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Faster Payments Task Force Sets Goals and Recommendations for Faster Payments by 2020

On July 21, 2017 the Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force (“Task Force”) released the Faster Payments Task Force Final Report Part Two (“Final Report”). The Final Report is a follow-up to Part One of the Faster...more

Acting Comptroller Endorses Fintech Charters

In July 19, 2017 remarks prepared for delivery to the Exchequer Club in Washington, D.C., Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika expressed his support for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (“OCC”)...more

OCC Releases Semiannual Risk Perspective: Fintech is Risky?

On July 7, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) released its Semiannual Risk Perspective report (the “Report”) identifying the risks faced by national banks and federal savings associations in the ...more

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

U.S. House of Representatives Passes the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

On June 8, 2017, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (the “CHOICE Act”) was passed on a party line vote by the U.S. House of Representatives, with nearly all Republicans voting in support and nearly all Democrats voting against...more

Supreme Court "Expresses" Unanimous View That Credit Card Disclosure Rules Regulate Speech

On March 29, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a New York law restricting the way merchants may communicate prices to their customers regulates speech and, thus, is subject to review under the First Amendment....more

Financial Services Report - Spring 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE - In like a lion, out like a lamb—it works for weather; does it work for new administrations? We’ll have to wait and see. We’ll have to wait and see about the length of CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s...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

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CFPB Evaluates Use of Alternative Data and Modeling Techniques in the Consumer Lending Credit Process

On February 16, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding use of alternative data and modeling techniques in the consumer lending “credit process.” The...more

Parting Shot: Outgoing Administration Releases FinTech White Paper

On January 13, 2017, a week before the change in Administration, the Obama White House issued a white paper entitled “A Framework for FinTech” (“White Paper”). The White Paper highlights various financial technology...more

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

OCC Announces Special Purpose National Bank Charter for FinTech Companies

On December 2, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry confirmed that the agency will begin considering applications from FinTech companies to become special purpose national banks, saying that the OCC will charter...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

What To Know About CFPB's New Prepaid Card Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its final rule to amend provisions of Regulation E and Regulation Z to further regulate prepaid card products, or “prepaid accounts.” As discussed below, the rule generally...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

A Closer Look at DOD’s New Guidance on the Military Lending Act Regulations

On August 26, 2016, the Department of Defense (“DOD”) issued an interpretive rule (the “Interpretive Rule”) providing guidance on the DOD’s regulations implementing the Military Lending Act (“MLA”). That same day, we...more

CFPB Levies Largest Civil Money Penalty in Agency History, Alleges “Abusive” Conduct

On September 8, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or “Bureau”), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the City and County of Los Angeles entered into a Consent Order with Wells Fargo...more

Department of Defense Issues New Guidance on Military Lending Act Regulations

On August 26, 2016, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued an interpretive rule providing guidance on the DOD’s regulations implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA). Specifically, the interpretive rule aims to clarify...more

FDIC Releases Proposed Third-Party Lending Guidance

On July 29, 2016, the board of directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released a proposal regarding third-party lending guidance (“Proposed Guidance”) as part of a package of materials designed to...more

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