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DOJ’s FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy Creates Greater Certainty for Companies

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) makes it unlawful for certain classes of persons and entities to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business. On November 29, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the addition of an FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy to the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual, … Continue Reading

Parallel Universe or Coincidence: The CFPB’s New Data Consumer Protection Principles’ Relationship to GDPR

On October 18, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) outlined nine non-binding Consumer Protection Principles (the Principles) for the access and sharing of consumer information between third-party companies. The Principles focus on the consumer experience, specifically consumers’ enhanced control over their financial lives. The CFPB envisions a marketplace in which consumers are in the … Continue Reading

Texas Voters Relax Home Equity Lending Restrictions

Texas has long had some of the tightest consumer protections in the home equity lending space. After years of lobbying by the industry, a constitutional amendment was submitted to voters on November 7, 2017, aimed at relaxing some of those restrictions. Early returns indicate that Texas voters have approved Proposition 2, which had a ballot … Continue Reading

CFPB’s Effort to Axe Class Waivers Gets Axed by the Senate

By the hair of its chinny chin chin, the Senate voted on Tuesday to nullify the CFPB’s previously announced final rule that would have prohibited banks, credit card companies, and other financial service entities from utilizing arbitration agreements to block or limit class action suits by consumers. The vote took place pursuant to the Congressional Review Act, … Continue Reading

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 agreement. In part two, we discussed protecting the mortgagee’s rights under a homeowner property policy. In this final installment, we discuss maximizing … Continue Reading

CFPB Issues Final Rules on Payday and Vehicle Title Loans—Little Impact for Auto Lenders

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final rule on payday, vehicle title, and certain high-cost installment loans. The new rule is effective in 2019 and imposes stringent underwriting requirements and payment restrictions on certain covered loans. Be sure to review our previous blog post “CFPB Releases Long Awaited Small Dollar Rule: 5 Things You Need … Continue Reading

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 mortgage agreements to protect against liability. In part two, we will look into protecting the mortgagee’s rights under … Continue Reading

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

Part I: Assessing the Damage and Applying the Proceeds 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. Servicers should take certain precautions to ensure they comply with the terms of … Continue Reading

In Alabama: Lenders Must Strictly Comply with Notice Requirements

The Alabama Supreme Court recently released an opinion interpreting the pre-foreclosure notice requirements contained in paragraph 22 of the standard mortgage form. In short, strict compliance is required. The Court in Ex Parte Turner, concluded that lenders must specifically advise borrowers of their right to bring a court action to contest the default as required … Continue Reading

CFPB Issues Pay-by-Phone Guidance with Far-Reaching Implications

On July 31, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a public bulletin intended to provide guidance to covered persons and service providers who take payments from consumers using pay-by-phone services and charge the consumer a fee for such a service. The purpose of the bulletin was to highlight and re-emphasize the potential for violations … Continue Reading

What You Need to Know: CFPB Issues Final Rule on Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Financial Services Contracts

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its long-anticipated final rule on pre-dispute arbitration agreements on July 10. Clocking in at 775 pages, the final rule prohibits consumer financial services providers from including terms in arbitration agreements that limit a consumer’s ability to join or initiate a class action. While the rule falls short of … Continue Reading

CFPB Finalizes Amendments to TRID Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released final amendments to its “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule, which is also known as the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule (TRID), on July 7, 2017. As stated in the accompanying press release issued by the CFPB, the amendments “are intended to formalize guidance in the rule, and … Continue Reading

Regulatory Reformation: Treasury’s First Recommendations for Improving Financial Regulations

On February 3, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13772, which identified seven Core Principles by which his administration would regulate the U.S. financial system. The Executive Order also directed the U.S. Department of the Treasury to generate reports to identify any laws, treaties, regulations, guidance, reporting and recordkeeping requirements, and other government policies … Continue Reading

CFPB’s Debt Collection Rules May Be Coming Sooner Than Some in the Industry Anticipated

Yesterday, at the Consumer Advisory Board Meeting in Washington D.C., Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray provided an update on one of the most highly anticipated areas in the debt collection industry – the CFPB’s intentions with respect to its proposed debt collection rulemaking. The biggest news from the meeting was that the … Continue Reading

Recent Cases Highlight Latest Potential Foreclosure Evidentiary Pitfall

Over the last few years, financial institutions have been forced to modify their policies and procedures to ensure that they are able to demonstrate compliance with notice provisions contained in residential mortgages prior to initiating foreclosure actions. Several recent decisions have addressed the issue of whether sufficient evidence was presented to establish that the creditor … Continue Reading

If the CFPB’s Protection Power Weakens, Who Will Fill the Void?

As rumors circulate about the potential diminishing role of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) within the new administration, one might wonder if the consumer financial lending space will become a lawless void. However, like a vigilante for justice, the state financial regulators are ready to step up and protect consumers in the financial space … Continue Reading

Additional State Agencies Jump on the ESB Bandwagon

NMLS recently announced that twelve additional state agencies (with 44 license types) would jump on the Electronic Surety Bond (ESB) bandwagon as of January 23, 2017. These additions bring the total number of agencies using ESB within NMLS to 21 (with 81 license types.) Jurisdictions that will begin using ESB for licensing in NMLS include … Continue Reading

Is Your Data Ready to Move to a Uniform Report Submission? NMLS MSB Call Report Adopted for 23 Licenses as of January 1st

Eighteen state agencies, affecting 23 license types, have currently committed to adopt the NMLS MSB Call report for Q1 2017 reporting. The NMLS MSB Call Report applies to licensees who conduct the following activities: money transmission, check cashing, issuing or selling travelers checks, issuing or selling drafts, foreign currency dealing and exchange, issuing or selling money … Continue Reading

Don’t Get Caught By Surprise: NMLS Adds New Requirements in Connection with Renewal

If a company is keeping its Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS) record current, the renewal season should be a relatively painless exercise in fee collection. However, in addition to the normal renewal housekeeping measures, there are a few new twists to the 2016-2017 NMLS renewal process that you should be aware of so that you … Continue Reading

Preparing for FHA PACE: What Mortgagees Need To Know Before September 17

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued Mortgagee Letter 2016-11, which specifically permits properties encumbered with a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) obligation to be eligible for FHA-insured mortgage financing, whether for new purchases or refinancing. The guidance goes into effect this week on September 17, 2016. … Continue Reading

OCC Outlines its 2016 Operating Plan to Set Forth the Agency’s Supervision Priorities and Objectives

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released its bank supervision operating plan for fiscal year 2016 on September 25th. The operating plan sets forth the agency’s supervision priorities and objectives as related to national banks and federal savings associations. Large and midsize financial institutions, however, will be subject to individually approved supervisory … Continue Reading
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