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Business Litigation Report -- June 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Tronox Inc. v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (In re Tronox Inc.) – Bankruptcy Court Takes Unusual Steps to Declare Corporate Restructuring a Fraudulent Transfer - Noted With...more

Inspector General Report Urges FHFA To Consider Lender-Placed Insurance Suits

On June 25, the FHFA Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report that urges the FHFA to consider whether to pursue servicers and insurers for alleged lender-placed insurance (LPI) losses. The OIG cited prior...more

FHFA Launches New HARP Outreach Efforts

On June 25, the FHFA announced that it is taking new steps to expand the reach of HARP. As part of that effort, FHFA Director Mel Watt will participate in a series of town hall-style events to discuss the benefits of HARP and...more

OIG Urges FHFA To Sue Over Force-Placed Insurance

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) is urging the FHFA to sue its servicers and lender-placed insurance (“LPI”) providers because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have suffered...more

RBS Settles with FHFA for US$99.5 Million

On June 19, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and RBS Securities Inc. (RBS) announced a US$99.5 million settlement of claims that FHFA brought against RBS in a case against a number of financial institutions in the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Council of EU Agrees on General Approach on the Fourth Money Laundering Directive and Revised Wire Transfer Regulation - On June 15, the Council of the EU published a note (dated June 13, 2014) outlining the general...more

Massachusetts AG Sues FHFA Over Foreclosure Policies

On June 2, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley filed a lawsuit against the FHFA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac for allegedly violating the state’s 2012 foreclosure prevention law, which, among other things,...more

FHFA Requests Comments On Guarantee Fees

On June 5, the FHFA issued a request for input regarding its proposed increases to guarantee fees (g-fees) that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge lenders. Earlier this year, FHFA Director Mel Watt halted g-fee changes...more

FHFA Seeks Input on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Guarantee Fees

On June 5, FHFA announced it is requesting input on the guarantee fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to lenders. The request includes questions about the optimum level of fees and implications for mortgage credit...more

President Obama Nominates New FHFA Inspector General, HUD Secretary

On May 22, President Obama announced the nomination of Laura Werthheimer, a securities lawyer in private practice, to serve as Inspector General for the FHFA. That position currently is being filled on an acting basis by...more

FHFA Director Outlines Strategic Plan

On May 13, FHFA Director Mel Watt presented a new strategic plan for the FHFA under his direction, which will focus on fulfilling the FHFA’s obligations under current law, and will shift away from efforts to position the...more

Massachusetts AG Urges FHFA Action On REO Sale Restrictions And Principal Reduction Options

On May 14, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley sent a letter to FHFA Director Mel Watt threatening legal action if the FHFA does not direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, when they sell a foreclosed property, to...more

Young Adults Underrepresented Among Homebuyers

As the housing market springs back to life, one demographic remains underrepresented among homebuyers. U.S. census data shows that the rate of homeownership for adults under the age of 35 has declined by almost 8% in the last...more

FHFA Director Watt outlines 2014 strategic plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

House in GlobeOn May 13, 2014, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt gave his first major policy speech regarding the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since being sworn in on January 6, 2014. In his...more

FHFA Announces Reversal of Plans to Wind Down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Early last week, recently-appointed director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Melvin L. Watt, announced plans to keep GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac going strong. This new strategy is in stark contrast to the...more

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Direct Servicers To Comply With Chicago Vacant Property Settlement

This week, Fannie Mae (Lender Letter LL-2014-03) and Freddie Mac (Bulletin 2014-7) advised servicers of the memorandum of understanding the FHFA recently entered into to resolve litigation with the City of Chicago over a city...more

Can Fannie and Freddie Cope Under Pressure?

Last week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) put Freddie and Fannie to the test, and the results were grim. Dodd-Frank mandated “stress tests,” designed to evaluate a financial institution’s ability to withstand an...more

Banking Agencies Issue Proposed Rules for Appraisal Management Companies, as Required under Dodd-Frank

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Housing Finance...more

FHFA, City Of Chicago Resolve Dispute Over Vacant Property Ordinance

On April 3, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois approved an order of dismissal and memorandum of understanding jointly entered by the FHFA and the City of Chicago to end more than two years of...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 14, 2014

Agencies Apply Increased Leverage Ratio to Large U.S. Banks - On April 8, the Fed, FDIC and OCC adopted the final rule to increase the leverage ratio for the largest U.S. banks. The final rule applies to U.S. bank...more

Bank of America Settles RMBS Securities Claims for US$9.3 Billion

On March 26, Bank of America and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced a settlement of FHFA’s RMBS-related suits against the Bank. The Bank has agreed to pay...more

Financial Industry Regulators Seek Comment on Appraisal Management Companies Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau along with five other federal agencies recently issued a joint proposed rule (Proposed Rule) regarding Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs) as required by Section 1473 of the...more

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Clarify Rural Property Appraisal Requirements

On April 1, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2014-05, and on March 25, Fannie Mae issued Lender Letter LL-2014-02, in response to directives from the FHFA to clarify certain requirements related to appraisals for properties...more

Federal Regulators Issue Proposal on Minimum Requirements for Appraisal Management Companies

Collectively, the FDIC, the OCC, FRB, CFPB, NCUA and FHFA issued a proposed rule establishing the minimum requirements for mortgage appraisal management companies. An appraisal management company is generally an entity that...more

FHFA’s Former Acting Director Announces Departure

On March 24, the FHFA announced that former Acting Director Ed Demarco will leave the agency at the end of April....more

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