A mortgage servicing settlement proposed by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is under intense scrutiny by several state attorney generals, who publically voiced their concerns about its impact on U.S. financial institutions in media interviews and a March 16 letter to addressed to Miller's office.

In the letter provided by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office, Pruitt writes that while the settlement intends to address allegations against mortgage servicers for improper foreclosures and loan servicing, it is instead "an overarching regulatory scheme that fundamentally restructures the mortgage loan industry in the United States." Attorneys General Jon Bruning of Nebraska and Luther Strange of Alabama also signed the letter.

The settlement in question is a 27-page term sheet Miller delivered this month to the nation's five largest mortgage servicers on behalf of all state attorney generals. The proposed terms outline a strict set of mortgage servicing regulations, including new requirements and principal reduction terms.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.