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CFPB publishes guidance regarding RESPA-TILA integrated disclosure forms

The CFPB recently published guidance (the Guide) to assist mortgage originators and settlement service providers in completing the Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure forms required under the RESPA-TILA Integrated Disclosure...more

CFPB and FTC Representatives Speak at Symposium on Fine Print

CFPB General Counsel Meredith Fuchs and CFPB Assistant General Counsel for Law and Policy Anne Zorc spoke last week at the Georgetown Consumer Law Society and Citizen Works’ symposium entitled “Making the Fine Print Fair.”...more

CFPB issues small entity compliance guide for RESPA/TILA integrated disclosure rule

The CFPB recently issued an 89-page small entity compliance guide for the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (the “Guide”). As we reported previously, the CFPB issued the final rule in November 2013 to integrate the...more

Dodd-Frank News - March 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - Recent Cases January Through March 2014 ..Dodd-Frank Amendments to RESPA ..Dodd-Frank Prohibition on Arbitration Clauses ..Whistleblower Protection Under Dodd-Frank - News &...more

Federal Court Refuses To Dismiss Plaintiffs’ Putative Class Action In Captive Reinsurance Case

On their third attempt to state a claim for mortgage services fraud pursuant to the Real Estate Services Settlement and Procedures Act (“RESPA”), Plaintiffs in a putative class action overcame defendants’ motion to dismiss on...more

CFPB Takes Enforcement Action Against Mortgage Lender for Alleged RESPA Violations

The CFPB announced it has entered into a consent order with a mortgage lender, engaged primarily in loss-mitigation refinancing, for violations of Section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. Section 8 of RESPA...more

CFPB Continues Respa Enforcement With Action Against Nonbank Lender

On February 24, the CFPB announced that a nonbank mortgage lender agreed to pay an $83,000 penalty to resolve violations of RESPA’s Section 8. The lender primarily offers loss-mitigation refinance mortgage loans to distressed...more

Venable CFPB Update: (Another) RESPA Enforcement and How to Self-Report

A Connecticut mortgage lender has agreed to pay an $83,000 civil money penalty for violating the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). The lender focuses its business primarily on loss mitigation financing to...more

CFPB's First Consent Order of 2014 Addresses RESPA Section 8(a) Kickback Scheme

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its first enforcement order of 2014 against a St. Louis mortgage lender, Fidelity Mortgage Corporation (FMC), and its president, Mark Figert. The January 16 consent order...more

Creating a Culture of Compliance

In this article, I outline the key questions that should be asked, the answers to which will determine the extent, depth, and integrity of a culture of compliance. I am going to take you through a set of questions that will...more

CFPB Continues To Aggressively Pursue RESPA Violations

On January 15, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") ordered a small mortgage lender in Missouri and its president to pay $81,076 for violating the anti-kickback provisions of the Real Estate Settlement...more

CFPB Initiates Administrative Proceeding Against Mortgage Lender

Subsequent to its denial of a mortgage lender’s petition to set aside a civil investigative demand in 2012, the CFPB publicly announced that it had served Notice of Charges, initiating an administrative proceeding against the...more

The CFPB Targets Mortgage Reinsurance Yet Again

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed an administrative enforcement action against PHH Corporation, alleging a nearly 15-year “mortgage insurance kickback scheme” by its mortgage origination and reinsurance...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Small Lender, President For RESPA Violations

On January 16, in the CFPB’s first settlement of 2014, the agency ordered a non-depository mortgage lender and its former owner to pay $81,076 for violating section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). The...more

Lenity, Chevron Deference And Consumer Protection Laws

Several federal statutes, including the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”), the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) permit the government to seek either civil or...more

CFPB Issues RESPA-TILA Integrated Disclosures Final Rule

On November 20, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) issued the RESPA-TILA Integrated Disclosures Final Rule. The 1,888 page rule will become effective for applications taken on or after August 1, 2015,...more

CFPB Updates Mortgage Rules Readiness Guide

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) recently issued the 2013 CFPB Dodd-Frank Mortgage Rules Readiness Guide, Version 2.0. The guide updates the original version, published in July 2013, and summarizes the...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Servicers Exempt From TILA Liability

On November 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that mortgage servicers are exempted from TILA liability, despite recent amendments to the statute. Marais v. Chase Home Fin. LLC, No. 12-4248, 2013 WL...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Servicer Not Liable For Violations of Truth in Lending Act

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part a district court’s dismissal of two claims—one under the Truth in Lending Act, the other under the Real Estate Settlement...more

The Wait is Over. The Anxiety Begins. The CFPB Issues its Final Rule to Combine RESPA and TILA Mortgage Disclosures

Well, the wait is over. After 16 months and much anticipation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or “Bureau”) released a 1,888-page final rule on November 20, 2013 to combine mortgage disclosures required...more

CFPB Publishes Final Rules on Dodd-Frank Requirements for Homeownership Counseling

On November 14, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (the “Bureau”) published final rules in the Federal Register interpreting the homeownership counseling amendments to its Regulation Z (Truth in Lending) and...more

CFPB Amends Examination Procedures to Incorporate Amendments to Mortgage Rules

The CFPB issued updates to its examination procedures for the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and the Truth in Lending Act to reflect recent amendments to Regulation X and Z, the implementing regulations. For example,...more

Mortgage Assignee Not a 'Creditor' for Purposes of TILA Obligations Existing over the Life of a Loan… at Least for Now

Under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the assignee of a mortgage note is not considered a "creditor" and is therefore not bound by TILA requirements imposed solely on creditors. One federal appellate court, however, has...more

Infobytes Special Alert: CFPB Finalizes Rule Combining TILA And RESPA Mortgage Disclosures

On November 20, 2013, the CFPB finalized its long-awaited rule combining the mortgage disclosures consumers receive under the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”). For more...more

CFPB Releases Final Mortgage Disclosure Rule and Forms

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released the final rule combining the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) mortgage disclosure rules and forms....more

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