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FHFA Announces Minimum Capital and Liquidity Requirements for Non-Bank Servicers

On January 30, 2015, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) proposed new minimum financial eligibility requirements for non-bank sellers and servicers of mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs). The...more

UDAAP Round Up: 2014 Year in Review

In this issue: - A. UDAP/UDAAP Actions - 1. Auto Lending - 2. Banking Products - 3. Credit Card Add-On Products - 4. Credit Card Advertising - 5. Credit Reporting and...more

Lender-Placed Insurance Actions Continue to Simmer

Litigation and regulatory scrutiny surrounding lender-placed insurance (“LPI”) practices, initiated in large part on the heels of the mortgage crisis, continues to simmer. While the largest LPI class actions have settled,...more

Borrowers Need Not File Suit to Rescind Mortgage Loan Under TILA, U.S. Supreme Court Holds

Why it matters - In a victory for consumers, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) does not require borrowers to file suit to rescind a mortgage loan transaction within the...more

Post-Confirmation: Ignoring Court Orders Is Not A Good Idea

In re Castle Home Builders, Inc., 520 B.R. 98 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2014) – The debtors obtained confirmation of plans of reorganization that restructured prepetition mortgage loans.  When the servicer for some of the...more

An Unlikely Condition Precedent to Foreclosure in Florida

Mortgage servicers beware. Mortgagors in Florida are defending residential mortgage foreclosures based on the allegation that the servicer failed to give them notice of assignment of the right to bill and collect on the debt...more

Second Bite At Fla. Foreclosures May Not Be So Sweet

Financial services companies pursuing judicial foreclosures in Florida already face a host of unique and challenging hurdles. The varying and often court- or judge-specific procedural, substantive and evidentiary requirements...more

CFPB Director Cordray Touts Mortgage Servicing Progress, New Consumer Tools

At a January 13 Brookings Institution event, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray delivered remarks on the current state of the mortgage market....more

New CFPB Regulations Subject Mortgage Servicers to Private Lawsuits

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) amendments to Regulation X, which implements the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), place new and onerous requirements on mortgage servicers to correct errors and...more

U.S. Bank Sues Citigroup in Connection with $528 Million of RMBS

On December 22 and 23, U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee for three RMBS trusts, filed three separate summonses with notice in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. U.S. Bank alleges that Citigroup...more

Real Estate Tip: Foreclosure Confusion

The financial crisis has taught us a great deal about the mortgage transfer business, secondary markets and loan securitization. In the Spring 2014 issue of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal, Prof. Dale A. Whitman...more

Second Bites at the Apple in Florida Foreclosures May Not Be so Sweet: New Appellate Court Cases Raise the Specter of Statute of...

Financial services companies pursuing judicial foreclosures in Florida already face a host of unique and challenging hurdles. The varying and often-times court- or judge-specific procedural, substantive, and evidentiary...more

Mortgage Foreclosure Rules Amendments

Pursuant to an out of cycle amendment, Rule 1.110 has been modified to remove certain language specific to mortgage foreclosures and Rule 1.115 has been created to address specific pleading requirements for mortgage...more

CFPB Issues Proposal to Amend Mortgage Servicing Rules

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed additional amendments to Regulation X, which implements the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), and Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in...more

Mortgage Performance Improvement Continues

On September 25, the OCC reported that the performance of first-lien mortgages serviced by large national and federal savings banks improved from a year earlier. ...more

Dodd-Frank’s New Deputies of Federal Consumer Financial Laws—States

In the wake of the Financial Crisis, the federal government has invigorated its civil fraud enforcement. The U.S. Department of Justice has dominated the headlines in this area with a series of significant lawsuits and...more

Improperly Indexed Mortgage: How Far Does Your Record Review Need to Go to Be Safe?

Albert v. Green Tree Servicing, LLC (In re El Erian), 512 B.R. 391 (Bankr. D. D.C. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid the lien of a recorded deed of trust because (1) it contained both correct and incorrect...more

Mortgage Servicers Partner With Obama Administration To Enhance SCRA Protections

On August 26, the Obama Administration announced a new partnership with residential mortgage servicers designed to enhance protections under the Servicemember Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Speaking to the American Legion...more

Increased Muni Power Means Larger Fines For NJ Mortgagees

As a result of the recent changes in New Jersey law, mortgagees and servicers should review their practices and procedures to ensure timely response to notices of municipal code violations on abandoned or vacant properties in...more

Pair of Missouri Supreme Court Cases Potentially Expand Liability for Lenders, Servicers, Debt Buyers and Debt Collectors

Last week the Missouri Supreme Court released two decisions on the same day that expanded Missouri's Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA) with regard to the origination and servicing of real estate mortgage loans. The effect of...more

Maine Supreme Court Addresses MERS Assignments and Payoff Amounts During Cure Periods

The Maine Supreme Court has been active in the last few months – issuing several decisions that will likely impact foreclosure actions in that state. The decisions covered a full range of foreclosure issues, from whether a...more

Merchandising 101: Missouri Supreme Court Addresses Applicability of State’s Merchandising Practices Act to Mortgage Loan...

Two new en banc opinions from the Supreme Court of Missouri, both released on August 19, 2014, may be of interest to mortgage loan servicers with borrowers in this state. The opinions — Conway v. CitiMortgage, Inc., ---...more

Infobytes Special Alert: CFPB Bulletin Re-Emphasizes Focus On Mortgage Servicing Transfers

On August 19, 2014, the CFPB issued Bulletin 2014-01 to address “potential risks to consumers that may arise in connection with transfers of residential mortgage servicing rights.” The bulletin, which is the latest in a...more

CFPB Revises Mortgage Servicing Transfer Guidance

The CFPB believes there are potential risks to consumers that may arise in connection with transfers of residential mortgage servicing rights. The CFPB has stated its concern in this area remains heightened due to the...more

RESPA Amendment Changes Rules, Deadlines Regarding Errors Communications

In July of 2010, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) was amended by Congress to reduce the time period from twenty days to five days for a servicer to acknowledge receipt of a qualified written request, and from...more

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