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Real Estate Investment Company Forced to Dissolve Following Washington AG Suit

On October 16, 2019, the Washington Attorney General’s Office (Washington AG) announced that it had reached a settlement with a Kirkland- and Portland-based real estate investment company that requires the company to dissolve and pay up to $85,000 in fines and enforcement costs. ​The Washington AG initiated this action in May 2018, alleging violations of the Washington Consumer Protection Act, RCW 19.86.020. …

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Massachusetts AG Obtains $4 Million in Settlement Over Subprime Mortgage Modifications

On December 21, 2018, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (“Mass. AG”) announced that it had reached a settlement with a national mortgage servicer, resolving allegations that the company mishandled mortgage loans in violation of the Massachusetts Act Preventing Unlawful and Unnecessary Foreclosures, a 2012 law designed to protect borrowers from foreclosure caused by unfair terms on subprime mortgages….

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DOJ Announces $750,000 Settlement with Washington Foreclosure Services Company

​On September 27, 2018, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had reached a settlement with a Washington-based foreclosure services company, resolving allegations that the company violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, 50 U.S.C. §§ 3901-4043 (“SCRA”) when foreclosing on certain servicemembers’ home.  The SCRA protects servi​cemembers on active duty from having their…

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FTC Settles With Defendant Involved in Mortgage Relief Scheme for $15.5 Million

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​On June 7, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement and stipulated order for permanent injunction​ ​arising from a lawsuit brought by the FTC concerning allegedly illegal mortgage relief practices. The FTC initiated an action against several defendants in January 2018 alleging violations of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15…

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Federal Reserve Assesses a Combined $35.1 Million in Civil Money Penalties Against 5 Mortgage Servicers Over Mortgage Servicing Practices

On January 12, 2018, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) announced the assessment of civil money penalties and consent orders against five national banking organizations over mortgage servicing deficiencies, resulting in a total monetary settlem​ent of $35.1 million. In 2011 and 2012, the FRB initiated enforcement actions against ten firms, including the five against…

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DOJ Sues Foreclosure Trustee for Illegally Foreclosing on Homes of Servicemembers

On November 9, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) annou​nced its lawsuit against a foreclosure trustee for wrongfully foreclosing on at least twenty-eight servicemembers in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”), 50 U.S.C. § 3953. The SCRA prohibits foreclosure on the home of a servicemember during active military service…

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Arizona AG Obtains Judgment and Injunction Against Mortgage Relief Operation

On July 27, 2017, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (Arizona AG) announced that it had obtained a judgment​ against an allegedly fraudulent mortgage relief company and its owner.  The company is alleged to have targeted homeowners who were considering defaulting on “upside down” mortgages.  The company purportedly promised to take over…

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Four Businesses Settle Claims with New Jersey AG Relating to Surplus Foreclosure Funds

On October 15, 2015, the New Jersey Attorney General announced ​that the New Jersey of Division of Consumer Affairs reached settlements with three companies and one individual to resolve allegations that the businesses falsely represented they were needed to help consumers obtain “surplus funds” remaining after a property foreclosure sale.  “Surplus funds” are funds…

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New York AG Secures $417,500 Settlement from Mortgage Rescue Service Providers

​On September 18, the New York Attorney General announced that it had reached a settlement with a title company, mortgage broker, disbarred attorney and others, stemming from allegations that they had operated a mortgage foreclosure rescue scam.  The announcement alleged that the foreclosure relief providers told homeowners that they could refinance…

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Mortgage Services Company To Pay $167,000 to Maryland Residents For Allegedly Unlawful Lockouts

On August 28, 2015, the Maryland Attorney General announced that it reached a settlement with an Ohio-based mortgage field-services company to resolve allegations that the company wrongfully locked Maryland residents out of their homes and took or damaged personal property.  The company contracts with lenders and mortgage servicers to provide services related to inspecting,…

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