The split in the federal Circuit Courts over the interpretation of Section 8(b) of RESPA has been resolved, and the result is that it takes two to tango for a Section 8(b) violation. In a decision made on May 24, 2012 in Freeman v. Quicken Loans, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court held that a charge for settlement services must be divided between two or more persons to constitute a violation of Section 8(b). This is welcome news for settlement service providers, who can rest assured that their own prices, whether as part of a mark-up of a third-party fee or their own unilateral charges, cannot violate Section 8(b) of RESPA. Read More
By: Kris D. Kully
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is considering putting strict limits on a creditor’s ability to price its mortgage loans, and on a consumer’s ability to choose among pricing options.
By way of implementing the far-reaching provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the CFPB is proposing to require that when a creditor pays a mortgage loan originator’s compensation (which includes most mortgage loan transactions), any up-front amounts the consumer pays for the loan must be in the form of bona fide discount points that reduce the interest rate or a flat origination fee that does not vary with the loan amount.
On April 26th, the FTC gathered private sector representatives, regulators, and academics for a workshop to discuss the state of the mobile payment industry. Some commentary has interpreted regulators’ comments at the workshop to be a signal that regulators intend to use a “light touch” as the industry matures, but the phrase only partially hits the mark. Read More