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Massachusetts AG Requires Mortgage Servicer To Provide Foreclosure-Related Relief

On June 16, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley announced that a large mortgage servicer agreed to provide $3 million in borrower relief and pay $700,000 to the Commonwealth to resolve allegations that the...more

Freddie Mac Announces Numerous Servicing Policy Updates

On June 3, Freddie Mac announced revisions to numerous servicing policies, including policies regarding, among other things, short sales and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure (DILs), the CFPB’s mortgage servicing rules, and...more

Financial Institutions and Creditors’ Rights: Ninth Circuit Finds SCRA Liability Based on Prior Servicer’s Actions

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) was signed into law in 2003, greatly expanding prior legislation in order to better assist servicemembers in avoiding default and foreclosure while they are on active duty. The...more

Fannie Mae Updates Delinquency Management, Default Prevention Policies

On May 16, Fannie Mae announced through Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2014-07, that for a borrower who submits a complete Borrower Response Package (BRP) or incomplete documentation 37 days or less prior to a foreclosure...more

Lenders and Servicers: Be Aware of How Trustees Handle Excess Proceeds from HOA Foreclosure Sales in Nevada

Lenders and servicers have been addressing the issue of some Nevada courts ruling that a foreclosure sale by a homeowners association (HOA) "wipes out" a senior deed of trust. Since the date of our last legal alert on this...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Recognizes New Private Right Of Action Against Residential Mortgage Loan Servicers

On April 2, 2014, the Minnesota Supreme Court in Gretsch v. Vantium Capital, Inc. recognized a new private right of action against residential mortgage loan servicers who breach their servicer participation agreements with...more

Foreclosure Notice Which States that Servicer has Authority to Amend or Modify the Loan May Not Satisfy Georgia Law

Eight months ago, we sent a client alert when the Georgia Supreme Court released its opinion responding to questions certified by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in You v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank,...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

CFPB, State AGs Announce First Nonbank National Servicing Settlement

On December 19, the CFPB and attorneys general for 49 states and the District of Columbia, and a nonbank mortgage servicer, filed a proposed consent order in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, pursuant to...more

New California Court of Appeal Decision Reaffirms General Rule that Residential Lenders Owe no Duty to Borrowers, Including in the...

In a recent decision, Lueras v. BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP, 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 886, the California Court of Appeal returned to the general rule that, absent unique circumstances giving rise to a duty of care, lenders do...more

Loan Servicer May Verify Foreclosure Complaint

In this residential foreclosure case, the trial court dismissed an amended complaint whose verification was signed by a person on behalf of “Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as contractual servicer for US Bank National Association.” ...more

Ninth Circuit Opens Door for Protracted HAMP Litigation

Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court’s dismissal of two consolidated class action complaints, holding that mortgage servicers participating in the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) are...more

The Impact of Dual Tracking Restrictions on Foreclosure Rates in California

Foreclosure rates are declining in California. Many tout an improving economy as a reason for this trend. The impact of new legislation that restricts lenders and mortgage servicers from foreclosing on residential mortgages...more

Nevada Appeals Court To Consider ‘Foreclosure Sale’ Definition

Special servicers and lenders who have loans secured by real property in Nevada should be aware of a case that is on appeal in that state. Briefing is about to begin on what could be an important win, or loss, for the lending...more

What’s at the Bottom of the ‘Robosigning’ Scandal?

The problematic practice of robosigning – whereby banks and other lenders improperly foreclosed on properties through formulaically processing foreclosure documents – has been much in the news over the past couple of years....more

Mortgage-Related Litigation Declined in Q4, But Remains at Historic Levels

Mortgage Daily's Fourth Quarter 2012 Litigation Index indicates that while litigation activity in the mortgage industry has been declining, there are signs that it could remain above historic levels as foreclosure, investor,...more

Democratic Lawmakers Push Regulators For Independent Foreclosure Review Details

On March 25, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry challenging the regulators’ response...more

Report Blames Servicers For California Foreclosure Problems

Recently, a collection of community advocacy organizations released a report that attacks mortgage servicers for their handling of foreclosures in California. The report argues that foreclosures decrease the value of the...more

Freddie Mac Issues Numerous Loss Mitigation Policy Updates

On February 15, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-3, which provides a series of updates and revisions to its loss mitigation policies. The Bulletin reminds servicers of their obligations with regard to various transfers of...more

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