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California-Based Storage Company Agrees to Settle SCRA Claims

On May 15, a San Diego-based storage company entered into a consent order with the DOJ to settle claims that the company’s practice of auctioning off active duty servicemembers’ stored belongings violated the Servicemembers...more

CFPB Tackles Payment Processor for Charging Servicemembers Hidden Fees, Orders Over $3 Million in Consumer Relief

On April 20, the CFPB announced an enforcement action against a Kentucky-based third-party processor of military allotments and its subsidiary – together “Respondents” – for allegedly charging servicemembers millions of...more

Confidentiality Agreements of Federal Contractor Employees – Changes To The Federal Acquisition Regulations Are Coming Soon

Confidentiality agreements for employees of federal contractors are increasingly coming under scrutiny by federal agencies. In late 2014, as part of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (the “Act”),...more

Overview of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act of 2003 (SCRA) protects members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard whose financial obligations and ability to participate in civil proceedings are materially...more

U.S. Implements Targeted Sanctions on Venezuela

On March 9, 2015, following failed diplomatic efforts to bring Venezuela in line with its human rights commitments under international law, President Obama issued an Executive Order (E.O.) declaring Venezuela a national...more

EU sanctions against Russia: New targets and state of play

On 9 February 2015, the EU Foreign Affairs Council imposed new sanctions - asset freezes and travel bans - against 19 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and 9 entities that have been added to the 'black list' of sanctioned...more

CFPB & State Attorneys General Fine Retailer and Debt Collectors for Alleged Illegal Debt Collection Practices Against Military...

On December 18, the CFPB and the Attorneys General of North Carolina and Virginia announced an enforcement action against three affiliated companies offering credit and financing services to military servicemembers. ...more

ABA Requests Guidance On SCRA Notice Form Expiration

On December 3, the ABA sent a letter to HUD’s General Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Housing requesting guidance on the use of form HUD-92070 under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. HUD Form 92070 relates to...more

Deputy Comptroller Describes OCC’s SCRA, Consumer Compliance Focus

On August 18, in a speech to the Association of Military Banks of America, Deputy Comptroller for Compliance Policy Grovetta Gardineer described the OCC’s increasing supervisory and enforcement focus on SCRA compliance....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

Auto Lease Cash Capitalized Cost Reduction Payment Refundable under SCRA, Maryland Federal Court Rules

In connection with a motion to dismiss, a Maryland federal district court has ruled that the cash “capitalized cost reduction” (CCR) payment allegedly made by a military servicemember upon signing his auto lease was...more

CFPB Action Against Payday Lender to be Followed by New Military Lending Act Regulations

On November 20, 3013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced its first enforcement action against a payday lender. Cash America International was fined $5 million and was ordered to refund $14 million to its...more

Proposal to expand Military Loan Act coverage appears likely

Based on testimony to a Senate Committee last week by Holly Petraeus, CFPB Assistant Director with the Office of Servicemember Affairs, it looks very likely that an expansion of Military Loan Act coverage will be among...more

CFPB Announces First Enforcement Action Against Payday Lender

On November 20, the CFPB announced the resolution of an enforcement action against one of the largest payday lenders in the country. The consent order alleges that the lender and an online lending subsidiary made hundreds of...more

Students, Loan Servicers And The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Over the past two years, mortgage loan servicers have faced an onslaught of regulatory scrutiny, enforcement actions and targeted litigation. The Department of Justice, state attorneys general and the federal banking...more

CFPB Issues Examination Procedures for Military Payday Lending

The CFPB issued updates to its examination procedures for payday lending. The updated examination procedures include guidance for examiners of payday lenders that make loans to servicemembers, including reviewing for...more

CFPB Releases Revised Payday Loan Exam Manual Incorporating MLA Requirements

On September 17, the CFPB released revised short-term, small-dollar lending Examination Procedures that incorporate the regulations issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) to implemente the Military Lending Act (MLA),...more

Much to do about nothing? CFPB guidelines, servicemembers and payday lending

Amid fanfare about its commitment to the protection of the military, the CFPB has released new guidelines to assist its examiners regarding payday and title loans to military servicemembers and their dependents. “Protecting...more

California Expands Certain Servicemember Protections

On September 6, California enacted AB 526, which, among other things, expands certain financial protections for military reservists. Current state law allows U.S. Military Reserve and National Guard members who are called to...more

The SCRA and Student Loans—Senate Hearings Highlight Agency Collaboration on Investigative and Enforcement Activities

Congress enacted the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA or “Act”), a law whose origins date back to the Civil War, to strengthen the national defense through certain protections provided to servicemembers. By protecting...more

Freddie Mac Updates SCRA Servicing Requirements

On August 15, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-05, which, among other things, revises requirements relating to the SCRA and similar state laws and explains servicer responsibilities to effectively implement military relief...more

Banking Industry Trade Groups Oppose Expansion Of MLA Covered Loans

On August 1, six banking industry trade groups submitted a joint comment letter relating to a proposal by the Department of Defense (DOD) to revise protections under the Military Lending Act (MLA), which apply to consumer...more

DOJ confirms investigation of private student loan SCRA violations

As we reported, in the CFPB’s “Mid-year snapshot of private student loan complaints” on complaints the CFPB received from October 2012 through March 2013, one of the top servicing issues reported by consumers was the...more

Banking industry trade groups oppose expansion of Military Loan Act coverage

Six banking industry trade groups, including the American Bankers Association, the Consumer Bankers Association and the Financial Services Roundtable, have sent a comment letter responding to a Department of Defense (DOD)...more

More Scrutiny For Short-Term, Small-Dollar Loans

On June 17, the U.S. Department of Defense issued advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) related to installment loans used by members of the armed forces and their families. The rule, which would revise 32 C.F.R....more

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