Mortgage Lending, Servicing + Banking

On July 19, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA or the Agency) announced the establishment of the Office of Financial Technology to serve as a source of information, Agency support in addressing emerging risks, and avenue to advance Agency priorities as to the adoption and deployment of financial technology (fintech). At the same time, the

In a July 15 published decision, the Fourth Circuit reversed a West Virginia District Court’s ruling against a mortgage servicer in a purported class action, holding that merely sending a notice of rescission under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), 15 U.S.C. 1635, et seq., does not immediately rescind the loan and relieve the borrower

A consumer made charges on a credit card account, which she failed to pay as agreed. The creditor referred the account to a law firm, which served the consumer with a collection suit and obtained a default judgment for the balance. The law firm sent four post-judgment collection letters, demanding the $4,225.74 balance. In a

On May 3, the New York State Senate passed S5473D (Bill), which will apply immediately in all actions “in which a final judgment of foreclosure and sale has not been enforced.” (See S5473D at Section 10.) This means that the new law applies retroactively, affecting future foreclosure actions and existing foreclosures, including those in

On May 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its Supervisory Highlights report on legal violations discovered during examinations in the second half of 2021.

The Supervisory Highlights detail issues identified by CFPB examination teams across a wide number of segments of the consumer financial services industry. Summarized below are those issues

*Garrett Kelly is not licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction; his bar application is pending in Virginia.

On March 1, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its “Medical Debt Burden in the United States” report, which questions whether consumer credit reports should include unpaid medical billing data.

According to the

On February 23, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an outline of proposals and alternatives (Outline) under consideration related to an automated valuation model (AVM) rulemaking. Despite the lack of imminency on a final rule, the Outline serves as further proof that fair lending and its application to algorithmic systems is a top priority

On February 22, the Fourth Circuit clarified in a published opinion what communications constitute a qualified written request (QWR) under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). The Fourth Circuit held that “where a written correspondence to a loan servicer provides sufficient information to identify the account and an alleged servicing error, such correspondence is

On December 8, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published the 25th edition of its Supervisory Highlights report, which summarized key findings from examinations completed between January 2021 and June 2021. While the report covers a number of areas of consumer finance, it specifically stated the CFPB “is prioritizing mortgage servicing supervision work

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Department of Justice (DOJ) issued joint letters, restating the federal housing protections afforded to military servicemembers during the COVID-19 pandemic. While some protections have been in place for decades, others reflect pandemic-era relief from landlords and mortgage companies alike.

One of the letters addresses the handling of