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D.C. Circuit grants PHH’s motion for leave to file supplemental response

Last Friday, the D.C. Circuit entered an order granting PHH’s motion for leave to file a supplemental response to the CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc.  On December 22, PHH and the United States filed responses to the...more

2017 May Be an Eventful Year for Student Loan Industry

As expected, student loans were a major issue in 2016, as the presidential election brought the issue to the forefront and regulatory scrutiny continued to rise. 2017 is now upon us, and the CFPB wasted no time getting the...more

2016 Year In Review: Securities Litigation And Regulation

2016 was an active year in securities litigation. In the first half of 2016 alone, plaintiffs filed 119 new federal class action securities cases. It was also a busy year for SEC enforcement proceedings, with a record 868...more

FTC Secures $19.4 Million in Judgments Over Mortgage Relief Scheme

On January 11, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had agreed to two stipulated orders with individuals who participated in an alleged fraudulent mortgage relief scheme. According to the FTC, the...more

CFPB possibly amenable to changing its prepaid account rule

At a panel discussion today on the prepaid account rule, held as part of the meeting of the American Bar Association Committee on Consumer Financial Services in Carlsbad, CA, Kristine Andreassen, the team leader for the CFPB...more

CFPB Orders Medical Debt Collection Law Firms To Pay Over $600,000 For Alleged Misrepresentations

On January 9, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order with two affiliated medical debt collection law firms over allegations that the law firms used deceptive...more

FTC Files Lawsuit Against Seller of Fake Payday Loans

On January 9, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas against one individual and affiliated companies, alleging that they sold...more

Proposed reform measure passed by House would result in seismic change in congressional review procedure for “major rules”

We have previously written about the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”), which was enacted as part of the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996. The CRA created a fast-track legislative process for Congress to nullify...more

Lawmakers take sides on Director Cordray’s future; Senator Warren urges consumer advocates to defend CFPB

Battle lines over Director Cordray’s future at the CFPB are predictably forming along party lines. Earlier this week, two Republican senators sent a letter to Vice President-elect Pence urging Director Cordray’s removal by...more

CFPB issues final rule to adjust civil penalties for inflation

The CFPB has published a final rule to adjust for inflation the civil penalties within its jurisdiction. The adjustments are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 which, pursuant to a 2015...more

Florida District Court Rejects Use of Statute of Limitations as a Basis for Asserting Consumer Protection Claims

Action Item: Florida District Court rejects use of statute of limitations as a basis for asserting a consumer protection claim and finds that SOL Issue should be raised—if at all—as an affirmative defense to an actual...more

CFPB’s national debt collection consumer survey findings lays groundwork for future enforcement and rulemaking priorities

Early yesterday, the CFPB released the findings of its national debt collection consumer survey. Both the headline of the CFPB’s press release and Director Cordray’s remarks highlight the survey’s finding that “over...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The NYDFS revised its proposed cybersecurity regulations, the FDIC sought comment on its new de novo bank deposit insurance handbook, federal banking agencies finalized streamlined call...more

NYDFS Modifies, Delays Implementation of Cybersecurity Rules

The modified rules, which still remain among the most prohibitive, could be adopted in final form as early as this month. Since September 2016, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has been...more

CFPB settles FDCPA claims against debt collection law firms

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with two law firms specializing in the collection of medical debts and their president for alleged FDCPA violations.  The consent order also settles allegations that...more

House passes proposed Congressional Review Act amendments authorizing en bloc consideration in resolutions of disapproval for...

We have previously written about the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”), a law enacted in 1996 that establishes a procedure by which Congress can nullify a covered rule adopted by a federal agency. According to a Congressional...more

Passive Debt Buyer May Delegate Dispute Communications to Third Party

A New York District Court recently addressed the issue of whether the FDCPA requires passive debt buyers to personally register disputes or whether they can delegate that obligation to their third party debt...more

CFPB Seeks Feedback on Proposed Third Party Debt Collection Rules

Editor’s Note: On November 3, 2016, Smith Debnam’s Jerry Myers attended a meeting with the CFPB to discuss the proposed rules for third party debt collection. Below, he shares his thoughts from the meeting....more

Plaintiffs in another case challenging CFPB’s constitutionality seek consolidation with PHH

The plaintiffs in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew, et al. want the D.C. federal district court to hold a status conference to determine how their case “can be most efficiently adjudicated” in light of...more

Allegedly Time-Barred Foreclosures Do Not Form Basis for FDCPA/FCCPA Lawsuits Outside Bankruptcy Context

In an order issued yesterday, Judge Dalton of the Middle District of Florida held that in a non-bankruptcy context, allegations that collection of a mortgage debt is barred by the statute of limitations do not form a...more

CFPB’s 2017 Fair Lending Priorities

At the end of last year, the CFPB issued its Fair Lending Priorities for 2017. According to its December blog post, the CFPB plans to increase its focus on the following three areas, which it describes as “presenting a...more

New York Releases Revised Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations

The New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) has released a revised version of its proposed cybersecurity regulations, which set regulatory minimum standards for protecting the customer information and...more

New York’s “First in the Nation” Financial-Sector Cybersecurity Regulations Put on Hold.

In late December, New York’s Financial Services Superintendent Maria T. Vullo announced that the New York’s Department of Financial Services’ (“DFS”) new cybersecurity regulations would not go into effect on January 1, 2017...more

Call Volume Alone Does Not Necessitate a Violation of the FDCPA

A decision from a New Jersey district court serves as a reminder that call volume alone will not support a violation of the FDCPA. In Chisholm v. Afni, Inc., the issue before the court was “whether a series of 18 telephone...more

Insight from CFPB Regarding Employee Incentives in the Wake of Wells Fargo Consent Order

This past November, in the wake of the Wells Fargo debacle, the CFPB issued a Compliance Bulletin which addressed employee incentives and the consumer risks associated with them. CFPB Compliance Bulletins are non-binding...more

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