Christopher J. Willis

Christopher J. Willis

Ballard Spahr LLP

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CFPB Proposes Rule To Supervise Nonbank Auto Finance Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a proposal to supervise nonbank companies that qualify as “larger participants of a market for automobile financing.” Comments on the proposal will be due 60 days after the...more

9/19/2014 - Automotive Industry Automotive Loans Banks CFPB Nonbank Firms

Hanna Law Firm Moves to Dismiss CFPB Complaint

Today, the law firm of Fredrick J. Hanna & Associates filed a motion to dismiss the enforcement action brought by the CFPB against it in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia....more

9/15/2014 - CFPB Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions FDCPA Motion to Dismiss

The CFPB’s Debt Collection Complaint Report: Lots of Fury Signifying Nothing

Yesterday, the CFPB released its annual report on debt collection, along with a press release. The headline, according to the Bureau, is that “Consumers Report Being Hounded About Debts Not Owed,” and the Bureau reported that...more

3/24/2014 - CFPB Debt Collection

CFPB Issues Aggressive Rulemaking Agenda

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recently released fall 2013 rulemaking agenda portends aggressive rulemaking by the Bureau in 2014. With most of the rulemaking mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act now completed,...more

12/6/2013 - CFPB Compliance Dodd-Frank Enforcement Mortgages

CFPB Finalizes Rule To Supervise Student Loan Servicers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a final rule allowing it to supervise nonbank servicers of private and federal student loans who qualify as “larger participants” in the student loan servicing market. The...more

12/4/2013 - CFPB Loan Servicing Nonbank Firms Student Loans Students

Federal Regulators Issue Statement on Qualified Mortgage Fair Lending Risks

Federal regulators have issued an interagency statement intended to address industry concerns regarding the fair lending risks associated with compliance with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s...more

10/25/2013 - Ability-to-Repay CFPB Fair Lending FDIC Mortgages NCUA Qualified Mortgage Rule

CFPB Issues Response Guidance for Compliant System’s Company Portal

The CFPB recently posted new "Response Guidance," which outlines what the CFPB deems "best practices" for financial institutions to follow in responding to consumer complaints, on its company portal....more

8/12/2013 - Best Management Practices CFPB Consumer Complaint System Recordkeeping Requirements

CFPB issues response guidance for complaint system’s company portal

Companies logging on to the CFPB’s company portal recently discovered that the CFPB had posted new “Response Guidance.” The guidance supplements the CFPB’s Company Portal Manual which describes the operation of the online...more

8/7/2013 - CFPB Fees Internet Websites

CFPB Targets Debt Collection in New UDAAP Bulletins, Complaint System, Consumer Action Letters

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau made clear that debt collection continues to be a major focus by issuing two new bulletins and five action letters for consumers to use when responding to debt collectors....more

7/11/2013 - CFPB Compliance Consumer Complaint System Debt Debt Collection Dodd-Frank FDCPA Harassment UDAAP

CFPB Finalizes Procedures for Supervising Nonbanks Engaged in Risky Conduct

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has adopted a final rule setting forth the procedures it will use to supervise nonbanks engaged in conduct that poses risk to consumers....more

7/2/2013 - CFPB Credit Reports Dodd-Frank Final Rules Financial Products Lenders Mortgages Nonbank Firms Wall Street

CFPB responds to letter from Democrats requesting auto fair lending information and gets new request from Republicans

As we reported, on May 28, 2013, Democratic members of the House Committee on Financial Services sent a letter to Director Cordray requesting information about the CFPB’s activities related to auto fair lending, including...more

6/27/2013 - Automotive Industry CFPB Fair Lending Richard Cordray

“Responsible Conduct”: a welcome statement, but with two serious problems

On June 25, 2013, the CFPB released a Bulletin to describe the sorts of “responsible conduct” that might lead it to be more lenient in the context of an enforcement investigation....more

6/27/2013 - CFPB CID Richard Cordray Self-Reporting Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Supreme Court Agrees Again To Decide Critical Disparate Impact Questions under the Fair Housing Act

The question of whether plaintiffs suing under the Fair Housing Act may bring disparate impact claims is back on the U.S. Supreme Court's docket as a result of the Court's decision today to grant certiorari in Mount Holly v....more

6/17/2013 - CFPB Discrimination Disparate Impact ECOA Fair Lending FHA Redevelopment SCOTUS

Keep up with CFPB Monitor with alternatives to Google Reader

Many devotees of Google Reader—including yours truly—are lamenting Google’s recent announcement that this “reading list” function is going away. I always found Google Reader to be a handy one-stop-shopping method for keeping...more

4/2/2013 - CFPB Google Google Reader

Auto finance: can we really call disparate impact “discrimination”?

