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Flood Insurance Reform Bill with Escrow Amendments Awaits President’s Signature

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate recently passed, and the President is expected to sign into law, amendments to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (the Act). The legislation seeks to address...more

Treasury Department Opposes HARP Expansion, Use Of Eminent Domain

On January 22, Michael Stegman, Treasury Department Counselor for Housing Finance Policy stated in remarks to an industry conference that the Treasury Department opposes expansion of the Home Affordable Refinance Program...more

CFPB 2014 Regulatory Outlook: Nonbanks

In this presentation: •Welcome •A look back at 2013 •Enforcement Actions: - Who’s at risk and what to expect •Nonbank Supervision and Examination: - Lessons learned and which markets are...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

Freddie Mac and Fifth Third Bancorp Reach Settlement Agreement

On November 25, Fifth Third Bancorp announced a $25 million settlement agreement with Freddie Mac related to mortgages sold by the bank prior to January 1, 2009....more

FHFA Announces Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Conforming Loan Limits for 2014

On November 26, the FHFA announced that the 2014 maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will remain at the existing levels in most areas....more

New Loans: Harder to Make, Easier to Keep?

The new CFPB mortgage rules are tough on lenders, beginning with the loan application process. In order to issue a mortgage, lenders must collect information about income and assets, employment status, credit history, monthly...more

Mortgage Servicers Must Adopt Policies and Procedures For Dealing with Loans upon the Death of a Borrower

On October 15, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a bulletin providing guidance on certain mortgage servicing rules which are to take effect on January 10, 2014 under the Real Estate Settlement...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Whether Waiver of Personal Jurisdiction Operates Retroactively

Our previews of the latest additions to the Illinois Supreme Court's civil docket continue with BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP v. Mitchell. BAC Home Loans presents the following question: does waiver of a personal jurisdiction...more

Financial Services Law -- Nov 08, 2013

FDIC Cautions Financial Institutions About D&O Insurance - Noting a rise in the use of exclusions in insurance policies for executives at financial institutions, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation urged banks to...more

The Demise of Deficiency Judgments in Residential Loans

Among the many changes in the financial services industry, two important events occurred this year that effectively signaled the extinction of deficiency judgments in loans secured by residential property. ...more

New York Department of Financial Services Issues Emergency Regulations Revising Subprime Calculation

On September 30, 2013, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) adopted emergency regulations revising the calculation for subprime loans and sent a letter to supervised institutions explaining the revisions. ...more

Summary Of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office Of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), September 26, 2013

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) LEAN E-mail Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper are providing this...more

Texas Federal District Court Allows Government’s FCA/FIRREA Mortgage Suit To Proceed

On September 10, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas denied a mortgage lender’s motion to dismiss the federal government’s claims that the lender and two of its executives knowingly made false...more

Rulemaking Dictating Loan Terms Is Coalescing Around the CFPB’s Qualified Mortgage Standard, but the Future of Loans Outside of...

Since the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) government regulation has been pushing the mortgage banking industry toward homogenized residential mortgage loans...more

New York Financial Regulator Extends Subprime Calculation Temporary Order

On August 30, the New York Department of Financial Services extended through September 30, 2013 a temporary order directing New York lenders to disregard the mortgage insurance premium changes effectuated by HUD Mortgagee...more

Showdown in the Richmond: The City of Richmond Threatens Eminent Domain on Underwater Loans

BREAKING NEWS: In a contentious 4-3 decision and amid more than 300 community members on both sides of the issue, the City Council for the City of Richmond voted to continue pursuing its eminent domain plan in the early...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

Loan Officers Petition D.C. Circuit To Review Decision Regarding Overtime Exemption

Three loan officers at Quicken Loans Inc. have petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for en banc reconsideration of a recent ruling that invalidated U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) guidance...more

A Non-Purchase Money Second Deed of Trust is Not Protected by Arizona’s Anti-deficiency Statute

Arizona anti-deficiency laws do not prohibit a non-purchase money lender from suing on its note after foreclosure by a senior lender. In Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Brewer, No. 1CA-CV 12-0383 (Ariz. Ct. App. May 21, 2013...more

Rakoff Decision Supports Feds’ Broad Application of FIRREA

On August 16, 2013, Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Southern District of New York issued a ruling in in United States v. Countrywide Financial Corp., No. 12 Civ. 1422, that will likely be relevant to any financial institution...more

Oklahoma Issues Guidance on New Mortgage Lender License

The State of Oklahoma provided guidance regarding implementation of a recent amendment to its Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act (Oklahoma SAFE Act)....more

Borrowers Have Standing to Challenge Void Assignments of Their Loans

A California Court of Appeal reversed a trial court’s decision and held that a borrower may sue a bank for wrongful foreclosure when an attempted transfer of loan to a securitized trust occurred after the trust’s closing...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - August 19, 2013

CFPB Update on Mortgage Regulation Exam Procedures - On August 15, the CFPB released a second update to its exam procedures in connection with mortgage regulations to cover: (i) ability-to-repay; (ii) qualified...more

To The Barricades! (Again)

Out of the dimensionless emptiness of the information vacuum surrounding Dodd-Frank risk retention that enveloped us early this year, the word is now spreading, through what you might charitably describe as informal...more

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