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Modifications to the California Homeowner Bill of Rights

by Bryan Cave on

On January 1, 2018, certain provisions of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights (“HBOR”) expired. But contrary to what many assumed, the January 1, 2018 expiration date did not apply to all of the HBOR’s provisions, and...more

Ohio Enacts Provisions Regarding Residential Mortgage Lending Act

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

Ohio recently enacted House Bill 199 to amend the Ohio Mortgage Brokers Act and Ohio Mortgage Loan Act to establish the Ohio Residential Mortgage Lending Act in order to regulate all non-depository lending secured by...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 40

by Clark Hill PLC on

Busy January: Congress has left town with a long list of items that it will need to handle in January and throughout the first quarter of 2018. The continuing resolution that Congress just passed only funds the government...more

How are REITs impacted by the Jobs Act?

by Hogan Lovells on

On December 15, 2017, the Conference Committee of the U.S. Congress approved the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Jobs Act”). The Jobs Act is expected to be approved by both Houses of Congress and signed by President Trump. The...more

Department of Defense Issues Additional MLA Rule Interpretive Guidance; SCRA Foreclosure Protections Extended

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week the Department of Defense (DoD) issued an interpretive rule under the DoD’s Military Lending Act final rule (MLA Rule). The interpretive rule amends four of the “Q&A” format interpretations that DoD issued on August...more

Significant Regulatory Innovations for REITs in Belgium

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Belgium's Law of October 22, 2017, modifies the REIT Regime by broadening the scope of REIT activities and relaxing the country's existing regulatory framework for REITs. The Result: The real estate sector...more

CFPB changes direction in enforcement action; Mulvaney names senior advisor

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A new filing by the CFPB in its action against Nationwide Biweekly Administration Inc. may be an indicator of the enforcement philosophy of Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s designee as CFPB Acting Director, and how that...more

House Financial Services Committee Approves "Madden fix" Bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A bill to provide a "Madden fix" and three other bills relevant to mortgage lenders were included among the more than 20 bills approved by the House Financial Services Committee on November 15, 2017. With the exception of...more

Senate Banking Committee schedules Dec. 5 markup of regulatory reform bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, members of the Senate Banking Committee announced that they had reached bipartisan agreement on “legislative proposals to improve our nation’s financial regulatory framework and promote economic growth.” ...more

Texas' Proposition 2 Expands Home Equity Loan Market for Lenders and Consumers

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On November 7, Texans approved Proposition 2 by a more than 2-1 majority. The measure amends section 50(a) of Article 16 of the Texas Constitution, making changes to the home equity loan (HEL) market in the state. Notably,...more

House Financial Services Committee approves “Madden fix” bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A bill to provide a “Madden fix” and three other bills relevant to mortgage lenders were included among the more than 20 bills approved by the House Financial Services Committee on November 15, 2017. With the exception of...more

Texas Voters Relax Home Equity Lending Restrictions

Texas has long had some of the tightest consumer protections in the home equity lending space. After years of lobbying by the industry, a constitutional amendment was submitted to voters on November 7, 2017, aimed at relaxing...more

Texas Voters Ratify Amendment to Texas Constitution’s Home-Equity Lending Provisions

by Locke Lord LLP on

On November 7, 2016, Texas voters passed Proposition 2, which amends several familiar requirements for home-equity loans under Article XVI, Section 50 of the Texas Constitution, and which bids adieu to the old adage: “once a...more

Manafort Indictment Alleges High-End International Money Laundering and Tax Fraud Involving Offshore Accounts

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As the world now knows, an indictment against Paul Manafort, Jr., a former campaign chairperson for now-President Donald Trump, and Manafort’s associate, Richard Gates III, was unsealed yesterday. ...more

House Financial Services Committee Schedules Oct. 11 Mark-Up of "Madden fix" Bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Among the more than 20 bills that the House Financial Services Committee was scheduled to mark up Wednesday, October 11, was a bill to provide a "Madden fix" as well as several others relevant to consumer financial services...more

House Financial Services Committee schedules Oct. 11 mark-up of “Madden fix” bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Among the more than 20 bills that the House Financial Services Committee is scheduled to mark-up this Wednesday, October 11, is a bill to provide a “Madden fix” as well as several others relevant to consumer financial...more

California Legislature Responds to the State’s Housing Crisis With Increased Funding, Streamlining, and Enforcement

On the final day of the legislative session, California’s legislature approved 15 separate housing bills, taking a big step toward addressing California’s ongoing housing crisis. The collection of bills comes after months of...more

Oregon Regulates Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Originators and Servicers in New Law

Oregon’s legislature continues to add state level regulations to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (“HECM,” more commonly known as a reverse mortgage) marketplace. In 2015, the state imposed a series of content and...more

Nevada Enacts Multiple Laws Affecting Consumer Finance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Nevada is rolling out a slate of legislation affecting consumer finance, including a measure to protect consumers’ privacy online and programs aimed at mitigating their risk of foreclosure. Here is a list of measures recently...more

Fast-Track Foreclosure Process Coming to Maryland, is Pennsylvania Next?

by Barley Snyder on

Pennsylvania now has two neighbors that have passed fast-track foreclosure bills and the Keystone State is considering adding its own as a method to avoid a backlog of blighted properties. Maryland recently joined Ohio in...more

What Real Estate Settlement Service and Other Consumer Financial Services Providers Need to Know About the CFPB’s Final...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 10, 2017, in a surprise move, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued its long awaited final rule on arbitration (Final Arbitration Rule). This rule-making has been a lightning rod issue for...more

House Financial Services subcommittee to hold July 12 hearing on community financial institution relief; bills to be examined...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 12, 2017, a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Examining Legislative Proposals to Provide Targeted Regulatory Relief to Community Financial Institutions.” The...more

House Appropriations Bill Seeks CFPB Reforms

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government will mark up its draft fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill. The draft bill contains multiple provisions to reform the...more

ABA identifies various industry concerns in fair lending white paper submitted to Treasury Secretary

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We previously reported on the Executive Order 13772 titled “Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System,” which is a high-level policy statement consisting of a series of Core Principles that are...more

HUD Regulatory Reform

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The new HUD administration has been pretty quiet on the regulatory front, with only a handful of regulations and notices issued since January. That may change soon. HUD is hard at work identifying regulatory changes that...more

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