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UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #20

Treasury Committee publishes systemic risk buffer dispute - Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, has published correspondence from BoE’s Governor, Mark Carney, in relation to a disagreement between Sir...more

Loan agreements: when can terms be challenged as unfair or unreasonable?

English law contains no general principle that contractual terms must be fair or reasonable: parties must live with the bargain they have made. This is one of the ways in which English law is "lender-friendly": it enables...more

CFPB's Latest Action is Against the Co-Founders of a Lead Aggregator

On April 21 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) brought its latest enforcement action by filing a civil suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (CDCA) against Dmitry...more

Drive to Regulate Auto Lenders Continues With $7.4M Deal

The latest regulator to take on an auto lender: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey reached a $7.4 million deal with American Credit Acceptance LLC (ACA) and Westlake Services LLC over allegations of excessive...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2016 #3

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

CFPB to hold May 5 field hearing on arbitration

The CFPB has announced that it will hold a field hearing in Albuquerque, New Mexico about arbitration on May 5, 2016.  We expect the field hearing to coincide with the release of the CFPB’s proposed rule on the use of...more

GAO Report: Regulatory Oversight of Nonbank Servicers Could Be Stronger

On April 11, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled, “Nonbank Mortgage Servicers: Existing Regulatory Oversight Could Be Strengthened.” The report analyzes data on the mortgage servicing market...more

FHFA Announces Program Changes to Aid Delinquent Borrowers

On April 14, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced two changes concerning its policies affecting delinquent mortgage loans: first, it announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer mortgage...more

GAO Report Examines Effectiveness of the Financial Regulatory System

Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the effectiveness of the U.S. financial system’s existing regulatory structure. In examining the financial regulatory system, the GAO conducted a...more

There Was a Panel on What?? Notes on the ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting Panel on Marijuana Law

Attendees at this year’s Spring Meeting may have been surprised by an unexpected panel: an overview of the status of the law related to the legalization of marijuana and antitrust issues facing the nascent industry. However,...more

U.S. Consumer Financial Services Regulation: What to Expect in 2016

At the 2016 Digital Payments Intensive in London, DWT Emerging Payments and Prepaid team leader Andy Lorentz offered attendees insight into some major recent and upcoming developments with respect to regulation of consumer...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016 #2

Regulatory Developments - Cordray Testifies before Senate Banking Committee - On April 7, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray testified before the Senate Banking Committee during the...more

Do RESPA’s Loss Mitigation Procedures Really Apply After a Borrower Leaves a Residence?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s mortgage servicing rules, which took effect on January 10, 2014, contain a number of detailed loss mitigation procedures that servicers must follow after a payment default. ...more

Don’t Look a Gift Card in the Mouth: Beware of Liability Under the Electronic Fund Transfers Act

Many of us have had a similar experience. We receive a gift card, put it in a “safe” place with other gift cards, and forget it exists. Inevitably, we uncover the gift card and find ourselves asking questions such as: Does...more

New Mexico Passes Money Transmitter Licensing Law; Effective Jan. 1, 2017 (Part 1)

Last month New Mexico passed its first money transmitter licensing law. The State previously only required licensing for the sale of checks and money orders. The new law now covers money transmitters, check cashers and...more

CFPB Releases FDCPA Annual Report

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released its fifth annual Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) Annual Report, detailing the CFPB and FTC’s activities throughout 2015 related to debt collection...more

Non-Sufficient Funds – Court Holds Bank Payments of Overdraft Amounts Are Not Extensions of Credit

The Supreme Court of Iowa recently held that non-sufficient funds fees (“NSF fees”) charged by a state-chartered Iowa bank are not subject to the usury provisions of the Iowa Consumer Credit Code (“ICCC”) because the...more

The CFPB’s Examination Authority Over MSBs

New and existing money services businesses frequently ask when or if the CFPB will “examine” them. All consumer financial services businesses naturally worry about the CFPB’s reach and want to be prepared. This article...more

Trade groups seek clarifications to Military Lending Act regulations

A number of prominent industry trade groups have written to the Department of Defense (DoD) seeking clarifications to the Military Lending Act (MLA) final rule adopted in July 2015 that dramatically expanded the scope of the...more

Increased Regulations Spawn New Trade Associations

The 1st Amendment of the Constitution provides for the right of the people to peaceably assemble. Embedded in that right is the freedom of association; the right or ability of people to come together and collectively express,...more

New Class Action Complaint Alleges That Post-Payment Interest Charges for Certain Home Mortgages Are Invalid Because of...

A class action filed last week in the Northern District of Georgia disputes the ability of a lender to charge post-payment interest for certain home mortgage loans when the lender has not provided a very specific disclosure...more

Director Cordray defends CFPB positions in appearance before Senate Banking Committee; comments on small business lending and...

Much of Director Cordray’s testimony in his appearance before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday consisted of his predictable defense of various CFPB positions. While the hearing was much less contentious than last...more

Second Circuit Resolves Lower Court Split over Interest and Late Fees in FDCPA Claims

When a consumer's current balance will increase over time due to interest and late fees, a debt collection notice must disclose this information, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled. In Avila v....more

When are Lease-to-Own Agreements Subject to State Disclosure Requirements?

In a recent decision, the Massachusetts Appeals Court held that a three-year lease-to-own agreement for a water heater was not subject to certain disclosure requirements. In the case, Saia v. Bay State Gas Co., 88...more

Director Cordray to appear before Senate Banking Committee on April 7

Director Cordray is scheduled to appear before the Senate Banking Committee on April 7, 2016 for a hearing entitled “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress.” (The CFPB’s most recent...more

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