Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

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One-Year Period of SCRA Foreclosure Protection Remains in Effect through 2017

On March 31, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015, which continues through December 2017 a provision of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) that...more

SCRA Will Continue to Receive Regulatory Scrutiny

On March 22, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015. This bill was signed into law by President Obama on March 31, 2016. This follows the...more

Congress Passes Bill to Extend Foreclosure Protection Element of the SCRA

On March 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S.B. 2393, which extends through 2017 the provision of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act’s (SCRA) that protects servicemembers against foreclosure without a court order...more

Overview of Financial Protections for Military Service Members, Including the New Military Lending Act

The U.S. Department of Defense (“DOD”) has put into effect the newly amended Military Lending Act (“MLA”) rule, which applies the protections of the MLA’s strict lending restrictions to consumer credit card issuers and...more

Senator Murray Sponsors Bill to Expand and Strengthen the SCRA

On March 17, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) sponsored the SCRA Enhancement and Improvement Act of 2016 (the Act). The Act focuses especially on student loan servicers, but encompasses all financial institutions covered by the...more

OIG Conducts Review of Department of Education Program for Ensuring Compliance with SCRA

On February 29, the Department of Education Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a response to a congressional request that the OIG conduct a review of student loan servicers’ compliance with the SCRA. The OIG analyzed...more

Expanding the SCRA, If the DOJ Has Its Way

The last few weeks of 2015 saw two important legislative developments relating to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). First, in November, the Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted a legislative package to Congress...more

Appellate Court Refuses to Vacate Voluntary Dismissal Undertaken With Mistaken Belief Claim Was Time-Barred

In Cottrell as Trustee v. Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp., 41 Fla. L. Weekly D141f, 2D14-5885 (Fla. 2d DCA Jan. 8, 2016), Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal examined the applicability of Rule 1.540(b) to notices...more

Reorganization of the United States Code Affects SCRA Classification

Effective December 1, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) was recodified at 50 U.S.C. §§ 3901 – 4043 from its former location at 50 U.S.C. app. §§ 501 – 597b. Recent structural changes to the U.S. Code eliminated the...more

Citizen, Soldier, Small-Business Owner? Commercial Lending and The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, 50 U.S.C.A. § 3901, provides certain protections to military service members regarding their financial obligations. The act applies to virtually every type of debt that a service member...more

Landlords, Leases And The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

As President Obama slows the drawdown of troops overseas — and as the nation expands its fight against ISIS — a growing number of service members will seek the benefits and protections of a nearly century-old law that...more

NY Times publishes another article on arbitration

This past Sunday, the NY Times published an article carrying the headline, “Efforts to Rein in Arbitration Come Under Well-Financed Attack.” The “well-financed attack” to which the headlined refers appears to be an...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

Financial Services Report, Fall 2015

BELTWAY - Straight Out of the Seventh Circuit The Seventh Circuit recently affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the SEC cannot be sued in district court to stop it from bringing an administrative action. Bebo v. SEC, No....more

SCRA Compliance, Cybersecurity, and Responsible Innovation Remain Top Priorities at OCC

On August 31, Grovetta Gardineer, the OCC’s Deputy Comptroller for Compliance Operations and Policy, delivered remarks at the Association of Military Bankers of America annual workshop in Leesburg, VA. Throughout her...more

Department of Defense Issues Final Rule Expanding Military Lending Act to Credit Cards and Other Consumer Lending Products

On July 21, 2015, the U.S. Department of Defense (“DOD”) announced the final rule amending the Military Lending Act’s (“MLA”) implementing regulations. The changes apply the MLA’s strict lending restrictions to consumer...more

CFPB, 47 State AGs, and District of Columbia Announce $216 Million Settlement to Resolve Credit Card Debt-Buying Investigation

On July 8, the CFPB along with 47 state attorneys general and DC announced an agreement with a major bank to resolve allegations that it sold faulty credit card “zombie debts” to third-party debt buyers, which included...more

CFPB Report Details Ongoing Challenges Between Servicemembers and Student Loan Servicers

On July 7, the CFPB released a report detailing the continued challenges military servicemembers experience related to the servicing of their student loans, particularly when trying to invoke certain rights granted under the...more

Proposed New Legislation Would Extend CFPB Oversight Over SCRA

On June 11, 2015, Sen. Jack Reed [D-RI] introduced a bill amending the Consumer Financial Protection Act to extend CFPB oversight and protection to include key provisions of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The...more

National Bank to Pay $30 Million Civil Penalty to OCC for Alleged SCRA Violations

On May 29, the OCC entered into a consent order with a national bank to resolve allegations that it (i) violated the SCRA; (ii) engaged in unsafe and unsound practices in its efforts to comply with the SCRA; and (iii) engaged...more

Department of Education Releases Reports on SCRA Reviews of Major Student Loan Servicers

On May 26, the Department of Education announced the release of reports on its reviews of four major federal student loan servicers, which were conducted to ensure that the servicers adhered to federal law concerning loan...more

California-Based Storage Company Agrees to Settle SCRA Claims

On May 15, a San Diego-based storage company entered into a consent order with the DOJ to settle claims that the company’s practice of auctioning off active duty servicemembers’ stored belongings violated the Servicemembers...more

Starter Interrupters Expose Lenders To SCRA Risks

Individuals often take great care to make a good impression on a first date, but sometimes that’s just not possible. Oscar Fabela Jr. was walking his date back to his car after a movie when he found that his car would not...more

Indiana Enacts Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

On May 4, Indiana Governor Michael Pence signed H.B. 1456 into law, amending the state’s civil relief act to include protections for servicemembers under the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)....more

Justice Department’s ECOA report describes joint CFPB activity

The U.S. Department of Justice recently issued the Attorney General’s 2014 Annual Report to Congress Pursuant to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act Amendments of 1976. The report discusses the DOJ’s 2014 ECOA enforcement...more

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