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House Passes Bills that Impact CFPB Mortgage and Auto Lending Policies

On November 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by voice vote H.R. 1210 and H.R. 1737, both of which will affect CFPB policies governing the mortgage and auto lending industries. The “Portfolio Lending and Mortgage...more

A Response to the CFPB’S Recent Compliance Bulletin on MSAs

On October 8, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued a Compliance Bulletin on RESPA Compliance and Marketing Services Agreements (“MSAs”)(“Compliance Bulletin”).  The Compliance Bulletin’s...more

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Several Financial Regulatory Relief Bills, Including TRID Safe Harbor

On October 7, the U.S. House of Representatives (U.S. House) passed several pieces of bipartisan legislation aimed at providing regulatory relief to lenders and strengthening consumer protection. This legislation included...more

Spotlight on the Military Lending Act, Part 3: Falling in Line with MLA Compliance

With recent changes in the regulations implementing the Military Lending Act (“MLA”), creditors are now reevaluating their compliance plans to ensure they are prepared for the new regulations. Although there is no formal...more

House Passes Bill to Delay TRID

On October 7, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would provide a safe harbor from the new TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule for a period of five months. By a vote of 303 to 121 the House...more

CFPB Finalizes Rule Allowing Small Creditors to Increase Lending in Rural and Underserved Areas

On September 21, the CFPB issued a final rule, amending certain mortgage rules and comments relating to lending activities by small creditors in rural and underserved areas. Initially proposed in January 2015, the final rule,...more

CFPB publishes annual CARD Act, HOEPA and QM adjustments

The CFPB has published a final rule regarding various annual adjustments it is required to make under provisions of Regulation Z (TILA) that implement the CARD Act, HOEPA, and the ability to repay/qualified mortgage...more

No deference for CFPB amicus brief from Ninth Circuit

Many readers probably remember Edwards v. First American Financial Corp. for its ill-fated journey to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had granted certiorari to decide the issue of whether a plaintiff who brings a...more

Ninth Circuit Finds CFPB Interpretation of RESPA Provision Not Entitled to Deference

On August 24, 2015, the Ninth Circuit found that the CFPB’s interpretation offered in an amicus brief of 12 U.S.C. § 2607(c)(2) of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) was not entitled to Chevron deference...more

Against the Tide: A New Take on RESPA’s Section 8(c)(2) Safe Harbor by the CFPB

Grab a flotation device – the final decision recently issued by Director Richard Cordray of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) in the administrative enforcement proceedings against PHH Corp....more

Shelby Draft Regulatory Relief Bill Addresses Various Residential Mortgage Issues

Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) released a draft of a regulatory reform bill titled “The Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015” on May 12, 2015. The draft bill addresses various residential mortgage lending issues...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

Bipartisan House bill introduced to create temporary safe harbor from enforcement of TILA-RESPA integrated disclosure rule

Republican Congressman Steve Pearce and Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman have introduced a bill in the House of Representatives (H.R. 2213) that would provide lenders with a temporary safe harbor from enforcement of the...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - March 2015 #3

SEC Focus on Disqualification Waivers. When negotiating a settlement of an SEC enforcement action against a registered financial services firm – or one that hopes one day to become registered – it is vital to consider the...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2015

In this issue: - US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Issues Proposal Revising Provisions of Securitization Safe Harbor Rule - US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Issues Proposal Amending Regulations...more

Massachusetts Adds “Borrower’s Interest” Safe Harbor For QM Loans

Recently, the Massachusetts Division of Banks published final amendments to its regulation concerning documentation and determination of borrower’s interest to establish an additional safe harbor for any home loan that meets...more

VA Issues ‘Qualified Mortgage’ Definition for VA Guaranteed or Insured Loans

On May 9, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued an interim final rule defining a qualified mortgage (QM) for VA insured and guaranteed loans. Under the proposed rule, all purchase money origination loans and...more

CFPB Increases Penalty Fee Safe Harbor Amounts for Card Issuers

In yesterday’s Federal Register, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) published an amendment to the safe harbor thresholds for credit card penalty fees found in Section 1026.52(b)(1)(ii) of Regulation Z to...more

CFPB Finalizes Trial Disclosure Policy

On October 3, the CFPB finalized the trial disclosure policy proposed in December 2012 as part of Project Catalyst, which allows companies to apply for a waiver to test potential disclosure improvements on a trial basis. The...more

CFPB issues final trial disclosure policy

The CFPB has finalized its policy for exempting individual companies, on a case-by-case basis, from applicable federal disclosure requirements to allow those companies to test trial disclosures. The final policy encourages...more

HUD issues proposed rule on qualified mortgage definition for HUD insured and guaranteed single family mortgages

As anticipated, HUD recently issued its proposed rule defining a qualified mortgage (QM) for HUD insured and guaranteed single family mortgages. Under the proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on Monday, Title II...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - August 2, 2013


CFPB issues final 2014 list of rural or underserved counties

The CFPB has released a final list of “rural” or “underserved” counties for use in 2014. The CFPB has indicated that creditors may rely on this list as a safe harbor to determine whether a county is “rural” or “underserved”...more

Virginia Financial Institutions - June 2013

In this issue: - CFPB Amends Ability-to-Repay Rule to Ease Standards for Small Creditors - Assistant Managers Fail to Break the Piggy Bank...For Now - Federal Agencies Make Changes to Regulation...more

CFPB settles RESPA enforcement action involving affiliated business arrangements

The CFPB has announced the settlement of an enforcement action in which it was alleged that two affiliated business arrangements (ABAs) violated Section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act....more

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