Mortgage Lenders and Servicers

On March 18, the West Virginia legislature passed Senate Bill 5, amending the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act (WVCCPA). The amendments will apply to all causes of action filed on or after June 16, 2021, the effective date of the amendments.

The amendments signal a continuing trend in West Virginia toward equalizing

On April 27, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) issued a final rule to delay the mandatory compliance date for the General QM Final Rule until October 1, 2022. The CFPB stated that it issued the rule “to help ensure access to responsible, affordable mortgage credit and to preserve flexibility for consumers affected by

On April 5, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) to amend Regulation Z, specifically to “prevent avoidable foreclosures” due to the COVID-19 pandemic “as the emergency federal foreclosure protections expire.”

The NPR mainly would do three things for loans secured by a borrower’s principal residence:

  1. “[G]enerally prohibit servicers

The plaintiff, an individual consumer, filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy petition, including in his schedules a debt for past-due rent for a former apartment. The bankruptcy was a matter of public record and was listed on his credit reports. After the plaintiff obtained his bankruptcy discharge, the defendant debt collector sent the plaintiff two collection

On February 23, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a statement that it planned to propose a rule to “delay the July 1, 2021 mandatory compliance date of the General QM Final Rule.” Consistent with that, the CFPB announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on March 3, which would push back the current

In Milburn v. SN Servicing, LLC, a district court in the Ninth Circuit denied a defendant’s motion for summary judgment regarding the plaintiffs’ allegations that the defendant violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Oregon Unlawful Debt Collection Practices Act in its mortgage servicing activity. In denying summary judgment, this decision serves as

Recently, the New York Court of Appeals issued decisions in four cases related to applying the statute of limitations to foreclose on a mortgage in New York. Most notably, in Freedom Mortgage Corporation v. Engel, the Court of Appeals established a bright-line rule that when the acceleration of a mortgage debt occurs by filing a

A recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia underscores the significance of issues of proof when trying to enforce arbitration agreements. The case is Proctor v. First Premier Corp., No. 1:20-cv-02162-BAH, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6502 (D.D.C. Jan. 13, 2021).

Plaintiff Charnita Proctor sued First Premier Corp. (FPC) for

In a statement recently disseminated to all Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) personnel, Acting Director Dave Uejio set forth new priorities for the CFPB’s Supervision, Enforcement, and Fair Lending Division (SEFL), specifically around providing COVID-19 relief to consumers and racial equity.

In the statement, Uejio communicated his belief that “strong oversight” can make a

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) signaled Thursday that it may seek to delay implementation of the agency’s recently completed qualified mortgage and debt collection rules. Although the qualified mortgage rule is set to become effective on March 1, 2021 (and the debt collection rule on November 20, 2021), delaying either could lead to a