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Missouri’s Implied Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District issued a lender-friendly decision earlier this year regarding the implied duty of good faith and fair dealing regarding a promissory note.

Missouri Supreme Court Rules that Lenders and Servicers are Subject to the MMPA

The Missouri Supreme Court recently issued two decisions (Conway v. Citi Mortgage, Inc. and Federal National Mortgage Association and Watson v. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc.) holding originators and servicers of mortgage loans may be subject to causes of action for unfair or deceptive practices under the Missouri Merchandise Practices Act (MMPA).

Eighth Circuit Issues ECOA Decision

The Eighth Circuit recently issued a decision regarding the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”) that may change your bank’s approach to spousal guaranties.

A New Bill Could Pave the Way for the Post Office to Join the Financial Services Industry

On July 23, 2014, Representative Cedric Richmond introduced the Providing Opportunities for Savings, Transactions, and Lending Act of 2014 (also referred to as the POSTAL Act of 2014).  The bill proposes that the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) be allowed to provide some financial services, including small-dollar loans, checking accounts, and interest-bearing savings accounts.

CFPB Issues Policy Regarding Same-Sex Marriages

CFPB Director Richard Cordray recently issued a memorandum clarifying the CFPB’s policy with respect to same-sex marriages. The memorandum clarifies that the CFPB recognizes all lawful marriages that were valid at the time of the marriage in the jurisdiction where the marriage was celebrated.

How Small is Small?

Lenders that participate in Small Business Administration (“SBA”) loan programs should be aware that the SBA recently issued an interim final rule to increase monetary based small business size standards.  These standards are based on criteria such as receipts, assets, net worth and income.

Debunking the Rumor that Directors Should Not Have Access to Information in Suspicious Activity Reports

Do you remember that children’s game called “Telephone” that you played long ago at birthday parties, on car trips or around campfires?  You know — the game where one person passes a message to the next, and then to the next?  The message evolves as it travels, inevitably surprising and confounding everyone by the time it reaches the end of the circle.

Missouri Division of Finance Transitioning Licensing to NMLS

Effective May 1, 2014, the Missouri Division of Finance is authorized to license all Missouri mortgage brokers and originators through the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS). All currently licensed Missouri companies may request transition of their licenses onto the NMLS beginning on June 2, 2014. 

Real estate is back. So is construction lending. Be prepared.

A bank’s commercial construction lending portfolio often covers a wide variety of projects ranging from residential developments, apartments, condominiums and hotels, to office buildings and shopping centers.  Every type of commercial construction project requires a borrower with requisite expertise and skills to construct and market the project. Accordingly, a bank’s construction lending team not only needs to believe the project is a viable one, but they must also have the requisite expertise and skill to understand if a borrower’s budget is appropriate for the project. Understanding the budget process helps to make sure that the loan will accommodate both the initial project costs as well as reasonable cost overruns.

Recent Missouri Loan Modification Reminders Decision

The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District recently issued an opinion that reminds banks in Missouri, and elsewhere, of several important points when modifying loans.

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