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EU Extends Current Sanctions Against Russia and Crimea

Signaling increased tensions with Russia regarding its alleged intervention in eastern Ukraine, the European Union on June 19 and 22, 2015, took action extending sanctions targeting Russia and Crimea, including measures that...more

Proposed New Legislation Would Extend CFPB Oversight Over SCRA

On June 11, 2015, Sen. Jack Reed [D-RI] introduced a bill amending the Consumer Financial Protection Act to extend CFPB oversight and protection to include key provisions of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The...more

CFPB Increasingly Aiming “Abusiveness” Claims at Servicemember Products and Services

Are servicemembers more financially vulnerable than the civilians they protect? Recent enforcement actions suggest that, in the CFPB’s view, they are. While the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides more financial...more

New Maine Budget Would Make Numerous Tax Changes

Hoping to avoid a potential government shutdown, this week the Legislature passed a biennial budget that once again makes significant tax changes, but stops well short of the major tax reform desired by many legislators. The...more

National Bank to Pay $30 Million Civil Penalty to OCC for Alleged SCRA Violations

On May 29, the OCC entered into a consent order with a national bank to resolve allegations that it (i) violated the SCRA; (ii) engaged in unsafe and unsound practices in its efforts to comply with the SCRA; and (iii) engaged...more

Department of Education Releases Reports on SCRA Reviews of Major Student Loan Servicers

On May 26, the Department of Education announced the release of reports on its reviews of four major federal student loan servicers, which were conducted to ensure that the servicers adhered to federal law concerning loan...more

CFPB Introduces Financial Coaching Initiative

On May 20, the CFPB launched its Financial Coaching Initiative, an educational program designed to help “recently-transitioned veterans and economically vulnerable consumers.” The program places 60 certified financial coaches...more

California-Based Storage Company Agrees to Settle SCRA Claims

On May 15, a San Diego-based storage company entered into a consent order with the DOJ to settle claims that the company’s practice of auctioning off active duty servicemembers’ stored belongings violated the Servicemembers...more

Starter Interrupters Expose Lenders To SCRA Risks

Individuals often take great care to make a good impression on a first date, but sometimes that’s just not possible. Oscar Fabela Jr. was walking his date back to his car after a movie when he found that his car would not...more

CFPB launches financial coaching initiative

The CFPB has announced the launch of its Financial Coaching Initiative which targetsrecently-transitioned veterans and economically vulnerable consumers. (The CFPB first announced its plans for launching the program in 2013,...more

CFPB: Military Allotment Processor to Pay More Than $3M

Why it matters - A military allotment processor will pay $3.065 million for charging servicemembers millions of dollars in hidden, recurring fees, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced. Fort...more

Indiana Enacts Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

On May 4, Indiana Governor Michael Pence signed H.B. 1456 into law, amending the state’s civil relief act to include protections for servicemembers under the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)....more

CFPB Publishes Information Regarding Servicemembers’ Complaints

On April 27, the CFPB published a report regarding the trend of recent complaints submitted to the Bureau by Servicemembers entitled, A Snapshot of Complaints Received from Servicemembers, Veterans, and their Families....more

CFPB Goes Public and Steps Up Enforcement Activity

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced what may be its boldest move yet: a $63 million enforcement action in coordination with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Minnesota-based mortgage...more

Proposed MLA expansion cleared to move forward

Last week, the House Armed Services Committee removed language from the draft Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that would have delayed the finalization of rules proposed by the Department of Defense that...more

CFPB Tackles Payment Processor for Charging Servicemembers Hidden Fees, Orders Over $3 Million in Consumer Relief

On April 20, the CFPB announced an enforcement action against a Kentucky-based third-party processor of military allotments and its subsidiary – together “Respondents” – for allegedly charging servicemembers millions of...more

CFPB Fines Military Allotment Processor $3.1 Million

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a consent order with Fort Knox National Co. and its subsidiary Military Assistance Co. (MAC), alleging that the companies duped U.S. military service members...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Don’t Hide Fees — CFPB Takes Action Against Abusive Conduct Aimed at Military Personnel

On April 20, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a Consent Order against Fort Knox National Company and its subsidiary Military Assistance Company (MAC), for charging servicemembers millions of dollars...more

CFPB issues third servicemembers complaints report and suggests practices for handling servicemember accounts

The CFPB has issued its third snapshot of complaints received from servicemembers, veterans and their families (“servicemember complaints”). The report covers complaints received from July 21, 2011 through December 31,...more

Top 10 Things to Know About the Future of Sanctions on Iran

As deadline for nuclear agreement approaches, any easing of sanctions will be gradual, and global businesses will continue to face compliance and enforcement risks. This Client Alert outlines the approaches the US...more

Proposed MLA expansion in limbo

Despite the CFPB’s efforts to build support for the Department of Defense’s proposal to significantly expand Military Loan Act coverage, it now appears that the proposal may be put on hold. The DoD proposal would revise the...more

Rule Expanding Military Lending Act Protections In Limbo

The Department of Defense's (DoD) proposed rule to revise and expand the coverage of its rule implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA) may be put on hold. The House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee for Military...more

Justice Department’s ECOA report describes joint CFPB activity

The U.S. Department of Justice recently issued the Attorney General’s 2014 Annual Report to Congress Pursuant to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act Amendments of 1976. The report discusses the DOJ’s 2014 ECOA enforcement...more

SCRA Post-Service Protections Extended

The Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA) was created to help relieve or suspend the financial burdens placed upon those serving in the U.S. military. One of the key protections afforded by the SCRA is a temporary stay of...more

Sanctions Round-Up: First Quarter 2015

In this edition: - US and EU continue targeting Russia for its activity in Ukraine - Cuba-related regulatory reforms announced - P5+1 and Iran reach framework agreement - US enforcement actions:...more

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