Saxon Mortgage wrongfully forecloses on military personnel

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Subsidiaries of Bank of America Corp. (BAC) and Morgan Stanley (MS) will pay more than $22 million to settle charges that they wrongfully foreclosed on active-duty military members without first obtaining court orders, the Justice Department announced Thursday. In one settlement, BAC Home Loans Servicing, formerly known as Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, …

Law stops mortgage kickbacks and liar loans

WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to end mortgage kickbacks and so-called “liar loans,” two lending practices that played a role in the meltdown of the subprime mortgage market. By a 63-36 vote, the Senate adopted a measure that would prohibit mortgage lenders from offering incentives to brokers who steer …