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Volume 2014 - Number 26

July 3, 2014

The Basics Still Count in RESPA Compliance, Even As the CFPB Pursues Some Creative Legal Theories

Any respite the mortgage industry had from enforcement actions under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act is over. If there’s one overarching theme about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s vigorous RESPA activity of late, it’s that the basics still count when it comes to compliance, even as the bureau pushes the theoretical envelope in some instances, top industry attorneys say. “RESPA Section 8 enforcement is back. It was in abeyance during the transition of RESPA enforcement from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to the CFPB over the last few years,” said attorney Angela Kleine, an associate in the San Francisco office of the Morrison & Foerster law firm. “But the CFPB is picking up where HUD left off, and then some.” Kleine said...

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