Mortgage Lending, Servicing + Banking

On March 10, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation closed Silicon Valley Bank and appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as its receiver. Silicon Valley Bank had 17 branches in California and Massachusetts. The FDIC transferred all deposits and assets of the former bank to a newly created, full-service FDIC-operated bridge bank

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Lac du Flambeau Band) found support from law professors specializing in federal Indian law as well as an assemblage of tribes and Native American groups in its bid before the U.S. Supreme Court to assert sovereign immunity from suit regarding alleged violations of the automatic

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently clarified how the state’s debt collection statute of limitations applies to debt created by a land sale contract.

Arizona has a six-year statute of limitations to enforce installment debt created by a written contract, which is codified at A.R.S. § 12-548. A lender must enforce the debt through foreclosure

On February 14, 2023, the New York Court of Appeals overturned the Appellate Division, Second Department’s Kessler decision, which had applied a strict application of Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law § 1304, also known as a 90-day notice. In 2017, the Lender moved for summary judgment against Mr. Kessler on its foreclosure complaint. Mr.

Following a trend started during the COVID pandemic, Virginia State Delegate Bill Wiley (R) introduced a bill, HB 2389 in the current legislative session of the Virginia General Assembly that would allow employees of a Virginia-licensed mortgage lender or broker (licensee) to work at an unlicensed remote location upon certain conditions being met. Specifically

The Department of Treasury (DOT) has been slow to dole out the nearly $10 billion available under the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF), a pandemic aid program enacted by Congress to provide relief to homeowners. Under the HAF, homeowners can apply for relief, including payoff of deferred balances accrued during pandemic forbearance periods. As of October

On July 19, 2022, the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel ruled that a creditor’s proof of claim — while meeting the standard of the Bankruptcy Code — was insufficient to enforce the debt under state law and was therefore subject to disallowance.

In In re Myers, included on the debtors’ chapter 13 scheduled debts

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has released guidance to its attorneys regarding requests to discharge student loans in bankruptcy cases. The 16-page memorandum developed in coordination with the Department of Education (DOE) advises DOJ attorneys to “recommend to the court that a debtor’s student loan be discharged if three conditions are satisfied: (1) the

When deciding the amount of homestead exemption to which a debtor is entitled, should a bankruptcy court apply the state exemption in effect on the creation date of the lien or on the bankruptcy filing date? According to the Ninth Circuit in a recent decision, the court should apply the state exemption law in

On December 30, 2022, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Foreclosure Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA) into law. The legislation remained unchanged from its passing back in May 2022 despite many industry experts expecting Governor Hochul to amend certain portions, including its retroactive effect. The FAPA, however, which takes effect immediately, applies retroactively and effectively