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October and November Developments

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For the first time in my memory, the Congress passed a joint resolution to disapprove a final regulation of a federal agency—in this case the CFPB and the rule was related to arbitration clauses in contracts for consumer...more

Southern District of California Dismisses TCPA Claims on Standing Grounds

by Goodwin on

On November 16, 2017, the Southern District of California dismissed TCPA claims on standing grounds, finding that the plaintiff had not alleged a concrete injury. In Selby v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, no. 3:17-cv-00973 (S.D....more

CFPB Launches Beta Version of HMDA Platform

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Friday November 3, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the launch of the Internet-based platform that financial institutions will use to submit data under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA)....more

11th Circuit Provides that Postage Fees Incurred for Sending a Request for Information under RESPA are Insufficient to...

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

If a mortgage servicer fails to comply with its obligations under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”), 12 U.S.C. 2601, et seq., or its implementing regulations, a borrower may recover “any actual damages . . ....more

CFPB Tweaks Rules for Mortgage Servicer Communications

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released a new interim final rule intended to clarify how mortgage servicers can communicate with borrowers at risk of foreclosure, as well as a proposed rule about...more

After the Waters Recede: The Mortgage Servicer’s Role in Navigating Insurance Claims, Part III

In the first part of the series “The Mortgage Servicer’s Role in Navigating Insurance Claims,” we covered assessing property damage and applying insurance proceeds in compliance with the terms of the standard mortgage...more

CFPB Issues Last-Minute Changes to Mortgage Servicing Rules

by Alston & Bird on

As we previously reported, on October 19, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published in the Federal Register final amendments to its Mortgage Servicing Rules (Final Rule). The Final Rule, weighing in at...more

CFPB Denied Restitutionary Relief in False Advertising Lawsuit Against Mortgage Services Company

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) action against a mortgage services company, its subsidiary, and its founder, a California district judged denied an award of $73.9 million in restitutionary relief, and...more

Oregon to Add Licenses to NMLS and Adopts Electronic Surety Bonds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Starting on November 1, 2017, the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation will accept applications for the Mortgage Servicer License and the Debt Buyer License on NMLS. The checklists for these licenses will be available here...more

Illinois Revises Residential Mortgage License Act Provisions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation adopted rules to repeal and amend parts of the Residential Mortgage License Act, including, but not limited to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

France Welcomes Foreign and Alternative Capital Providers with Latest Reform of Finance Sector - Long a cornerstone of the French banking system, the "French banking monopoly" largely prevents non-bank entities from...more

After the Waters Recede: The Mortgage Servicer’s Role in Navigating Insurance Claims, Part II

In the first part of the series “The Mortgage Servicer’s Role in Navigating Insurance Claims,” we covered assessing the damage in the wake of a natural disaster and applying the proceeds when complying with the terms of...more

After the Waters Recede: The Mortgage Servicer’s Role in Navigating Insurance Claims, Part I

Following the recent hurricanes that have damaged many homes beyond repair, borrowers may seek to apply any available insurance proceeds to satisfy the outstanding balance on their loans rather than repair the property....more

CFPB Amends Mortgage Servicing Rule to Facilitate Communications with Borrowers

by Goodwin on

On October 4, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an interim final rule amending a provision of Regulation X relating to the timing servicers must observe when communicating with borrowers about...more

CFPB Announces Changes to Mortgage Servicing Rules

On October 4, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) announced changes to its mortgage servicing rules. The Bureau issued an interim final rule and a proposed rule to provide mortgage servicers more...more

CFPB Makes Last-Minute Changes to 2016 Mortgage Servicing Final Rule

On October 4, 2017, the CFPB released an interim final rule and a proposed rule to amend certain provisions of its 2016 Mortgage Servicing Final Rule. While the changes will not drastically change the 2016 Mortgage Servicing...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Travis is still kicking around at Uber, and he made that quite clear late last week by using his “outsize voting rights” to name two directors to the 8-member board ahead of a vote to reduce Kalanick’s voting power at the...more

CFPB Walks the Data Privacy Tightrope on Public HMDA Disclosures

In the wake of the Equifax data breach, consumers, companies, and regulators alike are cognizant of the potential exposure of personal information, and many companies are looking at ways to decrease the risk of unauthorized...more

A Glimmer Of Hope: The Supreme Court Now Has A Chance To Resolve A Circuit Split And Pronounce That Mortgage Underwriters Qualify...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As previously discussed in this space, the Ninth Circuit recently chose to side with the Second Circuit, and not the Sixth Circuit, and ruled that mortgage underwriters fail to meet the FLSA’s...more

Judicial Estoppel Defense in Bankruptcy Claims Likely to Get More Difficult

A recent decision from the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has impaired a valuable defense for early dismissal or settlement with bankrupt plaintiffs. This decision will affect strategy for mortgage originators,...more

Arkansas Requiring Amended Surety Bonds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Prior to the approval of their renewal request for the 2018 calendar year, Arkansas licensed mortgage companies and money transmitters must reissue their surety bonds to reflect the amended bond requirements adopted in March...more

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Address Catastrophic Storms through Borrower Relief Programs

by Bryan Cave on

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma recently caused widespread devastation and flooding throughout the southeastern United States, temporarily displacing millions of people and causing hundreds of billions of dollars in property...more

How to Protect Yourself from Financial Disaster in the Wake of a Natural Disaster

In light of Hurricane Harvey and all the damage that it caused, as well as the potential damage that may be inflicted by Hurricane Irma, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has provided advice on measures to take...more

Bivens v. Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. – 11th Circuit Confirms Right of Servicers to Designate in a Reasonable Manner a...

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

On August 17, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit issued an opinion in Steven Bivens v. Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. (No. 16-15119), holding that a borrower must send requests for information to a mortgage servicer’s designated...more

It’s Not Much, but It’s a Start: The Regulators Freeze Certain Capital Requirements

by Vedder Price on

On August 22, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “FRB”) (the OCC, FDIC and FRB...more

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