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CFPB praises FICO announcement on credit score sharing

The CFPB has praised an announcement by FICO that it will make credit scores available to financially struggling consumers through nonprofit credit and financial counseling organizations as “a step in the right direction” that…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Nonprofit Law

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
| Civil Rights, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Military Law, Real Estate - Residential

House passes bill to cut CFPB funding; White House threatens veto

Yesterday, the House of Representatives, by a vote of 235-183, passed H.R. 1195, titled the “Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act.” As originally proposed, the bill would codify the CFPB’s existing…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Prosecutors Strike Out on Barry Bonds as Ninth Circuit Narrows Obstruction Strike Zone

The indictment and trial of famed baseball slugger Barry Bonds for perjury and obstruction of justice drew nationwide attention. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ April 22, 2015, en banc decision reversing Bonds’ obstruction…more
| Criminal Law

Cordray remarks signal continued CFPB attention to student loan servicing and campus financial products

Student loan servicers and providers of campus financial product were the focus of remarks given yesterday by Director Cordray at the Ohio College Presidents’ Conference. Director Cordray stated that the CFPB estimates that…more
| Education, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

EEOC Tackles Wellness Programs

After much silence, some litigation, and recent congressional hearings, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has at long last proposed regulations (together with a fact sheet and set of frequently asked questions…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Health

Congress hears testimony on Public-Private Partnerships in affordable housing

Would private developers build affordable housing if there were no government subsidies? Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA) and his colleagues explored that question and other topics during a House Financial Service Subcommittee hearing…more
| Construction Law, Elections & Politics, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential, Government Contracting

CFPB files amicus brief in Fifth Circuit TILA case

The CFPB has filed an amicus brief in Billings v. Propel Financial Services, LLC, a case on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The issue in the case is whether a private lender extends“consumer credit”…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

CFPB Targets Another Mortgage Lender for Deceptive Advertising

The CFPB has announced the settlement of an enforcement action against a California-based mortgage lender for alleged deceptive advertising practices, including the use of advertisements that the CFPB claimed falsely led…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Business Torts, Real Estate - Residential

Affordable, small, and manufactured housing loans prioritized as GSEs approach volume caps

The government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have announced that they are quickly approaching their 2015 volume caps. In January of this year, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), who regulates…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

U.S. Department of Education Fines College for Job Placement Rate Disclosure Violations

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) intends to fine a college more than $29 million for allegedly misrepresenting job placement rates and failing to comply with federal placement rate disclosure requirements. The fine…more
| Administrative Law, Education, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

CFPB announces settlement with processors of military allotments

The CFPB has announced a settlement with two companies that processed military allotments and were alleged to have charged fees to servicemembers that the companies failed to adequately disclose. The consent order requires the…more
| Civil Remedies, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Business Torts, Military Law

North Dakota Creates Exemptions from MLO License

The state of North Dakota has amended sections of the North Dakota Century Code relating to money brokers, collection agencies, money transmitters, and mortgage loan originators. Notably, the modifications create an exemption…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Consent Judgments Entered Against Individuals and Law Firm Accused of Mass-Joinder Mortgage Rescue Scams

Consent judgments in a lawsuit brought by the Florida and Connecticut Attorneys General have been entered against five individuals and one law firm for their part in an alleged “mass-joinder” mortgage rescue scam…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

House passes bill to amend TILA points and fees definition for mortgage loans

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed a bill to amend the TILA definition of “points and fees” that is used to determine whether a loan is a high-cost mortgage or, for purposes of TILA’s ability to repay…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential
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