Articles by Ben Lane

Wells Fargo heat turned up: Oregon wants big changes, California wants Stumpf to resign

Another state wants structural changes at embattled megabank
The hot seat Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf currently resides on is nowhere close to cooling off, especially in the wake of Stumpf’s rough appearance Thursday before the House Financial Services Committee to discuss the bank’s fake account scandal. Now, two separate states are calling for significant changes at Wells Fargo, with one calling for Stumpf's resignation.
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IBM to buy Promontory Financial Group; plans to bring AI to regulatory compliance

Dealing with regulations just went next-gen
Regulatory compliance is about to take a leap into the 21st century, and beyond, as IBM announced that it plans to acquire Promontory Financial Group. The purpose of the acquisition? To combine the financial regulatory experience that resides within Promontory with Watson, IBM’s artificial intelligence computer system to build a comprehensive service, to help financial institutions comply with their regulatory requirements.
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BB&T to pay $83 million for FHA lending violations

Latest lender to be accused of violating False Claims Act by DOJ
BB&T will pay $83 million to settle allegations brought by the Department of Justice, which accused the lender of violating the False Claims Act by falsely certifying that it complied with “critical underwriting and quality control requirements” on mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration. BB&T becomes the latest in a long string of lenders targeted by the DOJ for False Claims Act violations.
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Maxine Waters: I'm going to move forward to break up Wells Fargo

Ranking Member of House Financial Services Committee vows to break up bank
Throughout Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf’s rough day in front of the House Financial Services Committee, multiple representatives called for the bank to be broken up, suggesting that the megabank is simply too big to manage effectively. But as the hearing neared its conclusion, the ranking member of the committee, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., went beyond her fellow representatives’ calls to break up Wells Fargo, stating that she is going to actually move to break up the bank.
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California cuts ties with Wells Fargo in wake of fake account scandal

State Treasurer: This is a legal and ethical outrage that cannot go unpunished
The state of California is suspending several business relationships with Wells Fargo as the fallout from the bank’s fake account scandal continues. “Wells Fargo's admission that thousands of its bank employees opened over two million fraudulent consumer accounts is a legal and ethical outrage that cannot go unpunished,” said California’s state treasurer, John Chiang. Read the latest, right here.
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New York announces new requirements for maintenance of zombie homes

New regulation will hold lenders and mortgage servicers "accountable"
The state of New York is taking its fight against zombies homes to the next level, as the state announced a series of new regulations for mortgage lenders and servicers that aim to hold the companies “accountable” for the maintenance of abandoned foreclosures.
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Wells Fargo CEO, former executive forfeit millions as bank launches investigation

Bank's board answers calls to claw back executive compensation
When Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf appears before the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday for his next legislator-led beat down, he will do so with a lot less money in his wallet. The bank's board of directors announced Tuesday evening that it plans to claw back millions in stock options, bonuses, and other financial benefits from Stumpf, although the moves apparently weren’t enough for Stumpf’s loudest critic in Capitol Hill.
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Labor Department launches "top-to-bottom" review of Wells Fargo

Answers call from eight senators to open investigation
Wells Fargo has its hands full these days. The beleaguered megabank is already facing a $185 million fine for the recent fake account scandal, which subsequently led to ongoing investigations from the House Financial Services Committee and the Department of Justice, not to mention a rough appearance before the Senate Banking Committee for Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf. And now, the bank is facing a thorough review of its labor practices.
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