Equal Credit Opportunity Act

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No CFPB regulations in 2014 implementing expanded ECOA small business data collection requirements

Section 1071 of Dodd-Frank amended the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to require financial institutions to collect and maintain certain data in connection with credit applications made by women- or minority-owned businesses and...more

CFPB General Counsel Meredith Fuchs in the “Disparate Impact” Hot Seat

As we previously reported, the House Financial Services Committee has been interested in the specific methodology and metrics used by the CFPB in its disparate impact analysis under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and...more

OIG finds CFPB’s supervision program needs improvement

Earlier this week, the results of an evaluation of the CFPB’s supervision program conducted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) that the CFPB shares with the Fed were released in a report entitled “The CFPB Can Improve...more

Did the CFPB Run a Stop Sign?

As we previously reported, last Friday House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) sent a letter to CFPB Director Richard Cordray asking for a response by March 13 to specific questions about the...more

House Financial Services Committee Chairman to CFPB on Indirect Auto Investigations: Slow Down. Pull Over. And Show Us Some ID.

Since last March, when the CFPB issued Bulletin No. 2013-02, its highly controversial release warning banks and finance companies that purchase motor vehicle installment sales contracts that, under existing law, any dealer...more

Creating a Culture of Compliance

In this article, I outline the key questions that should be asked, the answers to which will determine the extent, depth, and integrity of a culture of compliance. I am going to take you through a set of questions that will...more

Disparate Impact Remains Fair Lending Risk To Banks

Lenders seeking judicial relief from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s heightened enforcement of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act were left disappointed by the settlement of Mt. Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in...more

Automobile Dealer Trade Group Issues Guidance In Response to Recent CFPB Enforcement Action

In response to a recent joint enforcement action by the CFPB and Department of Justice alleging violations of the Equal Opportunity Credit Act, and its implementing regulation, Regulation B, the National Automobile Dealers...more

Dodd-Frank News: January 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - Recent Cases ..Dodd-Frank Prohibition on Yield Spread Premiums ..Dodd-Frank Prohibition on Arbitration ..Whistleblower Protection Under the Dodd-Frank Act ..Dodd-Frank Amendments to...more

Recent Fourth Circuit Case Addresses Unlimited Spousal Guarantees Under The Equal Credit Opportunity Act

Bankers know to exercise caution when requiring a spouse to co-sign or guarantee a loan to the other spouse’s business. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”) generally prohibits lenders from requiring a spouse’s signature...more

Justice Department, U.S. Attorney, N.C. Attorney General Sue over Reverse Redlining by Auto Dealers

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the North Carolina Attorney General filed a complaint last week against two corporations that own two “buy here, pay here” used car dealerships, as well as...more

DOJ Alleges Community Bank’s Unsecured Loan Pricing Violated ECOA

Last month, the DOJ announced a settlement with a three-branch, $78 million Texas bank to resolve allegations that the bank engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination on the basis of national origin in the pricing of...more

Banking Bulletin: New Year Brings New Mortgage Regulations

The Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans (HPML) Appraisal Rule, part of Regulation Z, goes into effect on January 18th of this year. At that time, many lenders will begin using the exemption relating to “certain streamlined...more

CFPB and DOJ Take Enforcement Action Against Bank Alleging Violations of ECOA

The CFPB and DOJ announced that the filing of a joint complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against a bank as successor in interest to a mortgage lender for violations of the...more

Editorial: Who’s The Fairest Lender Of Them All? As Government Scrutiny Intensifies, Don’t Get Snowed Under By Fair-Lending Laws

In the past few years, the federal government has devoted substantial resources to scrutinizing and litigating what it perceives to be unfair, deceptive or abusive mortgage-lending practices. Looking forward, all indications...more

CFPB Takes Enforcement Action For Alleged Violations of ECOA

Resulting from an examination and subsequent joint investigation with the Department of Justice, the CFPB took enforcement action against a bank and bank holding company alleging violations of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act...more

FFEIC Releases Guidance on Applicability of Consumer Protection Laws to Social Media

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, which is comprised of the OCC, FRB, FDIC, NCUA, CFPB, and a state liaison committee, issued guidance addressing the applicability of federal consumer protection laws to...more

ECOA Now Growing Fangs In North Carolina

In my last article, “ECOA Gets More Teeth in North Carolina,” I wrote about the recent North Carolina Court of Appeals decision, RL Regi North Carolina, LLC v. Lighthouse Cove, LLC,…,and Connie S. Yow (COA12-1279). As...more

Community Banking Excellence - Fourth Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Interview with a Community Banking Professional - Holiday Wishes - Accidents Don't Cut It - Ensuring You Don't "Unintentionally" Violate the Automatic Stay - Dodd-Frank Essentials: Executive...more

Social Media: Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance

On December 11, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released final guidance (“Guidance”) on the applicability of consumer protection and compliance laws, regulations, and policies to...more

Federal Banking Agencies Finalize Guidance on Deposit Advance Products

In conjunction with the FDIC, the OCC, finalized guidance highlighting supervisory concerns and expectations for deposit advance products. The guidance largely mirrors the proposal the agencies published in April 2013. In...more

Mt. Holly Settled: Disparate Impact Questions Linger

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other agencies that apply disparate impact tests under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) appear to have dodged another bullet. The background, recent events, and...more

Report On CFPB’s Auto Finance Forum

This morning, the CFPB hosted an auto finance forum, which featured remarks from CFPB staff and other federal regulators, consumer advocates, and industry representatives. Some of the highlights include...more

Mount Holly settlement approved; dismissal of U.S. Supreme Court appeal to follow

As expected, the Mount Holly town council voted last night to approve the settlement in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. Coming just three weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court oral argument...more

Tentative settlement reportedly reached in Mount Holly

It is looking like our prediction that Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. would settle before the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument was accurate. Late yesterday, the Wall Street Journal...more

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