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Greg Pipes assists banks, mortgage originators and servers, and other financial service providers with examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions initiated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other federal and state regulators. His practice focuses on helping clients navigate all aspects of the regulatory examination and enforcement process. Greg also helps clients assess the impact of new rules and regulations and adapt to changes in the regulatory environment.

Detailed Breakdown of the CFPB’s COVID-19 Mortgage Servicing Final RuleWith the release of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s COVID-19 mortgage servicing final rule and an August 31, 2021, effective date that will be here before we know it, the race is on for servicers to digest the law’s new requirements and prohibitions and then implement them. This will not be an easy task.

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CFPB Releases COVID-19 Mortgage Servicing Final RuleOn June 28 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its much-anticipated mortgage servicing final rule related to COVID-19. This rulemaking amends Regulation X and, as expected, largely tracks the proposal that the Bureau issued in early April 2021 and that we wrote about shortly thereafter. The new rules will become effective on August 31,

GSE Deferral Programs Continue to Pose Risk for Mortgage ServicersIn mid May 2020, we highlighted that the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (GSEs) COVID-19 payment deferral programs put mortgage servicers at risk of violating some of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Mortgage Servicing Rules in Regulation X. When originally introduced, the GSEs’ COVID-19 payment deferral programs seemed to require servicers to offer a

NYDFS’s New (and Expanded) Servicer Vendor Management ExpectationsOriginally proposed by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) in 2019 and constituting what the Mortgage Bankers Association has described as “the first major update to Part 419 since its adoption almost 10 years ago,” the new Part 419 of Title 3 of NYDFS regulations covers a range of significant issues impacting

CFPB Issues Interim Final Rule to Enable COVID-19 Payment Deferral OptionsOn May 14, 2020, shortly after the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac COVID-19 payment deferral options were announced, we warned mortgage servicers about the legal risks associated with offering payment deferral programs to borrowers impacted by COVID-19. A little over a month later, on June 23, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an

Can Mortgage Servicers Legally Offer the GSEs’ COVID-19 Payment Deferral Options?On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac unveiled new retention workout options that were jointly developed and “specifically designed to help borrowers impacted by a hardship related to COVID-19 return their mortgage to a current status.” The government-sponsored enterprises’ (GSEs) highly anticipated new COVID-19 payment deferral will allow servicers to defer up

CFPB Quietly and Proactively Acts on Its Revised CID PolicyThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced that it is adopting a new policy regarding Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs). Going forward, Director Kathleen Kraninger has committed to providing more information to the entity or individual that is the recipient of the CID. This will be accomplished through more specific notifications of purpose, which will

CFPB Director Denies J.G. Wentworth’s Petition to Set Aside Civil Investigative DemandRecipients of a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have yet another reason to be wary of petitioning the Director to have the CID formally modified or set aside.

On February 11, 2016, CFPB Director Richard Cordray signed an order denying J.G. Wentworth’s petition to set aside a CID that

FHA Withdraws Proposed Rule Establishing Insurance Claim DeadlineRecently, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) withdrew part of a proposed rule that sought to establish a maximum time period within which an FHA approved mortgagee must file a claim with FHA for insurance benefits. The decision came in response to public comments expressing concern over the proposed rule’s implementation, which many agreed would ultimately

Processes OF Pre-Foreclosure

Recently, in Bank of New York Mellon v. Carson, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a decision that, in the words of Justice David Prosser, Jr., “radically revises the law on mortgage foreclosures” and could significantly obstruct lenders’ efforts to minimize or mitigate their losses. In its decision, the Supreme Court held that circuit courts