Jeremy T. Rosenblum

Jeremy T. Rosenblum

Ballard Spahr LLP

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The CFPB’s contemplated payday/title/high-cost lending proposals: our thoughts on collection practice limits

This is the last of a series of blog posts in which we share our reactions to the CFPB’s contemplated proposals taking aim at payday (and other small-dollar, high-rate) loans (“Covered Loans”). In this blog post, we share our...more

4/7/2015 - Ability-to-Repay CFPB Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Debt Collection Payday Loans Proposed Regulation Title Loans

Some issues for “longer-term” loans under the CFPB’s contemplated payday/title/high-cost lending proposals

In this blog post, we share our thoughts on the 36% “all-in” rate trigger and restrictions for loans considered to be “longer-term” under the CFPB’s contemplated proposals taking aim at payday (and other small-dollar,...more

4/6/2015 - Ability-to-Repay CFPB Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Payday Loans Proposed Regulation Title Loans

Some issues for “short-term” loans under the CFPB’s contemplated payday/title/high-cost lending proposals

In this blog post, we share our thoughts on how the CFPB’s contemplated proposals taking aim at payday (and other small-dollar, high-rate) loans (“Covered Loans”) will impact “short-term” Covered Loans and the flaws we see in...more

4/3/2015 - CFPB Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Payday Loans Proposed Regulation Title Loans

The CFPB’s contemplated payday/title/high-cost lending proposals: our initial reactions

Last Friday, we posted a summary of the contemplated CFPB proposals taking aim at payday (and other small-dollar, high-rate) loans (“Covered Loans”). In this blog post, we share our thoughts on the CFPB’s grounds for the...more

4/2/2015 - CFPB Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Dodd-Frank Payday Loans Popular Proposed Regulation Title Loans

CFPB shows its hand on payday (and title and longer-term high-rate) lending

The CFPB has moved a step closer to issuing payday loan rules by releasing a press release, factsheet and outline of the proposals it is considering in preparation for convening a small business review panel required by the...more

3/30/2015 - ACH Payments CFPB Consumer Lenders Dodd-Frank Payday Loans Title Loans

DOJ Announces Two More ‘Operation Choke Point’ Settlements

With the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that it had settled separate lawsuits against two small banks charged with facilitating consumer fraud through their relationships with third-party payment...more

3/23/2015 - Bank Fraud Bank Secrecy Act Banks Choke Point Criminal Prosecution DOJ Enforcement Actions Popular

OCC Updated Examiner Guidance Includes New Overdraft Protection Program Requirements

In updated examiner guidance and examination procedures issued last week, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) directs its examiners to assess whether the overdraft protection and other deposit-related consumer...more

2/20/2015 - Banking Sector Banks Depository Institutions Guidance Update OCC Overdraft Fees Supervision

Texas Federal Court Rejects Challenge to ‘No Credit Card Surcharge’ Law

A federal district court in Texas has dismissed a lawsuit brought by several merchants challenging the constitutionality of a state law that prohibits merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases. In Rowell v....more

2/11/2015 - Credit Card Surcharges Credit Cards Debit and Credit Card Transactions Dismissals Due Process First Amendment Retailers

FTC Announces Settlement of First Actions against Auto Title Lenders

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it has entered into proposed settlements with two auto title lenders that were charged with deceptive advertising in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act and the Truth in...more

2/5/2015 - Advertising Automotive Industry Automotive Loans Civil Monetary Penalty Enforcement Actions False Advertising FTC Regulation Z Settlement TILA

FDIC Eases Stance on Bank Relationships with ‘Risky’ Businesses - But Not the Time for Complacency on Compliance

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has issued a “Statement on Providing Banking Services” in which it “encourages institutions to take a risk-based approach in assessing individual customer relationships rather...more

2/2/2015 - Banking Sector Banks FDIC New Guidance TPPPs

FTC Announces Settlement with Online Payday Lenders

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a settlement with two online payday lenders to resolve charges that they violated the FTC Act, the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA). The...more

1/27/2015 - EFTA FTC FTCA Payday Loans Settlement TILA

CFPB encourages comments on prepaid card proposal

Kelly Cochran, CFPB Assistant Director for Regulations, addressed the CFPB’s prepaid card rulemaking in a January 12 presentation to the American Bar Association Consumer Financial Services Committee in New Orleans. She...more

1/13/2015 - American Bar Association Banking Sector CFPB Consumer Financial Products Prepaid Payment Products Proposed Regulation

