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Volume 25 - Number 10

May 12, 2014

Walter in Settlement Talks with CFPB Over Servicing Practices

Officials at Walter Investment Management revealed that the nonbank servicer is in talks with the CFPB and the Federal Trade Commission to settle a potential enforcement action by the federal regulators likely involving Green Tree Servicing LLC, its wholly owned subsidiary. The disclosure was made in the company’s Form 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission late last week. Here’s the background: In response to a civil investigative demand from the FTC issued in November 2010 and a CID from the CFPB in September 2012, Green Tree Servicing produced “documents and other information concerning a wide range of its loan servicing operations,” Walter said. On Oct. 7, 2013, the CFPB notified Green Tree Servicing that bureau staff was considering...

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