Checking Accounts

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Cheques in the United Arab Emirates

Since a cheque is meant to replace money, people must have trust in it. Therefore the UAE penal law levied a punishment against anyone issuing insufficient funds its due date. Such a crime is known as the bounce cheque crime....more

CFPB publicizes bank overdraft and NSF revenues

A new blog post by Gary Stein, CFPB Deposits Market Program Manager, suggests four ways consumers can avoid overdraft and NSF fees. The post appears to have been prompted by the release of 2015 data by the Federal Financial...more

CFPB Takes Aim at Overdraft Fees and Screening Inaccuracies

On February 3, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took a series of steps aimed at improving access to checking accounts for the nearly 10 million American households that are “unbanked” or which have no...more

CFPB Tackles Checking Accounts With Compliance Bulletin, Letter to Banks

Why it matters - Taking a deep dive into the area of checking accounts, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sent a letter to 25 of the largest retail banks "encouraging them to make available and widely...more

CFPB Releases Compliance Bulletin, Letter to Financial Institutions, and Consumer Resources in an Effort to Address Access to...

On February 3, the CFPB held a field hearing to address concerns relating to consumers’ access to checking accounts. In Director Cordray’s opening remarks at the field hearing, he announced steps the CFPB is taking to...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Announces Steps to Improve Checking Account Access - On Feb. 3, the CFPB announced that it was taking three steps to expand checking account access to the approximately 10 million...more

CFPB Encourages Financial Institutions to Improve Checking Account Access

In remarks delivered yesterday at a field hearing in Louisville, Kentucky, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray announced three actions the CFPB is taking to encourage financial institutions to...more

Bureau Tells Banks to Offer Overdraft-Free Accounts, Sends Warning on Reporting

On February 3, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or “Bureau”) announced a series of steps designed to improve consumer access to checking accounts by (a) encouraging banks and credit unions to make...more

CFPB announces steps to improve checking account access

As anticipated, in conjunction with its field hearing today, the CFPB announced several steps it has taken to improve consumer access to checking accounts. These steps consist of a sending a letter to the 25 largest retail...more

CFPB postpones field hearing on checking account access to Feb. 3

The CFPB has announced that due to inclement weather, it has postponed the field hearing about access to checking accounts until February 3, 2016. The hearing, which is to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, was originally...more

CFPB to hold January 27 field hearing on checking account access

The CFPB has announced that it will hold a field hearing in Louisville, Kentucky about access to checking accounts on January 27, 2016. In October 2014, the CFPB held a forum on checking account screening policies and...more

Still Threatened: Arbitration Clauses in Securities Customer Agreements

In a report to Congress released in March, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) takes aim at consumer agreements that require disputes to be resolved by arbitration. The CFPB generally does not have...more

Business Court: High To Low Posting of ATM Debit Card Transactions Properly Disclosed By Bank

The meaning of the word "item" was the definitive factor in the Business Court's decision last week in Gay v. People's Bank, 2015 NCBC 59. The case was an attempted class action involving claims against the Bank for...more

Pew continues call for checking account arbitration ban and overdraft limits

In its latest report evaluating the checking account practices of the nation’s largest banks, the Pew Charitable Trusts continues to press the CFPB to write new overdraft and other rules for checking accounts. Pew’s new...more

Eleventh Circuit Ruling Gives Large Bank Another Chance at Arbitration

On an appeal of five putative class actions alleging the unlawful charging of overdraft fees on consumer checking accounts, On February 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit vacated a lower court order...more

Comunity Banking Legal Alert

In This Issue: - Banks May Need to Take a Second Look at “Free” Checking Account Promotions - Is Apple Pay in Your Future - Marketing Agreements for Mortgage Services Require Care - Financial...more

A Hard Rain Has Started to Fall, A Product-by-Product Review of the CFPB’s First 60 Enforcement Actions

Between July 17, 2012 and October 9, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau brought 60 enforcement actions. According to our unofficial tally, they resulted in settlements requiring the payment of $2.2 billion in...more

CFPB Forum on Access to Checking Accounts Raises Industry Trepidation

On October 8, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau held a forum in Washington, D.C. on access to checking accounts. While the CFPB states that the purpose of the event was “to learn more about how the screening...more

CFPB Holds Forum On Access To Checking Accounts

On October 8, the CFPB held a forum on consumers’ access to checking accounts. The event featured remarks from Director Cordray, as well as presentations from federal and local government officials, consumer groups, and...more

CFPB Director Proposes Checking Accounts for All

On Wednesday, in a speech at the Forum on Access to Checking Accounts CFPB Director Richard Cordray returned to two of his most frequent themes – the consumer reporting process and urging actions that he is unable to mandate....more

An Introduction to Personal Guarantee

The economic boom in UAE has resulted in huge developments and a considerable increase in trade. This in turn has led to a rise in transactions which require a fast debt recovery mechanism. According to common practice in the...more

CFPB Explores Checking Account Screening Policies and Practices

Today, the CFPB held a forum to learn more about how consumers are impacted by checking account screening policies and procedures. The CFPB recognizes that checking accounts are one of the most widely used financial products...more

CFPB To Host Forum On Access To Checking Accounts

On October 8, the CFPB will host a forum to discuss checking account screening policies and practices and how they will affect consumers. Specifically, the event will focus on how the screening system works and its potential...more

CFPB to hold Oct. 8 forum on checking account screening policies and practices

The CFPB has announced that it will hold a forum on checking account screening policies and practices in Washington, D.C. on October 8, 2014. ...more

CFPB releases more overdraft program data as a prelude to likely rulemaking

The CFPB moved closer to likely rulemaking on overdraft programs with the release late last week of a new report entitled “Data Point: Checking account overdraft.” The report is based on account-level and...more

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