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Nevada Assembly Passes Legislation Relating to Mortgage Lending and Servicing Regulation, Licensing and Fees

On June 9, Governor Brian Sandoval (R-NV) signed into law AB 480, which revises existing law concerning the licensing and regulation of escrow agents and escrow agencies. The law also authorizes a wholesale lender from...more

Money Laundering Crackdown in Real Estate Sector?

The Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (also known as FinCEN) recently gave a speech in San Francisco regarding the agency’s investigative priorities. Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery’s comments drew media...more

CFPB “Final” TRID Webinar

The CFPB staff held a “final” webinar on May 26, 2015, to address the Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule that becomes effective on August 1, 2015. Presumably the...more

CFPB and Maryland AG Bring RESPA Enforcement Action Against Title Company and Six Individuals

On April 29, the CFPB and the Maryland Attorney General announced a joint enforcement action against a Maryland title company and six individuals for participation in a mortgage-kickback scheme in violation of RESPA and state...more

CFPB Ups the Ante in RESPA Crackdowns

On April 29, 2015, the CFPB, in conjunction with the Maryland Attorney General, filed six proposed consent orders—five of which are against individual defendants—in its latest RESPA enforcement action. The Bureau alleges that...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds Settlement Service Fees Do Not Violate RESPA

On March 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit dismissed a homeowner’s claim that a title company violated RESPA fee-splitting bans during a refinanced mortgage closing by holding that if any real estate...more

CFPB and Maryland AG Bring Enforcement Action For Alleged RESPA Violations

On January 22, the CFPB and Maryland Attorney General announced an enforcement action against two banks, as well as a former loan officer and his wife, for alleged violations of RESPA and state law. The complaint filed in...more

Aggressive Regulators and the Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Who Follow Them

As soon as a putative class action complaint hits the clerk’s office alleging a new theory of liability, plaintiffs’ lawyers rush to sign up potential class representatives and file copycat suits in as many jurisdictions as...more

Title Insurance Regulatory and Legislative Update - January 2015

CONNECTICUT - Own Risk and Solvency Assessment Report:  The Connecticut Department of Insurance issued Bulletin FS-29 which discusses Public Act No.14-107 (the “Act”; effective January 1, 2015).  ...more

Real Estate Tip: Foreclosure Confusion

The financial crisis has taught us a great deal about the mortgage transfer business, secondary markets and loan securitization. In the Spring 2014 issue of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal, Prof. Dale A. Whitman...more

It’s Not Personal: Ninth Circuit Denies Putative Class Representative’s Appeal as Moot

In Campion v. Old Republic Protection Company, Inc., No. 12-56784, (Dec. 31, 2014) the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a putative class representative’s appeal was moot because he had no personal stake in the case...more

EEOC Roundup: October 2014

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

CFPB RESPA Enforcement Action Targets Marketing Services Agreements

On September 30, the CFPB announced a consent order with a Michigan-based title insurance company to address allegations that the company’s marketing services agreements (MSAs) with several real estate brokers violated the...more

EEOC Sues First Title & Escrowand Related Companies for Disability Discrimination

Settlement Services Companies Revoked Part-Time Schedule and Terminated Employee Who Needed Dialysis, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Rockville, Md.-based First Title & Escrow, Inc. and its related companies that...more

CFPB settles RESPA charges for marketing services agreements allegedly tied to referrals

The CFPB has announced that it has entered into a consent order with a Michigan title insurance agency to settle charges that the agency violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by paying fees to various...more

Holding a Deed in Lieu in Escrow

To avoid foreclosure, a borrower might agree to execute a deed in lieu of foreclosure to be held in escrow. In these circumstances, the borrower would execute a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure to the mortgaged property in favor...more

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – Lender Liability in Real Estate Closings; Know Your Closer Well

The general phrase “lender liability” usually refers to cases where a lender does not live up to its own loan agreement, or where a loan officer promises more than the loan documents provide, or where the lender sells...more

Mortgage Lending Legal and Regulatory Highlights

In its spring edition of Supervisory Highlights, the CFPB cautions financial institutions of the increased risk of a fair lending violation for failing to maintain adequate policies and procedures to document exceptions to...more

CFPB orders New Jersey title services company to pay for illegal mortgage referrals

On June 12, the CFPB announced that it has issued a Consent Order under which a New Jersey title services company, Stonebridge Title Services Inc., agreed to pay a $30,000 civil money penalty for paying illegal kickbacks for...more

"Lien In": North Carolina General Assembly Revisits New Mechanics Lien Laws

Last April, we wrote about the significant changes to the North Carolina mechanics lien laws, which are continuing to create issues and opportunities for owners, contractors, subcontractors and title companies working in the...more

Real Estate Tip – When a Title Insurer’s Coverage Isn’t

Frequently, policyholders sue their title insurance companies in order to determine whether a claim is covered and to force the company to pay any loss. Obtaining a court order confirming that a claimed loss is covered may...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

Court of Appeals Rules that Title Companies Owe Duty of Care in Tort when Conducting Title Searches

In the case of 100 Investment Limited Partnership v. Columbia Town Center Title Co., the Maryland Court of Appeals was asked to determine whether a title company owed a tort duty of reasonable care to its customer, the...more

Maryland High Court's Finding of Tort Liability for Deficient Title Search has Implications for Title Companies and Underwriters

A recent decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals makes it clear that title companies and underwriters may now be susceptible to tort liability for negligence under Maryland common law....more

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