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State AGs seek injunction against Dept. of Education postponement of the Borrower Defense Rule; DeVos continues “regulatory reset”...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have filed suit against Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos seeking an injunction of the Department of Education’s indefinite postponement of the Obama Administration’s Borrower...more

National Collegiate Student Loans May be Wiped Out

by John Skiba on

Recently the New York Times ran an article on the possibility of private student loans that are held by the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts being wiped out due to poor documentation. While the New York Times article...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We covered subprime auto yesterday. Today, it’s the other growing debt concern in the US—student loan obligations. Though here’s an unexpected take on it: due to missing or fake documentation, billions in defaulted student...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 16

by Clark Hill PLC on

Rep. Diane Black Fighting Budget Headwinds: Rep. Diane Black is facing a revolt over her plans to cut $200 billion from entitlement spending. The Tennessee Republican heads the House Budget Committee. A group of 20 GOP...more

Trade association asks ED to confirm preemption of state student loan servicing requirements for federal student loans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Education Finance Council, a national trade association representing state-based nonprofit higher education finance organizations, has asked the Department of Education to “publicly state” that the ED’s rules governing...more

Tax-Exempt Financing of Churches, Parochial Schools and Other Sectarian Institutions After Trinity Lutheran Church: Permitted? ...

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 opinion in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, precluding states from discriminating against churches in at least some state financing programs, raises anew the question of...more

CFPB Rolls Out Student Loan Servicing Campaign Focusing on Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Despite the uncertain future of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray partnered with North Carolina’s Attorney General Josh Stein to roll out a new...more

CFPB issues report highlighting student loan complaints from borrowers working in public service; updates examination procedures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In conjunction with its public event yesterday on student loan servicing, the CFPB issued a new report, “Staying on track while giving back.” The report, which provides a mid-year update on student loan complaints,...more

U.S. Department of Education Delays Borrower Defense to Repayment Regulations, Announces New Negotiated Rulemaking Committees

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 14, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) announced its plan to convene negotiated rulemaking committees to consider revisions to two major sets of regulations that were developed by the Obama Administration. ED...more

CFPB to hold June 22 student loan servicing event

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB will hold a public event on June 22, 2017 in Raleigh, N.C. about student loan servicing. The CFPB’s announcement provides no description other than that the event will feature remarks from Director Cordray and North...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 13

by Clark Hill PLC on

Internal House GOP Budget Feud Threatens Agenda: House GOP efforts to write a fiscal 2018 budget are deadlocked amid Republican infighting, a divide that threatens to undermine President Donald Trump’s agenda by stalling tax...more

Dept. of Education postpones effective date of arbitration ban and other provisions of “borrower defense” rule, announces intent...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the Dept. of Education announced that it is postponing “until further notice” the July 1, 2017 effective date of various provisions of the “borrower defense” final rule...more

Lawsuit filed challenging Dept. of Education “borrower defense” final rule banning arbitration

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) has filed a complaint in D.C. federal district court against the Dept. of Education and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to overturn the “borrower defense”...more

Church-Affiliated Employers Get Win As SCOTUS Clarifies ERISA Exemption

by Fisher Phillips on

In a unanimous 8-0 decision published today, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that employee benefit plans sponsored by church-affiliated organizations will qualify for the “church plan” exemption under the Employee...more

Student Loan Servicing Regulations: 50 State Guide on Laws and Legislation – First Edition

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Preface - The following summary of current state law and pending legislation regarding student loan servicing as of June 1, 2017, is designed to serve as a tool to assist in understanding the breadth of state regulations...more

Department of Education Announces Overhaul of Federal Student Loan System

On Friday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a plan by the Department of Education to award its entire student loan servicing portfolio to a single company – down from its current roster of nine. The Department of...more

Navient Attacks CFPB UDAAP Enforcement Without Implementing Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

One of the hallmarks of the CFPB’s enforcement actions has been its use of those actions to announce new legal standards. Navient attacks this enforcement strategy in its motion to dismiss a recent case brought against it by...more

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman reports on handling of defaulted borrowers by servicers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman has released an update setting forth the CFPB’s “preliminary observations” based on the data it received in response to a voluntary request for information sent to several of the largest...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case Against University Retirement Plan Fiduciaries Survives Motion to Dismiss

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A plaintiffs' class action law firm in St. Louis made national headlines last August when it filed a series of breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits under ERISA, the federal employee benefits law, against the fiduciaries of...more

Climate for Student Loan Oversight Gets Hotter with Recommendation of Top CFPB Student Loan Official for FTC Commissioner

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

While most mainstream media outlets are pulling a Jan Brady and reporting "Comey, Comey, Comey," the consumer financial services community should be chewing on a different name right now: "Chopra, Chopra, Chopra."...more

CFPB's Monthly Report Focuses on Student Loan Products

The CFPB’s most recent monthly report on consumer complaints spotlights student loans. The report is a high level snapshot of trends in consumer complaints. The Report provides a summary of the volume of complaints by product...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau- CFPB Files Lawsuit Against Four Online Lenders for Allegedly Collecting on Voided Debts- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) filed a lawsuit against online...more

CFPB April 2017 complaint report highlights student loan complaints, complaints from Nevada consumers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued its April 2017 complaint report that highlights student loan complaints. The report also highlights complaints from consumers in Nevada and the Las Vegas metro area....more

State AGs criticize ED withdrawal of Obama student loan servicing policy direction

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A group of 20 state attorneys general, the D.C. attorney general, and the Executive Director of the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii have sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos criticizing...more

D.C. Circuit Rebukes CFPB in Civil Investigative Demand Enforcement Decision

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On April 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion in CFPB v. Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools, affirming a decision by the D.C. district court to deny...more

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