InfoBytes, July 20, 2012 - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry.

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Topics In This Issue:

- MORTGAGES

- BANKING

- CONSUMER FINANCE

- SECURITIES

- E-COMMERCE

- PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY

- CREDIT CARDS

- CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT

Excerpt From Federal issues:

FEDERAL ISSUES

CFPB Announces First Public Enforcement Action; Issues Related Compliance Bulletin. On July 18, the CFPB announced its first public enforcement action - a Consent Order entered into by a major credit card issuer to resolve allegations that the issuer's vendors deceptively marketed ancillary products such as payment protection and credit monitoring. The OCC made a corresponding enforcement announcement and released a Cease and Desist Order and Civil Money Penalty to resolve related charges. Under the CFPB order, the issuer will refund approximately $140 million to roughly two million customers, and will pay a $25 million penalty. The OCC order requires restitution of approximately $150 million (of which $140 million overlaps with the CFPB order) and an additional $35 million civil money penalty. Under both agencies' actions, the issuer is prohibited from selling and marketing certain ancillary products until it obtains approval to do so from the regulators, and the issuer must take specific actions to enhance compliance with consumer financial laws.

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