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CFPB releases Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda

The CFPB has released its Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda. The agenda sets the following timetables for key rulemaking initiatives: Arbitration. The Spring 2016 agenda does not reflect the CFPB’s release of its proposed...more

OCC Updates Comptroller’s Handbook to Include New Student Lending Booklet

On May 9, the OCC updated its Comptroller’s Handbook to include a new booklet titled “Student Lending.” Despite banks having to alter their private student lending strategies as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, the...more

Higher Learning: A Potentially Expensive Lesson About 529 Plans

A “529 qualified tuition plan” is an education savings plan designed to encourage and help families set aside funds for future college costs. It’s named after Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, which created this type...more

Department of Education Cash Management Regulations To Become Effective

Final regulations promulgated last year by the United States Department of Education (the “Department”) become effective July 1, 2016. The Department stated that the purpose of the regulations is “to address recent changes in...more

Alert: New Student Debt Standards Could Allow Massive Loan Forgiveness

While the Negotiated Rulemaking has concluded, the issues embedded in the Borrower Defense to Repayment regulation (BDTR Rule) remain under active discussion within the US Department of Education and promise to change the...more

CFPB Releases Draft Payback Playbook, Aims to Aid Student Borrowers

On April 28, the CFPB released a draft set of student loan disclosures, the Payback Playbook. Outlining repayment options for student loan borrowers, the Payback Playbook is intended to help borrowers effectively manage their...more

School Districts: Tax Cap Upheld Over Strong Dissent - Next Stop N.Y.’s Highest Court (5/16)

The Appellate Division, Third Department today upheld a constitutional challenge to New York’s tax cap. The suit, brought by NYSUT, asserted several different legal theories challenging the constitutionality of the statute....more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2016

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Responds to Industry Concerns on Know Before You Owe Rule - On April 28, the CFPB issued a letter to banking and industry groups in response to an inquiry by the Mortgage Bankers...more

The “Payback Playbook”: CFPB Calls for Comments on Student Loan Communication Initiative

On April 28, 2016, the CFPB released its “Payback Playbook” initiative proposal, which concerns loan servicers laying out student loan repayment options in communications with borrowers in order to “reduce defaults, improve...more

Dept. of Education announces student loan credit reporting and servicing initiatives

Last week, the CFPB announced that it had issued a Request for Information seeking comment on a set of prototype disclosures (the “Payback Playbook”) to assist federal student loan borrowers in selecting between alternative...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016 #4

Regulatory Developments - Federal Banking Regulators Propose Net Stable Funding (Liquidity) Ratio - The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation...more

Stanford declines to divest fossil fuels

Should university endowments be invested in fossil fuel companies? Or should they divest such holdings? Universities across the U.S. are considering these questions....more

CFPB seeking comment on new repayment plan disclosures for federal student loan borrowers

The CFPB has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comment on a set of prototype disclosures to assist federal student loan borrowers in selecting between alternative repayment plans.  Comments are due on or before...more

CFPB Suffers First Official CID Challenge

On April 21, 2016, Judge Richard J. Leon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on the first judicial challenge to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB,” or “Bureau”) authority to...more

CFPB Receives Strategy Lesson—Court Holds it Overreached by Investigating For-Profit School Accreditation

The CFPB received a lesson in the importance of specificity on April 21st when the United States District Court for the District of Columbia’s Judge Richard J. Leon found that it overreached in its attempt to enforce a Civil...more

Federal Court: CFPB Overstepped Jurisdiction in Issuing CID to For-Profit Colleges Accreditor

Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on April 21, 2016, ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) did not have authority to issue a Civil Investigation Demand (CID) to...more

CFPB, “Please”: Judge Rebuffs CFPB’s Attempt to Compel Documents Regarding For-Profit College Accreditation

Last Thursday, a federal district court judge in D.C. denied the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) attempt to compel documents from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Rejecting...more

CFPB Cannot Force For-Profit College Group to Comply With Investigative Demand

On April 21, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that due to a lack of authority under existing consumer protection laws, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) cannot require a...more

CFPB Gives Debt Relief Company Targeting Students a Failing Grade

Continuing its focus on the student loan industry, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered a debt relief company to shut down operations and pay a penalty for allegedly scamming borrowers and misrepresenting...more

CFPB lacked authority to issue CID issued to college accrediting organization, D.C. federal district court rules

The D.C. federal district court has ruled that the CFPB exceeded its statutory authority when it issued a CID to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) in August 2015....more

CFPB Announces Senior Staff Changes

On April 12, the CFPB announced several senior leadership changes and additions to its team. Elizabeth Ellis, who previously had served as the CFPB’s Deputy Assistant Director for the Office of Financial Institutions and...more

Tough Exams for Investments in the Education Sector

The growth of private spending on education presents an opportunity for private equity. While public spending on education in the OECD as a proportion of gross domestic product decreased slightly between 2003 and 2012, the...more

Class Action TCPA Case Dismissed Because Calls Were Made Solely To Collect a Debt Owed To Or Guaranteed By The United States

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency autodialed student debtor, Neil Silver, in January 2014 in an effort to collect on student debt. Silver claimed that these calls were made without his consent, and therefore...more

CFPB Issues Consent Order against San Diego-Based Student Debt Loan Relief Company

On March 30, the CFPB filed a consent order against a San Diego-based student debt relief operation for alleged violations of the CFPA, the Telemarketing Sales Rule, and Regulation P. According to the CFPB, the company –...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Another Student Debt Relief Company

On March 30, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced an enforcement action against student debt relief company Student Aid Institute, Inc., and its chief executive officer, Steven Lamont, for allegedly...more

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