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Six Banks Settle Whistleblower Suit

November 29, 2012

A federal judge ruled that a whistleblower lawsuit may proceed against Wells Fargo and Mortgage Investors Corporation (“MIC”) with claims that the banks illegally charged veteran borrowers hidden fees on refinanced home loans backed by the Veterans Administration (“VA”). According to the suits, the banks’ misconduct cost taxpayers hundreds of […]

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Government Seeks to Recoup Lossed from Mortgage Fraud

November 28, 2012

The recently filed lawsuit against Credit Suisse Group AG is the most recent effort to come from a working group created by President Barack Obama to recover government losses and to challenge wrongdoing that led to the 2008 financial crisis. Last week, the New York Attorney General filed suit against […]

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SC Hospice Company Settles Whistleblower Suit

November 28, 2012

South Carolina-based Harmony Care Hospice, Inc. and its owner and Chief Executive Officer have agreed to pay nearly $1.3 million to settle allegations that the company submitted false claims to Medicare for patients under care at its hospice facilities. The United States Department of Justice announced the settlement of the […]

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NY Attorney General Sues Credit Suisse for Mortgage Securities Fraud

November 27, 2012

The New York Attorney General has filed suit against Credit Suisse for mortgage securities fraud. In the lawsuit, the New York AG accused the Swiss bank of misleading investors over the quality of residential mortgage-backed securities. The deception resulted in losses to investors of some $11.2 billion, according to the […]

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FTC Takes Action Against Mortgage Relief Schemes

November 21, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed three separate lawsuits in federal court recently to halt the deceptive tactics of companies preying on distressed homeowners by falsely claiming they could save their homes from foreclosure. Instead, the fraudsters charged homeowners thousands of dollars in up-front fees while delivering little or no […]

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U.S. Sues Wells Fargo Over Mortgages

November 20, 2012

United States prosecutors recently filed suit against Wells Fargo, claiming the lender misrepresented the quality of the mortgages it handled under a federal housing program. In the case filed in federal court in New York, Wells Fargo, the country’s largest originator of home loans, prosecutors alleged that the bank defrauded […]

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US Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Class Actions

November 19, 2012

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases in which the defendants seek to expand the class action limits of last year’s Wal-Mart v. Dukes case. On November 5, 2012, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend and Amgen, Inc. v. Conn. Ret. Plans & […]

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CFPB Issues New Rule Regarding Oversight of Debt Collectors

November 15, 2012

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a new rule that will allow the agency to oversee consumer debt collectors for the first time at the federal level. Read the CFPB’s press release and information about the agency’s oversight of debt collectors can be accessed via CFPB’s website (www.consumerfinance.gov). Beginning […]

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Concerns Raised Over Banks Entering Short-Term Loan Market

November 7, 2012

Concerns have been raised about large banks beginning to make short-term loans similar to those found in the oft-criticized and problem-plagued payday lending arena. Banks have faced lower revenue as a result of limits on debit card and overdraft fees. Those lenders are now offering high-cost loans that are meant […]

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CFPB To Begin Oversight of Debit Collectors

November 6, 2012

Debt collection agencies will come under federal review for the first time beginning January 2, 2013, when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) begins oversight. The agency’s authority to oversee debt collection agencies comes under the portion of the Dodd-Frank regulatory law that deals with nonbank financial companies. CFPB will […]

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