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FFIEC Advises Financial Institutions On “Heartbleed” Risks

On April 10, the FFIEC issued an alert advising financial institutions of risks associated with “Heartbleed”, a recently discovered material security vulnerability in a commonly used encryption method known as the OpenSSL...more

CFPB proposes extension of remittance transfer rule depository institution exception and other revisions

The CFPB has issued a proposal to extend for five years the temporary exception in its remittance transfer rule that allows insured depository institutions to estimate fees and exchange rates in certain circumstances. The...more

CFPB publishes guidance regarding RESPA-TILA integrated disclosure forms

The CFPB recently published guidance (the Guide) to assist mortgage originators and settlement service providers in completing the Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure forms required under the RESPA-TILA Integrated Disclosure...more

Bill introduced to limit CFPB smaller bank supervisory authority

A bill introduced by Republican Senator Dan Coats would further limit the CFPB’s supervisory authority as to insured depository institutions and credit unions with total assets of $10 billion or less....more

Hints of future payday rule-making

Laura Udis, the CFPB’s program manager for the payday lending industry, spoke on April 10 in Los Angeles on a panel sponsored by the American Bar Association Consumer Financial Services Committee. CFPB staff members are...more

CFPB amends CashCall complaint

The CFPB has filed an amended complaint in its lawsuit against CashCall and several related companies that funded, purchased, serviced and collected online payday loans to identify additional states in which the loans...more

Pew Checking Accounts Report Makes Troubling Recommendations

The Pew Charitable Trusts has released another report evaluating the checking account disclosure practices of the nation’s largest banks. Despite finding that disclosure practices have improved, Pew again urges the Consumer...more

FDIC regional offices issue UDAP guidance on continuous overdraft fees

Based on the CFPB’s rulemaking agenda issued in December 2013, we continue to expect overdraft programs to be the subject of another CFPB white paper and/or an advance notice of proposed rulemaking this year. (In June 2013,...more

Massachusetts Division of Banks Sets Cap on Returned Check Fees Allowable for State-Chartered Banks

The Massachusetts Division of Banks established the maximum fee that state-chartered banks and credit unions are permitted to assess consumer accounts in connection with processing a dishonored check. ...more

W.Va. Requires Time-Barred Debt Disclosures in ‘Initial Written Communication’

The West Virginia Legislature recently passed H.B. 4360, which amended Section 46A-2-128 of the West Virginia Code, that defines what constitutes unfair or unconscionable debt collection activities. The amendments are...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Rules on Debt Collector’s Alleged Violations of FDCPA

The United States Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied a motion to dismiss a borrower’s claim that a debt collection letter failed to provide adequate notice of her right to dispute the validity of the debt....more

CFPB promotes online student financial aid resources

In a new blog post, the CFPB promotes its online financial aid resources to students who are now in the process of choosing which school to attend this fall. The blog post directs students to a just-launched “crisp new...more

FTC Settles with Payday Lender over Alleged UDAAP Violations

The United States District Court for the District of South Dakota Central Division entered a final order and judgment approving a settlement between the FTC and a payday lender, in which the company agreed to pay civil money...more

CFPB Dispute with Tribe-Affiliated Lender Spills into Court

After denying a petition to set aside a civil investigative demand, the CFPB, filed a petition in the United States District Court for the Central District of California to enforce its civil investigative demand against...more

CFPB to Hold Field Hearing on Mortgage Closing Process

The CFPB, in alignment with its continuing focus on the mortgage closing process, announced that it will hold a field hearing in Washington, D.C. on April 23, 2014, on this subject....more

Utah Amends Mortgage Licensing Act

On April 1, Utah enacted SB 332, which amends the Utah Residential Mortgage Practices and Licensing Act, the Real Estate Licensing and Practices Act, and the Real Estate Appraiser Licensing and Certification Act to establish...more

The British (Financial Regulatory Principles) Are Coming!

Regulation of financial products and services in the U.S. historically has relied on rules-based regulatory policy, governing business processes including disclosures relating to terms, pricing, structure and marketing. The...more

New York State To Require Title Agents To Be Licensed

With the passage of the New York 2014-15 budget, New York becomes one of the last states in the country to license title agents. The budget includes measures that authorize the Department of Financial Services (DFS) to...more

Idaho Bill Regulates Payday Loan Terms

On March 26, Idaho enacted SB 1314, which, among other things, prohibits payday lenders from making a loan that exceeds 25% of the borrower’s gross monthly income at the time the loan is made....more

Debt Settlement Firm Pleads Guilty In CFPB’s First Criminal Referral

On April 8 the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that a debt settlement company and its owner pled guilty to fraud charges, resolving the first criminal case referred to the DOJ by the CFPB. The...more

CFPB To Hold Forum On Mortgage Closing Process

The CFPB announced today that it will hold a forum on the mortgage closing process. The event will take place at the CFPB’s headquarters in Washington, DC at 1:30 p.m. on April 23, 2014. It will be open to members of the...more

CFPB Issues Annual Consumer Complaint Report

On March 31 the CFPB published its Consumer Response Annual Report, providing a review of the CFPB’s complaint process and a description of complaints received during January 1 through December 31, 2013. According to the...more

CFPB files petition in CA federal court to enforce CIDs issued to tribal payday lenders

The CFPB recently filed a petition in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California seeking to enforce the civil investigative demands (CIDs) it issued in June 2012 to three tribally-affiliated payday lenders. A...more

Comptroller Curry Calls On Banks To Offer Payday Loan Alternatives

On April 1, Comptroller Thomas Curry delivered remarks in which he urged banks to offer alternatives to “high cost payday loans.” The Comptroller defended his agency’s guidance on deposit advance products and stated that...more

OSHA Publishes Interim Final Rule for CFPA Whistleblower Claims

Companies providing consumer finance products or services should review policies and training materials to ensure compliance. On April 3, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an interim...more

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