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Community banks trade group asks Trump Administration to curb fair lending enforcement

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The Independent Community Bankers of America issued a statement calling on the Trump administration “to rein in the overzealous application of fair lending laws.” ICBA stated that community banks are threatened by a recent...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017

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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

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

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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

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

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

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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

FDIC on Marketplace Lending, Supervisory Appeals and Communication

The latest regulator attempting to rein in controls on the marketplace lending industry is the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC). Marketplace lending to consumer borrowers generally runs through state-chartered banks....more

Diversity assessment and remedial measures required by CFPB consent order

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On June 29, 2016, BancorpSouth Bank announced a proposed settlement and consent order with the CFPB and the U.S. Department of Justice of charges that the bank’s mortgage lending practices violated the Equal Credit...more

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Case to Decide Whether Loan Guarantors Are “Applicants” Under ECOA

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Earlier this week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore. We have issued an E-alert discussing this important case, which we expect will resolve whether a spouse-guarantor...more

CFPB and DOJ Announce Redlining Settlement

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Consistent with recent indications from CFPB and Department of Justice officials that more redlining cases would soon be coming, the CFPB and DOJ have announced a proposed consent order with Hudson City Savings Bank to settle...more

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Case to Decide Whether Loan Guarantors Are “Applicants” Under ECOA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in the case of Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore, the result of which will determine whether a spousal guarantor is an “applicant” under the Equal Credit Opportunity...more

CFPB Reports Continued Mortgage Servicing and Other Violations of Consumer Financial Law

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In its Supervisory Highlights released earlier this summer, the CFPB reported its examination observations in consumer reporting, debt collection, mortgage origination and servicing, fair lending, and student loan servicing....more

CFPB and DOJ Take Action Against Fifth Third Bank

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On September 28, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced two separate actions against Fifth Third Bank. The first action—brought only by the CFPB—relates to Fifth Third Bank’s marketing of credit card...more

CFPB and DOJ announce redlining settlement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Consistent with recent indications from CFPB and Department of Justice officials that more redlining cases would soon be coming, the CFPB and DOJ have announced a proposed consent order with Hudson City Savings Bank to settle...more

CFPB and DOJ Announce Joint Action Against Hudson City Savings Bank, F.S.B.

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On September 24, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a joint action against Hudson City Savings Bank, F.S.B. (Hudson). The complaint alleges that Hudson...more

ABA seeks supervisory and enforcement standards consistent with Inclusive Communities

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The American Bankers Association has sent a letter to the DOJ, Fed, OCC, FDIC, HUD and CFPB requesting confirmation “in interagency guidance, updated exam procedures, and where appropriate amended regulations that the...more

How to Respond to a CFPB Civil Investigative Demand

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) was created to enforce the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank”) and various consumer finance laws (e.g., Equal Credit Opportunity...more

Community groups want CFPB action on small business lending data collection rules

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A recent American Banker article written by officials of three community groups urges President Obama to publicly denounce Director Cordray for failing to issue regulations implementing the small business lending data...more

CFPB Proposes Regulating Nonbank Auto Finance Companies

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On September 16, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued and requested comment on a proposed rule that would, for the first time, subject nonbank auto finance companies to federal regulation and oversight. The...more

Court Tosses HUD’s Disparate Impact Rule: Is Protection for Lenders from Disparate Impact Claims on the Horizon?

Since the 1970s, courts have routinely held that the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq., may remedy housing discrimination proven through use of the disparate impact theory. The doctrine of disparate impact permits a...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Upholds Enforceability of Waiver of ECOA Claim

Last month, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued an important opinion for lenders in this state. The opinion reversed the North Carolina Court of Appeals’ decision in RL REGI N.C., LLC v. Lighthouse Cove, LLC, which found...more

Community Banking Excellence - Issue 3, 2014

In This Issue: - Another Perspective: Lyn Hayth is the President and CEO of the Bank of Botetourt. Lyn has been a banker for more than 30 years.... - From the Editor: A welcome message from our...more

N.C. Supreme Court Issues Significant Ruling On Commercial Forbearance Agreements and Spousal Guaranties

On August 20, 2014, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued an opinion giving great weight to properly-drafted forbearance agreements in a commercial loan and guaranty context. RL REGI N.C., LLC v. Lighthouse Cove, LLC, No....more

8th Circuit Rules ECOA Does Not Apply to Guarantors of Loans

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After argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore, Case No. 13-3065, Lathrop & Gage attorneys Tom Stahl, Greer Lang and Justin Nichols obtained a ruling that the Equal...more

Mortgage Lending Legal and Regulatory Highlights

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In its spring edition of Supervisory Highlights, the CFPB cautions financial institutions of the increased risk of a fair lending violation for failing to maintain adequate policies and procedures to document exceptions to...more

CFPB to issue whitepaper on methodology for identifying auto finance discrimination and consider use of advisory opinions

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While Director Cordray’s appearance at the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on the CFPB’s fifth Semi-Annual Report yesterday was accompanied by the usual dose of political theater, his testimony did yield the...more

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