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PMI Group, “MERS” Shareholder Files Bankruptcy After Regulators Take Over Unit

PMI Group, “MERS” Shareholder Files Bankruptcy After Regulators Take Over Unit


Remember, PMI Group is also a Mortgage electronic Registration System, INC. “MERS” shareholder! Hmmm…

Business Week-

PMI Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection after the mortgage insurer lost a court bid to undo the takeover of its main unit by Arizona regulators.

The Walnut Creek, California-based company listed assets of $225 million and debt of $736 million as of Aug. 4 in a Chapter 11 petition filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware.

Arizona Director of Insurance Christina Urias took control of the PMI unit last month on an interim basis and directed claims to be paid at 50 cents on the dollar after losses on mortgage defaults drained capital.“

The ADI Director’s action in seeking receivership of MIC, among other things, has led the debtor to seek bankruptcy protection in order to maximize value for its estate and creditors,” L. Stephen Smith, PMI’s chief executive officer, said in court papers.

[BUSINESS WEEK]

 

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Top Mortgage Insurer PMI Group Unit Seized by Arizona Agency, to Pay 50% on Claims

Top Mortgage Insurer PMI Group Unit Seized by Arizona Agency, to Pay 50% on Claims


Business Week-

PMI Group Inc., the mortgage insurer that was ordered in August to stop writing policies, said a unit that sells such coverage was seized by Arizona authorities and will pay out claims at 50 percent starting tomorrow.

The Arizona insurance regulator has full possession, management and control of the unit, PMI Group said in a statement on its website. Bill Horning, a spokesman for PMI, didn’t respond to a message seeking comment.

[BUSINESS WEEK]

 

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Freddie Mac Tells Servicers NOT To Foreclose In MERS

Freddie Mac Tells Servicers NOT To Foreclose In MERS


Effective April 1, servicers managing Freddie Mac loans will no longer be allowed to foreclose on properties in the name of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS).

Freddi Mac’s announcement  states

We have updated the Guide to eliminate the option for the foreclosure counsel or trustee to conduct a
foreclosure in the name of MERS. Effective for Mortgages registered with MERS that are referred to
foreclosure on or after April 1, 2011, Servicers must prepare an assignment of the Security Instrument
from MERS to the Servicer and instruct the foreclosure counsel or trustee to foreclose in the Servicer’s
name and take title in Freddie Mac’s name.

As required in Section 66.17, Foreclosing in the Servicer’s Name, Servicers must record the prepared
assignment where required by State law. State mandated recording fees are not reimbursable by Freddie
Mac, are not considered part of the Freddie Mac allowable attorney fees and must not be billed to the
Borrower.

Servicers should refer to updated Section 66.17 and Section 66.54, Vesting the Title and Avoiding
Transfer Taxes, for additional information.


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PBPOST | Freddie Mac takes foreclosure files from Fort Lauderdale-based Marshall C. Watson law firm

PBPOST | Freddie Mac takes foreclosure files from Fort Lauderdale-based Marshall C. Watson law firm


by Kim Miller

Federal mortgage backer Freddie Mac is taking its foreclosure cases from the Fort Lauderdale-based Marshall C. Watson law firm, one of eight Florida firms facing state scrutiny for its handling of home repossessions.

Brad German, a spokesman for Freddie Mac, confirmed the removal of the cases this morning, but did not say why Watson will no longer be used.

“Going forward our servicers will be directing business to other counsel,” German said.

In a statement, the Marshall C. Watson law firm said the parting was a mutual decision made by both sides.

“Freddie Mac and our firm mutually decided to part ways,” that statement said. “The Freddie Mac portfolio was only a small portion of the firm’s business, representing less than ten percent. Our firm will continue to work with Freddie Mac to ensure the transition of files is expedited and smooth. We are operating as normal with respect to all other clients and as always remain focused on providing superior service.”

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BLOOMBERG | Arizona Bill Would Void Foreclosures Without Full Title History

BLOOMBERG | Arizona Bill Would Void Foreclosures Without Full Title History


Arizona may become the first state to require lenders to prove they have the right to foreclose by providing a complete list of any previous owners of the mortgage, under a bill passed yesterday by its Senate.

The legislation, which is headed to the House after being approved 28-2 in the Republican-dominated Senate, would allow foreclosure sales to be voided if lenders that didn’t originate the loan can’t produce the full chain of title. Arizona permits nonjudicial foreclosures, meaning property can be seized from the homeowner without a court order.

Lawmakers in states including New York, Oregon and Virginia also have proposed legislation to address concerns among consumer advocates that lenders or mortgage servicers are using incomplete or false paperwork to repossess properties in default. The attorneys general of all 50 states are jointly investigating how the mortgage-servicing industry operates.

“If you foreclose on somebody you should have to tell them who owns the property,” Michele Reagan, who sponsored Senate Bill 1259, said in a telephone interview. “People have the right in this country to face their accusers.” The Republican lawmaker is in litigation with her mortgage servicer, which she said won’t identify the owner of the loan.

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MERS Tells Servicers to Stop Foreclosing in Their Name

MERS Tells Servicers to Stop Foreclosing in Their Name


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MERS is providing the following guidance to all Members to strengthen business practices, and minimize reputation, legal and compliance risk to MERS and its Members. In recent months legal challenges have arisen regarding alleged inadequacies and improprieties in the foreclosure process including allegations of insufficient or incorrect supporting documentation and challenges to the legal capacity of parties’ right to foreclose. MERS is committed to reevaluate and strengthen its systems and procedures to protect against these types of legal challenges. Consistent with this approach we have enhanced the Corporate Resolution Management System (CRMS) and instituted related policies and procedures designed to strengthen MERS’ business practices and limit compliance risks. To comply with this guidance, MERS Members should implement the following practices, effective immediately.

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Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, UBS Assets Seized in Italy

Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, UBS Assets Seized in Italy


Bank of America, UBS Assets Seized in Italy Swap Probe

December 21, 2010, 7:55 AM EST

By Elisa Martinuzzi

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Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) — Italy’s finance police seized 22 million euros ($29 million) from six lenders including Bank of America Corp. amid allegations of fraud in a probe focusing on the sale of derivatives to five municipalities in central Italy.

Police said they took 15 million euros from Bank of America, and 1.7 million euros each from Deutsche Bank AG and UBS AG, according to an e-mailed statement. The remainder was seized from Natixis SA, Dexia Crediop SpA and Banca Monte Paschi di Siena SpA.

The amount represents the alleged illicit profit the banks made from selling derivatives to the city of Florence, the region of Tuscany and three other municipalities in the region, the police said. The local governments have lost about 123 million euros on the swaps that adjusted payments on 1.4 billion euros of debt, the police said.

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