Barbara S. Mishkin

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No federal court challenge to constitutionality of SEC’s use of administrative law judges before final SEC order, Second Circuit...

A recent decision by the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit suggests that an attempt by a company or individual that is the target of a CFPB administrative enforcement action to bring a separate action in federal...more

6/9/2016 - Administrative Proceedings ALJ Appointments Clause Article II Enforcement Actions SEC

FTC provides 2015 enforcement report to CFPB

The Federal Trade Commission has provided its annual report to the CFPB covering the FTC’s enforcement activities in 2015 related to compliance with Regulation Z (Truth in Lending), Regulation M (Consumer Leasing), and...more

6/7/2016 - Automotive Loans CFPB Dodd-Frank EFTs Enforcement Actions FTC Mortgages Payday Loans Popular Regulation E Regulation M Regulation Z Title Loans Truth in Lending Act (TILA) Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

House bill introduced to amend CFPB UDAAP authority

The Dodd-Frank Act gave the CFPB authority to regulate “unfair, deceptive, or abusive” acts or practices.  Republican Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer has introduced the “Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices Uniformity Act,”...more

5/6/2016 - CFPB Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Financial Sector FTC Proposed Legislation UDAAP Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Ninth Circuit Rejects Director Cordray's Recess Appointment as Defense to CFPB Enforcement Action; Dissenting Judge Disagrees

Since it was filed in a California federal court in July 2012, we have been following Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) v. Chance Edward Gordon, a case in which the CFPB alleged that an attorney duped consumers by...more

5/2/2016 - Article III Barack Obama Canning v NLRB CFPA CFPB Corporate Counsel Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Federal Jurisdiction Recess Appointments Regulation O Richard Cordray Standing

Constitutionality of CFPB structure at issue in D.C. Circuit oral argument

The constitutionality of the CFPB’s structure was front and center at this past Tuesday’s oral argument in PHH Corporation et al. v. CFPB before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The case involves PHH’s appeal...more

4/14/2016 - ALJ Appeals Banking Sector CFPB Enforcement Actions Mortgages Popular Referral Fees RESPA Section 8 Separation of Powers

Director Cordray defends CFPB positions in appearance before Senate Banking Committee; comments on small business lending and...

Much of Director Cordray’s testimony in his appearance before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday consisted of his predictable defense of various CFPB positions. While the hearing was much less contentious than last...more

4/8/2016 - Automotive Loans Banking Sector CFPB Disparate Impact Dodd-Frank ECOA Enforcement Actions Finance Lease Contract Lending No-Action Letters Richard Cordray Senate Banking Committee Small Business

OIG issues report on CFPB civil penalty fund victim identification process

The Office of Inspector General for the Fed and CFPB has issued a report on the results of its audit of the CFPB’s process for identifying victims eligible to receive compensation from the Consumer Financial Civil Penalty...more

1/26/2016 - CFPB Civil Penalty Fund Compensation Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Popular

Federal district court issues ruling on confidentiality in CFPB investigations

The D.C. federal district court recently ruled that the plaintiffs’ names should be redacted in all documents filed in a lawsuit against the CFPB initiated by the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs are a group of businesses and an...more

10/28/2015 - CFPA CFPB CID Credit Counseling Enforcement Actions Financial Institutions Investigations Popular Privacy Concerns TRO

CFPB to participate in FTC Atlanta debt collection program

The CFPB will be participating in the FTC’s third “Debt Collection Dialogue” to be held in in Atlanta, Georgia on November 18, 2015. Gregory Nodler, CFPB Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy, is scheduled to be...more

10/22/2015 - Best Practices CFPB Compliance Consumer Complaint System Debt Collection Enforcement Actions FTC OCC Regulatory Agenda

Federal appeals court confirms FTC authority to regulate cybersecurity policies and procedures

Banks and other companies subject to the CFPB’s jurisdiction face the possibility that the CFPB could begin using its authority under Sections 1031 and 1036 of the Dodd-Frank Act (which proscribe unfair, deceptive or abusive...more

9/1/2015 - Banking Sector Banks CFPB Cyber Attacks Cyber Crimes Cybersecurity Data Privacy Data Protection Data Security Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Financial Institutions FTC FTC Act FTC v Wyndham Hackers Jurisdiction Privacy Policy Section 5 Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices Wyndham

CFPB to participate in Dallas FTC debt collection program

The CFPB will be participating in the FTC’s second “Debt Collection Dialogue” to be held in Dallas, Texas on September 29, 2015. Gregory Nodler, CFPB Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy, is scheduled to be a...more

8/7/2015 - Best Practices CFPB Compliance Consumer Lenders Debt Collection Debt Collectors Enforcement Actions Financial Institutions FTC Regulatory Standards

CFPB Files Complaint Against Companies Offering Mortgage Payment Program

In a complaint filed yesterday in a California federal court, the CFPB alleges that two related companies offering a biweekly mortgage payment program and their individual owner engaged in deceptive telemarketing acts or...more

