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CFPB Continues Crackdown on Fair Lending: Marketing Materials Targeted

In a recent guidance bulletin, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reminded mortgage lenders to heed their Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) obligations when considering applicants receiving public assistance income....more

CFPB Issues Compliance Bulletin on Unlawful Discrimination Based on Receipt of Mortgage Assistance

In a new compliance bulletin (Bulletin 2015-02), the CFPB “reminds” creditors of their obligation not to discriminate against applicants because their income includes vouchers from the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)...more

CFPB issues compliance bulletin on unlawful discrimination based on receipt of mortgage assistance

In a new compliance bulletin (Bulletin 2015-02), the CFPB “reminds” creditors of their obligation not to discriminate against applicants because their income includes vouchers from the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)...more

Supreme Court to Hear Case Deciding the Rights of Spousal Loan Guarantors under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

The United States Supreme Court will soon hear a case that will determine the rights of spousal guarantors under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”), and ultimately whether creditors may require spousal guarantors on...more

An “Applicant” By Any Other Name – The U.S. Supreme Court Jumps in on ECOA and Guarantors

As the Bard’s Juliet famously mused, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” One might similarly wonder at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision yesterday (March 2, 2015) to grant...more

Financial Services Regulatory Bulletin - December 2014

In this issue: - CFPB Issues Final Rule on Regulation P: Annual Privacy Notices Can Be Delivered By Posting Online - ‘It Takes Hutzpah!’: D.C. Federal Judge Issues Stunning Rebuke of HUD Disparate Impact Rule...more

Implementing Regulation B Spousal Signature Provisions

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act and its implementing rule, Regulation B, prohibit any creditor from discriminating based on sex or marital status, among other protected statuses. All the federal banking agencies are involved...more

Start Your Compliance Engines: CFPB Proposes Rule to Supervise Larger Nonbank Auto Finance Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) issued a proposed rule on September 17, 2014, that would empower the Bureau to supervise certain larger nonbank automobile finance companies. The CFPB proposed the...more

The CFPB Eyes Supervisory Regulation Over Large Auto-Lenders

Large auto-lenders may soon have to contend with a new regulator. In its most recent semi-annual report, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) highlighted its intent to promulgate a new rule which would subject...more

A New Defense Against Municipal Disparate Impact Claims

Banks and non-bank lenders face a variety of fair lending disparate impact claims, which allege unintentional and unfavorable disparate impacts of otherwise neutral policies or practices on minority borrowers. Regulators,...more

No CFPB regulations in 2014 implementing expanded ECOA small business data collection requirements

Section 1071 of Dodd-Frank amended the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to require financial institutions to collect and maintain certain data in connection with credit applications made by women- or minority-owned businesses and...more

CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion issues second annual report

The CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) has issued its second annual report to Congress covering the OMWI’s activities in 2013. The Dodd-Frank Act required the CFPB and various other federal agencies...more

Ally Auto Lending Discrimination Settlement: What it Means for Indirect Auto and Other Lenders

The historic $98 million auto lending discrimination settlement between Ally Financial and Ally Bank (collectively, “Ally”), and the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...more

NADA Proposes Fair Credit Compliance Policy And Program For Its Member Dealers

On January 24, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) distributed a proposed compliance program to its members aimed at reducing the risk of discrimination allegations stemming from CFPB Bulletin 2013-02, which...more

Report Criticizes Auto Dealer Compensation, Add-On Product Practices

On January 23, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) released a report titled “Non-Negotiable: Negotiation Doesn’t Help African-Americans and Latinos on Dealer-Financed Car Loans.” The report provides the results of CRL’s...more

Highway To The Danger Zone: Automotive Lending And The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

This past March, Carl Nuss — a 75-year-old used car dealer from Birmingham, Alabama — received a letter from one of his customers, requesting that Mr. Nuss reduce the customer’s interest rate to six percent since the customer...more

Justice Department, U.S. Attorney, N.C. Attorney General Sue over Reverse Redlining by Auto Dealers

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the North Carolina Attorney General filed a complaint last week against two corporations that own two “buy here, pay here” used car dealerships, as well as...more

CFPB, DOJ Announce First Joint Fair Lending Action Against Indirect Auto Finance Company

This morning, the CFPB and the DOJ announced their first ever joint fair lending enforcement action to resolve allegations that an auto finance company’s dealer compensation policy, which allowed for auto dealer discretion in...more

A future without dealer participation and what it should look like, according to the CFPB

At the CFPB’s auto finance forum on November 14, Director Cordray and other CFPB officials reiterated their distaste for dealer finance charge participation as a method of dealer compensation in the indirect auto finance...more

CFPB responds to letter from Senators raising concerns about auto fair lending guidance

The CFPB has responded to the October 30 letter it received from a bipartisan group of 22 U.S. Senators raising concerns about the fair lending auto finance bulletin issued by the CFPB this past March. The Senators’ letter...more

Special Alert: Agencies Issue Joint Statement On Fair Lending Compliance And The CFPB’s ATR/QM Rule

On October 22, the CFPB, the OCC, the FDIC, the Federal Reserve Board, and the NCUA (collectively, the Agencies) issued a joint statement (Interagency Statement) in response to inquiries from creditors concerning their...more

CFPB, FTC Join In FCRA Amicus Brief

On October 4, the CFPB and the FTC filed an amicus brief in a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case pending in the Ninth Circuit. The brief argues that the seven-year period during which a criminal arrest can be reported...more

Recent Rulings Find Preemption of State Law Claims and Enforce Airline Contracts of Carriage

In the past few months, courts have issued several decisions favorable to the airlines finding preemption of various state law claims and rejecting breach of contract claims. The decisions address a variety of passenger...more

E-Cigarettes Test Workplace Smoking Policies

E-Cigarettes Test Workplace Smoking Policies by Donald M. Pepe on September 25, 2013 New York and New Jersey both prohibit “smoking” in the workplace. However, the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes poses new...more

DOJ Settles Fair Lending Case against Auto Dealer

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled a fair lending lawsuit against Union Auto Sales, Inc., a California automobile dealer. This means that, once again, a DOJ attempt to use disparate impact evidence to...more

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