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False Claims Act (FCA) Mortgages

Seventh Circuit Looks to “Separate the Wheat from the Chaff” by Adopting a New FCA Causation Test

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In United States v. Luce, the Seventh Circuit overturned a two-decade precedent by holding that proximate causation, and not “but for” causation, was the proper standard to employ in FCA cases. In so holding, the Seventh...more

Would the 7th Circuit Have Changed Its FCA Standard but for Peer Pressure?

The Seventh Circuit finally abandoned its “but-for” causation standard for False Claims Act (FCA) damages. The decision comes 25 years after the Seventh Circuit first adopted its controversial standard requiring only a...more

Statistical Sampling and Individual Liability: FCA Lessons Learned from Whopping $298.5 Million Verdict in United States v....

Imposing civil penalties and treble damages under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), the Southern District of Texas recently denied defendants’ post-trial motions and entered a staggering $298,498,325 verdict against two mortgage...more

Court Awards Nearly $280 Million in Treble Damages Against Former FHA Lender

by Goodwin on

On September 14, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued an opinion and order against two former mortgage companies and their former president and CEO. The order, which followed a previous jury...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2016

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - OCC to Move Forward with Federal FinTech Charter. In a development foreshadowed in the April 6, June 29 and September 14 editions of the Roundup, on December 2, the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

Tennessee District Court Orders Discovery Of Reinsurance Agreements, But Denies Discovery Of Reinsurance-Related Communications,...

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiffs sought coverage from the insurer Defendants for a $212.5 million dollar settlement of a claim of violation of the False Claims Act relating to errors and omissions in underwriting and origination of HUD mortgage...more

Recent Settlements Demonstrate the Reach and Versatility of the FCA

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In recent years, civil enforcement efforts involving the FCA have grown significantly. Today, the FCA impacts a vast array of businesses, as it is commonly used to redress false claims for government funds involving...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Are Not Agents of the Government Under the False Claims Act

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In United States ex rel. Adams v. Aurora Loan Servs., 813 F.3d 1259 (9th Cir. 2016), the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Relators False Claims Act (“FCA”) complaint, holding that the Federal National...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2016 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In this edition. The NYDFS proposed a cybersecurity regulation governing New York-chartered banks and insurance companies, the OCC released its bank supervision priorities in its annual supervision...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.28.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A pair of whistleblowers is seeking discovery-related sanctions against Wells Fargo for allegedly concealing “crucial evidence” for their False Claims Act claims over fees added to government-backed mortgages....more

I Meant it at the Time: Second Circuit Reverses $1.2BN FIRREA Judgment

by Burr & Forman on

It’s hornbook law that a later intentional breach of contract, alone, doesn’t equal promissory fraud. Holding it therefore cannot establish mail or wire fraud, the Second Circuit reversed the Government’s $1.2 Billion FIRREA...more

The TRID Rule: Impact and Consequences on the Residential Mortgage Lending Market

by Carlton Fields on

Introduction and Background - Residential mortgage lenders have long been required to disclose to their borrowers (i) the cost of credit to the consumer and (ii) the cost to the consumer of closing the loan transaction....more

Will the DOJ Kill FHA Loans Through Their Use of the False Claims Act?

by Baker Donelson on

The purpose of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is "to help creditworthy low income and first time homebuyers, individuals and families often denied traditional credit, to obtain a mortgage and purchase a home." This...more

When Government Walks in Industry’s Shoes, FCA May Not Apply (and Vice Versa)

In November, an Illinois federal judge blocked a former bank employee from collecting his claimed relator’s share of a potential settlement between the FDIC (acting as the bank’s receiver) and the bank’s former directors. In...more

Justice Department Recovers Nearly $6 Billion From False Claims Act Cases in 2014

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained a record $5.69 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in fiscal year 2014. This marks the first time the DOJ...more

Dodd-Frank News: April 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

by Burr & Forman on

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

Former Analyst Claims Moody’s Falsely Inflated Ratings

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Former Moody’s analyst, Ilya Kolchinsky, has accused the credit rating powerhouse of overstating its ratings for countless toxic mortgage-backed securities that caused the financial meltdown in 2008, misleading investors and...more

White Collar Watch

In This Issue: - Federal court unseals rare False Claims Act complaint against home mortgage servicer - Qui tam relators target – and gain access to – internal investigation on ground that attorney-client...more

Federal court unseals rare False Claims Act complaint against home mortgage servicer

In Brief - The complaint claims lender OneWest falsely certified that it made required disclosures to homeowners, leading the federal government to pay more than $200 million in false claims. - OneWest...more

Rakoff Decision Supports Feds’ Broad Application of FIRREA

On August 16, 2013, Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Southern District of New York issued a ruling in in United States v. Countrywide Financial Corp., No. 12 Civ. 1422, that will likely be relevant to any financial institution...more

Casting a Smaller Net: Seventh Circuit Requires "Net Trebling" Under FCA – Potentially Impacting Settlement Dynamics for all...

The Seventh Circuit recently ruled that under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) treble damages should be calculated by the net amount of loss suffered by the government (after appropriate setoffs or credits are deducted) rather...more

Civil Investigative Demands, Subpoenas and More: How to Prepare for the Government's Renewed Focus on Financial Services

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The U.S. government continues to ramp up investigations and enforcement actions against banks, mortgage companies and other financial services companies, including using tools such as the False Claims Act and its power to...more

U.S. Sues Bank of America for Alleged Mortgage Fraud Against GSEs

On October 24, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed suit against Bank of America and Countrywide seeking damages for over $1 billion in alleged losses suffered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac....more

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