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FCRA Class Plaintiff Lacked Injury Needed for Standing Under Spokeo, 4th Circuit Holds

An $11.7 million judgment awarded against credit reporting company Experian in a 69,000-member class action brought under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was vacated by the Fourth Circuit in Dreher v. Experian...more

Bankruptcy Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt Does Not Violate FDCPA, SCOTUS Rules

Filing a proof of claim in a debtor's Chapter 13 bankruptcy case on a debt that is "obviously time barred" does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-3 decision....more

CFPB and FTC confirm scrutiny of ancillary products

At the Auto Finance Risk and Compliance Summit held this week, Calvin Hagins, CFPB Deputy Assistant Director for Originations, stated that the CFPB is increasingly asking lenders about ancillary product programs during...more

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms FAA Preemption Over Discriminatory State Laws

Emphasizing that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts state laws that "single out arbitration agreements for disfavored treatment," the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the Kentucky Supreme Court's refusal to enforce...more

Regular CFPB Service Provider Examinations Have Begun; More Service Providers to Face Examinations

At the program held on April 7 titled “The State of Consumer Protection Initiatives” at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Consumer Financial Services Committee 2017 Spring Meeting, Peggy Twohig, the CFPB’s...more

Ninth Circuit rejects interlocutory appeal in CFPB lawsuit against CashCall

On April 20, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declined to hear an interlocutory appeal  by CashCall of the district court’s order granting the CFPB’s partial summary judgment motion and denying...more

Richard Cordray’s tenure as CFPB Director is uncertain

Clients are always asking me and others in our Consumer Financial Services Group about how long Richard Cordray will remain as CFPB Director. The short answer is nobody knows, perhaps not even Richard Cordray. ...more

Additional CHOICE Act changes proposed by Chairman Hensarling would further reduce CFPB’s power

On February 6, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Hensarling circulated a memorandum to the House Financial Services Committee Leadership Team describing key revisions to the Financial Choice Act. Last week, he...more

PLI 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, Chicago session – 25% discount available

The second presentation of the 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, will take place in Chicago on May 4-5, 2017. I am co-chairing the event, as I have for the past 21...more

Senior CFPB representatives chime in from audience to defend enforcement initiatives

Last Friday in New Orleans, the ABA Business Law Section Consumer Financial Services Committee hosted a fascinating program about CFPB enforcement at the Section’s 2017 Spring Meeting. The program was entitled: “Too Much or...more

Regular CFPB service providers examinations have begun; more service providers to face examinations

At the program held on April 7 entitled “The State of Consumer Protection Initiatives” at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Consumer Financial Services Committee 2017 Spring Meeting, Peggy Twohig, the CFPB’s...more

Two Banks Fight Back Against Colorado Regulator in Bank-Model Dispute

Two state-chartered banks, WebBank and Cross River Bank, recently filed complaints for declaratory judgment and injunctive relief against the Administrator of the Uniform Consumer Credit Code for the State of Colorado, Julie...more

Director Cordray rehashes history behind CFPB’s creation and its final regulations

On March 30, Director Cordray gave his annual speech to the United States Chamber of Commerce’s 11th Annual Capital Markets Summit.  His prepared remarks focused on the CFPB’s role in adopting regulations....more

Rutgers Law School arbitration symposium will feature one-sided panel

On April 7, 2017, the Rutgers Institute for Professional Education and Rutgers University Law Review will sponsor an all-day symposium entitled: “Resolving the Arbitration Dispute in Today’s Legal Landscape.” One of the four...more

FCC Cannot Require Opt-Out Notice on "Solicited" Fax Ads, D.C. Circuit Holds

The FCC's 2006 Solicited Fax Rule is unlawful to the extent that it requires opt-out notices on solicited fax advertisements, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held in a 2-1 ruling....more

New York’s "No Credit Card Surcharge" Law Regulates Speech, SCOTUS Rules

New York's law prohibiting merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases (Section 518 of the state's General Business Law) regulates speech, thereby making the law subject to First Amendment scrutiny, the U.S....more

Will Attorney General Sessions continue to pursue redlining cases?

On Monday, we blogged about the highlights of the panel I moderated, “The CFPB Speaks,” that was part of the Practicing Law Institute’s 22nd annual Consumer Financial Services Institute in Manhattan. The next panel, “Federal...more

Consumer advocates are split on whether Director Cordray should finalize arbitration rule

On Monday, during “The CFPB Speaks” panel I moderated that was part of the Practicing Law Institute’s 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute in Manhattan, Diane Thompson, Deputy Assistant Director of the CFPB’s...more

OCC Issues Draft Licensing Supplement for Fintech Companies Seeking National Bank Charters

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has taken another step toward implementing its proposal to allow financial technology (fintech) companies to apply for a special purpose national bank (SPNB) charter,...more

Trump’s DOJ supports striking Cordray’s removable-only-for-cause protection from Dodd-Frank

The DOJ submitted its amicus brief in the PHH case on Friday, March 17.  We have blogged extensively about this case since its inception. Unsurprisingly, the Trump DOJ supports striking from Dodd-Frank the...more

House subcommittee to hold hearing tomorrow on CFPB’s constitutionality

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Financial Services has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow entitled “The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional Design.” The memo...more

Lawmaker Seeks CFPB Fair Lending Investigation of Fintech Small Business Lenders

A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by financial technology (fintech) companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the Consumer Financial...more

Collection Letter Containing Check Box To Dispute Debt Created Potential FDCPA Claims, Federal Court Rules

A collection letter potentially violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because a box the plaintiff could check to indicate she disputed the validity of the debt was accompanied by a statement that a reason...more

Director Cordray and Comptroller Curry speak at LendIt USA conference

Earlier this week, we attended the LendIt USA conference in New York City, a leading annual fintech conference, at which CFPB Director Richard Cordray and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry both spoke....more

Cordray’s CNBC interview answers few questions

Recently, Richard Cordray was interviewed by CNBC while eating breakfast at a diner in his hometown in Ohio.  The interview was more noteworthy for what it failed to cover than for what it covered.  He was not asked the...more

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