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August 2012 Archives

CFPB Proposes Tighter Rules on Mortgage Servicers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has proposed new rules to govern the activities of mortgage servicers. The practices of mortgage servicers have been under increasing scrutiny as reports of servicing abuse - from delays in posting mortgage payments to high fees and expensive force-placed homeowner’s insurance, have multiplied in recent years.

Florida Regulators Investigating Force-Placed Insurance

Florida regulators announced that they will look into claims by consumer advocates that banks are overpaying for the policies in exchange for receiving kickbacks and unearned commissions from the insurers

Command Center to Combat Medicare Fraud Launched

A new high-tech command center was recently opened in Baltimore. The command center is intended to assist investigators in their efforts to detect and combat Medicare fraud. It is estimated that Medicare fraud costs the federal government more than $60 billion per year.

CFPB Files Suit Over Debt-Relief Scheme

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently filed its first civil action. The agency, formed by the Dodd-Frank Act with the mission of regulating the consumer finance industry, sued and effectively stopped a Los Angeles firm that was charging homeowners for loan modifications that never happened.

Mayo Clinic Settles Whistleblower False-Billing Suit

The Mayo Clinic has agreed to pay $1.26 million to settle a federal whistleblower lawsuit arising from false billing claims. In the qui tam (“whistleblower” lawsuit), four whistleblowers and the Department of Justice accused the Mayo Clinic of knowingly submitting false claims for nonexistent pathology tests from 1999 to 2007.

Whistleblowers Awarded $46.5 Million in National Foreclosure Settlement

Six whistleblowers received substantial awards for their part in exposing fraud committed by the nation’s largest mortgage lenders. In a settlement announced by the Justice Department in April 2012, the nation’s five largest mortgage lenders – Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, CitiGroup, and Ally Financial – agreed to pay fines of $5 billion and to also provide approximately $20 billion more for refinancing and mortgage modifications for borrowers.

NextCare Agrees to Pay $10 Million to Settle False Claims Allegations

NextCare Inc. which operates urgent care facilities with locations in North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Ohio, and Virginia, recently agreed to pay $10 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations. The settlement resolved allegations that NextCare submitted false claims to Medicare, TriCare, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, as well as State Medicaid programs, by billing for unnecessary allergy, H1N1 virus, and respiratory panel testing.

CFPB Recovers $210 Million in First Enforcement Action

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently announced that Capital One Financial Corp. (“Capital One”) will pay a total of $200 million to settle charges related to deceptive marketing of credit card “add-on” products such as payment protection and credit monitoring.

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