Archive for April, 2015

Federal Court Enters Preliminary Injunction Against Mortgage Relief Company

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On April 30, 2015, the FTC announced that a Federal Court entered a preliminary injunction against a regional mortgage relief company over claims the company falsely represented to consumers that they could obtain mortgage modifications. The company allegedly represented that it was associated with various federally-approved mortgage relief programs, and…

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CFPB and Maryland Attorney General File Complaint Against Title Company Alleging Improper Kickback Scheme

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On April 29, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Maryland Attorney General announced the filing of a complaint and proposed consent order against a regional title insurance company, its principals, and certain loan officers. The title company allegedly provided payments to loan officers in exchange for referrals for…

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Regional Bank Settles Allegations of Mortgage Lending Quality-Control Deficiencies

On April 2, 2015, a regional bank reached an agreement in principle to settle allegations brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) relating to its former subsidiary’s issuance of mortgage loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The DOJ…

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National Mortgage Servicing Company Enters Proposed Consent Order Over Loss-Mitigation Activities

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into  a Proposed Consent Order with  a national mortgage servicing company over allegations that its loss-mitigation activities violated the Federal Trade Commission Act (“FTCA”), the Consumer Financial Protection Act (“CFPA”), the Fair Debt Collection Practices…

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Military Allotment Payroll Processor Enters Consent Order With CFPB Over Fees

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On April 20, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered a Consent Order with a military payroll processor over allegations that the payroll processor applied hidden monthly fees against funds in servicemembers’ accounts, which were designated to pay creditors. The CFPB found that servicemembers usually contracted with…

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State Auto Dealer Settles Deceptive Advertising Claim

On April 20, 2015, the Tennessee Attorney General announced that it and the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs reached a settlement with a state auto dealer over allegations that the auto dealer violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act by mailing two false advertisements to consumers. The allegedly false advertisements purported…

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Military Financial Services Provider Settles With CFPB for Alleged Failure to Disclose Fees

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On April 20, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it entered a settlement with a Kentucky-based financial services provider over claims that the company charged excessive fees for the payroll deductions of military servicemen, and that it failed to disclose these fees to consumers. The copany allegedly…

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Tax-Refund Lender Settles Predatory Lending Claims Brought By CFPB

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On April 14, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it reached a settlement with a New Mexico-based tax-refund lender over claims that the lender steered borrowers to excessively costly products, failed to accurately disclose the APR for loans, and failed to notify the availability of refunds.  The CFPB alleged in…

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