Ocwen Financial and Assurant agreed to pay $140 million to settle a massive class-action lawsuit, which accused Ocwen of artificially inflating the cost of force-placed insurance in exchange for kickbacks from Assurant. The settlement agreement, which is awaiting final approval from federal court in Florida, resolves claims of 399,843 homeowners who allege they were overcharged for insurance.
“Today’s action sends a clear and simple message, that quid pro quo agreements for real estate referrals are illegal,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “The Consumer Bureau will continue to take action to ensure that the mortgage market is a level playing field where everyone plays by the rules.”
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau flexed its enforcement authority, filing a lawsuit against Kentucky law firm Borders & Borders, alleging the firm and its principals illegally paid kickbacks for real estate settlement referrals.
Layton has over 35 years of experience in financial services and as a corporate leader. He worked for nearly 30 years at JPMorgan Chase and its predecessors, starting as a trainee and rising to vice chairman and member of the three-person Office of the Chairman, retiring in 2004..
"The questions become, ‘Do the courts find a distinction between housing policy and lending, as in whether to make a loan and how you price that loan? Does the government get broader discretion than the private sector?’ ” Andreano said. “It’s not fleshed out.” Read More