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FTC Issues Order Against Debt Relief Company for Alleged Misrepresentations

On February 27, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a stipulated order for permanent injunction and monetary judgment with defendants United Debt Counselors, LLC, a debt relief company, and its principals,...more

The New Administration's Plans for the CFPB Take Shape

For those who have been wondering—as I did in a previous post—what the new presidential administration would mean for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an agency that has been in Republicans’ crosshairs...more

Process vs. Outcomes Debated at Hearing on Constitutionality of CFPB Structure

As we had indicated, on March 16, the subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Financial Services Committee conducted a hearing entitled “The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional...more

CFPB Monthly Report Returns its Focus to Credit Reporting

The CFPB issued its monthly report on consumer complaints this month, providing a high-level snapshot of the recent trends in consumer complaints. The Report provides a summary of the volume of complaints by product category...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #4

Editor's Note - The Battle Over the Proposed OCC FinTech Charter Continues. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has released a draft supplement to its Licensing Manual explaining the process for FinTech...more

Federal District Court Dismisses CFPB Enforcement Action Against Payment Processor; UDAAP Not Sufficiently Pled

A federal district court judge for the District of North Dakota has granted a payment processor's motion to dismiss an enforcement action brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau). This is one of a...more

Court Finds CFPB Case Against Payment Processor Lacking

On March 17, 2017 the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota granted the motion of Intercept Corporation (“Intercept”) and its senior executives to dismiss the complaint filed almost a year ago by the...more

Market Solutions, Volume 26, No. 1

Sanctions: Will the Trump Administration Stay the Course? President Trump made many statements during the campaign regarding actions he plans to take to reverse Obama administration sanctions policies. These included...more

Nationstar Mortgage to Pay $1.75 Million Penalty for HMDA Violations

On March 15, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB“) ordered Nationstar Mortgage LLC (“Nationstar“) to pay a $1.75 million civil penalty for violating the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (“HMDA“) by consistently...more

More on Comptroller Curry’s remarks at LendIt USA conference

In a recent blog post, Alan Kaplinsky and Scott Pearson wrote about the remarks made by CFPB Director Richard Cordray and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry at the LendIt USA conference in New York City earlier this...more

CFPB launches assessment of remittance rule

The CFPB has issued a notice regarding its plans to conduct an assessment of its remittance transfer rule which became effective on October 28, 2013. The assessment is being conducted under Section 1022(d) of the...more

Consumer Lending Industry Targeted by the Alabama Legislature

Last month, a group of 45 members of Alabama’s House of Representatives introduced a proposed amendment to the Alabama Constitution that would cap the interest rate a lender may charge an individual on a “consumer loan, line...more

Justice Department Tells Court CFPB is Unconstitutional

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief in the case of PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and is scheduled for...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - March 2017

A Flawed Class Definition – Court Grants Defendant's Motion to Strike Consumer's Proposed Class - Cholly v. The Uptain Group., et al, 1:15-cv-05030 - In Cholly v. The Uptain Group Inc., et al, the defendant debt...more

Tennessee's Bankers to CFPB: "Regulation by Enforcement" Concerns Loom Large

The conference room was filled to capacity as bank presidents, chief compliance officers and lending executives sat in a U shape, facing the two speakers. A fissure of tension hung in the room and the audience looked...more

Where Should Broker Dealers Invest Today? Cyber Security Compliance

With cyber security threats on the rise, broker dealers must prioritize protection of electronic investor information. What cyber security threats exist for broker dealers? In its 2015 Report on Cyber Security Practices,...more

Financial Services Report - Spring 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE - In like a lion, out like a lamb—it works for weather; does it work for new administrations? We’ll have to wait and see. We’ll have to wait and see about the length of CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s...more

Trump’s DOJ supports striking Cordray’s removable-only-for-cause protection from Dodd-Frank

The DOJ submitted its amicus brief in the PHH case on Friday, March 17.  We have blogged extensively about this case since its inception. Unsurprisingly, the Trump DOJ supports striking from Dodd-Frank the...more

CFPB Explores Use of Alternative Data in Calculating Credit Scores

The CFPB is exploring the use of alternative data in an effort to expand credit access to consumers who lack enough of a credit history to obtain a credit score. Traditionally, a credit score is based on a consumer's history...more

Expect a Change to Regulation of Non-Bank Mortgage Servicers

Last month, Citigroup announced plans to exit the mortgage servicing business and sell off a $97 billion portfolio to a non-bank servicer and transfer their remaining mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) to another non-bank...more

House subcommittee to hold hearing tomorrow on CFPB’s constitutionality

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Financial Services has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow entitled “The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional Design.” The memo...more

Student Loan Servicers Still Looking for Clarification on Reporting Obligations

There is surprisingly little guidance for student loan servicers when it comes to credit reporting. The only recent guidance directed at loan servicers came by way of an announcement from the U.S. Departments of Education and...more

CFPB covered by executive order on plan for reorganizing the executive branch

President Trump has signed a new executive order entitled “Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch.” Unlike the regulatory freeze memo issued on Inauguration Day by...more

Lawmaker seeks CFPB fair lending investigation of fintech small business lenders

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

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

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