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CFPB and Card Issuers Resolve ECOA Action Involving Cards Offered in U.S. Territories and Cardholders with Spanish Language...

On August 23, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the resolution of an administrative action under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and its implementing regulation, Regulation B (collectively,...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

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

3/13/2017  /  CFPB , Delays , Final Rules

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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