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Financial Services Report - Summer 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE - Summer blockbuster season is officially upon us. Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? What about Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2? It’s déjà vu all over again with Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alien,...more

CFPB Proposes Changes to Prepaid Accounts Rule

On June 15, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released proposed revisions to its final Prepaid Accounts Rule (“Final Rule”). The Final Rule was published in November 2016 and was subsequently amended to...more

Consumer Advisory Board – CFPB Encourages Credit Card Companies to Consider Zero-Interest Promotions in Place of Deferred-Interest...

On June 8, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) held a Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) meeting, at which CFPB Director Richard Cordray discussed deferred-interest products. The CFPB also included in a press...more

OCC Guidance Suggests Flexibility for Third-Party Risk Management

On June 7, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) issued frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) that supplement the OCC’s 2013 guidance entitled “Third-Party Relationships: Risk Management Guidance” (“2013...more

FDIC Action Is a Reminder that Bank Partnerships Are Not a Panacea for Non-Banks

On May 11, 2017, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced that it had reached settlements with Bank of Lake Mills (Bank) and two of its “institution-affiliated parties” (IAPs)—Freedom Stores, Inc. (FSI) and...more

CFPB Initiates Third CARD Act Review

On March 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) published a Request for Information (2017 RFI) regarding the consumer credit card market. In accordance with Section 502(a) of the Credit Card...more

CFPB Proposes Delayed Effective Date of Prepaid Accounts Rule, Releases Short-Form Disclosure Guide

On March 9, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau or CFPB) announced in a blog post a proposal to delay the effective date of the final rule on prepaid accounts (Final Rule) for six months to April 1, 2018....more

3/13/2017  /  CFPB , Delays , Final Rules

Financial Services Report, Winter 2016

EDITOR’S NOTE - Hope you survived all of those awkward Thanksgiving holiday conversations— amazing how divided people are on whether the court got it right in the PHH case, isn’t it? So on we go into the holiday season,...more

CFPB Requests Information Regarding Data Aggregation Services

On November 17, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) held a field hearing in Salt Lake City, Utah, and published a Request for Information (“RFI”) regarding access to consumer financial account...more

OCC Lays Out Responsible Innovation Framework

On October 26, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) issued its Recommendations and Decisions for Implementing a Responsible Innovation Framework (“Framework”). The Framework is a follow up to the OCC’s...more

CFPB Makes FinTech Headlines

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or “Bureau”) made headlines in FinTech on October 24, 2016. First, the Bureau released its first-ever Project Catalyst report on promoting consumer-friendly innovation...more

CFPB Finalizes Sweeping Prepaid Account Rule

On October 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued its long-awaited final rule to further regulate prepaid card products, or “prepaid accounts” (the “Final Rule” or “Rule”). The Final Rule follows...more

Financial Services Report, Fall 2016

Editor’s Note - So much for summer! The weather is cooling, the kids are back to school, and we better not see you wearing white so long after Labor Day! For those of you having a little trouble getting back in the...more

What You Need to Know Now About the CFPB’s Debt Collection Proposal

On July 28, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) issued its outline of proposals under consideration for the regulation of debt collection. This 117-page release, entitled “Small Business Review...more

FinCEN Finalizes Customer Due Diligence Rule for Legal Entity Customers

On May 11th, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, published a Final Rule (the “Rule”) on customer due diligence after a four-year rulemaking process. The Rule...more

Treasury Issues White Paper on Online Marketplace Lending

On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) issued a white paper, entitled “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending” (“White Paper”). The White Paper describes Treasury’s review of...more

OCC Announces Preliminary Framework on FinTech and Responsible Innovation

On March 31, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) released a white paper on financial technology innovation (“White Paper”), which lays out a preliminary framework for “responsible innovation.” The...more

4/7/2016  /  Banking Sector , CFPB , FinTech , Innovation , OCC

Financial Services Report, Spring 2016

Why another law firm newsletter? Over ten years ago, Will Stern answered that question in the first Editor’s Note of the first Financial Services Report. Some things have changed since then—we no longer print and mail paper...more

The CFPB Publishes Report on Prepaid Card Complaints

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) published its monthly complaint report, this time focusing on complaints about prepaid products. The complaint report notes that, as of February 1, 2016, the CFPB...more

CFPB Reminds Companies of Automatic Debit Authorization Requirements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a compliance bulletin (“Bulletin”) reminding entities of their obligation to obtain consumer authorization prior to automatically debiting a consumer’s account for...more

Higher One, Inc. Enforcement Actions Remind Nonbank Service Providers of Their Legal Obligations When Partnering With Banks

On December 23, 2015, the Federal Reserve Board (“Federal Reserve”) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (“FDIC” and, collectively with the Federal Reserve, the “Agencies”) announced settlements with Higher One, Inc....more

Loan to San Bernardino Attacker Generates New Focus on Online Marketplace Lending and Terrorism Financing

News that an online marketplace lender extended a $28,500 loan to Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the alleged San Bernardino attackers, just two weeks before the attack, has spurred House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb...more

CFPB Releases Second CARD Act Report

On December 3, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB" or “Bureau”) released its second biennial report on the consumer credit card market (“Report”), as required by the Credit Card Accountability...more

Financial Services Report, Winter 2015

BELTWAY - Finally Faster than Amazon Prime - The Federal Reserve Board recently announced that banks and other financial institutions that use its payments system will have to be able to process same-day...more

The CSBS Finalizes Model Framework for Virtual Currencies

On September 15, 2015, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (“CSBS”) issued its final Model Regulatory Framework on virtual currency activities (“Final Framework”). The Final Framework follows the CSBS’s December 2014...more

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