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Pennsylvania AG Sues Financial Services Company for Defrauding Veterans

On May 5, 2016, the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced the filing of a civil lawsuit in the Clinton County (PA) Court of Common Pleas against an Ohio financial services company and its owner for misleading at least four...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: The Quarterly Review - April 2016

If the first quarter is any indication, 2016 is going to be a busy year for the CFPB and market participants alike. The CFPB Speaks - Regulation by enforcement - On March 9, during his prepared remarks to...more

SCRA Will Continue to Receive Regulatory Scrutiny

On March 22, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015. This bill was signed into law by President Obama on March 31, 2016. This follows the...more

Trade groups seek clarifications to Military Lending Act regulations

A number of prominent industry trade groups have written to the Department of Defense (DoD) seeking clarifications to the Military Lending Act (MLA) final rule adopted in July 2015 that dramatically expanded the scope of the...more

CFPB Issues Annual Complaint Report Specific to the Military Community

On March 22, the CFPB released its fourth annual report highlighting complaints the agency received in 2015 from servicemembers, veterans, and their families. According to the report, debt collection complaints continue to be...more

Congress Passes Bill to Extend Foreclosure Protection Element of the SCRA

On March 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S.B. 2393, which extends through 2017 the provision of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act’s (SCRA) that protects servicemembers against foreclosure without a court order...more

Overview of Financial Protections for Military Service Members, Including the New Military Lending Act

The U.S. Department of Defense (“DOD”) has put into effect the newly amended Military Lending Act (“MLA”) rule, which applies the protections of the MLA’s strict lending restrictions to consumer credit card issuers and...more

Senator Murray Sponsors Bill to Expand and Strengthen the SCRA

On March 17, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) sponsored the SCRA Enhancement and Improvement Act of 2016 (the Act). The Act focuses especially on student loan servicers, but encompasses all financial institutions covered by the...more

CFPB issues fourth annual report on servicemember complaints

The CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs released its fourth annual report highlighting complaints submitted in 2015 by servicemembers, veterans, and their families. The report states that in 2015, the CFPB received...more

Expanding the SCRA, If the DOJ Has Its Way

The last few weeks of 2015 saw two important legislative developments relating to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). First, in November, the Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted a legislative package to Congress...more

Deadline Extended for Requesting Direct Access to Military Loan Act Database

The Department of Defense has extended the deadline for requesting direct access to its Military Loan Act (MLA) Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) database until February 15, 2016. Under amendments to the MLA's implementing...more

Congress Enacts Major Cybersecurity Legislation

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed, and the President signed, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, which provides authorization and liability protection for cybersecurity monitoring and information-sharing and authorization for...more

New York AG Announces Settlement Payments to Consumers Affected by Alleged Predatory Lending Scheme

On December 22, New York AG Schneiderman announced that more than 3,000 consumers received partial compensation from funds stemming from a global settlement negotiated by AG Schneiderman and the CFPB. In July 2014, the CFPB...more

Reorganization of the United States Code Affects SCRA Classification

Effective December 1, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) was recodified at 50 U.S.C. §§ 3901 – 4043 from its former location at 50 U.S.C. app. §§ 501 – 597b. Recent structural changes to the U.S. Code eliminated the...more

Citizen, Soldier, Small-Business Owner? Commercial Lending and The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, 50 U.S.C.A. § 3901, provides certain protections to military service members regarding their financial obligations. The act applies to virtually every type of debt that a service member...more

Back-Door Access to Encrypted Communications: Weakening Security to Improve Security?

Last month’s terror attacks in Paris have re-ignited the long-standing debate between national security and privacy advocates over whether technology companies should be required to provide the government special access to...more

Cyberattack Prevention, Assessment, And Response Is A Key Focus In Intelligence Authorization Bill Passed By The House

On December 1, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a revised Intelligence Authorization Act. The White House had threatened to veto a previous version of the bill, but proponents of the passed version say that...more

CFPB issues snapshot of servicemember complaints

The CFPB has issued a new “snapshot of servicemember complaints.”  The report states that as of November 2015, the CFPB had received about 2,500 complaints from servicemembers, veterans and their dependents about high-cost...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

FTC and VA enter into agreement for investigating educational institutions

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Veterans Affairs have signed a “Memorandum of Agreement” (MOA) “to provide mutual assistance in the oversight and enforcement of laws pertaining to advertising, sales, and...more

Hacker arrests and prosecutions update

We previously reported that alleged Ukranian hacker Sergey Vovnenko, also known as “Flycracker,” “Fly” and “Darklife” was extradited from Italy, arrested and charged in New Jersey federal court for his part in disbursing the...more

New DoD Cybersecurity Rule and How Contractors Can Reduce Their Risks

The Department of Defense (DoD) issued an interim cybersecurity rule in August 2015 that, among other things, revises the existing Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) cybersecurity clause and increases...more

Jumping To Judgment on For-Profit Education

If you didn’t know any better, you might have gotten pretty fiery over for-profit education after reading one of the front page stories of Tuesday’s New York Times. The lengthy article titled “For-Profit Colleges Fail...more

Feds continue to prosecute hackers

Sergey Vovnenko, a Ukrainian hacker, was charged in New Jersey federal court this week for wire fraud conspiracy, unauthorized computer access and aggravated identity theft for allegedly hacking into networks of financial...more

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