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CFPB Seeks Comment on Effectiveness of the RESPA Mortgage Servicing Rule

As required by the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB is conducting an assessment of its RESPA Mortgage Servicing Final Rule, which took effect on January 10, 2014. The assessment will seek to compare servicer and consumer activities...more

CFPB investigating Zillow for RESPA compliance

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For years many industry participants wondered if allowing their real estate agents or loan officers to engage in co-marketing on Zillow Group applications and websites posed a risk to their companies under RESPA. The...more

CFPB seeks comments on its plan to assess the RESPA mortgage servicing rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On May 4, the CFPB announced that as part of its impending 5-year review of mortgage rules, it was proposing a plan to assess the effectiveness of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) mortgage servicing rule.  ...more

Richard Cordray’s tenure as CFPB Director is uncertain

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Clients are always asking me and others in our Consumer Financial Services Group about how long Richard Cordray will remain as CFPB Director. The short answer is nobody knows, perhaps not even Richard Cordray. ...more

The Framers did not rest our liberties on “bureaucratic minutiae,” PHH argues

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PHH filed its reply brief with the D.C. Circuit on April 10 in the en banc rehearing of the PHH case. We have blogged extensively about the case since its inception. Central to the case is whether the CFPB’s...more

Director Corday’s appearance before House Committee: strong on theater, weak on substance

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Despite its long duration (over five hours including a recess for a vote), the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on April 5 at which Director Cordray was the sole witness provided a strong dose of political theater...more

DOJ seeks leave to participate in PHH en banc rehearing oral argument

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Justice, with the consent of PHH and the CFPB, has filed an unopposed motion with the D.C. Circuit requesting ten minutes of argument time in the oral argument to be held on May 24, 2017 in the rehearing en...more

PHH v. CFPB: CFPB Not Dodging Constitutionality Questions

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Friday March 31st marked the deadline for CFPB to file its brief in response to PHH in the en banc hearing. In granting en banc review, the court sought guidance from the parties on 3 specific questions. Here's a quick...more

CFPB Says Individual Liberty is Not a Relevant Consideration in the Constitutional Analysis of its Structure

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On March 31, the CFPB and supporting amici submitted their briefs in the en banc rehearing of the PHH case. We have blogged extensively about the PHH case in which the D.C. Circuit is grappling with four critical issues: (i)...more

Consumer advocacy groups, members of congress, and legal scholars file amicus briefs in support of the CFPB’s constitutionality

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Several individuals and organizations filed amicus briefs in support of the CFPB in the en banc rehearing in the PHH case. Among the amici is a brief filed by current and former members of Congress, including Chris Dodd and...more

The New Administration's Plans for the CFPB Take Shape

For those who have been wondering—as I did in a previous post—what the new presidential administration would mean for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an agency that has been in Republicans’ crosshairs...more

Justice Department Tells Court CFPB is Unconstitutional

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief in the case of PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and is scheduled for...more

Trump’s DOJ supports striking Cordray’s removable-only-for-cause protection from Dodd-Frank

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The DOJ submitted its amicus brief in the PHH case on Friday, March 17.  We have blogged extensively about this case since its inception. Unsurprisingly, the Trump DOJ supports striking from Dodd-Frank the...more

Three Things You Missed Since CFPB Received En Banc Hearing in PHH Case

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

All eyes are on the future of the CFPB as it fights for its existence in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals through the matter, PHH Corp. et al. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On February 16, the D.C. Circuit agreed...more

PHH files opening en banc brief; seven supporting amicus briefs filed

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Friday, PHH filed its opening en banc brief with the D.C. Circuit in the rehearing of its appeal of Director Cordray’s June 2015 decision that affirmed an administrative law judge’s (ALJ) recommended decision concluding...more

D.C. Circuit grants motion of U.S. for leave to file amicus brief in PHH by March 17; denies motions to intervene

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The D.C. Circuit has entered an order granting the unopposed motion of the United States for leave to file an amicus brief in PHH by March 17, 2017.  As we previously observed, the motion appears to signal the DOJ’s intention...more

Motion filed by U.S. seeking leave to file amicus brief by March 17 signals support for PHH

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The United States, at the Solicitor General’s request, has filed an “unopposed motion” with the D.C. Circuit for leave to file an amicus brief in PHH by March 17, 2017.  The motion states that both PHH and the CFPB have...more

RESPA Two-Step: CFPB Shows Continued Expansive Interpretation of Section 8

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On January 31, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced a Consent Order (“Order”) with Prospect Mortgage LLC and certain of its affiliates (“Lender”). The CFPB alleged in the Order widespread...more

Cordray’s CNBC interview answers few questions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Recently, Richard Cordray was interviewed by CNBC while eating breakfast at a diner in his hometown in Ohio.  The interview was more noteworthy for what it failed to cover than for what it covered.  He was not asked the...more

Eleventh Circuit: (1) Mere Procedural Violation Insufficient for Article III Standing and (2) Certified Return Receipt Sufficient...

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Since Spokeo v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), as revised (May 24, 2016), the consumer finance industry has continued to refine what it means to allege a concrete injury in fact and to meet Article III case and controversy...more

Nutter Bank Report, February 2017

CFPB Fines Mortgage Lender for Violating the RESPA Anti-Kickback Rule The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has taken enforcement action in the form of a consent order against a mortgage lender, including...more

PHH opposes intervention by plaintiffs in another case challenging CFPB’s constitutionality

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

PHH has filed a response opposing the motion of the plaintiffs in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew to intervene in the en banc rehearing.  The D.C. Circuit granted the CFPB’s petition for en banc...more

Plaintiffs in Another Case Challenging CFPB's Constitutionality Move to Intervene in PHH Case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The plaintiffs in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew have filed a "Motion To Intervene In Any En Banc Proceeding That May Be Granted" in the PHH case. The motion follows the D.C. federal district court's...more

D.C. Circuit Agrees to Hear Controversial PHH Case En Banc

by BakerHostetler on

On Feb. 16, 2017, the D.C. Circuit granted the CFPB’s petition to rehear en banc the court’s landmark October 2016 decision finding that the structure of the CFPB was unconstitutional. In its Feb. 16, 2017, order the D.C....more

Mortgage Servicer Enters in to $225 Million Consent Order with California DBO

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On February 17, 2017, the California Department of Business Oversight (California DBO) announced that it had entered in to a $225 million consent order with a national mortgage servicer following an investigation by a...more

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