For the past five years, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has accused a Kentucky law firm, Borders & Borders, of paying illegal kickbacks. Last week, the judge presiding over the lawsuit threw out the CFPB’s case—for a second time—on grounds different than before. The ruling could be a boon for affiliated business arrangements. Continue Reading Borders Law Firm Ruling Takes Unexpected Turn

This past week, the real estate industry was rocked again by the latest development in the epic court battle between PHH Corporation and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Many observers predict that the U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in on the matter. When I consulted my Magic Eight Ball about that, it responded, “Very Doubtful.” Continue Reading PHH Saga Will Not Reach U.S. Supreme Court

Many real estate businesses accused of violating the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act have invoked the statute’s exemptions for “services actually performed.” But the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has long rejected those efforts, reading the exemptions as narrowly as possible. The bureau’s hardballing continued last week, when it penalized an Indiana title company for its shared ownership interests with an affiliated title insurer. Continue Reading CFPB Continues Its War Against RESPA Safe-Harbors