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Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Treasury Department Report: Decreasing Regulatory Burdens, Increasing Regulatory Accountability and Fostering Economic Growth - On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department released...more

FTC Releases Agenda And Panelists For Upcoming Military Consumer Financial Workshop

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On July 19, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop in San Antonio titled the “2017 Military Consumer Financial Workshop: Protecting Those Who Protect Our Nation.” The FTC has uploaded an agenda and list of...more

CFPB Rolls Out Student Loan Servicing Campaign Focusing on Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Despite the uncertain future of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray partnered with North Carolina’s Attorney General Josh Stein to roll out a new...more

Credit reporting standards for civil judgments and tax liens to change July 1

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An informative new American Banker podcast discusses recent and possible future changes to traditional credit scores, what they mean for industry, and possible industry responses. The podcast begins with a discussion of...more

CFPB proposes further changes to the Prepaid Account Rule in response to industry feedback

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we previewed earlier this year, the CFPB, on June 15, proposed substantive changes to the Prepaid Final Rule (the “Rule”). The proposed changes are generally positive for prepaid providers and incorporate feedback and...more

Financial Services Report - Summer 2017

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EDITOR’S NOTE - Summer blockbuster season is officially upon us. Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? What about Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2? It’s déjà vu all over again with Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alien,...more

OCC Office of Innovation to host July office hours in NYC

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The OCC announced that its Office of Innovation will host office hours for national banks, federal savings associations, and financial technology (fintech) companies from July 24 through July 26, 2017 at the OCC’s district...more

CFPB to hold June 22 student loan servicing event

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB will hold a public event on June 22, 2017 in Raleigh, N.C. about student loan servicing. The CFPB’s announcement provides no description other than that the event will feature remarks from Director Cordray and North...more

Treasury report on U.S. financial system recommends significant CFPB reforms

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The report issued earlier this week by the U.S. Treasury Department to President Trump in response to his February 2017 Executive Order 13772, “A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities-Banks and Credit Unions,”...more

CFPB Examines Complaints Filed By Older Consumers

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On May 31, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its Monthly Complaint Report, this month complaints by consumer aged 62 and older. The CFPB drew its analysis of more than 103,100 complaints from its...more

Latest developments of Italian case law for index-linked and unit-linked policies

by Hogan Lovells on

The classification of index and unit linked policies as insurance or financial products continues to be debated in Italy, notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s decision no. 6061 of 18 April 2012....more

CFPB Warns Retail Card Companies off Deferred-Interest Promotions

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sent letters to the CEOs of several issuers of store brand credit cards warning of fairness and transparency concerns with deferred-interest promotions. The CFPB has...more

Fifth Circuit Finds Payday Lender’s Submission Of False Worthless Check Affidavits Equates To Waiver Of Arbitration

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Plaintiffs-Appellees brought suit against short-term lender PLS Financial Services, Inc., and PLS Loan Store of Texas, Inc. (collectively “PLS”), alleging the following scheme. First, as part of the application process, PLS...more

Propoposed Bill Would Significantly Expand MLA Disclosure Requirements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We recently reported on a bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Michigan) that would amend the Military Lending Act (“MLA”) to require that creditors provide additional disclosures to...more

Trump Administration Plan for Financial Regulation Includes Reducing Regulatory Compliance Activities for Bank Boards

The U.S. Department of the Treasury yesterday issued its first in a series of reports to President Donald J. Trump examining the United States’ financial regulatory system. Appendix B to the report includes 16 pages of...more

CFPB Enforcement Continues to Rise in Q1 2017 as Other Federal and State Enforcement Trend Downwards

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In the first quarter of 2017, Consumer Enforcement Watch tracked 46 enforcement actions taken against consumer financial service providers. This represents a slight decrease from the 50 enforcement actions taken against...more

CFPB’s Debt Collection Rules May Be Coming Sooner Than Some in the Industry Anticipated

Last week, at the Consumer Advisory Board Meeting in Washington D.C., Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray provided an update on one of the most highly anticipated areas in the debt collection...more

Convenience vs. Compliance: Behavior-Driven Marketing of Credit Products

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Bryan Cave’s Ken Achenbach joins hosts Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler to discuss the data-driven marketing of credit products by financial services companies....more

House passes Financial CHOICE Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

By a vote of 233-188, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act yesterday. The bill, often referred to as the Dodd-Frank Act replacement bill, includes an overhaul of the CFPB’s structure and...more

U.S. House of Representatives Pass Bill That Would Dismantle Many Aspects of Dodd-Frank

On June 8, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act, a bill designed to replace many of the financial regulations imposed by Dodd-Frank. Among other things, the Financial CHOICE Act would...more

CFPB encourages use of zero-interest promotions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB announced that it sent letters to “top retail credit card companies” encouraging them to use zero-interest promotions instead of deferred-interest promotions.  The CFPB also provided a sample letter and published a...more

New Report Finds Debt Collection Activities Increases Access to Credit, Particularly for Consumers with Poor Credit

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In recent remarks, CFPB Director Richard Cordray noted, albeit passingly, the significant role debt collection activities play in the healthy maintenance of consumer credit markets. “Responsible debt collectors that do their...more

CFPB Proposes Delay for Prepaid Rule

In Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) news that even opponents praised, the Bureau proposed a six-month delay in the effective date of the final prepaid accounts rule....more

Lawsuit filed challenging Dept. of Education “borrower defense” final rule banning arbitration

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The California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) has filed a complaint in D.C. federal district court against the Dept. of Education and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to overturn the “borrower defense”...more

CFPB to seek OMB approval of survey on debt collection disclosures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a notice published earlier this week in the Federal Register, the CFPB announced that it plans to seek OMB approval to conduct an online survey of approximately 8,000 individuals as part of its research on debt collection...more

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