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Federal Appeals Court Finds Mortgage Servicer Potentially Liable to Borrower Under New Mortgage Servicing Rules

A federal appeals court has issued one of the first opinions under new mortgage servicing rules that took effect in 2014, finding that a mortgage servicer may be liable for not properly responding to a borrower’s notice of...more

CFPB Takes Enforcement Action Against Loan Officer for Alleged Mortgage Fee Kickback Scheme

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the issuance of a consent decree with a former mortgage loan officer arising out of alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act’s...more

A Day of Reckoning for the CFPB?

Virtually ever since its inception on July 21, 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has inspired wariness and skepticism in the financial institutions and financial services providers, subject to this new...more

PHH Mortgage Attacks the CFPB: Will the Bureau Become a Commission?

On April 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard arguments in PHH Mortgage’s appeal of a $109,000,000 disgorgement order by the CFPB. The CFPB found PHH had illegally referred consumers to mortgage insurers...more

D.C. Circuit Judge Expresses Concern That CFPB Concentrates “Huge Power” in Single Director

Yesterday’s oral argument in the CFPB v. PHH Corporation appeal included sharp questioning about the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) single-director structure, which the parties agreed...more

Oral Arguments in PHH Case Signal Trouble for CFPB

The D.C. Circuit held oral arguments on April 12, 2016 in the case PHH Corp v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a case challenging the CFPB’s constitutionality as well as its interpretations of the Real Estate...more

When is an Administrative Action Barred by the Dodd-Frank Act’s Three-Year Statute of Limitations? Never, According to the CFPB

Corporate defendants are entitled to the protections afforded by statutes of limitations, which bar claims for conduct long-past and are “vital to the welfare of society.” See, e.g., Gabelli v. S.E.C., 133 S. Ct. 1216, 1221...more

Dodd-Frank News: January 2016: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

Going Back to 2011? CFPB Asserts No SOL for Administrative UDAAP Actions

On January 15, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) Office of Enforcement (“Enforcement”) asserted that claims pursued in administrative enforcement actions are not subject to the three-year statute of...more

Community Banks Face Ever-Increasing Compliance Burden As a Result of Dodd-Frank Rules

According to a “Dodd-Frank Regulations Impacts on Community Banks, Credit Unions and Systematically Important Institutions” report recently released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), community banks continue to...more

Dodd-Frank News: November 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

The New TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Requirements

Farewell, HUD-1, we hardly knew ye. As of October 3rd, 2015, lenders will provide two integrated forms at specified intervals surrounding the closing date to comply with the provisions of both the Truth in Lending Act...more

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: What Insurers Should Know

Q: When does the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have authority over insurance ?companies? The federal legislation commonly known as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, which created the ?CFPB,...more

Real Estate News - August 2015

Coming Soon… New Closing (no, Consummation…) Rules! Now Starting October 3, 2015 Instead of August 1, 2015 - What?! We can’t call it a closing anymore? Under new federal regulations regarding the Truth in Lending Act...more

PHH Wins Stay of $109M CFPB Enforcement Penalty

On August 5, 2015, PHH Corp. (“PHH”) won a stay of the $109M penalty handed down by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) director Rich Cordray. Cordray’s aggressive legal reasoning and the harsh penalties he imposed,...more

Recent Changes to the Law Governing Qualified Written Requests

Homeowners who are contemplating or actively engaged in litigation regarding a residential mortgage loan are increasingly taking advantage of a provision of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) whereby a...more

Coming Soon... New Closing (no, Consummation...) Rules!

What?! We can’t call it a closing anymore? Under new federal regulations regarding the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”), the terminology for a “closing” or “settlement” is...more

The CFPB and the Business of Insurance: An Analysis of the Scope of CFPB’s Authority Over Insurance Sales

In 2014, the Bureau of Consumer financial Protection (CFPB) issued an enforcement order against a bank and its service provider for allegedly misleading sales of insurance. That order was based on the CFPB’s power to prohibit...more

Dodd-Frank News: June 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

CFPB Issues Final Decision in In Re: PHH Corp.: First Agency Decision in Contested Administrative Proceeding

Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued the Director’s final decision in the CFPB’s enforcement action against PHH Corp. (PPH). The decision is the agency’s first ruling in a contested...more

CFPB Director Cordray Issues First-Ever Agency Appellate Decision in RESPA Case

The Director of the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Richard Cordray, issued a decision yesterday in the first appeal of a Bureau administrative enforcement action. Cordray’s decision upholds in part,...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: CFPB Releases Spring 2015 Regulatory Agenda

On Friday, May 22, 2015, the CFPB released its Spring 2015 Rulemaking Agenda (Agenda), as mandated by the Regulatory Flexibility Act. These biannual agendas generally include details regarding rulemaking activity at the...more

Mortgage Servicing Transfers: Meeting the Operational and Regulatory Demands

In This Presentation: - The “Old” Ways - New Federal Framework for Servicers - Dodd-Frank Act - National Mortgage Settlement - CFPB at the Center - CFPB Regulations (Reg X) - CFPB...more

Senator Shelby Moves Forward with Major Dodd-Frank Reforms

On May 12, 2015, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the text of draft legislation intended to reform the regulatory framework...more

Maryland AG and CFPB Announce Action Against Alleged Mortgage Kickback Scheme

Section 1042(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) empowers state Attorneys General (AGs) to bring civil actions to enforce federal consumer law against any person offering...more

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