John L. Culhane, Jr.

John L. Culhane, Jr.

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Dept. of Education announces student loan credit reporting and servicing initiatives

Last week, the CFPB announced that it had issued a Request for Information seeking comment on a set of prototype disclosures (the “Payback Playbook”) to assist federal student loan borrowers in selecting between alternative...more

5/3/2016 - Borrowers CFPB Credit Reports Department of Education Request For Information Student Loans

CFPB seeking comment on new repayment plan disclosures for federal student loan borrowers

The CFPB has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comment on a set of prototype disclosures to assist federal student loan borrowers in selecting between alternative repayment plans.  Comments are due on or before...more

4/29/2016 - Borrowers CFPB Comment Period Financial Sector Military Service Members Request For Information Student Loans

CFPB lacked authority to issue CID issued to college accrediting organization, D.C. federal district court rules

The D.C. federal district court has ruled that the CFPB exceeded its statutory authority when it issued a CID to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) in August 2015....more

4/25/2016 - Accreditation CFPB Civil Investigation Demand For Profit Colleges Jurisdiction Statutory Authority Student Lending Examination Procedures Universities

Industry Trade Groups Renew Challenge to HUD Disparate Impact Rule

Two industry trade associations whose members sell homeowners insurance have been granted leave to file an amended complaint in their lawsuit challenging the Fair Housing Act (FHA) disparate impact rule (Rule) adopted by the...more

4/22/2016 - Administrative Procedure Act Affordable Housing Disparate Impact Fair Housing Act (FHA) Homeowner's Insurance Motion to Amend Race Discrimination SCOTUS Texas Dept of Housing v Inclusive Communities

TCPA Exemption for Collection of Federal Debts Applies Retroactively, CA Federal Court Rules

The new Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) exemption for calls made to cellular numbers to collect debts owed to or guaranteed by the United States applies retroactively to calls made before the exemption's effective...more

4/18/2016 - ATDS Bipartisan Budget Cell Phones Debt Collection Exemptions FCC Federal Loans Federal Student Loans Popular Retroactive Application TCPA

Second Circuit Resolves Lower Court Split over Interest and Late Fees in FDCPA Claims

When a consumer's current balance will increase over time due to interest and late fees, a debt collection notice must disclose this information, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled. In Avila v....more

4/8/2016 - Debt Debt Collection Disclosure Requirements FDCPA Financial Sector Interest Rates Late Fees Safe Harbors

FTC Highlights FDCPA Risks for Debt Collectors Using Social Media, Texts

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently published a reminder to debt collectors of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) compliance risks that are created by the use of social media or text messages in connection...more

4/1/2016 - Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) Cell Phones CFPB Corporate Counsel Debt Collection Debt Collectors Facebook FDCPA FTC Popular Risk Management Social Media TCPA Text Messages

Loan Guarantors Are Not ''Applicants'' under ECOA, Equally Divided U.S. Supreme Court Affirms

An equally divided U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the Eighth Circuit's decision in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore, which upheld a federal district court ruling that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) does not...more

3/28/2016 - Banking Sector ECOA Guarantors Hawkins v Community Bank of Raymore Regulation B SCOTUS Spousal Guaranty

CFPB issues advisory and report on elder financial abuse

The CFPB has issued an advisory and a report with recommendations for banks and credit unions on how to prevent, recognize, report, and respond to financial exploitation of older Americans. The CFPB’s press release describes...more

3/25/2016 - CFPB Elder Abuse Elder Issues Exploitation Financial Abuse Financial Institutions

Dept. of Education considering ban on use of arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV assistance

We recently blogged about Public Citizen, Inc.’s petition to the Department of Education requesting the Department to adopt a rule requiring schools to agree, as a condition of receiving Title IV assistance under the Higher...more

3/18/2016 - Arbitration Agreements Department of Education Federal Student Loans Higher Education Act Student Enrollment Title IV

FCC Chairman Previews Proposed Regulations for Implementing New TCPA Exemptions

A recent letter from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler describes the regulations being considered by the FCC for implementing new Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) exemptions for calls made...more

3/16/2016 - Auto-Dialed Calls Corporate Counsel Debt Collection Exemptions FCC IRS NPRM Popular Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA

Fifth Circuit Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Texas "No Credit Card Surcharge" Law

A Texas law that prohibits merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases, but allows a discount for cash purchases, does not violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, a divided panel of the U.S....more

3/14/2016 - Business Conduct Standards Corporate Counsel Credit Card Surcharges Debit and Credit Card Transactions Due Process Financial Services Industry First Amendment Fourteenth Amendment

