Items Tagged with 'Massachusetts Attorney General'

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  • Massachusetts hits Nationstar (aka Mr. Cooper) with fine, sanctions over servicing abuses

    Accused of offering borrowers “unfair and deceptive” mortgage modifications
    Nationstar Mortgage, the nonbank now known as Mr. Cooper, allegedly put hundreds of borrowers in Massachusetts at a heightened risk of foreclosure by offering them “unfair and deceptive” mortgage modifications, the state’s attorney general said Tuesday. “Nationstar failed to stop foreclosures and this settlement gives homeowners in the hardest hit areas in Massachusetts a chance to stay in their homes,” Massachusetts AG Maura Healey said.
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  • Massachusetts becomes first state to sue Equifax over massive data breach

    AG Maura Healey: “Equifax needs to pay for its mistakes”
    Following through on a threat made last week, the state of Massachusetts is suing Equifax over the credit reporting agency’s massive data breach, which exposed the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers to hackers. Massachusetts’ lawsuit is the first enforcement action taken by a state in the wake of the data breach at Equifax.
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  • Massachusetts planning to sue Equifax over massive data breach

    AG Healey: This may be the most brazen failure to protect consumer data ever
    Equifax, which is already facing inquiries from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the House Financial Services Committee, and others over the credit reporting agency’s massive data breach, has a new problem on its hands – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
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  • Massachusetts sues Ocwen for "abusive" mortgage servicing practices

    Massachusetts already acted to prevent nonbank from operating in state
    Massachusetts recently put Ocwen Financial out of business in the state as part of a wave of state regulators that placed various business restrictions on Ocwen for alleged rampant errors with homeowners’ escrow accounts and other issues at the nonbank, but it looks like the state isn’t done with Ocwen yet. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey also announced that the state is suing Ocwen for widespread “abusive” mortgage servicing practices.
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  • HSBC to pay $4 million to settle force-placed insurance kickback charges

    Second settlement this month for HSBC
    HSBC will pay a fine of $4 million as part of a settlement with the state of Massachusetts over charges that the bank took commissions and kickbacks for force-placed insurance policies. According to the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, HSBC received "compensation" in connection to the force-placed insurance premiums charged to HSBC’s borrowers.
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  • Is the Massachusetts AG's run for governor compromised by GSE buyback lawsuit?

    Nonprofit CEO also co-chairs Coakley’s campaign finance committee
    Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley stands accused of failing to disclose close ties between her gubernatorial campaign and a nonprofit that’s at the center of the State of Massachusetts’ lawsuit against the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over buyback programs.
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  • Massachusetts sues FHFA, Fannie and Freddie over foreclosure buybacks

    Alleges GSEs violate state’s buyback rules
    Several weeks ago, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley sent a letter to Mel Watt, the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, saying that her office was considering legal action against the FHFA over violations of state laws allowing nonprofits to buy foreclosures and return them to the evicted homeowner. And now, Coakley hopes actions will speak louder than words.
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  • Massachusetts AG threatens to sue FHFA over buyback law

    GSEs in violation of law designed to keep homeowners in homes

    “Our office is considering all available legal avenues, including litigation, to ensure compliance with Massachusetts law, should FHFA fail to promptly amend its policies to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to participate in credible buyback programs,” Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said in a letter to FHFA Director Mel Watt.


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  • State AGs ask Supreme Court to keep disparate impact alive

    Legal theory allows lending discrimination suits to survive without intent
    A recent lending discrimination case settled in Massachusetts illustrates why state attorneys general are pushing to keep the legal theory of 'disparate impact' alive as they pursue Fair Housing Act discrimination claims. But the lending community is pushing back just as hard, taking the fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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