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CFPB to hold May 5 field hearing on arbitration

The CFPB has announced that it will hold a field hearing in Albuquerque, New Mexico about arbitration on May 5, 2016.  We expect the field hearing to coincide with the release of the CFPB’s proposed rule on the use of...more

4/21/2016 - Arbitration Banking Sector CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Dodd-Frank Financial Services Industry SBREFA

California Releases Marketplace Lending Data

The California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) has issued a summary report of aggregate data provided by the companies that responded to the DBO's online survey sent to 14 marketplace lenders engaged in online consumer...more

4/14/2016 - CFPB Consumer Complaint System Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Department of Business Oversight Financial Sector Online Marketplace Lending Popular Small Business Special Assessments

CFPB representatives confirmed for 21st Annual PLI Consumer Financial Services Institute Chicago session

The CFPB representatives who will be participating in the Chicago session of the 21st Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute, have now been confirmed. The Chicago session will...more

4/12/2016 - CFPB Consumer Financial Products Financial Services Industry

OCC White Paper Promotes Framework for Supporting Responsible Innovation

Following the trend of federal agency interest in fostering (and potentially regulating) innovation in the field of financial technology (FinTech), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released the white paper...more

4/6/2016 - Banking Sector CFPB Consumer Financial Products Financial Services Industry FinTech Innovation Mobile Banking OCC Risk Management White Paper

FTC Highlights FDCPA Risks for Debt Collectors Using Social Media, Texts

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently published a reminder to debt collectors of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) compliance risks that are created by the use of social media or text messages in connection...more

4/1/2016 - Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) Cell Phones CFPB Corporate Counsel Debt Collection Debt Collectors Facebook FDCPA FTC Popular Risk Management Social Media TCPA Text Messages

Director Cordray acknowledges industry-wide application of consent orders

In his prepared remarks to the Consumer Bankers Association yesterday, Director Cordray attempted to defend the CFPB’s “regulation by enforcement” approach that has been widely criticized by industry. Director Cordray’s...more

3/11/2016 - CFPB Consent Order Consumer Financial Products Dodd-Frank ECOA Enforcement Actions UDAAP

FTC Examines Process by which Companies Assess Compliance with PCI DSS

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued orders to obtain information about the process by which businesses audit their compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) and the role of such...more

3/10/2016 - CFPB Credit Cards Data Protection Dwolla FTC Online Payments PCI-DSS Standard Reporting Requirements Retail Market

FTC Gets 3 Million Consumer Complaints in 2015

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received more than 3 million consumer complaints in 2015 with debt collection topping the list, according to its newly released Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. The annual report, which...more

3/8/2016 - CFPB Consumer Complaint Database Corporate Counsel Debt Collection FTC Identity Theft Sweepstakes Telecommunications

CFPB finalizes no-action policy for innovative financial products

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a final policy statement on issuing ''no-action'' letters (NAL) for innovative financial products or services. The CFPB's statement that the final policy was released...more

3/8/2016 - CFPB Consumer Financial Products Financial Services Industry No-Action Letters UDAAP

CFPB Initiates Its First Data Security Enforcement Action

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced its first data security enforcement action. Since the 1990s, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has primarily taken on the role as the de facto federal regulator...more

3/4/2016 - CFPB Data Security Dwolla Enforcement Actions Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Online Payments PCI-DSS Standard UDAAP

Director Cordray reveals no change in CFPB’s approach to payday loans

In remarks earlier this week to the National Credit Union Association, Director Cordray discussed the proposals the CFPB is considering for small dollar loans. In March 2015, in anticipation of convening a SBREFA panel, the...more

2/26/2016 - Ability-to-Repay CFPB Credit Unions Online Marketplace Lending Payday Loans SBREFA Tribal Loans

CFPB finalizes no-action policy for innovative financial products

The CFPB has issued a final policy statement on issuing “no-action” letters (NAL) for innovative financial products or services. The CFPB’s statement that the final policy was released on its website on February 18, 2016...more

2/23/2016 - CFPB Consumer Financial Products Disclosure Requirements No-Action Letters Policy Statement UDAAP

Director Cordray signals no change in direction regarding arbitration

At a presentation on February 18, 2016 to the American Constitution Society, CFPB Director Richard Cordray devoted most of his remarks to the subject of consumer arbitration. Director Cordray revealed that the effect on...more

