Sunday, January 30, 2011

Florida: 2010 Military Law and Legal Assistance Symposium

The Florida Bar has posted the 2010 Military Law and Legal Assistance Symposium; although currently accreditted for Florida attorneys, most of the content appears to be directed to matters relevant nationwide. Its description, according to FLBar:

  • 7.0 Total CLE Units, 1.0 of which may be applied toward Ethics, 1.0 of which may be applied toward Real Estate
  • Price: $150.00 (provides online access for 3 months after purchase).
  • Course №: 1236C
  • Course Level: Intermediate
  • Duration: 4 Hours 40 Minutes
  • Original Program Date: Saturday, June 26, 2010
  • CLE Credit Information This course has been approved for continuing legal education credit under the plan(s) and in the following area(s): 7.0 General CLER Credits and 1.0 Ethics
About this Seminar 
  • Welcome and Introductions
    The Honorable James A. Ruth, Jacksonville
  • New Legislation Affecting Military Members and Families
    John E. Tuthill, Esq., St. Petersburg
  • Military Service and Parenting
    Lela Bloodsworth, Esq., St. Petersburg
  • The Impact of Bankruptcies on Foreclosures
    The Honorable A. Jay Cristol, Miami
  • Domestic Violence Injunctions
    Carin M. Constantine, Esq., St. Petersburg
  • Update on Veterans Advocacy
    Harold W. Youmans, Esq., Riverview
  • Professional Ethics and Practice
    Elizabeth Gonzalez, Esq., Jacksonville
  • Rule 18 and Military Ethics Panel
    Kevin P. Flood, Esq., Jacksonville
  • Overview of Mission of The Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee and Wrap-Up
    The Honorable James A. Ruth, Jacksonville

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bank apologizes for overcharging troops for mortgages

Jeff Schogol  writes in Stars and Stripes
WASHINGTON — JPMorgan Chase & Co. is repaying more than $2 million to about 4,000 military families who were overcharged for their mortgages.

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act caps servicemembers’ interest payments at 6 percent while they are on active duty, according to Military One Source.

NBC News first reported on Monday that the bank had overcharged the families in violation of the SCRA. The bank also improperly foreclosed on the properties of 14 of the families. SCRA mandates that banks cannot arbitrarily foreclose on property owned by active-duty military personnel or those in the first nine months after leaving active duty.

AdvertisementJPMorgan Chase said those 14 properties have been or will be returned to the owners.

Marine Capt. Jonathan Rowles filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase, claiming it charged him 9 percent interest on his mortgage and then continued to insist he owed the higher interest rate even after the bank re-set his rate at 6 percent, according to NBC. So far, Rowles has been refunded part of his money, a bank official told Stars and Stripes on Tuesday.

The refunds come after a review that the bank launched several months ago into home loans to troops, according to a statement from JPMorgan Chase. The bank now has a team dedicated to military families’ loans.

“We made mistakes here and we are fixing them,” the statement said. “There is no finer group of people than the men and women in the armed services who fight to protect our country every day.”

The Defense Department’s director of the Office of Legal Policy said it appears that JPMorgan Chase has recognized its mistakes and is trying to fix them. “Anyone in the military who thinks he or she has a problem with Chase should go see a local legal assistance attorney,” Army Col. Shawn Shumake said in an e-mail.
Military families who have questions about their JPMorgan Chase loan can call 1-877-469-0110.