National Mortgage Settlement: N.Y. Sues Wells Fargo, BofA Gets Reprieve

New York’s attorney general said he is suing Wells Fargo to get the nation’s largest mortgage lender to comply with new servicing standards under last year’s five-bank settlement spurred by foreclosure-related abuses. Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said today that his office has reached an agreement to suspend a similar enforcement action against Bank of America.

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Monitors Decline, But Big Banks Face Possible New York Lawsuit

The state and federal overseers of the National Mortgage Settlement, known as the Monitoring Committee, have declined to take additional enforcement action against Bank of America and Wells Fargo, rejecting a request by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to apply expanded civil penalties for servicing violations.

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Mortgage Settlement Update: More Banks, Less Dual-Tracking (Possibly)

The nation’s top housing official said more banks in coming weeks will join the original five as part of the historic settlement. In another development, talks are underway to strengthen new rules against “dual tracking” — the practice of foreclosing on homeowners who are trying to negotiate a mortgage reduction plan.

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