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CFPB files petition in D.C. federal court to enforce CID issued to college accrediting organization

On October 29, 2015, the CFPB filed a petition in D.C. federal court to enforce the CID it issued on August 25, 2015 to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS’ petition to modify or set...more

11/12/2015 - Accreditation CFPB Civil Investigation Demand For Profit Colleges Student Loans

CFPB Announces Consent Order with Employment Background Screening Report Providers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) announcement that it has entered into a consent order with two affiliated companies that generate and provide employment background screening reports serves as a reminder to...more

11/9/2015 - Background Checks CFPB Consumer Reporting Agencies FCRA Hiring & Firing Popular

Director Cordray defends CFPB authority to investigate college accrediting organization

Director Cordray is reported to have defended the CFPB’s authority to investigate a college accrediting organization at a recent Politico event. On October 8, 2015, the CFPB issued a decision and order denying the petition of...more

11/6/2015 - Accreditation Bank Service Providers CFPB CID Colleges Consumer Financial Products Department of Education Educational Institutions Enforcement Actions Financial Institutions Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Lawmakers seek rescission of CID issued to college accrediting organization

Senator Lamar Alexander and Representative John Kline sent a letter to Director Cordray on October 23, 2015 requesting that he “immediately rescind the issuance of a civil investigative demand to the Accrediting Council for...more

11/5/2015 - Accreditation CFPA CFPB Civil Investigation Demand Colleges Compliance Department of Education DOE Educational Institutions Financial Institutions Higher Education Act UDAAP Universities

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman highlights FFELP loans in fourth annual report

The CFPB released its fourth Annual Report of the Student Loan Ombudsman discussing complaints received by the CFPB about private and federal student loans and the lessons drawn by the Ombudsman from those complaints. (The...more

10/16/2015 - CFPB Consumer Complaint Management Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Debt Collection DOE Enforcement Actions Federal Student Loans Financial Institutions GAO Loans Private Student Loans Student Loans

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Case to Decide Whether Loan Guarantors Are “Applicants” Under ECOA

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in the case of Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore, the result of which will determine whether a spousal guarantor is an “applicant” under the Equal Credit Opportunity...more

10/9/2015 - Banking Sector Banks Cause of Action Accrual CFPB Discrimination ECOA Federal Reserve Financial Institutions Loans Regulation B SCOTUS Spousal Guaranty

FTC Announces Settlement with Auto Loan Servicer for Alleged Violations of FCRA Furnisher Rule

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with a company that services auto loans for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) “Furnisher Rule.” The settlement serves as a reminder...more

9/18/2015 - Automotive Loans CFPB Civil Monetary Penalty Consumer Lenders Consumer Reporting Agencies CRA FCRA Financial Institutions FTC FTC Act Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

FTC provides guidance on FCRA requirements for employer background checks

When examining banks and companies subject to CFPB supervisory authority for FCRA compliance, CFPB examiners will look at whether the bank or company has followed FCRA requirements for use of background checks on employees...more

9/10/2015 - Background Checks Banking Sector Banks CFPB FCRA Financial Institutions FTC Hiring & Firing

Interagency task force issues recommendations on federal student loan servicing contracts

Pursuant to a March 2015 Presidential directive, an interagency task force consisting of the Department of the Treasury, Department of Education, Office of Management and Budget, and Domestic Policy Council has issued...more

9/3/2015 - Best Practices CFPB Compliance Consumer Lenders DOE Educational Institutions Federal Student Loans FSA Obama Administration OMB Student Loans U.S. Treasury

CFPB seeks information on income-driven student loan repayment plans

In a new blog post, the CFPB tells borrowers, that in response to its solicitation of borrower “stories” about problems with student loans, it has heard “about problems related to enrolling in income-driven repayment plans...more

8/19/2015 - Borrowers CFPB DOE Federal Student Loans Financial Institutions Student Loans

CFPB files amicus brief in FDCPA case applying “meaningful attorney involvement” standard to debt collection litigation

The CFPB, jointly with the FTC, has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Bock v. Pressler & Pressler, LLP, the case in which the district court ruled that a debt collection law firm...more

8/18/2015 - Amicus Briefs Appeals CFPB Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA FTC

Defense Department Dramatically Expands Scope of Military Lending Act

The Department of Defense (DoD) dramatically expanded the scope of the Military Lending Act (MLA) on July 22, 2015, publishing its Final Rule amending the MLA’s implementing regulation. MLA coverage was previously limited to...more