I want to thank Jeff Sovern over at the Public Citizen Consumer Law & Policy Blog for having an interesting back-and-forth with me over the last week about the application of the disparate impact theory of liability to dealer...more

4/1/2013 - Automotive Industry Car Dealerships CFPB Discrimination Disparate Impact ECOA Fair Lending

CFPB Expands Public Consumer Complaint Database

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has expanded its public Consumer Complaint Database to include complaints about mortgages, bank deposit products and services, student loans, and other consumer loans (which category...more

4/1/2013 - CFPB Consumer Complaint System Loans Mortgages Student Loans

How the CFPB’s stance on ECOA in auto finance will raise consumer prices

Ever since the CFPB’s release of its bulletin relating to disparate impact analysis of dealer rate participation last week, the press and consumer advocacy groups have been buzzing about the Bureau’s stance and its potential...more

3/28/2013 - Automotive Industry Car Dealerships CFPB Dealer Rate Participation Disparate Impact ECOA Financing

CFPB Issues Second Annual Report on FDCPA Activities

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s second annual report to Congress on enforcement of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) confirms that debt collection will continue to be a major CFPB focus in 2013....more

3/27/2013 - CFPB Debt Collection Dodd-Frank FDCPA FTC

CFPB Issues Guidance on Indirect Auto Lending ECOA Compliance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued guidance on fair lending compliance for indirect auto lenders. The guidance targets the practice of “dealer markups.” This practice involves an auto dealer charging the...more

3/22/2013 - Automotive Industry Car Dealerships CFPB Compliance ECOA Fair Lending Financing

The CFPB previews its coming auto finance fair lending enforcement actions

Earlier today, the CFPB released its guidance bulletin with respect to automobile indirect finance fair lending issues. The bulletin’s intent is unmistakably clear from the accompanying press release’s tag line: “CONSUMER...more

3/22/2013 - Automotive Industry Car Dealerships CFPB ECOA Fair Lending Financing

CFPB Issues Proposal To Supervise Student Loan Servicers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a proposal to supervise nonbank servicers of private and federal student loans who qualify as “larger participants” in the student loan servicing market. Comments on the...more

3/19/2013 - CFPB Dodd-Frank Servicing Policies Student Loans

Prevailing Defendant Can Recover Costs in FDCPA Suit Not Filed in Bad Faith, Supreme Court Rules

A prevailing defendant in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) case can recover costs even without a court finding that the plaintiff filed suit in bad faith and for the purpose of harassment, the U.S. Supreme Court...more

3/1/2013 - Attorney's Fees CFPB Debt Collectors FDCPA General Revenue Corp. Legal Costs Prevailing Party SCOTUS

The CFPB Stretches ECOA Past the Breaking Point with Auto Finance

In a story released last night, Carter Dougherty at Bloomberg reports that the CFPB has warned “at least four banks” that it may take enforcement action against them under ECOA, alleging that a “policy” of “allowing” dealers...more

2/22/2013 - Automotive Industry CFPB Discrimination Disparate Impact ECOA Enforcement Financial Institution Liability Financing Retail Installment Sales Contracts

FTC Continues To Target Debt Collectors and Debt Relief Companies

The Federal Trade Commission’s continuing focus on the debt collection and debt relief industries was clearly demonstrated by several recently announced lawsuits and settlements....more

2/11/2013 - CFPB Debt Collection Debt Collectors Debt Settlement Services Debt-Relief Industry FDCPA FTC Section 5 Telemarketing Sales Rule

FTC Issues Debt Buying Industry Study

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a report, The Structure and Practices of the Debt Buying Industry, which the FTC has described as “the first of its kind” empirical study of debt buyers. ...more

2/1/2013 - CFPB Debt Debt Buyers Debt Collection FTC

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