RESPA

D.C. Circuit Issues Long-awaited Decision in PHH Corp. v. CFPB, Reinstating the Panel's RESPA Holdings

On January 31, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (D.C. Circuit), sitting en banc, issued its long-awaited decision in PHH Corp. v. CFPB, holding that the provision of the Dodd-Frank Act shielding the single director of the CFPB from removal without cause is constitutional.  In all,…

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CFPB Agrees to Consent Order With Real Estate Settlement Services Provider Over Alleged RESPA Violations

​On September 27, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a real estate settlement services provider for allegedly steering consumers to an affiliated title insurer without disclosing the relationship, an alleged violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), 12 U.S.C. 2607, and…

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NY DFS Obtains $604,000 in Restitution and $500,000 Civil Penalty From Lender Who Failed to Refund Lender Credits

​On August 10, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a Missouri-based lender that specializes in mortgage loans guaranteed by the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs.  According to the consent order, the DFS determined that, between 2011 and 2014, the lender failed…

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Massachusetts DOB Enters Consent Order With Company for Unlicensed Mortgage Lending and Illegal Fees

On May 11, 2017, the Massachusetts Division of Banks (DOB) entered into a consent order with a Massachusetts residential mortgage lending company, alleging that, between January 2013 and December 2016, the company engaged in unlicensed residential mortgage lending and charged fees in violation of Massachusetts law, and failed to comply with the Real…

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Massachusetts DOB Issues Findings of Fact and Temporary Cease and Desist Order Against Loan Servicing Company

On April 20, 2017, the Massachusetts Division of Banks (DOB) issued Findings of Fact and a Temporary Order to Cease and Desist against a loan servicing company, alleging that the company engaged in residential mortgage loan servicing practices that violate state and federal laws, and failed to meet the requirements…

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Mortgage Servicer Enters in to $225 Million Consent Order with California DBO

On February 17, 2017, the California Department of Business Oversight (California DBO) announced that it had entered in to a $225 million consent order with a national mortgage servicer following an investigation by a third-party auditor into loans serviced by the company in California between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2015.  The servicer had agreed to the audit…

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CFPB Takes First MSA-Related Action in Nearly Two Years; Orders Mortgage Lender to Pay $3.5M Civil Penalty for Kickbacks

On January 31, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it ordered a California-based mortgage lender to pay $3.5 million in civil penalties for an illegal mortgage kickback scheme.  According to the CFPB, the lender entered into several different referral programs with multiple third parties, each of which the CFPB contends violated…

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CFPB Secures $8.8 Million Consent Order Against Mortgage Servicer

On January 23, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order with a mortgage servicer, resolving alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and the Consumer Financial Protection Act’s (CFPA) prohibition on deceptive acts or practices….

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CFPB Settles RESPA Claims with Mortgage Servicer for $20 Million

On January 23, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order with a mortgage servicer, resolving allegations that the servicer violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA). The CFPB alleged that, during 2014, the servicer informed borrowers seeking loss mitigation…

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