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SEC Approves FINRA’s Educational Communication Rule

The SEC recently approved FINRA’s new Rule 2273 (Educational Communication Related to Recruitment Practices and Account Transfers), which requires delivery of an educational communication prepared by FINRA to customers of a...more

High Praise for WSJ Editorial, with a Small Caveat

A recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal is a “must read” for those who will be affected if the CFPB’s May 5, 2016 proposed rule banning class action waivers in consumer financial services arbitration agreements becomes...more

NY DFS Obtains $3 Million in Restitution for Illegal Payday Lending

On May 18, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced a consent order with a debt buyer for purchasing and collecting on allegedly illegal payday loans made to New York consumers, in violation of the...more

NY DFS Obtains $119K in Restitution for Illegal Payday Lending

On May 18, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced a consent order with a Virginia debt buyer for collecting on illegal payday loans from New York consumers, in violation of the Fair Debt...more

The CFPB’s auto title loan report: last step to a payday/title loan proposal?

The CFPB has issued a new report entitled “Single-Payment Vehicle Title Lending,” summarizing data on single-payment auto title loans. The latest report is the fourth report issued by the CFPB in connection with its...more

CFPB schedules June 2 field hearing on small dollar lending

The CFPB has announced that it will hold a field hearing on small dollar lending in Kansas City, Missouri on June 2, 2016. We anticipate the field hearing to coincide with the CFPB’s release of its proposed rule which is...more

CFPB Proposes Ban on Class-Action Limitations in Arbitration Agreements

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or the “Bureau”) issued a long anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for arbitration agreements (the “Proposal”) that, if finalized as proposed, is...more

How to Evaluate a Credit Monitoring Service

Organizations are not, generally, required to offer services to consumers whose information was involved in a breach. Nonetheless, many organizations choose to offer credit reports (i.e., a list of the open credit accounts...more

CFPB Proposes Rule Banning Class Action Prohibitions

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a proposed rule that drastically limits the effectiveness of arbitration clauses in consumer financial product agreements. Specifically, the proposed rule...more

CFPB Issues Proposed Rule to Restrict the Use of Mandatory Arbitration Clauses and Class Action Waivers

If implemented, the Proposed Rule will result in an increase in class action lawsuits against consumer finance companies that currently include class action waivers in their contracts. Please see full Advisory below for...more

Treasury Releases White Paper on Online Marketplace Lending

The U.S. Treasury Department has released a white paper addressing the online marketplace lending industry. Based in part on the responses to Treasury's July 2015 Request for Information (RFI), the white paper offers a broad...more

CFPB Issues Proposed Rule Seeking to Prohibit Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

On May 5, the CFPB released a highly anticipated proposed rule that would ban covered providers of most financial consumer products and services from including mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses in future consumer...more

CFPB Report Reviews 2015 Fair Lending Activities and Notes Continuing Priorities

On April 29, the CFPB released its fourth annual report to Congress on fair lending activities. The report recaps the CFPB’s 2015 supervisory and enforcement efforts around fair lending and identifies ongoing priorities in...more

Rule Proposed by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Regarding Arbitration Clauses

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”), a consumer watchdog agency, unveiled a proposed rule that would restrict the use of arbitration clauses in contracts with respect to consumer financial products and...more

CFPB Proposes Controversial Rule to Limit Use of Arbitration Agreements

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a long-awaited and highly-controversial proposed rule that, if adopted, would prohibit certain financial services companies from banning consumer class...more

The CFPB’s Proposed Anti-Arbitration Rule

The rule just proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to regulate arbitration agreements is not a surprise: the Bureau has said for months that it was developing such a rule. This post examines the details...more

New Proposed Rule from the CFPB Paves Way for Massive Increase in Class Actions Suits Against Financial Institutions

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a proposed rule which would prohibit mandatory arbitration provisions in millions of banking contracts, including contracts with consumers for credit cards...more

Is This the End of Arbitration for Consumer Financial Disputes?

The proposed rule has broad implications for the financial industry, which has relied on class action waivers in consumer agreements to ensure that arbitration is a cost-effective way of resolving disputes with customers....more

Pennsylvania AG Sues Financial Services Company for Defrauding Veterans

On May 5, 2016, the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced the filing of a civil lawsuit in the Clinton County (PA) Court of Common Pleas against an Ohio financial services company and its owner for misleading at least four...more

FTC Publication for Background Screeners

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just issued guidance for companies providing employment screening services. According to the FTC, they have “created new guidance for businesses aimed at giving employment background...more

California Man Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges Relating to HAMP Modification Scheme

On May 4, 2016, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the Special Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) announced that a California man was found guilty of...more

Fourth Circuit: Default Status of Debt Is Not Determining Factor of “Debt Collector” Under FDCPA

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision that a consumer finance company collecting debts on its own behalf, which it purchased from the original creditor, is still a...more

CFPB Proposes Ban on Class Action Waiver Provisions in Arbitration Agreements

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced proposed regulations that would prohibit financial service providers from using arbitration clauses that prevent consumers from bringing class action...more

CFPB Proposal to Allow More Class Action Lawsuits Against Banks

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a proposed rule Thursday that would significantly increase consumers' ability to sue banks and other financial service providers. The proposal, which has been highly...more

CFPB’s Proposal Marks Government’s Latest - and Largest - Step Regulating Arbitration Clauses

Last week at a field hearing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a proposed rule that would prohibit providers of certain consumer financial products and services from...more

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