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CFPB Fall 2015 rulemaking agenda includes delays for payday loan and other rules

The CFPB released its Fall 2015 rulemaking agenda last Friday. The agenda sets the following timetables for key rulemaking initiatives: Arbitration. The Fall 2015 agenda gives a December 2015 date for further prerule...more

Group Life Insurance Claims by a Teacher’s Beneficiary Are Subject to ERISA Preemption: Woods v. American United Life Insurance...

On ERISA preemption grounds, a federal court has ruled against state law claims asserted by the beneficiary of a former school teacher who sought benefits from a group life insurance policy. Woods v. American United Life...more

Update on Proposed Amendments to the Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule

The U.S. Department of Education (“USDE”) is continuing to move forward with issuing new regulations regarding the “Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule” (“BDRR”). The BDRR concerns the ability of a Direct Loan borrower to seek...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - November 2015

In an article published on November 5, 2015 by Law360, Nick Agnello provides insight on a recent landmark decision by the Eleventh Circuit, and how it is creating a body of case law empowering local governments to bring...more

Helpful News from IRS on Student Loan Bonds

On November 13, the IRS issued Notice 2015-78, providing favorable guidance on topics of interest to providers of “supplemental” or “alternative” student loans financed with tax-exempt bonds and to underwriters of such...more

Prepaying Tuition Payments To Qualified Educational Organizations

It is becoming more common for wealthy individuals to prepay the tuition expenses (which do not include books, supplies, dormitory fees, board or other similar expenses), on an annual basis or for multiple years, for family...more

Alert: ED Adopts Changes to Clock and Credit Hour Rules

Earlier this month, the US Department of Education ("ED" or the "Department") announced a number of changes to the so-called "cash management" regulations that govern institutional arrangements with financial account...more

FTC Signs Memorandum of Agreement to Prevent Fraudulent and Deceptive Practices Against Servicemembers

On November 12, the FTC announced that it signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Veterans Administration (VA) to provide mutual assistance in preventing fraudulent and deceptive acts by “institutions of higher learning and...more

CFPB files petition in D.C. federal court to enforce CID issued to college accrediting organization

On October 29, 2015, the CFPB filed a petition in D.C. federal court to enforce the CID it issued on August 25, 2015 to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS’ petition to modify or set...more

CFPB Supervisory Highlights

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released its ninth supervisory highlights report, which includes new findings from its supervisory program from May – August 2015. Overall, the report focuses on...more

BuckleySandler Workshop Recap: FTC Holds Workshop on Online Lead Generation

On October 30, the FTC hosted a workshop on online lead generation titled “Follow the Lead.” The workshop focused on lead generation in the mortgage and education lending space and consisted of a number of discussion panels...more

CFPB issues Fall 2015 supervisory report

In its Fall 2015 Supervisory Highlights, which covers supervision work generally completed between May and August 2015, the CFPB highlights legal violations resolved using non-public supervisory actions involving consumer...more

Director Cordray defends CFPB authority to investigate college accrediting organization

Director Cordray is reported to have defended the CFPB’s authority to investigate a college accrediting organization at a recent Politico event. On October 8, 2015, the CFPB issued a decision and order denying the petition of...more

CFPB Files Suit Against Student Financial Aid Company

On October 29, the CFPB filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against a California-based student financial aid operation and its owner (Defendants). According to the complaint,...more

Lawmakers seek rescission of CID issued to college accrediting organization

Senator Lamar Alexander and Representative John Kline sent a letter to Director Cordray on October 23, 2015 requesting that he “immediately rescind the issuance of a civil investigative demand to the Accrediting Council for...more

U.S. Department of Education Turns Eye to Regulating Financial Services Industry

On October 27, 2015, the United States Department of Education issued 433 pages of new regulations governing student loan programs under the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations promulgated under the Higher...more

Department of Education Finalizes Rules Affecting Federal Student Loan Borrowers

On October 27, the Department of Education announced final regulations regarding how students access Federal student aid and implementing a Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE) program. The new rules addressing access to Federal...more

Illinois District Court Enters Final Judgment Against For-Profit College to Resolve CFPB Litigation

On October 28, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois filed a default judgment and order against a for-profit college company to resolve litigation with the CFPB. In a September 2014 lawsuit, the CFPB...more

CFPB sues company and owner for alleged student financial aid scam

A new lawsuit filed by the CFPB in a California federal district court alleges that the defendants, a company and its individual owner, are engaged in a nationwide student financial aid scam. In addition to injunctive relief,...more

Africa Update - October 2015 #4

Leading the News - Tanzania: On October 25th, voters in Tanzania went to the polls to vote for a candidate to replace outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete, who was unable to run for a third term under the country’s...more

Beating a dead horse: CFPB announces default judgment against Corinthian

The CFPB announced that it has obtained a final default judgment against Corinthian Colleges, Inc. from the Illinois federal court in which it sued Corinthian in September 2014. In May 2015, Corinthian filed a petition under...more

CFPB Continues to Take Action Against Offenders in Debt Collection Services

CFPB Takes Action Against Servicemember Auto Lender Security National Automotive Acceptance Company - On October 28, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed an administrative order against Security...more

Alert: Pending Rulemaking Likely to Expand Borrower Defenses Against Repaying Federal Direct Loans

The US Department of Education (ED) is preparing for a new rulemaking that is intended to clarify—and very likely expand—the ability of student borrowers to be relieved of the obligation to repay their Federal Direct Loans....more

Alert: New Proposal Offers Limited Access to Federal Student Aid for Alternative Providers

On October 15, 2015, the US Department of Education ("ED") issued a long-awaited notice announcing an "Experimental Sites Initiative" ("ESI") to permit limited access to federal loan and grant programs for students enrolled...more

The Four Cornerstones: Regulatory Focus Sharpens on Student Loan Servicing Industry

We have previously written about recent regulatory focus on the student loan servicing industry. In particular, we discussed the issuance of a 151-page report issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) titled...more

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