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Lender Under Fire for FHA Mortgage Practices

Guild Mortgage faces federal charges of improper origination and underwriting practices on its FHA-backed loans. The suit was filed by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and announced by HUD and Urban Development this morning.

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Justice Department Suit Accuses Quicken of Improperly Underwriting FHA-Insured Loans

The government alleges that Quicken had a "value appeal" process in place where Quicken would request an inflated value for a home appraisal if the appraisal was too low to approve for a loan, and that the lender granted "management exceptions" in which managers would allow underwriters to break the rules to approve a loan. According to the complaint, Quicken's most senior executives were aware of these practices based on several emails.

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Quicken Loans Lawsuit Accuses HUD and Justice Department of Coercion

Quicken, the largest lender of Federal Housing Administration mortgage loans in the country, filed its suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, claiming the agencies have been trying to bully the company into making “blatantly false” statements and demanding the company pay “an inexplicable penalty or face legal action,” according to a statement released by Quicken Friday.

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BofA Loses Bid to Overturn ‘Hustle’ Verdict

Bank of America was ordered to pay a $1.27 billion penalty in July 2014 as a result of its alleged role in the "Hustle" case. The bank had been fighting to overturn that verdict since, claiming that the HSSL program ended prior to its acquisition of Countrywide.

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S&P Reaches Settlement on Pre-Crash RMBS Ratings

The Department of Justice sued S&P in February 2013, alleging that the credit ratings agency "knowingly and with the intent to defraud, devised, participated in, and executed a scheme to defraud investors" in collateralized debt obligations and residential mortgage-backed securities between 2004 and 2007.

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BofA, Citi Disappoint on Earnings

Both institutions had a rough year in 2014 on the regulatory side of things. In July, Citigroup settled with the Department of Justice for $7 billion over the sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities. A month later, Bank of America settled with the DOJ for a record $16.65 billion over similar matters. The money paid out in penalties and consumer relief in 2014 took a toll on year-end net incomes for both institutions.

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