Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a United States federal agency established in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Agency is responsible for educating... more +
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a United States federal agency established in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Agency is responsible for educating consumers about financial products and services, enforcing federal consumer financial laws and studying trends in consumer financial markets.     less -
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CFPB Issues First Ever Debt Collection Survey on Its Path to Regulating the Industry

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB" or "Bureau") released findings of a survey (the "Survey") on consumer views on debt and the debt collection process. The Survey takes aim at not only third party debt...more

The Forgotten Face of Student Lending

Mention student loans and the face that comes immediately to mind is probably someone in their early twenties. A recent report from the CFPB sheds light on an overlooked segment of the student loan population – consumers 60...more

CFPB Consent Orders with Consumer Reporting Agencies Focus on Marketing Practices not Credit Reporting

Marketing practices remain at the forefront of CFPB activity as evidenced by two recent consent orders entered into with TransUnion and Equifax. The consent orders combine to require the CRAs to pay more than $17.6 million...more

Financial Regulatory Reform in the Trump Administration

Summary - With the inauguration of President-elect Trump less than a week away, there is considerable speculation regarding what legal changes are in store for the financial services industry in the next administration....more

Another view on Presidential authority to remove Director Cordray

As rumors swirl that President-elect Trump is planning to remove Director Cordray immediately after January 20th, conflicting views have emerged about his authority to do so before the appeal in PHH is resolved. We...more

D.C. Circuit grants PHH’s motion for leave to file supplemental response

Last Friday, the D.C. Circuit entered an order granting PHH’s motion for leave to file a supplemental response to the CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc.  On December 22, PHH and the United States filed responses to the...more

2017 May Be an Eventful Year for Student Loan Industry

As expected, student loans were a major issue in 2016, as the presidential election brought the issue to the forefront and regulatory scrutiny continued to rise. 2017 is now upon us, and the CFPB wasted no time getting the...more

Federal Court Certifies to the Ninth Circuit the CFPB’s Challenge to Alleged “Rent-a-Tribe” Scheme

On January 3, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California certified for appellate review its August 31, 2016 Order finding that a California-based payday lending company used a “rent-a-tribe” scheme...more

2017 Resolutions for Community Banks: A Focus on Cybersecurity

In December 2016, Thomas Curry, the Comptroller of the Currency, stated that cybersecurity was the single greatest systemic threat to our financial system. He was not being hyperbolic. Cybersecurity should be on...more

2016 Year In Review: Securities Litigation And Regulation

2016 was an active year in securities litigation. In the first half of 2016 alone, plaintiffs filed 119 new federal class action securities cases. It was also a busy year for SEC enforcement proceedings, with a record 868...more

CFPB possibly amenable to changing its prepaid account rule

At a panel discussion today on the prepaid account rule, held as part of the meeting of the American Bar Association Committee on Consumer Financial Services in Carlsbad, CA, Kristine Andreassen, the team leader for the CFPB...more

CFPB Orders Medical Debt Collection Law Firms To Pay Over $600,000 For Alleged Misrepresentations

On January 9, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order with two affiliated medical debt collection law firms over allegations that the law firms used deceptive...more

Lawmakers take sides on Director Cordray’s future; Senator Warren urges consumer advocates to defend CFPB

Battle lines over Director Cordray’s future at the CFPB are predictably forming along party lines. Earlier this week, two Republican senators sent a letter to Vice President-elect Pence urging Director Cordray’s removal by...more

CFPB issues final rule to adjust civil penalties for inflation

The CFPB has published a final rule to adjust for inflation the civil penalties within its jurisdiction. The adjustments are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 which, pursuant to a 2015...more

CFPB’s national debt collection consumer survey findings lays groundwork for future enforcement and rulemaking priorities

Early yesterday, the CFPB released the findings of its national debt collection consumer survey. Both the headline of the CFPB’s press release and Director Cordray’s remarks highlight the survey’s finding that “over...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017

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

Updated HMDA resources for data collected in 2017 and 2018

As we have previously discussed, on October 15, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a final rule amending Regulation C, which implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), requiring certain...more

CFPB settles FDCPA claims against debt collection law firms

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with two law firms specializing in the collection of medical debts and their president for alleged FDCPA violations.  The consent order also settles allegations that...more

House passes proposed Congressional Review Act amendments authorizing en bloc consideration in resolutions of disapproval for...

We have previously written about the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”), a law enacted in 1996 that establishes a procedure by which Congress can nullify a covered rule adopted by a federal agency. According to a Congressional...more

CFPB Seeks Feedback on Proposed Third Party Debt Collection Rules

Editor’s Note: On November 3, 2016, Smith Debnam’s Jerry Myers attended a meeting with the CFPB to discuss the proposed rules for third party debt collection. Below, he shares his thoughts from the meeting....more

Plaintiffs in another case challenging CFPB’s constitutionality seek consolidation with PHH

The plaintiffs in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew, et al. want the D.C. federal district court to hold a status conference to determine how their case “can be most efficiently adjudicated” in light of...more

CFPB’s 2017 Fair Lending Priorities

At the end of last year, the CFPB issued its Fair Lending Priorities for 2017. According to its December blog post, the CFPB plans to increase its focus on the following three areas, which it describes as “presenting a...more

GOP Takes Aim at Dodd-Frank

On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will become the President of the United States, and for the first time in nearly a decade, a single party will control the Presidency, the House, and the Senate. After years of...more

Insight from CFPB Regarding Employee Incentives in the Wake of Wells Fargo Consent Order

This past November, in the wake of the Wells Fargo debacle, the CFPB issued a Compliance Bulletin which addressed employee incentives and the consumer risks associated with them. CFPB Compliance Bulletins are non-binding...more

NAIC Draws Line In CFPB Sand Box

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has taken a firm stance on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed ban of “mandatory arbitration” clauses that make financial product consumers waive their right...more

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