5/18/2015 - CFPB Enforcement Actions Mortgages Telemarketing Sales Rule

CFPB files complaint against companies offering mortgage payment program

In a complaint filed yesterday in a California federal court, the CFPB alleges that two related companies offering a biweekly mortgage payment program and their individual owner engaged in deceptive telemarketing acts or...more

5/12/2015 - CFPB Enforcement Actions Mortgage Lenders Robocalling Telemarketing Sales Rule Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

CFPB settles action against land developers for ILSA violations

The CFPB recently announced that it had entered into a consent order with a land-development company and several individuals involved in the company’s operations to settle charges that the respondents violated the Interstate...more

5/8/2015 - CFPB Consent Order Enforcement Actions HUD ILSA Real Estate Development

CFPB settles first overdraft opt-in rule enforcement action

The CFPB announced yesterday that it had reached a settlement with Regions Bank regarding claims that the bank unlawfully charged overdraft fees to customers who had not opted-in for overdraft coverage. The matter is the...more

4/30/2015 - Banking Sector CFPB Debit Cards Depository Institutions Enforcement Actions Opt-In Overdraft Fees Regulation E Settlement

CFPB issues 2014 fair lending report

The CFPB has issued a fair lending report covering its fair lending activities during 2014. The report states that in 2014, CFPB fair lending supervisory and public enforcement actions required institutions to provide...more

4/30/2015 - CFPB Consumer Lenders Enforcement Actions Enforcement Statistics Fair Lending

Why the CFPB’s new lawsuit resembles “Operation Choke Point”

Yesterday, the CFPB announced that it had filed a lawsuit against “the ringleaders of a robo-call phantom debt collection operation, their companies, and their service providers.” This is the same lawsuit filed in federal...more

4/10/2015 - CFPB Choke Point Debit and Credit Card Transactions Debt Collectors Enforcement Actions Robocalling

New CFPB lawsuit targets payment processors for debt collectors

A new CFPB enforcement action filed in federal district court in Atlanta and unsealed last week targeting an alleged debt collection scam names as defendants not only the debt collectors and their individual principals but...more

4/7/2015 - CFPB Data Brokers Debt Collection Debt Collectors Enforcement Actions FDCPA Payment Processors Scams

Supervisory or Enforcement Action? Deputy Director Explains How the CFPB Decides

In his prepared remarks for an appearance last month at the Exchequer Club, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Deputy Director Steven Antonakes discussed the CFPB’s risk-based approach to supervision. (The Exchequer Club’s...more

3/9/2015 - Banking Sector CFPB Enforcement Actions Financial Institutions Nonbank Firms Risk-Based Approaches Supervision

Update on state AGs/regulator lawsuits using Dodd-Frank authority

Below is an update on the lawsuits we have been following that state attorneys general and a state regulator have brought using their Dodd-Frank enforcement authority. Under Dodd-Frank Section 1042, a state AG or regulator is...more

1/28/2015 - Automotive Loans CFPA Consumer Lenders Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Experian For Profit Colleges Popular Subprime Mortgages Truth in Lending Act (TILA) UDAAP Unfair Trade Practices Act

CFPB attorney addresses impact of CFPB expectations on existing service provider contracts

Peggy Twohig, the CFPB’s Assistant Director for Nonbank Supervision, was a member of a panel today on service provider and vendor management compliance issues at this week’s meeting in New Orleans of the American Bar...more

1/12/2015 - Bank Service Providers Banks CFPB Enforcement Actions Nonbank Firms

CFPB settles with military base retailer and related companies for alleged unlawful debt collection practices

As part of this week’s flurry of enforcement-related announcements, the CFPB announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed jointly with the Attorneys General of North Carolina and Virginia against Freedom Stores, Inc....more

12/22/2014 - CFPB Consent Order Debt Collection Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Internet Retailers Popular Retailers UDAAP

CFPB sues company for alleged credit card sham

A new lawsuit filed by the CFPB alleges that a Texas-based company, Union Workers Credit Services, deceived consumers into paying fees to sign up for a “platinum card” that purported to be a general-use credit card but, in...more

12/18/2014 - CFPB Credit Cards Enforcement Actions FCRA Regulation V

CFPB sues company for alleged credit card sham

A new lawsuit filed by the CFPB alleges that a Texas-based company, Union Workers Credit Services, deceived consumers into paying fees to sign up for a “platinum card” that purported to be a general-use credit card but, in...more

12/18/2014 - CFPB Credit Cards Enforcement Actions FCRA Regulation V Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

CFPB announces lawsuits against student loan debt relief companies

On December 11, the CFPB announced lawsuits against two student loan debt relief companies alleged to have deceived borrowers into paying upfront fees for federal student loan repayment benefits that are available for free....more

12/15/2014 - CFPB Debt Collectors Debt-Relief Industry Enforcement Actions Federal Student Loans Student Loans

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