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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Trump tapping familiar face to lead DOJ's civil division?

What will become of False Claims Act charges under new leader?
It looks like President Donald Trump is about to install a familiar face as the leader of the Department of Justice’s civil division. If that happens, what happens to the DOJ's recently preferred tactic of using the False Claims Act to extract settlements from lenders for supposedly misrepresenting the quality of loans to the Federal Housing Administration? The answer, and more, in your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee.
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In major reversal, U.S. sides with PHH, calls CFPB structure unconstitutional

DOJ asks court to give president authority to fire CFPB director at will
Recently, the U.S. government began to give off indications that it might be switching sides in the landmark battle between the CFPB and PHH, signaling that the Trump administration would not be as supportive of the CFPB as the Obama administration had been. And Friday, that's exactly what happened. Click the headline for the full story.
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Quicken Loans begins long journey with DOJ over FHA violation charges

Will the case ever be dismissed?
Monday marked the first of what will likely be many hearings between Quicken Loans and the Department of Justice before a U.S. district judge over FHA lending violation charges. If the first hearing on Quicken Loans’ request to have the case dismissed is denied, the trial will begin in a little more than two years. Here's an update to one of the biggest wars brewing in mortgage finance.
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Franklin First Financial fined $1.25 million for FHA loan violations

Allegedly concealed default rates by paying borrowers’ mortgages for them
Franklin First Financial is set to join a list of mortgage lenders that settled with the Department of Justice for violating Federal Housing Administration lending standards, but unlike Wells Fargo, Walter Investment, and a host of others, Franklin First isn’t settling allegations. Rather, the government accused Franklin First of paying borrowers mortgages to keep them from defaulting, thereby concealing the lender’s default rates.
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Societe Generale fined $50 million for pre-crisis RMBS fraud

Lied to investors about quality of underlying loans
In its last few days, the Obama administration announced multibillion dollar settlements with two foreign banks, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, for each bank’s mortgage securitization practices leading up to the housing crisis. And on Friday, as most people focused on the inauguration of Donald Trump, the Obama administration announced one last settlement with a foreign bank for its pre-crisis activities – France’s Societe Generale.
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Credit Suisse reaches $5.28 billion mortgage bond settlement

Required to provide $2.8 billion in consumer relief
For the second time in as many days, the Department of Justice announced that it reached a multi-billion dollar settlement with a foreign-based bank over its mortgage securitization practices leading up to the housing crisis. On Tuesday, the DOJ announced that it reached a $7.2 billion settlement with Deutsche Bank. Now, it’s Credit Suisse’s turn.
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It's official: Deutsche Bank reaches $7.2 billion RMBS settlement

Largest RMBS settlement ever
Late last year, Deutsche Bank announced that it reached a $7.2 billion settlement with the Department of Justice in connection with the bank’s issuance and underwriting of residential mortgage-backed securities between 2005 and 2007. Although the bank made the announcement in late December, the settlement was not official, but it is now.
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Minnesota's KleinBank accused of discriminatory lending

DOJ accuses bank of redlining minority neighborhoods
Minnesota-based KleinBank excluded minority neighborhoods from its service area for all banking services and engaged in discriminatory lending, the Department of Justice claimed in a lawsuit filed late last week. According to the Department of Justice, none of KleinBank’s branch locations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area is located in a minority neighborhood, a practice known as “redlining.” The bank denies the DOJ's allegations.
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United Shore lands on DOJ hit list, will pay $48M for FHA lending violations

Next in long line of lenders accused of violating False Claims Act
United Shore Financial Services will pay $48 million to settle allegations brought by the Department of Justice, which accused United Shore of violating the False Claims Act by “knowingly originating and underwriting” mortgages that did not meet FHA standards. The settlement makes United Shore just the latest in a long line of mortgage lenders that settled with the DOJ over alleged FHA lending violations.
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