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CFPB Issues Final Rule on Homeownership Counseling Requirements

The CFPB has issued a final rule to assist lender compliance with RESPA and TILA homeownership counseling requirements. Under RESPA, a lender must provide applicants for a federally related mortgage loan with a list of certified…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

Report from SBREFA Panel on Payday, Title and Installment Loans

Wednesday, I had the opportunity to participate as an advisor to a small entity representative (“SER”) at the small business review panel on payday, title and installment loans. The meeting was held in the Treasury Building’s…more
| Business Organizations, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Indigenous Peoples

Thousands of applicants are willing to accept NYC “Poor Door” building

The Housing Plus Blog has previously reported on the “Poor Door” controversy on August 14, 2014 and September 3, 2014. The New York Times reported on April 20, 2015 that 88,000 people applied for the 55 units located in the much…more
| Construction Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential

EEOC Must Fulfill Conciliation Requirement before Suing

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 30 released its opinion in Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC, stating that federal courts had the authority to review whether the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) fulfilled its duty to…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

CFPB to hold May 14 field hearing on student debt

The CFPB has announced that on May 14, 2015, it will hold a field hearing in Milwaukee on student debt. Similar to other field hearings, Director Cordray will give remarks and witnesses will include members of consumer groups,…more
| Education, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

CFPB settles first overdraft opt-in rule enforcement action

The CFPB announced yesterday that it had reached a settlement with Regions Bank regarding claims that the bank unlawfully charged overdraft fees to customers who had not opted-in for overdraft coverage. The matter is the CFPB’s…more
| Administrative Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

CFPB issues 2014 fair lending report

The CFPB has issued a fair lending report covering its fair lending activities during 2014. The report states that in 2014, CFPB fair lending supervisory and public enforcement actions required institutions to provide…more
| Civil Rights, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

CFPB speaks (again) at PLI’s Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute

Key members of the CFPB’s enforcement, regulatory and supervision offices spoke yesterday at PLI’s 20th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute in Chicago. As was the case during the New York City version which took place…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

FTC Announces Settlement with Retail Tracking Company

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a proposed settlement with a retail tracking company to resolve charges that the company’s privacy policy misled consumers about their ability to opt out of the company’s tracking…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Supreme Court takes case on statutory damages recovery even without any actual harm

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed yesterday to hear an important case that will decide whether a plaintiff who cannot show any actual harm from a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act nevertheless has standing under Article III…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review: Implications for Electricity Storage, Federal Resource Agency Approvals, and Grid Service Valuation/Ratemaking

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released the first Quadrennial Energy Review (Review), a document offering a variety of proposals designed to modernize the nation's energy infrastructure. The Review, released on April…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

U.S. Supreme Court To Decide If Statutory Damages Are Recoverable Even Without Any Actual Harm

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an important case that will decide whether a plaintiff who cannot show any actual harm from a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) nevertheless has standing under Article…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

U.S. Department of Education Releases New Title IX Guidance

On April 24, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a guidance package that reminds educational institutions of their responsibilities under Title IX. This guidance package, issued…more
| Civil Rights, Education

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, 2014. In…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Military Law, Real Estate - Residential

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
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Military Law
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