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D.C. Circuit affirms denial of CFPB petition to enforce CID issued to college accrediting organization

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The D. C. Circuit has affirmed the D.C. federal district court’s April 2016 denial of the CFPB’s petition to enforce a CID issued to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) in August 2015....more

Regular CFPB Service Provider Examinations Have Begun; More Service Providers to Face Examinations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

At the program held on April 7 titled “The State of Consumer Protection Initiatives” at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Consumer Financial Services Committee 2017 Spring Meeting, Peggy Twohig, the CFPB’s...more

CFPB’s Fair Lending Report Indicates Increased Focus for 2017 on Servicing and Small Business Lending

For many of us, the mention of fair lending enforcement immediately brings us to the origination side of the industry, specifically conjuring thoughts of redlining and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data. While these...more

CFPB identifies 2017 priorities in annual fair lending report

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In its new annual report covering its fair lending activities during 2016, the CFPB identifies the following three areas on which it “will increase our focus” in 2017...more

Blog: Avoiding Common Legal Issues at Coding Schools: Marketing

by Cooley LLP on

This is the first of a series of posts on common legal and regulatory pitfalls that alternative education providers must proactively avoid. Today’s topic is avoiding sloppy or overly aggressive marketing....more

Secretary DeVos withdraws Dept. of Education’s policy direction for student loan servicing

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a memorandum issued last week, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos withdrew various memoranda issued by the Obama Administration ED Secretary and the ED’s Financial Student Aid Division (FSA) that provided...more

OCC Publishes New “Retail Lending” Booklet

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency published a “Retail Lending” booklet, a new addition to the Safety and Soundness Asset Quality category of the Comptroller’s Handbook, which discusses the risks...more

CFPB Issues its Annual Fair Lending Report and Sets its 2017 Agenda

The CFPB has issued its 2016 Fair Lending Report which provides a summary of the Bureau’s efforts in fair lending for 2016. The Report also includes an indication of the Bureau’s fair lending priorities for 2017. Here are...more

Controversial NY lender and student loan servicer licensing proposals removed from budget bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A New York lender licensing proposal that threatened to create new regulatory burdens for financial service providers and to potentially adversely affect credit availability to New York residents and businesses, has been...more

CFPB Monthly Report Highlights Consumer Complaint Increases in Mortgage and Credit Card Products

The CFPB issued its monthly report on consumer complaints this week. The report is a high level snapshot of trends in consumer complaints. The Report provides a summary of the volume of complaints by product category, by...more

Student Loan Servicers Still Looking for Clarification on Reporting Obligations

There is surprisingly little guidance for student loan servicers when it comes to credit reporting. The only recent guidance directed at loan servicers came by way of an announcement from the U.S. Departments of Education and...more

Student Loan Servicing Laws Enacted in Washington, D.C., Proposed in New York

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Washington, D.C., and New York recently moved forward with efforts to license and regulate student loan servicers. In Washington, D.C., servicers of student loans made to District of Columbia residents are subject to a new...more

Court declines to enjoin Dept. of Education termination of recognition status of college accrediting organization challenging CFPB...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In December 2016, the Secretary of Education issued a decision adopting the decision of the Department of Education’s Senior Department Official terminating and withdrawing the Department’s recognition of the Accrediting...more

D.C. Circuit hears oral argument on CFPB authority to issue CID to college accrediting organization

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, the D. C. Circuit held oral argument in the CFPB’s appeal from the D.C. federal district court’s April 2016 ruling that the CFPB exceeded its statutory authority when it issued a CID to the Accrediting Council for...more

CFPB continues work on student loan payback playbook disclosures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB recently revised the prototype student loan Payback Playbook disclosures it has been developing with the Departments of Education and Treasury. These revisions were based on feedback from nearly 3,500 individual...more

The looming student debt crackdown: compliance and enforcement lessons from the foreclosure crisis

Given the parallels between the current student loan debt crisis (including the CFPB, Illinois and Washington’s recent lawsuits against Navient) and the foreclosure crisis of 2010-14, now is a good time to reflect on the...more

CFPB and Two States File Suit Against Student Loan Company Navient

The CFPB announced on Wednesday that it had filed a lawsuit against Navient Corporation, formerly part of Sallie Mae, and two of its subsidiaries for alleged “systematic” failures in student loan servicing. The complaint...more

The Forgotten Face of Student Lending

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Mention student loans and the face that comes immediately to mind is probably someone in their early twenties. A recent report from the CFPB sheds light on an overlooked segment of the student loan population – consumers 60...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

CFPB releases report on student loan debt owed by older consumers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has released a new report, “Snapshot of older consumers and student loan debt,” that provides statistics on the growing number of consumers age 60 and over (older consumers) who owe student loan debt and the growing...more

CFPB releases report on college credit card agreements and compliance bulletin

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB released its annual report on college credit card agreements (the fifth issued by the CFPB), together with a compliance bulletin regarding the obligation of colleges and universities under the CARD Act to publicly...more

D.C. Circuit to hold Feb. 2 argument on CFPB authority to issue CID to college accrediting organization

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The D.C. Circuit will hear oral argument on February 2, 2017 on the CFPB’s appeal from the D.C. federal district court’s April 2016 ruling that the CFPB exceeded its statutory authority when it issued a CID to the Accrediting...more

GAO report highlights gap in SCRA oversight for private student loans; encourages CFPB to seek additional statutory authority

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On November 18, the GAO released a report examining issues related to implementation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) interest rate cap for student loans. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and...more

Vermont AG Settles Lawsuit with California Student Loan Debt Consolidation Company

by Goodwin on

On November 18, 2016, the Attorney General for the State of Vermont (Vermont AG) announced that it had entered into a settlement with a California student loan debt consolidation company related to the company’s business of...more

[Webinar] The New Borrower Defense Framework - November 29th, 12:00pm CT

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In this first webinar of the "Decoding the FINAL Borrower Defense Rule" series, we’ll closely examine the new borrower defense framework, with particular attention to what constitutes a valid “claim,” the risk of...more

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