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CFPB provides insight on treatment of big data

This will follow up on Barbara Mishkin’s January 14, 2016 blog “FTC warns use of big data may violate federal consumer protection laws.” At the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee meeting last...more

CFPB and DOJ Continue Aggressive and Controversial Enforcement Efforts Against Indirect Auto Lenders with Enforcement Action...

On February 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a joint enforcement action against indirect auto lender Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (Toyota Motor Credit)...more

DOJ Settles Action Alleging Bank Discriminated Against Disability Income Recipients

The U.S. Department of Justice recently entered into a consent order with Evolve Bank & Trust to settle charges that the bank discriminated against mortgage loan applicants on the basis of disability and receipt of public...more

IRS Proposes Permanent Nondiscrimination/Coverage Relief for Closed Pension Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued proposed regulations that would provide permanent relief from certain coverage and nondiscrimination testing requirements to defined benefit plans that are closed to new...more

Less Than Half of 2014 Virginia Consumer Protection Cases Receive Class Treatment: A Review of Virginia Consumer Class Action...

In 2014, twenty (20) cases were filed in Virginia seeking to redress alleged violations of various consumer protection statutes on a class-wide basis. Most of these cases were concluded in 2015 without the certification of a...more

House of Representatives Issues Part II of Report Criticizing CFPB’s Auto Lending Enforcement Efforts

On January 20, 2016, Republican members of the House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee issued a report titled Unsafe at Any Bureaucracy, Part II: How the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Removed...more

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s New Rule for Compliance with the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act

This past October 15th, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced the purported finalization of its “new rule” for “updating the reporting requirements” under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act HMDA.” The point of the...more

The Regulatory Landscape for Indirect Auto Lenders After Ally

In December 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced its first settlement in the indirect auto lending industry. The target company was Ally Financial Inc. and Ally Bank (Ally). The CFPB alleged that...more

Human Rights Watch issues report on debt buyers

A new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) titled “Rubber Stamp Justice—US Courts, Debt Buying Corporations, and the Poor” is likely to find readers at the CFPB, which is expected to move closer early this year to...more

House Republicans Level Another Blow at CFPB’s Auto-Lending Policies

Scrutiny of the CFPB’s auto-lending supervision and enforcement practices was renewed last week when Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services issued another scathing report criticizing...more

Human Rights Expectations for the Banking Sector: A New Report from Foley Hoag and UNEP FI

Attorneys in Foley Hoag’s Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) practice and the U.N. Environment Programme Finance Initiative (“UNEP FI”) recently collaborated on a report analyzing the implications of the U.N. Guiding...more

Use of Big Data May Violate Federal Consumer Protection Laws, FTC Report Warns

A new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report, "Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues," warns that certain uses of big data consisting of consumer information may implicate various federal...more

GAO Publishes Report on Gender Diversity of Corporate Boards

On December 3, 2015, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) published its report analyzing the history of gender diversity of U.S. corporate boards and provided recommendations for improving female board...more

IRS Guidance on Employee Benefits Implications of Supreme Court Obergefell Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2015-86, which provides some additional clarification, in the form of questions and answers, on the treatment of same-sex spouses under tax-qualified retirement plans...more

How the Current Regulatory and Legal Landscapes Can Lead to Fair Lending Violations

The CFPB's website states, "Other regulators focus on the safety and soundness of the financial institutions first. The CFPB is the first to focus primarily on the American consumer." The CFPB's actions, however, may have the...more

FTC Report: With Big Data Can Come Big Responsibility

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a report this month entitled, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion.”1 The theme of the report is that there are benefits and risks associated with companies’ use of big...more

"Limited English Proficiency: An Emerging Compliance Risk"

How consumer financial services providers can meet the needs of a growing population of "limited English proficiency" (LEP) consumers without running afoul of laws prohibiting deceptive practices and discrimination has...more

"US Economic Sanctions: New List-Based Programs"

While economic sanctions against Iran, Russia and Cuba have dominated the headlines over the past year, sanctions remain a dynamic component of U.S. foreign policy on other fronts. In 2015, President Barack Obama issued three...more

FINRA Members Subject to New Background Screening Rules

Last year, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a non-governmental organization that regulates member brokerage firms and exchange markets, approved proposed Rule 3110(e), which enhances the background...more

UK Employment Law Forthcoming Attractions in 2016

January - DATA PROTECTION: NEW EUROPEAN REGULATION - After four years of negotiation and lobbying, the new European General Data Protection Regulation has now been finalised. The Regulation will govern...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses ECOA Violation Ruling

In Gomez v. Quicken Loans, Inc., -- Fed Appx. --, 2015 WL 6655476 (9th Cir. Nov. 2, 2015), the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court's dismissal of the appellant's Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) claim that was based...more

Redlining Cases In 2015 And A New Discrimination Standard

Limited access to mortgage credit for credit-impaired and low- and moderate-income (and, therefore, disproportionately minority) borrowers has become a significant public policy challenge in the post-financial crisis era....more

Federal Agencies File Action Against Bank for Discriminatory Redlining

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint in New Jersey District Court against Hudson City Savings Bank, F.S.B., alleging it engaged in illegal redlining practices...more

EU MAR implementing Directive on infringements published in OJEU

The Commission Implementing Directive setting out policies and procedures for reporting of infringements under EU MAR, and confirming how whistleblowers should be protected, has been published in the OJEU....more

Federal Courts Increase Scrutiny of Employer Compliance with the FCRA's Adverse Action Requirements

In the last two years, the number of employment class actions under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) has ballooned. Most of the cases reported in the media have involved challenges to an employer’s compliance with...more

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