Default Servicing

CFPB Amends Mortgage Servicing Rule to Facilitate Communications with Borrowers

On October 4, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an interim final rule amending a provision of Regulation X regarding the timing for mortgage servicers to communicate with borrowers about foreclosure prevention alternatives.  On the same date, the CFPB also issued a proposed rule regarding timing requirements for…

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CFPB Imposes Hefty Fine on Mortgage Servicer for Alleged Violations of Servicing Rules

On June 7, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a Consent Order against mortgage servicer Fay Servicing, LLC (Fay), requiring Fay Servicing to pay $1.15 million to borrowers and to cease activities that the CFPB contended violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), its implementing regulation, Regulation X,…

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Federal Judge Dismisses Claims In Nationwide Default Servicing Class Action

On March 30, 2017, Judge Karas of the Southern District of New York dismissed multiple claims in a putative nationwide class action challenging default servicing activities.  In the case, Tardibuono-Quigley v. HSBC Mortgage Corp., the plaintiff sued her lender (HSBC) and mortgage servicer (PHH) to contest charges she claimed were wrongly…

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Goodwin Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of the Mortgage Industry

On August 3, 2016, Goodwin filed an amicus brief in the Washington Supreme Court on behalf of the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Consumer Mortgage Coalition. The case—Jordan v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC—involved a challenge to a servicer’s default-servicing practice of rekeying the lock on the front door of seemingly abandoned…

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CFPB Issues Special Mortgage Servicing Report, States Intention to Use Fair Lending Laws to Target Discriminatory Loan Modification Practices

On June 22, 2016, the CFPB issued a Mortgage Servicing Supervisory Highlights Special Edition Report, and concluded that mortgage servicers may be violating the servicing rules that the CFPB enacted in January 2014, as a result of servicers’ continued reliance on ineffective technology.  In addition, the press release accompanying the…

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California Supreme Court Rules in Yvanova That Borrowers May Have Standing To Allege Certain Defects In Assignments

EDITOR’S NOTE:  This blog post was written by Steven Ellis, a partner in Goodwin’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation Practice Group.  Steve was one of the authors of an amicus brief filed in the Yvanova case on behalf of the California Bankers Association. Do borrowers have standing to challenge a non-judicial…

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Tenth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Approves Settlement Agreement with Foreclosing Lender Over Objections of the Debtor

Often overlooked by lenders and servicers, sometimes striking a deal with the Chapter 7 Trustee in bankruptcy court, is the more prudent and cost effective approach to resolving frivolous lawsuits filed by defaulting borrowers in state court.  In Brumfiel v. Lewis, Chapter 7 Trustee, et al. (In re Lisa Kay…

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Goodwin Procter Sponsors ABA Consumer Financial Services Committee Winter Meeting in Park City, UT - January 9-12, 2016

Don’t miss the Goodwin Procter team (Margaret Crockett, Michael Flynn and David Permut) at the Welcome Reception on January 9, 2016 at 6:30.  Other highlights of the Winter Meeting, include: a panel presentation, moderated by Goodwin’s Michael Flynn, called “RESPA Update: Lighthouse, and PHH, and MSAs, oh my!” and a…

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Recent Class Actions Challenge Property Inspection Charges

From origination through final payoff, plaintiffs’ counsel look for claims in just about every aspect of the relationship between borrowers and their mortgage lenders.  Recently, scrutiny has turned to property inspections carried out during default servicing.  Plaintiffs’ lawyers have filed several class-action suits alleging that inspection fees violate mortgage terms, state…

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N.D. Illinois: Bank's HAMP Procedures Weren't Unfair or Deceptive

A U.S. District Judge in the Northern District of Illinois recently granted summary judgment in favor of defendant PNC Bank on a borrower’s promissory estoppel and Illinois Consumer Fraud Act (ICFA) claims in connection with PNC’s HAMP procedures.  In its August 25, 2015 decision the court found that PNC’s actions…

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New York’s Highest Court Clarifies Judicial Foreclosure Standing Requirements

Editor’s Note:  This post was guest-authored by Joseph Yenouskas, a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation Group who focuses on general civil litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts, with a particular emphasis on defending financial institutions and mortgage lenders in complex consumer class action lawsuits. The…

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Mortgage Servicer Agrees to Pay More Than $60 million for Alleged “Abusive” Collection Practices

The mortgage servicing industry remains under scrutiny, as evidenced by the recent joint enforcement action against Green Tree Servicing, LLC by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).   In a joint complaint filed in Minnesota, the regulators allege that Green Tree, through its collection activities…

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