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New York AG Presses for Passage of Two Foreclosure Bills

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently brought attention to two foreclosure bills meant to provide greater protection to homeowners in the state. The Certificate of Merit gives homeowners who are facing foreclosure the chance to participate in a court-supervised mediation session with their bank.

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NY AG Alleges Servicing Violations, Threatens to Sue BofA, Wells Fargo

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman revealed plans Monday to take legal action against Bank of America and Wells Fargo for allegedly violating terms under the national mortgage settlement reached in February 2012. Schneiderman's office is accusing the banks of 339 servicing violations related to the timeline for processing mortgage modifications. ""Attorney General Schneiderman has referenced 129 customer servicing problems which we take seriously and will work quickly to address,"" a BofA spokesperson stated in an email.

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California Groups Awarded $9.4M to Provide Foreclosure Help

Grant funds secured through the national mortgage settlement will be used to provide a wide range of assistance to California homeowners impacted by the state's foreclosure crisis. California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced 21 organizations were awarded funds through a $9.4 million grant.

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Nevada AG Introduces New Homeowner Relief Program

Nevada Attorney General (AG) Catherine Cortez Masto announced a new program to help homeowners in Nevada find state and federal assistance that might be available to them. The Home Again Nevada Homeowner Relief Program is a one-stop resource center that is accessed by calling 1-855-HLP-4-NEV (1-855-457-4638).

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LPS Settles with Colorado AG for $1.8M

Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) reached a settlement with Colorado Attorney General John Suthers for $1.8 million over former document execution practices by LPS subsidiaries, DocX, LLC and LPS Default Solutions.

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Barney Frank Censures Lawsuits Targeting Firms’ ‘Good Samaritan’ Buys

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) is stepping up and speaking out in defense of JPMorgan Chase, calling the U.S. government's lawsuit against the financial institution a case of ""no good deed goes unpunished."" New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a suit against JPMorgan on October 1 for the alleged misconduct of Bear Stearns & Co. prior to JPMorgan's acquisition of the failing investment bank, and Frank says he has first-hand knowledge that federal officials urged JPMorgan to ""do a good deed"" by taking over an institution which JPMorgan would never have sought to acquire absent that urging.

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States Divert Nearly Half of Settlement Money Earmarked for Housing

Less than half of the states' $2.5 billion from the national mortgage servicing settlement is being used for housing initiatives as intended, according to Enterprise Community Partners. It's been six months since a federal judge approved the agreement between the nation's five largest mortgage servicers and state and federal officials, and Enterprise says to date, states have announced housing- and foreclosure-related plans for $966 million of their settlement share; $988 million has been diverted to states' general funds or non-housing uses; and $588 million has yet to be allocated.

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Oklahoma Residents First to Receive Mortgage Settlement Payments

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has issued the first borrower payments resulting from settlements with the nation's five largest mortgage servicers over faulty foreclosure processing. Oklahoma families who were subject to the servicers' ""unfair and deceptive practices ... following the financial crisis,"" can expect to receive their checks soon, Pruitt said. Oklahoma was the only state to craft its own agreement with Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, GMAC/Ally, and Wells Fargo.

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HARP on Track to Reach 1M Borrowers This Year

Nearly 99,000 homeowners refinanced their mortgages in August through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) said Tuesday. Since the beginning of this year, when a broader group of borrowers were made eligible for the program, the federal government's HARP initiative has put 618,217 homeowners with loans owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac into new mortgages with lower interest rates. According to FHFA, HARP is on target to reach a million borrowers in 2012.

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California Monitor Examines Servicers for Dual-Tracking Reform

In her first monthly report as California Monitor, Katherine Porter described the servicers' efforts to reform their practices before the October 2 deadline outlined in the national mortgage settlement. Porter's first evaluation examined the practice of dual tracking. The companies in the settlement were given 180 days to reform their dual tracking procedures, in addition to more than 300 additional servicing standard requirements.

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