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New Structure of Kazakhstan’s Government

On 6 August 2014 the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan issued Decree on reorganization of the Government (the “Decree”). The Decree envisages integration of ministries or certain authorities of theirs into one...more

GAO issues report on CFPB civil penalty fund

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on the results of its review the CFPB’s Civil Penalty Fund (CPF). The review was requested by Representative Shelley Moore Capito, who chairs the House Financial...more

Pom v. Coke Will Impact Financial Services Too

Law 360, New York (June 23, 2014, 11:22 AM ET)--Legal and compliance departments, take note: the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Pom Wonderful LLC v.Coca-Cola Co. confirms that even i fan institution’s conduct meets...more

‘Operation Choke Point’ under Fire

"Operation Choke Point," the coordinated multiagency federal effort to choke off banking services to alleged fraudsters (according to its defenders) or politically unpopular industries (according to its detractors), has come...more

How to Respond to a CFPB Civil Investigative Demand

Under CFPB’s broad mandate, many companies outside the financial services industry may be subject to expensive civil investigations. A for-profit technical school may not appear to be a financial services company. But...more

Advertising News & Analysis - April 24, 2014

In this issue: - FDA Unveils Long-Awaited E-Cig Regs - Keep Tabs on TCPA Litigation…Or Face Your Own - The Stomach-Turning Fight Over NAD Jurisdiction - Bitcoin Creates Buzz, as Well as Tax and...more

OSHA Publishes Interim Final Rule for CFPA Whistleblower Claims

Companies providing consumer finance products or services should review policies and training materials to ensure compliance. On April 3, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an interim...more

D.C. Circuit Appellate Court Overturns Lower Court Decision on FRB’s Interchange Fee Rule

On March 21, 2014, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its decision in the highly anticipated case relating to debit card interchange and exclusivity, NACS v. Board of...more

CFPB debt collection survey: money misspent?

Last Friday, the CFPB published a notice in the Federal Register about its plans to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget “to conduct a mail survey of consumers to learn about their experiences interacting...more

House Passes CFPB Reform Legislation

On February 27, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3193, a bill that would convert the CFPB into an independent Financial Product Safety Commission led by a five-member board and subject to annual appropriations....more

CFPB Initiates Administrative Proceeding Against Mortgage Lender

Subsequent to its denial of a mortgage lender’s petition to set aside a civil investigative demand in 2012, the CFPB publicly announced that it had served Notice of Charges, initiating an administrative proceeding against the...more

CFPB denies payday lender’s petition to modify or set aside CID

The CFPB has issued an order denying the petition filed by CheckSmart Financial Company in September 2013 to modify or set aside a civil investigative demand (CID) it received from the CFPB. ...more

Lenity, Chevron Deference And Consumer Protection Laws

Several federal statutes, including the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”), the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) permit the government to seek either civil or...more

OIG issues report criticizing CFPB’s practice of bringing enforcement attorneys to exams

Effective this past November 1, the CFPB ended its controversial practice of having enforcement attorneys regularly participate in examinations of supervised entities. Since first learning of the CFPB’s practice, we had...more

Third-Party Risk Management: Busting Myths and Telling Truths

A presentation for the American Conference Institute's 12th National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement examining increased scrutiny by government regulators of third party vendor management...more

D.C. federal court issues decision on FOIA requests to CFPB

Although the controversy over the validity of Richard Cordray’s recess appointment as CFPB Director effectively ended with his confirmation by the Senate this past July, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for...more

U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Acts to Expand Its Authority Over Nonbank Consumer Financial Services Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“Bureau”), pursuant to its authority to extend its supervision to persons that offer or provide any consumer financial product or service that poses a risk to consumers, has adopted a...more

U.S. Senators Express Concern Over Manipulation of Electricity Markets and Request Information Regarding FERC Enforcement

On July 31, 2013, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey submitted a letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, expressing serious concern over the apparent...more

Preventive Measures: Avoiding Predatory and Discriminatory Lending Litigation

Slides addressing the management and defense against claims of discriminatory lending and assessing the status of ‘disparate impact’ in Fair Lending litigation and enforcement. ...more

Private Student Lenders and Servicers Face CFPB Scrutiny

Regulators and congressional leaders have identified similarities between the lending practices that led to the subprime mortgage crisis and an escalating default rate in the burgeoning level of student loan debt. Rather...more

FinCEN: Accountant and Elder Abuse

We have been keeping track of FinCEN's SAR Activity Review – Trends, Tips & Issues virtually from its inception. In its just issued May 2013 report, FinCEN provides new information regarding two areas of importance: 1)...more

GSEs: Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgages

Yesterday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that it is directing Fannie Mae ("Fannie") and Freddie Mac ("Freddie") to limit their future mortgage acquisitions to loans that meet the requirements for a...more

Waiting for the CFPB

My sources tell me that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will soon announce substantial monetary penalties and other administrative actions against a large nonbank. I guess it is inevitable that when such an...more

CFPB Issues Final Rule On FOIA And Litigation Procedures

The CFPB has issued a final rule that establishes procedures for the public to obtain information from the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act of 1974, and in legal...more

InfoBytes Special Alert: Detailed Analysis Of CFPB's Final Escrow Rule

On January 10, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its final rule on escrow account requirements for first-lien higher-priced mortgage loans. The rule amends existing escrow requirements and exemptions for...more

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