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GMAC Settles Force-Placed Insurance Lawsuit

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Philadelphia, PAGMAC Mortgage LLC has agreed to settle a force-placed insurance lawsuit alleging the company violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. GMAC has also been involved in other force-placed insurance claims. Meanwhile, other companies are also settling lawsuits alleging their force-placed insurance practices are illegal.

In April, a $6.25 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit against GMAC was announced. That settlement now awaits a judge’s approval. If approved, the settlement will resolve claims that GMAC was illegally involved in kickbacks in its use of force-placed insurance. According to the lawsuit, GMAC paid fees to a reinsurer that were higher than the value of the services the reinsurer provided. Those fees were allegedly passed on to homeowners, who were forced to pay not only for their insurance but also the reinsurance fees. Approximately 66,000 reinsured loans are covered by the settlement.

This is not the first case involving GMAC and allegations of wrongdoing concerning force-placed insurance. In April 2012, a lawsuit was filed in the US District Court, Southern District of New York, alleging the company illegally accepted kickbacks in exchange for using force-placed insurance. The class-action lawsuit, filed on behalf of residential mortgage borrowers who were charged costs associated with force-placed insurance on loans serviced by GMAC from March 6, 2003 on, alleged Balboa Insurance was required to pay kickbacks to GMAC in the form of commissions. Those commissions were actually paid to a GMAC affiliate and designated as commissions to hide that they were in fact kickbacks, the lawsuit alleged. Furthermore, according to the lawsuit, the cost of the fake commissions was passed on to the mortgage borrowers.

Other companies have faced lawsuits regarding their force-placed insurance practices. Among companies that have faced lawsuits (some of which have been settled) are Bank of America, QBE, CitiGroup, HSBC, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co, and Wells Fargo. Concerns about force-placed insurance include its cost - it can cost the homeowner up to 10 times the amount insurance on the open market can cost - even though the force-placed insurance often does not carry the same coverage that open market insurance does. There are also concerns that some companies allegedly accept or use illegal kickbacks in the form of commissions. Some homeowners claim that insurance companies have force-placed insurance on them despite them having the required insurance and having proof of that insurance.

Regulators are getting involved, with some announcing investigations into force-placed insurance practices. In Florida, two companies were recently told to change their practices. Meanwhile, plaintiffs in the GMAC lawsuit wait to hear if their settlement is approved

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They did the same to me years ago and then I get this check for $26.84 which doesn't even compensate me for the amount they charged us..They doubled the price of the insurance and all I am getting is so wrong...the problem is the check is made out to my deceased husband and my name is not on it anywhere..no where can I get it cashed...I have tried finding a phone number for this company or a fax number to get this resolved quick...If anyone has phone number to contact them please email me at bxxxxxx@gmail.com....thanks

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from 2003 to 2012 gmacmortage scam me out of my money, i payed them 20,000.00 after out from job 2005 to 2007, mortage still was there

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I was paying for insurance and they also added the coverage ti my policy so I had 2.

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i carlie acree was paying 2 insurance they had me paying the one with their company and i was told i could get my own the cost was very high. so i went and got another one. but the one with them was very high.

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They place this insurance on my mortgage and also cheated me out of other money and they file bankruptcy prior to this

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Justice served as I was serving in Iraq 2005 had the Maytag gas Dryer fire(Another lawsuit)Was dropped after this one claim in Ten year's with United. And unable to get insurance being I was in Iraq going through divorce. What goes around come's around A.I.G. next!???

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I was wondering how far back this goes because we were forced to place that same insurance on our home even though we put down 25% due to being self employed in Lansdale PA back in 1989. We carried that insurance for several years.

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We are forced to pay more home owners insurance 150 a month for more insurance when we already have full coverage insurance in our home I think its called mortgage insurance is this legal!!!

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