2/22/2016 - Arbitration CFPB Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Financial Products Financial Services Industry Richard Cordray

Federal Reserve Repeals Regulation AA, Proposes Repeal of Regulation C

The Federal Reserve Board (Board) is repealing Regulation AA, which includes the Board's credit practices rule, effective March 21, 2016. The Board is also proposing to repeal its Regulation C, which historically implemented...more

2/19/2016 - Banks CFPB Comment Period Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve FTC Act HMDA Mortgages Regulation AA Regulation C

Department of Education Creates Student Aid Enforcement Unit

The U.S. Department of Education is creating a Student Aid Enforcement Unit to respond to allegations of illegal actions by higher education institutions. The announcement closely follows the Department's and Federal Trade...more

2/17/2016 - CFPB Department of Education Educational Institutions Enforcement Student Loans

Democratic Senators introduce bill to limit use of arbitration agreements

Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy and several other Democratic Senators have cosponsored a bill that would place new limits on the use of arbitration agreements. According to Senator Leahy’s press release, the “Restoring...more

2/9/2016 - Arbitration Agreements CFPB Federal Arbitration Act Financial Services Industry Proposed Legislation

Deadline Extended for Requesting Direct Access to Military Loan Act Database

The Department of Defense has extended the deadline for requesting direct access to its Military Loan Act (MLA) Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) database until February 15, 2016. Under amendments to the MLA's implementing...more

2/5/2016 - CFPB Consumer Lenders Databases Deadlines Department of Defense (DOD) Military Lending Act Military Service Members Safe Harbors

FTC Announces ''Operation Collection Protection'' Developments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced new developments in ''Operation Collection Protection,'' its new coordinated federal-state enforcement initiative targeting unlawful debt collection practices. The U.S....more

1/16/2016 - Attorney Generals CFPB Debt Collection DOJ Enforcement Actions FDCPA FTC FTCA

FTC Proposes Survey of Consumer Experience in Financing Auto Purchases through Dealers

The Federal Trade Commission has announced plans to conduct a survey of consumers regarding their experiences in buying and financing automobiles at dealerships. According to the supplementary information in the notice...more

1/6/2016 - Automotive Loans Car Dealerships CFPB ECOA FTC Surveys Truth in Lending Act (TILA)

CFPB Announces Consent Order with Employment Background Screening Report Providers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) announcement that it has entered into a consent order with two affiliated companies that generate and provide employment background screening reports serves as a reminder to...more

11/9/2015 - Background Checks CFPB Consumer Reporting Agencies FCRA Hiring & Firing Popular

New York Times article omits critical pro-arbitration facts

An article on consumer arbitration in this week’s Sunday New York Times concludes that “[b]y inserting individual arbitration clauses into a soaring number of consumer and employment contracts, companies… devised a way to...more

11/3/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Banking Sector Banks CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Financial Contracts Federal Arbitration Act Financial Institutions New York Times

Risky times for some Internet lenders

A recent decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court serves as a painful reminder to Internet lenders of the perils of relying on choice-of-law provisions or arguments citing the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution to avoid...more

11/3/2015 - CashCall CFPB Commerce Clause Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Enforcement Actions Financial Institutions Home State Exception Interest Rates Internet Lenders Online Platforms Payday Loans UDAAP

Update on arbitration SBREFA panel

The CFPB has now taken two more significant steps towards issuing a proposed arbitration rule. On October 20, 2015, the CFPB convened its Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panel to review the...more

10/30/2015 - Arbitration Banking Sector Banks CFPB Class Action Arbitration Waivers Financial Institutions OMB Regulatory Standards SBREFA Small Business

Our thoughts on Director Cordray’s arbitration comments to the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board

In his remarks today to the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board, Director Cordray denigrated arbitration agreements as a “free pass” that allows companies to “sidestep the legal system, avoid big refunds, and continue to pursue...more

10/23/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Financial Products Financial Institutions

Responding to Professor Sovern: how Dodd-Frank Section 1028 limits the CFPB’s power to regulate arbitration agreements

In a blog post earlier this week, Professor Jeff Sovern took issue with statements made by a legal expert that suggest an amendment to the Federal Arbitration Act would be necessary for the CFPB to ban class action waivers in...more

10/23/2015 - American Bankers Association Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Banking Sector CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act Financial Institutions SBREFA

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