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CFPB Overreaches in Handling Alleged RESPA ABA Exemption Issues in Meridian

On September 27, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the settlement of its Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) enforcement action against Meridian Title Corp. (Meridian), an Indiana-based...more

On Remand From Supreme Court in Spokeo, Ninth Circuit Holds FCRA Violation Satisfies Article III Standing

The Ninth Circuit finally weighed in again on Article III standing issues after the remand of the Spokeo case from the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016),...more

CFPB Loses Borders Case: the Court Construes RESPA’s Statutory ABA Exemption according to its Plain Language

On July 12, 2017, a federal district court in Kentucky issued a summary judgment ruling for the defense in the ongoing Borders & Borders case brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau). In this...more

Fleeting Glimpse of RESPA Issues in PHH Argument as Court Focuses on Bureau Constitutionality

Although the RESPA issues were addressed in the briefs filed by the parties in the PHH case, at oral argument this week the parties and the en banc D.C. Circuit focused heavily on whether the president’s authority is...more

Shouldn't You Be Using Arbitration Agreements to Reduce the Costs of Litigation and the Risk of Class Action Claims?

Businesses across the country regularly bemoan the time and expense of litigation. Even when businesses are successful in defending non-meritorious consumer claims alleging unfair or deceptive practices, false advertising,...more

The CFPB's Prospect RESPA Consent Orders: Eight Key Takeaways

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) on January 31, 2017, issued consent orders settling enforcement claims that a major mortgage lender violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) in connection with...more

Five Key Takeaways From the D.C. Circuit’s PHH Decision

The legal challenge by PHH Corp. (PHH) to a June 4, 2015, decision by the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) in connection with the Bureau’s enforcement proceeding against PHH has captivated the...more

Increasing Legal Scrutiny of Website Accessibility in the Real Estate Industry

From fair housing laws to licensing requirements, the real estate industry is accustomed to navigating various legal constraints and requirements. However, as a result of current ambiguity in the law, class action lawsuits...more

PHH v. CFPB: "What is a Kickback?"

On April 12, 2016, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral argument in PHH Corporation’s (PHH) milestone legal battle with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau). During the argument,...more

Supreme Court Vacancy Leaves Spokeo Outcome Even More Uncertain

The consumer financial services industry is wondering how the sudden passing of United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will affect the pending Spokeo, Inc. v. Thomas Robins case. Spokeo is a key case dealing with...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

Are Aggregators of Government-Created Data the Next Target for Large Class Action Lawsuits?

There is little doubt that large class action lawsuits are a content aggregator’s worst nightmare. This especially holds true for those who transact significant amounts of data which may include government-created public...more

CFPB Director Cordray Issues First-Ever Agency Appellate Decision in RESPA Case

The Director of the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Richard Cordray, issued a decision yesterday in the first appeal of a Bureau administrative enforcement action. Cordray’s decision upholds in part,...more

Sixth Circuit in Carter Refuses to Defer to HUD’s RESPA Guidelines

In a decision two years in the making, on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals brought some clarity to the use of affiliated business arrangements (“ABAs”) under Real Estate Settlement Procedures...more

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