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

New Jersey Enacts Provisions Concerning the Recording of Mortgages and Foreclosure of Mortgages

The state of New Jersey has enacted provisions related to the recording of mortgages and foreclosure of mortgages. A new provision permits only the established holder of a mortgage to take action to foreclosure on a mortgage....more

Revisiting 2015's New Flood Regulations, Part 2

ESCROW PROVISIONS - The Final Flood Rule also imposes new requirements related to the escrow of flood insurance premiums and fees. Previously, flood insurance premiums and fees were required to be escrowed if (1) any...more

Nevada Deals a New Hand

Holders of Mortgage Servicing Rights are not Subject to Licensing as Mortgage Servicers in Nevada. In July 2015, the Nevada legislature dealt the mortgage industry a new hand when it passed Assembly Bill 480 (2015) (“AB...more

Revisiting 2015's New Flood Regulations

The past few years have brought about a steady stream—if not quite a flood—of changes to the federal mandatory purchase of flood insurance requirements (mandatory purchase requirements). Most recently, on July 21, 2015, the...more

Nevada Mortgage Servicer License Updates

The Nevada Commissioner of Mortgage Lending established new regulations regarding requirements and application procedures for mortgage servicers and supplemental mortgage servicers, such as licensing, application, qualified...more

Mortgage Servicing Complaints to CFPB Remain High

The CFPB’s September “consumer complaints snapshot” highlighted mortgage servicing complaints, in particular those related to loss mitigation applications. As the mortgage market is the largest consumer financial market place...more

New Bankruptcy Forms Affect Residential Mortgage Lenders, Servicers

Sweeping changes to the federal bankruptcy forms went into effect on December 1, 2015. The changes pertaining to proofs of claim for residential mortgage loans are especially significant. The new forms are to be used in all...more

Alabama Supreme Court Follows Line of Recent Federal Court Decisions Holding That Alabama Law Does Not Recognize a Cause Of Action...

As Chief Judge Steele in the Southern District of Alabama recently put it, “a veritable avalanche” of recent federal cases has found that Alabama law does not recognize a cause of action for negligence or wantonness in the...more

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