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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

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

CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion issues annual report

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The CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) has issued its annual report to Congress covering the OMWI’s activities in FY 2016. The Dodd-Frank Act required the CFPB and various other federal agencies, including...more

Advertising Law - April 2017 #2

Business Supply Scam Operators Banned From Telemarketing - The Federal Trade Commission banned the operators of an office supply business from telemarketing pursuant to a settlement deal in Texas federal court. In...more

CFPB May Rely on New Employment Discrimination Case in Fair Lending Context

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The CFPB may seek to rely on a recent Seventh Circuit employment discrimination case to support its view that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act’s (ECOA’s) prohibition against discrimination on the basis of “sex” includes...more

CFPB Proposes Amendments to Align Regulation B with Revised Regulation C

by BakerHostetler on

On March 24, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed amendments to Regulation B to “provide additional flexibility for mortgage lenders concerning the collection of consumer demographic information.” ...more

Will Attorney General Sessions continue to pursue redlining cases?

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On Monday, we blogged about the highlights of the panel I moderated, “The CFPB Speaks,” that was part of the Practicing Law Institute’s 22nd annual Consumer Financial Services Institute in Manhattan. The next panel, “Federal...more

Lawmaker seeks CFPB fair lending investigation of fintech small business lenders

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A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by fintech companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the CFPB “to vigorously investigate whether [such...more

Lawmaker Seeks CFPB Fair Lending Investigation of Fintech Small Business Lenders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by financial technology (fintech) companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the Consumer Financial...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: February 2017 #4

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, the administration rescinded Obama-era federal guidelines interpreting federal anti-discrimination laws to require schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: February 2017 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, in her first public comments since her appointment, new EEOC Chair Victoria Lipnic indicated that the agency will focus on age discrimination, equal pay, and job growth. Lipnic also indicated that the agency will...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2017

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Editor's Note - President Trump Signs Executive Order to Reduce Regulation and Control Regulatory Costs. On January 30, President Trump signed an executive order (Executive Order) designed to reduce the regulatory...more

Community banks trade group asks Trump Administration to curb fair lending enforcement

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The Independent Community Bankers of America issued a statement calling on the Trump administration “to rein in the overzealous application of fair lending laws.” ICBA stated that community banks are threatened by a recent...more

DOJ Files Redlining Lawsuit Against KleinBank

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently commenced a redlining lawsuit against KleinBank, a state-chartered Minnesota bank subject to the regulatory authority of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The...more

Algorithms and bias: What lenders need to know

by White & Case LLP on

The algorithms that power fintech may discriminate in ways that can be difficult to anticipate—and financial institutions can be held accountable even when alleged discrimination is clearly unintentional....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2017 #3

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Last week, there were developments in two cases in different Pennsylvania courts involving employer liability—or lack thereof—for data breaches involving employee personally identifiable information (PII). A Pennsylvania...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017

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Editor's Note - In This Issue. The NYDFS revised its proposed cybersecurity regulations, the FDIC sought comment on its new de novo bank deposit insurance handbook, federal banking agencies finalized streamlined call...more

Two More Banks Fall to Redlining Consent Orders

The Department of Justice has entered into a proposed consent order with two Ohio based banks resolving allegations that the banks engaged in a pattern or practice of redlining in their mortgage lending practices by...more

Civil rights groups voice support for Director Cordray

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Earlier this week, we blogged about reports that Director Cordray has no plans to leave the CFPB before his term expires in July 2018. Yesterday, several national civil rights groups issued a joint statement applauding the...more

CFPB announces 2017 fair lending priorities

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a blog post published last Friday, Patrice Ficklin, Associate Director of the CFPB’s Office of Fair Lending, outlined the CFPB’s fair lending priorities for 2017. Ms. Ficklin wrote that, going forward, the CFPB will...more

The CFPB’s Latest LEP Guidance: A Step in the Right Direction

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Serving consumers with limited English proficiency (“LEP Consumers”) is one of the most challenging issues facing financial institutions today. The logistical challenges of ensuring accurate translations, dealing with...more

SCOTUS Grimm decision could impact CFPB position on ECOA protection for gender identity and sexual orientation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On October 28, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the petition for a writ of certiorari in Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that marked the first time...more

CFPB issues Fall 2016 Supervisory Highlights

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In its Fall 2016 Supervisory Highlights, which covers supervision work generally completed between May and August 2016, the CFPB highlights violations found by its examiners involving origination and servicing of auto...more

MBA launches new networking platform for women

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Women in the real estate financing sector have a new opportunity to connect with others in their field and to access and exchange information about the industry. On October 18, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)...more

CFPB Forgoes Traditional Rulemaking Process in Announcing that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B Prohibit...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), issued a letter dated August 30, 2016 (“Cordray Letter”), expressing the CFPB’s views on whether credit discrimination on the basis of gender...more

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