Equal Credit Opportunity Act

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DOJ Settles Mortgage Discrimination Lawsuit Against National Bank for $54 Million

On January 20, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO) announced that it had settled a recently-filed lawsuit against a national bank, resolving allegations of mortgage discrimination. As...more

DOJ Files Lawsuit Against National Bank Alleging Mortgage Discrimination

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO) filed a lawsuit against a national bank, alleging that the bank had engaged in a years-long practice of racial discrimination in...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

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

DOJ Files Consent Order Against Union Savings Bank, Guardian Savings Bank

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a consent order against Union Savings Bank and Guardian Savings Bank to resolve redlining allegations. The complaint alleges that the banks violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA)...more

NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox

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

DOJ Settles with Ohio Banks Over Alleged Lending Discrimination

On December 28, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it filed a complaint against, and entered a consent order with, two Ohio-based banks, resolving allegations that the banks had violated the Fair Housing Act...more

CFPB announces 2017 fair lending priorities

In a blog post published last Friday, Patrice Ficklin, Associate Director of the CFPB’s Office of Fair Lending, outlined the CFPB’s fair lending priorities for 2017. Ms. Ficklin wrote that, going forward, the CFPB will...more

The Trump Administration: Change By Executive Action and Inaction

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, along with Republican control of the majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, will likely result in significant changes in U.S....more

Financial Services Report, Winter 2016

EDITOR’S NOTE - Hope you survived all of those awkward Thanksgiving holiday conversations— amazing how divided people are on whether the court got it right in the PHH case, isn’t it? So on we go into the holiday season,...more

CFPB Fall 2016 rulemaking agenda published

The CFPB’s Fall 2016 rulemaking agenda has been published as part of the Fall 2016 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The preamble indicates that the information in the agenda is current as of...more

FTC continues vigorous use of enforcement authority

As observers ponder the CFPB’s future in a Trump Administration, the Federal Trade Commission’s continuing role as an enforcer of federal consumer financial protection laws should not be overlooked. Over the approximately...more

Mortgage Lender Agrees to Pay $2 Million Administrative Penalty to Massachusetts Commissioner of Banks

On September 21, 2016, a mortgage lender settled an action brought by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Banks by stipulating to the entry of a consent order to resolve claims of “alleged non-compliance with applicable...more

SCOTUS Grimm decision could impact CFPB position on ECOA protection for gender identity and sexual orientation

On October 28, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the petition for a writ of certiorari in Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that marked the first time...more

CFPB Focuses on Servicing in Update to Student Loan Examination Procedures

On Monday the CFPB released updated examination procedures for student loans.  This update revises and expands on a previous update that was released in December 2013 in conjunction with the CFPB’s “larger participants” rule...more

DOJ Drives ECOA Settlement With Bank Over Vehicle-Secured Loans

Acting on a referral from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Department of Justice pursued a case against Charter Bank, asserting the financial institution violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act by...more

CFPB Forgoes Traditional Rulemaking Process in Announcing that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B Prohibit...

Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), issued a letter dated August 30, 2016 (“Cordray Letter”), expressing the CFPB’s views on whether credit discrimination on the basis of gender...more

DOJ Settles Fair Lending Claims Based on Bank's Pricing Policy for Vehicle-Secured Loans

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a proposed consent order with Charter Bank to settle charges that the bank violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by discriminating on the basis of national origin...more

CFPB Approves Revised Uniform Residential Loan Application

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has issued an official notice that the new Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Uniform Residential Loan Application (“URLA”) has been approved as being in compliance with the Equal Credit...more

DOJ Enters Into Consent Order with Bank Over Allegedly Discriminatory Vehicle-Secured Loans

On September 28, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a bank to resolve allegations that the bank discriminated against Hispanic borrowers. The DOJ’s complaint, filed...more

CFPB approves FHLMC/FNMA revised uniform residential loan application; collection of HMDA ethnicity and race information in 2017

In a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the CFPB announced that it has given its “official approval” to a revised and redesigned Uniform Residential Loan Application (2016 URLA) and to the collection of expanded...more

CFPB Announces that ECOA Protects LGBT Persons From Discrimination in Lending

This summer, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was asked by an LGBT advocacy group whether the provision of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), 15 U.S.C. § 1691 et seq., that prohibits discrimination on the...more

HUD Fair Housing Guidance Raises ECOA Risk in Serving LEP Consumers

New guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Fair Housing Act (FHA) protections for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) could have reverberations under the Equal Credit...more

CFPB builds case for ECOA protection for gender identity and sexual orientation

While CFPB officials have suggested in public remarks that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act’s prohibition against discrimination on the basis of “sex” includes discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, a...more

Redlining Action Against BancorpSouth: The Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Join Forces

Late last year, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) brought a joint action against Hudson City Savings Bank (“Hudson Bank”) for redlining. Hudson Bank, based in New Jersey,...more

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