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Indecent Exposure: FTC Obtains Injunctions Against Debt Brokers for Improperly Published Consumer Information

On November 12, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced that the District Court for the District of Columbia had entered preliminary injunctions against two debt sellers which, together, had improperly posted personal...more

Sixteen State Attorneys General Urge CFPB to Limit Pre-dispute Arbitration

State attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington sent a letter to Consumer...more

Congressional Leaders Send Letters to Financial Service Providers Regarding Data Breaches

On November 18, Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent letters to 16 financial service institutions regarding recent data breaches. The letters requested that the institutions provide...more

Supervisory Highlights

In This Issue: - Introduction - Supervisory observations ..Consumer reporting ..Debt Collection ..Deposits ..Mortgage servicing ..Student loan servicing ..Fair Lending: CFPB’s HMDA...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2014 #4

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Bank Structure - Compensation - Consumer Protection - Derivatives - Enforcement - Financial Market...more

What to Expect from Your Mediation with Midland Funding, LLC

When it comes to fighting back against debt collectors like Midland Funding, Portfolio Recovery, or CACH, LLC (to name just a few) there are a lot of ” – tions ” . You have “litigation”, “arbitration” , and “mediation” . ...more

CFPB Issues Proposal to Amend Mortgage Servicing Rules

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed additional amendments to Regulation X, which implements the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), and Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in...more

CFPB Fall 2014 rulemaking agenda indicates further delay in proposed debt collection and other rules

Based on the CFPB’s Fall 2014 rulemaking agenda, proposed rules dealing with payday loans/deposit advance products, overdrafts, and debt collection are still months away. The CFPB’s timetables for “prerule activities”...more

CFPB’s first criminal referral ends in 9-year sentence

The CFPB’s first publicly announced criminal referral has resulted in a nine-year sentence for the principal of a debt settlement company, who pled guilty to several of the charges. The referral, which was made to the U.S....more

AFSA vehicle sales finance study finds significant flaws in CFPB disparate impact methodology and approach

A study of indirect auto financing commissioned by the American Financial Services Association found that the CFPB’s proxy methodology for measuring disparities in auto dealer reserve is “conceptually flawed in its...more

Privacy Tuesday - November 2014 #2

Here are three privacy stories to start your week - 1. Dear “financial institution” : how is your data security?! Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) announced (press release) that on November 18 the Senator...more

CFPB praises change in military discretionary allotment system

CFPB Assistant Director for Servicemember Affairs Holly Petraeus has issued a statement applauding changes to the military discretionary allotment system announced last week by the Department of Defense (DoD). The...more

Overview of the CFPB Prepaid Account Proposed Rule

On November 13, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a proposed rule to regulate prepaid accounts (the “Proposed Rule”). The Proposed Rule follows the CFPB’s May 2012 advance notice of proposed...more

SEC Investor Alert: How to Be a Smart Investor Online

Earlier last week, the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy issued an Investor Alert reminding investors seeking information and advice online to be wary of fraudulent investment schemes involving social media. In...more

TCPA Connect - November 2014

Ruling on ATDS Capability, California Court Dismisses TCPA Suit - Siding with courts that evaluate a system’s present – not potential – capacity to store or produce telephone numbers when considering whether a system...more

Digital Currency Corner - What FinCEN’s Denial of Payment Processing Exemption for Virtual Currency-Related Businesses Means for...

Why it matters - The rapid evolution of virtual and digital currencies has spawned significant activity in several federal agencies with implications potentially for traditional entities in certain cases. In addition...more

NY Financial Regulators Push Institutions to Tighten Cybersecurity

Following a string of publicly disclosed cyberattacks against both retailers and financial institutions, New York's top financial regulator called on the financial sector to be more proactive in its cybersecurity efforts. A...more

CFPB Fines Mortgage Lender for Violating Loan Originator Compensation Rule

On November 13, the CFPB ordered a residential mortgage lender to pay $730,000 for violating the Loan Originator Compensation Rule. According to the complaint filed by the CFPB, from June 2011 to October 2013, the mortgage...more

CFPB Holds Field Hearing On Prepaid Products, Proposes New Rule

On November 13, the CFPB held a field hearing in Delaware to discuss its proposed rule regarding prepaid products. The proposal, which would amend Regulation E and Regulation Z, requires prepaid companies to provide certain...more

CFTC Launches National Campaign to Protect Consumers

On November 19, the CFTC launched CFTC SmartCheck, a new national campaign to help investors identify and protect themselves against financial fraud....more

CFPB Director Cordray Issues Warning to Bankers

Director Cordray’s remarks to the Clearing House Thursday should unsettle bankers and payday lenders alike. In his talk, Director Cordray challenged bankers to bow to the inevitable. He suggested that sooner, rather than...more

CFPB gives guidance and answers FAQ on the new Closing Disclosure

On November 18, 2014, the CFPB staff and Federal Reserve Board co-hosted a webinar that addressed questions about the Final TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule that will be effective for applications received by creditors...more

PCI-DSS 3.0's Focus on the Data Security Practices of Service Providers

Preventing the unauthorized access to and fraudulent use of credit and debit cards has been a high priority of the payment card industry for years. As the threat environment evolves, so too do the applicable data security...more

FFIEC: Financial Institutions Need to Share Cyberthreat Information

Why it matters: Financial institutions of all sizes need to share cyberthreat information with each other, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) urged based upon an assessment performed of the...more

Changes to Mortgage Servicing Rules - Blog: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Armed with some background on what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) is and does (from my 11-11-14 blog entry), let’s dive directly into the issue of rules. For starters, let’s look into the CFPB’s new rules...more

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