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Cybersecurity Legislation Passes In The House

As an update to last week’s article, Congress To Take Up Major Cybersecurity Legislation During “Cyber Week”, the House passed H.R. 1560 and H.R. 1731. These Acts will now be combined and sent as a package to the Senate....more

Be Careful with Information Destruction: Another Medical Record Disposal HIPAA Settlement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently announced a new settlement with a small pharmacy, Cornell Prescription Pharmacy (“Cornell”). OCR alleged that Cornell was disposing of...more

CFPB issues 2014 fair lending report

The CFPB has issued a fair lending report covering its fair lending activities during 2014. The report states that in 2014, CFPB fair lending supervisory and public enforcement actions required institutions to provide...more

The Inadvertent Error Defense to Violations of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (the “ECOA”) prohibits creditors from discriminating against credit applicants based on race, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, and age among other things. Penalties for...more

Justice Department’s ECOA report describes joint CFPB activity

The U.S. Department of Justice recently issued the Attorney General’s 2014 Annual Report to Congress Pursuant to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act Amendments of 1976. The report discusses the DOJ’s 2014 ECOA enforcement...more

DOJ Submits 2014 Equal Credit Opportunity Act Annual Report to Congress

On April 13, the DOJ released its 2014 Annual Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) Report highlighting its activities to address credit discrimination. The twenty-page report highlights discrimination lawsuits and settlements...more

CFPB issues No FEAR Act report

The CFPB has issued its No FEAR Act Annual Report for FY 2014. The “No FEAR Act” is the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002. It requires federal agencies to submit an annual report...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: April Fools Prank or Legitimate OCC Guidance on SCRA?

Why would the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the OCC) issue a Bulletin on April Fools’ Day? In the OCC Bulletin 2015-21, issued April 1st 2015, the OCC advised that certain protections of the Servicemembers...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

Enhance Diversity & Inclusion Efforts in Four Areas CFPB, Audit Recommends

Last week, the Office of Inspector General published its findings following an audit assessing the CFPB’s human resources-related operations and other efforts for equal employment. The audit, which was conducted in response...more

CFPB OIG Report on Agency’s Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Calls for Enhancement

On March 4, the CFPB Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on its audit of the CFPB’s diversity and inclusion efforts, which was completed at Congress’s request. The report outlines its findings, noting that while...more

OSHA Issues Long-Awaited SOX Whistleblower Rule

On March 5, 2015, OSHA issued a long-awaited Final Rule regarding SOX whistleblower procedures and related matters. The new Final Rule will replace the Interim Final Rule enacted in 2011, after Dodd-Frank amended SOX. The...more

Commonly Held Beliefs About Antitrust in America Are False

On February 18, 2015, American Express lost its court battle with the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division over the card's Non-Discrimination Provisions ("NDPs"), which prohibited merchants from steering customers to...more

Recent Settlements of Joint UDAAP Enforcement Between State and Federal Regulators

The Dodd-Frank Act (“Dodd-Frank”) granted to state attorneys general and state regulators much of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) UDAAP authority. In particular, Dodd-Frank gives state attorneys authority...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether ECOA Applies to Loan Guarantors

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review whether the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) applies to loan guarantors. The case will be argued in the Supreme Court’s term that begins in October 2015....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

Director Cordray speaks to the National Association of Attorneys General

As he has done in prior years, Director Cordray spoke earlier this week to the National Association of Attorneys General. His prepared remarks focused on the familiar theme of “the four Ds” that create obstacles for consumers...more

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act: Overview of Damages for Violations

As previously discussed on this blog, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (the “ECOA”) prohibits creditors from discriminating against credit applicants based on race, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, and age...more

DOJ and North Carolina AG Settle First-Ever Federal Discrimination Suit Involving Auto Lending

On February 10, the DOJ, along with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina and the North Carolina AG, announced the settlement of the federal government’s discrimination suit involving two “buy...more

Consumer Protection Laws Prohibit Anti-Gay Discrimination?

A recent ruling in a New Jersey consumer fraud case may signal a new strategy for combating some forms anti-gay discrimination. In Ferguson v. JONAH, Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. prohibited the defendant, a gay-to-straight...more

"Supreme Court May Nix Disparate Impact in Fair Lending Enforcement"

In recent years, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have increased fair lending enforcement under the disparate impact theory of liability. This term, however, the U.S. Supreme...more

Marriage Equality and The Equal Credit Opportunity Act

On January 1, 2015, United States District Judge Hinkle issued an Order ruling that all Florida counties are to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as of January 6, 2015. The implications of this ruling are...more

Deference in Decline: ECOA’s Regulation B and Agency Discretion Might Not Be Broad Enough to Include Spousal Guarantors

For more than 40 years, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (‘‘ECOA’’) has prohibited lenders from discriminating against applicants for credit on various prohibited bases, including marital status. The policy reasons for such...more

Consumer Financial Product Whistleblower Complaints Up Dramatically, SOX Complaints (with OSHA) Down

Since the enactment of Dodd-Frank in 2010, the number of whistleblower complaints filed under the Consumer Financial Protection Act (“CFPA”) has risen significantly while the number of SOX complaints filed with OSHA has...more

Advertising Law - December 2014 #4

Privacy Authorities to App Marketplaces: Post Links to Privacy Policies - An international coalition of 23 privacy regulators released a plea to app marketplaces to act like “a responsible corporate citizen” and make...more

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