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CFPB Announces Final Policy Statement to Share Consumer Complaint Narratives, and Issues an RFI Seeking Comment on a Proposed...

On March 19, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced the issuance of a Final Policy Statement (“Policy Statement”) that expands its Consumer Complaint Database (“Database”) to allow consumers to...more

4/6/2015 - CFPB Consumer Complaint System Consumer Financial Products Policy Statement Request For Information

Supreme Court to Determine Whether ECOA Allows Spousal Guarantors to Challenge Liability

On March 2, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari in Hawkins v. Cmty. Bank of Raymore, 761 F.3d 937 (8th Cir. 2014), cert. granted, No. 14-520, 2015 U.S. LEXIS 1635 (U.S. Mar. 2, 2015)—on appeal from...more

4/1/2015 - Commercial Loans ECOA Guarantors Hawkins v Community Bank of Raymore Real Estate Development Regulation B RL BB Acquisition v Bridgemill Commons SCOTUS Spousal Guaranty

The CFPB & UDAAP: A ‘Know It When You See It’ Standard?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) continued and expanded reliance on its sweeping authority to prohibit unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) continues to command the attention of financial...more

3/12/2015 - Banking Sector CFPB Consumer Lenders Enforcement Statistics Financial Institutions Richard Cordray UDAAP

CFPB Announces Field Hearing on Arbitration

On February 23, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it will hold a field hearing in Newark, New Jersey, on March 10, 2015, to discuss the topic of arbitration. We anticipate that the CFPB will...more

2/25/2015 - Arbitration CFPB Dodd-Frank

State Virtual Currency Regulatory Developments

On February 4, 2015, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) issued for public comment a revised proposed rule to implement a “BitLicense” regulatory regime (the “2015 Proposal”). As discussed below, the 2015...more

2/11/2015 - Bitcoin BitLicense CSBS NYDFS Public Comment Regulatory Agenda Virtual Currency

The CFPB & UDAAP: A “Know It When You See It” Standard?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) continued and expanded reliance on its sweeping authority to prohibit unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) continues to command the attention of financial...more

1/22/2015 - Banking Sector CFPB Enforcement Actions Financial Institutions Richard Cordray UDAAP

FinCEN Issues Statement Encouraging Banks to Evaluate Money Services Businesses on a Case-by-Case Basis

On November 10, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a Statement addressing bank “de-risking,” often described as the practice of closing accounts or refusing to open accounts for particular types...more

11/13/2014 - Bank Accounts Bank Secrecy Act Banks FinCEN Money Services Business

FinCEN Rulings Designate Certain Virtual Currency Businesses as Money Transmitters

On October 27, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued two administrative rulings regarding virtual currency. The first administrative ruling concerns a proposed virtual currency trading and booking...more

10/30/2014 - Bank Secrecy Act Bitcoins Compliance FinCEN Money Transfer Money Transmitter Virtual Currency

CFPB Issues Warning to Credit Card Issuers: Promotional APR Offers May Be Deceptive and/or Abusive

On September 3, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a bulletin to warn credit card issuers about marketing practices related to credit card promotional APR offers (“Bulletin”). The Bulletin warns...more

9/5/2014 - Banking Sector Banks CFPB Credit Cards Dodd-Frank Interest Rates Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

New York DFS Proposes Sweeping Virtual Currency Licensing Scheme

Yesterday, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) issued a proposed rule for public comment setting forth a novel and comprehensive “BitLicense” regulatory scheme for entities engaged in “Virtual Currency...more

7/21/2014 - BitLicense Licenses Licensing Rules Proposed Regulation Public Comment Social Networks Virtual Currency

CFPB to Assume a Larger Role in Virtual Currency Initiatives

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a report, entitled “Virtual Currencies: Emerging Regulatory, Law Enforcement, and Consumer Protection Challenges.” The report, delivered earlier to...more

7/8/2014 - CFPB DHS DOJ GAO Information Reports IRS Law Enforcement Legislative Committees Popular Property Tax Virtual Currency

The CFPB & UDAAP: A “Know It When You See It” Standard?

Institutions regulated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and subject to its enforcement authority are dealing with of the agency’s sweeping authority to prohibit unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or...more

6/13/2014 - CFPB Enforcement Actions Investigations Richard Cordray UDAAP

CFPB Issues a Request for Information Related to Mobile Financial Services

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released a request for information (“RFI”) concerning the use of mobile financial services, specifically among unbanked and underbanked consumers. The RFI was...more

6/13/2014 - CFPB Data Protection Mobile Apps Mobile Banking Request For Information

GAO Recommends Consideration of New Privacy Rules for Mobile Technologies

On November 15, 2013, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a report it had previously delivered to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (“Committee”) that focuses on...more

12/16/2013 - GAO Mobile Devices Privacy Policy

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