FTC Increases Exclusionary Limit for Certain Door-to-Door Sales

The Federal Trade Commission has adopted a final rule amending its Cooling-Off Rule to exclude from the Rule’s coverage door-to-door sales of consumer goods or services with a purchase price of $130 or more that are made at...more

1/9/2015 - Amended Regulation Cooling-Off Rule Door-to-Door Sales Final Rules FTC

Petitioner Opposes NY Regulator’s Motion To Dismiss Lawsuit Seeking Access to Database of Alleged Illegal Payday Lenders

The consumer financial services attorney (the petitioner) who sued the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and its superintendent, Benjamin Lawsky, to obtain access to DFS’s database of alleged illegal...more

12/17/2014 - Consumer Lenders FOIA Motion to Dismiss Payday Loans

CFPB Director Cordray Issues Warning to Bankers

Director Cordray’s remarks to the Clearing House Thursday should unsettle bankers and payday lenders alike. In his talk, Director Cordray challenged bankers to bow to the inevitable. He suggested that sooner, rather than...more

11/24/2014 - Banking Sector Banks CFPB Choke Point EFTA NACHA Payday Loans Popular Richard Cordray TILA

CFPB Proposes Sweeping Changes for Prepaid Cards

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued an 870-page proposal for prepaid cards (including 156 pages of actual proposed rules) that mandates new disclosures, error resolution procedures, consumer liability limits...more

11/14/2014 - CFPB Prepaid Payment Products Proposed Regulation

N.Y. Department of Financial Services Sued for Access to Documents Pertaining to Database of Alleged Illegal Payday Lenders

A consumer financial services attorney (the petitioner) recently filed a petition in New York state court against the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and its superintendent, Benjamin Lawsky. The lawsuit...more

10/14/2014 - Banks Blacklist Department of Financial Services FOIA Payday Loans

CFSA Presses Its Case against ‘Operation Choke Point’

The Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA), the national trade association for the payday lending industry, has filed a memorandum in support of its previously filed lawsuit against the agencies it accuses...more

10/9/2014 - Banks Choke Point Lenders Payday Loans

Pew’s Fourth Report Targets Online Payday Lending

The Pew Charitable Trusts has released the fourth report in its “Payday Lending in America” series. The new report examines issues with the online payday loan market and draws distinctions with the storefront-based payday...more

10/8/2014 - Internet Lenders Payday Loans

Second Circuit Issues Decision in Payday-Loan Regulatory Case

In a clash of competing sovereigns’ interests, the Second Circuit recently upheld, for now, the authority of the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) to regulate online payday loans made by Indian tribal lenders to...more

10/6/2014 - Banks Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders NACHA Native American Issues Payday Loans Preliminary Injunctions Tribal Governments

Lender Risk Management for Bankruptcy Stay Violations

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a bankruptcy case highlights a risk to consumer lenders and suggests a practical approach to risk management through clear policies and employee...more

10/2/2014 - Automatic Stay Consumer Bankruptcy Electronic Fund Transfer Act Risk Management

FTC Reviewing Telemarketing Sales Rule

As part of a systematic review of its regulations, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking comment on a variety of issues relating to its Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). The FTC is conducting the review “to determine...more

9/9/2014 - FTC Telemarketing Telemarketing Sales Rule

New York Grand Jury Indicts 12 Online Payday Lenders and 3 Individuals

In a shot across the bow of online payday lenders who allegedly disregard state law where their borrowers reside, a New York County grand jury recently voted a criminal usury and conspiracy indictment against 12 companies...more

8/15/2014 - Conspiracies Grand Juries Lenders Payday Loans Usury

Lender Violated EFTA Prohibition on Conditioning Loans on Electronic Payments, Calif. Federal Court Rules

A California federal court recently ruled that a lender violated the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA) prohibition on “condition[ing] the extension of credit” on a borrower’s repayment “by means of preauthorized electronic...more

8/6/2014 - EFTA Electronic Fund Transfer Act FTC Loans

CFPB releases more overdraft program data as a prelude to likely rulemaking

The CFPB moved closer to likely rulemaking on overdraft programs with the release late last week of a new report entitled “Data Point: Checking account overdraft.” The report is based on account-level and...more

8/4/2014 - Banks CFPB Checking Accounts FDIC Information Reports OCC Overdraft Fees Regulation E Rulemaking Process

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