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Dept. of Education announces student loan credit reporting and servicing initiatives

Last week, the CFPB announced that it had issued a Request for Information seeking comment on a set of prototype disclosures (the “Payback Playbook”) to assist federal student loan borrowers in selecting between alternative...more

Registration Requirement for CRAs in Rhode Island

Rhode Island has a quirky statute that arguably requires any consumer reporting agency who provides credit reports or information to state residents to register with the Department of State – Business Services Division. I...more

Seventh Circuit Finds No Enforceable Arbitration Agreement Case Involving Chicago-Based Credit Reporting Company

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion affirming a district court’s denial of a credit reporting company’s motion to compel arbitration in a putative class action. The Seventh Circuit...more

7th Circuit Decision Offers Valuable Lessons on Enforceability of Arbitration Clauses in E-Commerce

On March 25, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Sgouros v. TransUnion Corp. in which the appeals court rejected TransUnion's effort to compel arbitration of a putative class action. The appeals court...more

CFPB issues fourth annual report on servicemember complaints

The CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs released its fourth annual report highlighting complaints submitted in 2015 by servicemembers, veterans, and their families. The report states that in 2015, the CFPB received...more

CFPB Announces Two-Year Policy Priorities

At the end of February 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced nine priority goals for the next two years. According to its press release, the CFPB set these priorities by balancing the amount of...more

Looking Ahead: What the Auto Lending Industry Can Expect from the CFPB in 2016

The CFPB's critics are getting louder, arbitration clauses are spending some time on the chopping block and credit reporting continues to garner more and more attention. These are all things we can expect to focus on this...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

Proposed Amendments to Fair Credit Reporting Act

Two new bills affecting credit reporting and the use of credit reports for employment purposes are working their way through Congress. If passed, the bills would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The first, The...more

Privacy Tip #21 – It’s a new year—time to get a free copy of your credit report

I am fortunate to teach the Privacy Law class at Roger Williams University School of Law on Tuesday afternoons. Yesterday, we discussed all of the laws relating to the financial services industry. OK, not the most exciting...more

The CFPB & UDAAP: A "Know It When You See It" Standard? 2015 Year-End Update

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) exercise of its sweeping authority to prohibit unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) continues to command the attention of financial institutions and...more

Limits of Ascertainability Reached in Class Allegations Against Equifax

Plaintiff, hoping to recover from Equifax for issuing a credit report with “incorrect and damaging information,” sought to represent a class of “all persons who disputed an Equifax credit report and where Equifax failed to...more

Additional Restrictions for Employer Credit Checks Could Be On the Way For New Jersey Employers

Legislation advanced by the New Jersey State Assembly (A2298) on December 14, 2015 could signal tougher restrictions on employer credit checks of existing or potential employees. The pending legislation also would also...more

FTC provides advice to consumers on communicating with debt collectors

In a recent blog post, Dan Dwyer, a Staff Attorney with the FTC’s Division of Financial Practices, provided advice to assist consumers in communicating with a debt collector when the consumer does not recognize the debt. The...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Subprime Credit Reporting Company Clarity Services, Inc.

On December 3, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced an enforcement action against subprime credit reporting company Clarity Services, Inc. (Clarity), and its owner, Timothy Ranney (Ranney), for...more

CFPB Supervisory Highlights 2012-2015

As an early “holiday gift,” to help you more easily search for a particular piece of guidance from the CFPB, we’ve put together two CFPB guidance documents for your review. The first is a compilation of all nine issues of the...more

California Law and Background Screening

Happy post-Thanksgiving! News flash for the background screening industry as well as users of background checks in California. The California Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the Investigative Consumer Reporting...more

NAIC Adopts Cybersecurity Bill of Rights

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) continued its efforts to advance cybersecurity in the insurance industry when it recently adopted the Cybersecurity Bill of Rights. The Cybersecurity Bill of Rights...more

Dodd-Frank News: November 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

CFPB Enforcement Action Targets Background Check Company’s Screening Practices

On October 29, the CFPB announced a consent order with a national employment background screening provider and its affiliate for alleged violations of the FCRA. According to the CFPB, the company and its affiliate failed to...more

CFPB Releases Monthly Complaint Report for September

On October 27, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its latest Monthly Complaint Report, which provides an overview of three-month trends in consumer complaints. This Monthly Complaint Report also...more

CFPB highlights credit card complaints in fourth monthly complaint report

The CFPB has issued its October 2015 complaint report, the fourth in its new series of monthly complaint reports. The new report highlights credit card complaints and complaints from consumers in the Chicago, Illinois metro...more

Best Practices for Complying with the New York City Fair Chance Act

Given the imminent effective date of New York City’s Fair Chance Act, employers may be wondering what they need to do to comply with the law. As many employers are aware, effective October 27, 2015, the Fair Chance Act...more

Background Screening – When is Section 603(y) Applicable?

When a company uses commercial background checks to evaluate the suitability of job applicants, they must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which regulates the collection, dissemination, and use of consumer...more

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