FTC Examines Process by which Companies Assess Compliance with PCI DSS

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued orders to obtain information about the process by which businesses audit their compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) and the role of such...more

3/10/2016 - CFPB Credit Cards Data Protection Dwolla FTC Online Payments PCI-DSS Standard Reporting Requirements Retail Market

FTC Gets 3 Million Consumer Complaints in 2015

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received more than 3 million consumer complaints in 2015 with debt collection topping the list, according to its newly released Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. The annual report, which...more

3/8/2016 - CFPB Consumer Complaint Database Corporate Counsel Debt Collection FTC Identity Theft Sweepstakes Telecommunications

CFPB Initiates Its First Data Security Enforcement Action

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced its first data security enforcement action. Since the 1990s, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has primarily taken on the role as the de facto federal regulator...more

3/4/2016 - CFPB Data Security Dwolla Enforcement Actions Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Online Payments PCI-DSS Standard UDAAP

Creditor Can Obtain TCPA "Prior Express Consent" Through Intermediary, Sixth Circuit Rules

A creditor that received a consumer's cell phone number through an intermediary had the consumer's ''prior express consent'' under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive calls from a debt collector, the U.S....more

2/29/2016 - Auto-Dialed Calls Cell Phones Corporate Counsel Debt Collection FCC Health Care Providers Popular Prior Express Consent Putative Class Actions Summary Judgment TCPA

ACA International white paper takes aim at misleading use of CFPB complaint data

A new white paper issued by ACA International takes aim at the use of CFPB complaint data by The Alliance for a Just Society in a report titled “Unfair, Deceptive, and Abusive: Debt Collectors Profit from Aggressive Tactics.”...more

2/26/2016 - CFPB Consumer Complaint System Debt Collection Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Voicemail Messages on Debtor's Phone Did Not Violate FDCPA, Federal Court Rules

A debt collector did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by leaving a voicemail message on a cell phone shared by the debtor with her boyfriend because it was not reasonably foreseeable that he would...more

2/23/2016 - Cell Phones Corporate Counsel Debt Collection FDCPA Voicemail

FTC sends letter to CFPB on 2015 debt collection activities

The FTC has sent a letter to the CFPB summarizing the FTC’s debt collection activities in 2015. The letter is intended to provide the CFPB with information for its annual report to Congress on the federal government’s FDCPA...more

2/23/2016 - CFPB Debt Buyers Debt Collection FDCPA FTC

Court: Debt Collector's Implicit Suggestion that Consumer Should Make Payment Within Dispute Period Violates FDCPA

A debt collector's implicit suggestion that a consumer should make a payment before the end of the 30-day dispute period violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), a federal court in Missouri has ruled. In...more

2/22/2016 - Debt Collectors FDCPA Summary Judgment

Federal Reserve Repeals Regulation AA, Proposes Repeal of Regulation C

The Federal Reserve Board (Board) is repealing Regulation AA, which includes the Board's credit practices rule, effective March 21, 2016. The Board is also proposing to repeal its Regulation C, which historically implemented...more

2/19/2016 - Banks CFPB Comment Period Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve FTC Act HMDA Mortgages Regulation AA Regulation C

Dept. of Education extends comment period for new online complaint system

The Department of Education has published a notice in the Federal Register extending the period for comments to be submitted on its plans to create a new Web site by July 1, 2016 for students and borrowers “to file complaints...more

2/17/2016 - Comment Period Department of Education Federal Student Aid Federal Student Loans Financial Services Industry Websites

Department of Education Creates Student Aid Enforcement Unit

The U.S. Department of Education is creating a Student Aid Enforcement Unit to respond to allegations of illegal actions by higher education institutions. The announcement closely follows the Department's and Federal Trade...more

2/17/2016 - CFPB Department of Education Educational Institutions Enforcement Student Loans

Deadline Extended for Requesting Direct Access to Military Loan Act Database

The Department of Defense has extended the deadline for requesting direct access to its Military Loan Act (MLA) Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) database until February 15, 2016. Under amendments to the MLA's implementing...more

2/5/2016 - CFPB Consumer Lenders Databases Deadlines Department of Defense (DOD) Military Lending Act Military Service Members Safe Harbors

DOJ Settles Action Alleging Bank Discriminated Against Disability Income Recipients

The U.S. Department of Justice recently entered into a consent order with Evolve Bank & Trust to settle charges that the bank discriminated against mortgage loan applicants on the basis of disability and receipt of public...more

2/3/2016 - Banking Sector Consent Order Disability Discrimination DOJ ECOA Fair Housing Act (FHA) Mortgage Lenders Qualified Settlement Funds

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