Obrea O. Poindexter

Obrea O. Poindexter

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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A Closer Look at the CFPB’s Proposed Short-Term Lending Rule

As we previously reported in our June 3, 2016 client alert, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for short-term loans (“Proposed Rule”). In this follow-up alert, we take...more

7/21/2016 - Ability-to-Repay CFPB Debt Collection Fair Lending Lending Loans NCUA NPRM Payday Loans Private Right of Action Proposed Rules Request For Information Short-Term Loans UDAAP

Short-Term Lenders Face Costly Path To Compliance

On June 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its long-anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking on short-term consumer lending. The proposed rule follows the CFPB’s March 2015 release of an outline of...more

6/15/2016 - Ability-to-Repay CFPB Consumer Lenders Debt Collection Installment Agreements Military Lending Act Payday Loans Proposed Regulation Short-Term Loans Truth in Lending Act (TILA) UDAAP

CFPB Report on Online Short-Term Lending Finds Borrowers Face Hidden Costs

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB,” or “Bureau”) released a report, entitled “Online Payday Loan Payments” (“Report”), which examines short-term, small-dollar loans—or payday...more

4/22/2016 - CFPB Lenders Online Payments Payday Loans

Lawmakers Request That the CFPB Consult With State Officials Before Proceeding With Its Proposed Rulemaking on Short-Term Lending

In an April 8, 2016 letter to Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB,” or “Bureau”), Representatives Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) and Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) requested that the Bureau convene a...more

4/12/2016 - CFPB Payday Loans Richard Cordray Rulemaking Process Tribal Loans

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

New Agency Guidance on Applying CIP Requirements to Prepaid Cardholders

In response to continuing concerns about the vulnerability of prepaid cards to criminal and terrorist abuse, five regulators issued interagency joint guidance today clarifying bank obligations to identify prepaid card...more

3/22/2016 - Bank Accounts Credit Cards Customer Identification Program (CIP) Joint Plan of Action Patriot Act Prepaid Payment Products Terrorist Threats

CFPB Calls for Complaints About Marketplace Lenders

On March 7, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) made its first official moves on “marketplace lending,” which also may be known as “peer-to-peer” lending. The CFPB described marketplace lending as the use...more

3/10/2016 - CFPB Consumer Complaint System Consumer Financial Products Online Marketplace Lending

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

3/9/2016 - Arbitration CFPB Credit Cards Customer Lists Cybersecurity Debt Collection DOJ EU-US Privacy Shield Fair Lending FCRA FDIC Federal Reserve FTC HMDA Mortgages OCC Payday Loans Preemption SEC TCPA Truth in Lending Act (TILA)

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

3/2/2016 - CFPB Consumer Financial Products Credit Cards Prepaid Payment Products

CFPB Signals No Change in Course Is Likely on Its Short-Term Lending Proposal

On February 23, 2016, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) Director Richard Cordray signaled that the Bureau’s anticipated rulemaking on short-term lending is likely to closely resemble its March 2015 “Outline of...more

2/26/2016 - Ability-to-Repay CFPB Lenders Lending Payday Loans Short-Term Investments

CFPB Publishes No-Action Letter Policy Statement

On February 22, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or the “Bureau”) published its Final Policy Statement (“Final Policy”) on No-Action Letters (“NALs”). The Final Policy follows a Proposed Policy on...more

2/23/2016 - CFPB Final Action No-Action Letters Policies and Procedures

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

1/11/2016 - CFPB E-SIGN EFTA Prior Authorization Regulation E

CFPB Takes Action Against Lead Aggregators

On December 17, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it has taken action against lead aggregators that resold sensitive personal information to lenders and debt collectors. In a complaint...more

12/23/2015 - CFPB Debt Collectors Enforcement Actions Lead Generators Lenders Personal Data UDAAP

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

12/14/2015 - Anti-Money Laundering Bank Secrecy Act Online Marketplace Lending Patriot Act Suspicious Activity Reports Terrorist Acts Terrorist Financing Regulations

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

12/11/2015 - CARD Act CFPB Credit Access Credit Cards Debt Collection Deferred Interest Products Rewards Programs

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

12/8/2015 - Arbitration Automotive Loans CFPB Crowdfunding Cybersecurity Federal Reserve FTC HMDA Preemption Redlining SEC Student Loans TCPA UDAAP Virtual Currency

Members of Congress Recommend Changes to the CFPB’s Proposed Prepaid Account Rule

The comment period to the CFPB’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Prepaid Accounts (the “Proposed Rule”) closed in March, but 43 Members of Congress (42 Republicans and 1 Democrat) recently sent a letter to Director Cordray...more

10/8/2015 - Apple Pay CFPB Consumer Financial Products Debit and Credit Card Transactions Disclosure Requirements Overdraft Fees p2p Prepaid Payment Products Product Packaging Proposed Regulation Regulation Z Visa Inc

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

9/29/2015 - Anti-Money Laundering Audits Bank Secrecy Act CSBS Cybersecurity FinCEN Investment Licenses NYDFS Policy Statement Recordkeeping Requirements Regulatory Agenda Regulatory Oversight Reporting Requirements Security Audits Third-Party Virtual Currency

Department of Defense Adopts Significant Changes to Its Military Lending Act Regulations

On July 22, 2015, the Department of Defense (DOD) published sweeping changes to its rules that implement the Military Lending Act (MLA). The amended rules significantly expand the scope of the MLA provisions by covering both...more

8/3/2015 - Active Duty Amended Regulation Borrowers CFPB Consumer Reporting Agencies Credit Cards Creditors Department of Defense (DOD) Disclosure Requirements Finance Charges Lenders Loans Military Lending Act Payday Loans Regulation Z

DOD Adopts Sweeping Changes to Rules Implementing Military Lending Act Provisions

On July 21, 2015, the Department of Defense (DOD) adopted sweeping changes to its rules that implement the Military Lending Act (MLA). The amended rules significantly expand the scope of the MLA provisions by covering both...more

7/22/2015 - Active Duty Borrowers Credit Cards Creditors Department of Defense (DOD) Final Rules Military Lending Act Military Service Members Regulation Z

CFPB Lays Out Consumer Protection Principles for New Payment Systems

Earlier today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released a series of consumer protection principles for the development of new payment systems (“Principles”). The CFPB’s stated purpose in releasing the...more

7/10/2015 - CFPB Data Protection Federal Reserve Fraud Payment Systems Transaction Costs Transparency

Agencies Publish Diversity Standards for Financial Institutions

On June 10, 2015, six federal financial agencies (collectively, “Agencies”) jointly published a final Interagency Policy Statement, as required by Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act, outlining standards for assessing the...more

6/15/2015 - Diversity Dodd-Frank Financial Institutions

The NYDFS Finalizes its BitLicense Proposal

On June 3, 2015, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) issued a final rule regarding its “BitLicense” regulatory regime (“Final Rule”). The Final Rule follows an initial proposal from July 2014 and a revised...more

6/12/2015 - Bitcoin BitLicense Department of Financial Services Licensing Rules Reporting Requirements Virtual Currency

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