DHCP Reorganization Proceedings
On February 11, 2019, Ditech Holding and certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries filed the DHCP Bankruptcy Petitions under the Bankruptcy Code as contemplated by the DHCP RSA entered into on February 8, 2019.
During the pendency of the DHCP Chapter 11 Case, the Bankruptcy Court granted relief enabling us to conduct our business activities in the ordinary course, including, among other things and subject to the terms and conditions of such orders, authorizing us to pay employee wages and benefits, to pay taxes and certain governmental fees and charges, to continue to operate our cash management system in the ordinary course, and to pay the prepetition claims of certain of our vendors. For goods and services provided following the DHCP Petition Date, we continue to pay vendors under normal terms.
As a result of the DHCP Chapter 11 Cases, attempts to prosecute, collect, secure or enforce remedies with respect to prepetition claims against the Debtors, including litigation relating to the entities involved in the DHCP Chapter 11 Cases, are subject to the automatic stay provisions of section 362(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, as modified or amended by the terms of any order entered in the DHCP Chapter 11 Cases.
For a more detailed discussion of the DHCP Reorganization Proceedings, refer to the DHCP Chapter 11 Cases section of Liquidity and Capital Resources under Part II, Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations.
Other Legal Matters
RMS received a subpoena dated June 16, 2016 from the Office of Inspector General of HUD requiring RMS to produce documents and other materials relating to, among other things, the origination, underwriting and appraisal of reverse mortgages for the time period since January 1, 2005. RMS subsequently received an additional subpoena from the Office of Inspector General of HUD dated January 12, 2017 requesting certain documents and information relating to the origination and underwriting of certain specified loans. This investigation, which is being conducted in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, could lead to a demand or claim under the False Claims Act, which allows for penalties and treble damages, or other statutes.
On July 27, 2016, RMS received a letter from the New York Department of Financial Services requesting information on RMS' reverse mortgage servicing business in New York.
RMS received a subpoena dated March 30, 2017 from the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York requiring RMS to produce documents and information relating to, among other things, the servicing of HECMs insured by the FHA during the period since January 1, 2012.
We are cooperating with these inquiries relating to RMS.
We have received various subpoenas for testimony and documents, motions for examinations pursuant to Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 2004, and other information requests from certain Offices of the U.S. Trustees, acting through trial counsel in various federal judicial districts, seeking information regarding an array of our policies, procedures and practices in servicing loans to borrowers who are in bankruptcy and our compliance with bankruptcy laws and rules. We have provided information in response to these subpoenas and requests and have met with representatives of certain Offices of the U.S. Trustees to discuss various issues that have arisen in the course of these inquiries, including our compliance with bankruptcy laws and rules. We cannot predict the outcome of the aforementioned proceedings and inquiries, which could result in requests for damages, fines, sanctions, or other remediation. We could face further legal proceedings in connection with these matters. We may seek to enter into one or more agreements to resolve these matters. Any such agreement may require us to pay fines or other amounts for alleged breaches of law and to change or otherwise remediate our business practices. Legal proceedings relating to these matters and the terms of any settlement agreement could have a material adverse effect on our reputation, business, prospects, results of operations, liquidity and financial condition.
Since mid-2014, we have received subpoenas for documents and other information requests from the offices of various state attorneys general who have, as a group and individually, been investigating our mortgage servicing practices. We have provided information in response to these subpoenas and requests and have had discussions with representatives of the states involved in the investigations to explain our practices. We cannot predict whether litigation or other legal proceedings will be commenced by, or an agreement will be reached with, one or more states in relation to these investigations. Any legal proceedings and any agreement resolving these matters could have a material adverse effect on our reputation, business, prospects, results of operation, liquidity and financial condition.