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New York DFS files lawsuit challenging OCC special purpose national bank charter for fintech companies

The New York Department of Financial Supervision (DFS) has filed a complaint in a New York federal district court to stop the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) from implementing its proposal to issue special...more

FDIC announces settlement with bank and non-bank affiliated parties

The FDIC announced last week that it had entered into settlements with Bank of Lake Mills and two non-bank “institution-affiliated parties” through which the bank originated loans for allegedly engaging in unfair and...more

CFPB conducts small business field hearing and issues related white paper and request for information

Yesterday, I attended the CFPB’s field hearing in Los Angeles on small business lending. In connection with the hearing, the CFPB issued a white paper entitled “Key dimensions of the small business lending landscape,”...more

Colorado regulator moves to dismiss complaints in bank-model dispute

The Administrator of the Uniform Consumer Credit Code for the State of Colorado, Julie Ann Meade, has filed motions to dismiss the complaints filed in federal court by two state-chartered banks seeking to permanently enjoin...more

State regulators file lawsuit challenging OCC special purpose national bank charter for fintech companies

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors has filed a complaint in D.C. federal district court to stop the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) from implementing its proposal to issue special purpose national bank...more

CFPB to hold May 10 field hearing on small business lending

The CFPB will hold a field hearing on small business lending in Los Angeles, CA on May 10, 2017. The announcement, which took the form of a posting on the events page of the CFPB’s website, contains only the usual statement...more

Announcement of new reporting tool for money service businesses by state regulators highlights fintech companies

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors issued a press release this week in which it announced the April 1 release of a new tool within the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS) to streamline reporting by money...more

Two Banks Fight Back Against Colorado Regulator in Bank-Model Dispute

Two state-chartered banks, WebBank and Cross River Bank, recently filed complaints for declaratory judgment and injunctive relief against the Administrator of the Uniform Consumer Credit Code for the State of Colorado, Julie...more

New York’s "No Credit Card Surcharge" Law Regulates Speech, SCOTUS Rules

New York's law prohibiting merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases (Section 518 of the state's General Business Law) regulates speech, thereby making the law subject to First Amendment scrutiny, the U.S....more

OCC Issues Draft Licensing Supplement for Fintech Companies Seeking National Bank Charters

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has taken another step toward implementing its proposal to allow financial technology (fintech) companies to apply for a special purpose national bank (SPNB) charter,...more

Lawmaker Seeks CFPB Fair Lending Investigation of Fintech Small Business Lenders

A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by financial technology (fintech) companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the Consumer Financial...more

Director Cordray and Comptroller Curry speak at LendIt USA conference

Earlier this week, we attended the LendIt USA conference in New York City, a leading annual fintech conference, at which CFPB Director Richard Cordray and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry both spoke....more

Ninth Circuit to Decide Key TCPA Insurance Issue

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard oral argument in Los Angeles Lakers, Inc. v. Federal Insurance Company, a case raising the issue of whether an exclusion for invasion of privacy claims in a directors and...more

Sixth Circuit Denies Arbitration in TCPA Class Action for Calls to Past Customers

Phone calls made by a lawn care company after the termination of a customer's contract were beyond the scope of the parties' agreement to arbitrate any claim "arising from or relating to" their contract, the U.S. Court of...more

CFPB seeking information on use of alternative data in credit process, including by small business lenders

The CFPB has issued a request for information (RFI) that seeks information about the use of alternative data and modeling techniques in the credit process. According to the CFPB, the RFI stems from the Bureau’s desire...more

NY Licensing Proposal Threatens New Burdens on Financial Services Providers, Reduced Credit Availability

Proposed legislation to implement New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2018 Fiscal Year Executive Budget would amend the New York Licensed Lender Law to significantly extend its licensing requirements. The proposal threatens to...more

CFPB/NY AG lawsuit against RD Legal Funding may signal greater scrutiny of non-loan financial products such as merchant cash...

The CFPB and the New York Attorney General this week filed an action against RD Legal Funding, LLC, two of its affiliates, and their principal (collectively, “RD”), alleging that a litigation settlement advance product...more

NYDFS, American Bankers Association Weigh In On OCC Fintech Charter Proposal

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has come out strongly against an Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) proposal to grant national bank charters to financial technology (fintech)...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Implied "Ascertainability" Requirement for Class Certification

Deepening an already-existing circuit split, the Ninth Circuit has held that class certification is appropriate even if plaintiff has not shown that identifying class members is "administratively feasible." Expressly...more

OCC Addresses Concerns on Issuance of National Bank Charters to Fintech Companies

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has proposed to allow financial technology (fintech) companies to apply for full or special purpose national bank charters. In advance of the proposal's January 15, 2017,...more

Tribal Sovereign Immunity Not a Bar to Payday Lending Enforcement Action, California Supreme Court Rules

In a state enforcement action alleging violations of California's lending law and seeking to enjoin continued lending to state residents, the California Supreme Court has ruled that the two tribally affiliated entities that...more

OCC Proposes to Grant National Bank Charters to Financial Technology Companies

For the first time, the Office of Comptroller of Currency (OCC) will allow financial technology (fintech) companies to apply for national bank charters. The OCC has invited public comment on the concept with a deadline for...more

FTC Seeks Information on Class Action Claims Rates

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that to study the effectiveness of various class action settlement notice programs, it has issued orders to eight claims administrators requiring them to provide information on...more

Cordray remarks/CFPB report on financial innovation and Project Catalyst include warning on limiting consumer access to financial...

In a new report, the CFPB discusses its approach to FinTech and financial innovation, its Project Catalyst initiative, and marketplace developments the CFPB views as potentially beneficial for consumers. The report, entitled...more

D.C. Circuit Holds CFPB Structure Unconstitutional, Interpretation of RESPA Not Entitled to Deference

The D.C. Circuit yesterday issued its long-awaited decision in PHH Corporation v. CFPB. In reversing the decision of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Cordray to impose an enhanced penalty of $109 million...more

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