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Volume 2014 - Number 48

December 18, 2014

Following CFPB Rulemakings Could Indirectly Raise a Lender’s Fair Lending Risk, Attorney Warns

Complying with all of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s mortgage rules that took effect this year could actually boost a lender’s fair lending liability under certain circumstances, according to one top attorney. “There are several possibilities where a person could be in complete compliance or even engage in behaviors incentivized by these rules, while also possibly increasing fair lending risk,” said Colgate Selden, counsel at the Alston & Bird law firm, during a webinar last week sponsored by Inside Mortgage Finance. “The ability-to-repay, loan originator compensation, mortgage servicing, and Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act integrated disclosure rules all contain provisions where persons could indirectly increase their fair lending risk through compliance with those rules.” Among the ATR-related fair lending issues discussed by Selden, a former CFPB official, are...

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