7/28/2015 - Automotive Loans CFPB Consumer Lenders Credit Unions DOD Financial Services Authority Higher Education Act Lenders Military Lending Act Military Service Members Payday Loans Regulation Z Title IV

CFPB issues new report on servicemember student loans

A new CFPB report entitled “Overseas & Underserved: Student Loan Servicing and the Cost to Our Men and Women in Uniform” contains the CFPB’s findings regarding student loan servicing problems faced by...more

7/10/2015 - CFPB Military Service Members Student Loans

CFPB update on student loan complaints continues to highlight co-signer release issues

The CFPB has issued a “Mid-year update on student loan complaints” that analyzes the approximately 3,100 private student loan complaints received by the CFPB betweenOctober 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. The update also analyzes...more

6/24/2015 - CFPB Consumer Complaint System Consumer Lenders Cosigners Debt Collection Default Information Reports Releases Student Loans Students

CFPB Finalizes Rule to Supervise Nonbank Auto Finance Companies, Releases Auto Finance Examination Procedures for Banks, Nonbanks

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a final rule allowing it to supervise nonbank companies that qualify as “larger participants of a market for automobile financing.” Relatedly, it adopted simultaneously a...more

6/12/2015 - Auto Lease Automotive Industry Automotive Loans Car Dealerships CFPB Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Final Rules Market Participants Nonbank Firms

State AG – Credit Bureaus Settlement: What Furnishers Need to Know - More than 30 state attorneys general reached a settlement...

Last week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued a press release announcing the results of a multi-state investigation into the three national credit reporting agencies (CRAs) - Equifax Information Services LLC, Experian...more

5/29/2015 - CFPB Credit Reporting Agencies Credit Reports Debt Buyers Debt Collection Equifax Experian FCRA TransUnion

The CFPB Announces Final Diversity Standards under Dodd-Frank Section 342 Are Completed

On April 29, 2015, the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its third Annual Report for 2014, as mandated by Section 342(e) of the Dodd-Frank Act...more

5/6/2015 - CFPB Diversity Dodd-Frank Federal Contractors OMWI

CFPB to hold May 14 field hearing on student debt

The CFPB has announced that on May 14, 2015, it will hold a field hearing in Milwaukee on student debt. Similar to other field hearings, Director Cordray will give remarks and witnesses will include members of consumer...more

4/30/2015 - Administrative Hearings CFPB Consumer Lenders Student Loans Students

Cordray remarks signal continued CFPB attention to student loan servicing and campus financial products

Student loan servicers and providers of campus financial product were the focus of remarks given yesterday by Director Cordray at the Ohio College Presidents’ Conference. Director Cordray stated that the CFPB estimates that...more

4/24/2015 - CFPB Colleges Consumer Financial Products Loan Servicing Richard Cordray Student Loans Universities

FTC Issues 2014 Complaints Report

The Federal Trade Commission received more than 2.5 million consumer complaints in 2014, according to its newly released Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. The annual report provides national and state-by-state data on...more

3/13/2015 - Annual Reports CFPB Consumer Complaint System FTC

CFPB seeks information from industry on student loan modification options and issues guidance on private student loans with ...

As a follow up to a January 2014 meeting with private student loan lenders and servicers convened by Director Cordray and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the CFPB sent letters last week to certain “market participants”...more

2/3/2015 - CFPB FDIC Federal Reserve Lenders Loan Servicer Market Participants NCUA OCC Private Student Loans Student Loans

FTC continues to press concerns about credit report accuracy in follow-up report

A follow-up report on credit report accuracy issued this week by the Federal Trade Commission is likely to be cited by the CFPB as additional support for the CFPB’s concerns about inaccurate credit reporting. In December...more

1/23/2015 - CFPB Credit Reporting Agencies Credit Reports FTC Reporting Requirements

CFPB proposes scorecard for colleges seeking to partner with financial institutions

The CFPB has issued a request for information (RFI) in which it seeks comments on a draft “Safe Student Account Scorecard” to be used by colleges and universities to obtain information from prospective financial institution...more

1/15/2015 - CFPB Colleges Consumer Financial Products Financial Institutions Request For Information Students Universities

CFPB endorses MLA expansion

In an effort to build support for the Department of Defense’s proposal to significantly expand Military Loan Act coverage, the CFPB has released a report entitled “The extension of high-cost credit to servicemembers and their...more

12/30/2014 - Banking Sector Banks CFPB DOD FDIC Military Lending Act Military Service Members

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