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FTC sends 2015 ECOA report to CFPB

The FTC has sent its annual letter to the CFPB reporting on the FTC’s activities related to compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B. The FTC has authority to enforce the ECOA and Reg B as to...more

CFPB and DOJ Enter Fourth Enforcement Order Against Indirect Auto Lender Based On Discriminatory Loan Pricing Policies

On February 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Department of Justice (DOJ) announced entry of a consent order against Toyota Motor Credit (TMC), the U.S. financing arm of Toyota Motors' subsidiary Toyota...more

Another auto finance company agrees to change dealer compensation policy to settle ECOA claims alleged by CFPB and DOJ

The CFPB and Department of Justice (the “Agencies”) announced recently that they have entered into a settlement with Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) to resolve charges that TMCC engaged in unlawful discrimination in...more

CFPB and DOJ Continue Aggressive and Controversial Enforcement Efforts Against Indirect Auto Lenders with Enforcement Action...

On February 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a joint enforcement action against indirect auto lender Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (Toyota Motor Credit)...more

The Regulatory Landscape for Indirect Auto Lenders After Ally

In December 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced its first settlement in the indirect auto lending industry. The target company was Ally Financial Inc. and Ally Bank (Ally). The CFPB alleged that...more

FTC warns use of big data may violate federal consumer protection laws

A new FTC report, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues,” warns that certain uses of big data consisting of consumer information may implicate various federal consumer protection laws. In the...more

Federal Agencies File Action Against Bank for Discriminatory Redlining

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint in New Jersey District Court against Hudson City Savings Bank, F.S.B., alleging it engaged in illegal redlining practices...more

FTC Proposes Survey of Consumer Experience in Financing Auto Purchases through Dealers

The Federal Trade Commission has announced plans to conduct a survey of consumers regarding their experiences in buying and financing automobiles at dealerships. According to the supplementary information in the notice...more

House Report Targets CFPB Indirect Auto Lending Policies

On November 24, 2015, Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee released a report sharply criticizing the CFPB’s methodology for enforcing the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) with regard to indirect automobile...more

Congressional report chronicles and criticizes CFPB auto finance ECOA enforcement activity

Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee recently released a report, prepared by the Republican Staff of the Committee, which chronicles in detail the controversial automotive ECOA enforcement initiative...more

The House Has Voted: Auto Lenders Prevail Over CFPB

As we predicted, auto lenders scored a significant victory last week in opposing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) efforts to regulate the auto financing industry. House Resolution 1737, The Reforming CFPB...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

CFPB Bulletins 2011-2015

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

CFPB raising LGBT issues with supervised entities

We recently blogged about remarks made by Patrice Ficklin, Director of the CFPB’s Office of Fair Lending, at the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Institute. In her remarks, she stated that the CFPB is...more

CFPB continues to sharpen focus on small business lending

Evidence of CFPB interest in small business lending continues to mount. While it was not surprising to see federal regulators attending the American Banker’s Marketplace Lending +Investment conference in New York City two...more

Challenge to CFPB’s Auto Lending Guidance

A bipartisan bill, House Resolution 1737, which the U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on this week, seeks to nullify the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) guidance to indirect auto lenders....more

House passes bill to nullify CFPB indirect auto finance guidance

Wednesday, by a vote of 332-96, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1737, the “Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act,” which would nullify the CFPB’s indirect auto finance guidance issued in March 2013 and...more

CFPB seeking Assistant Director to advise on small business lending data collection rules

The CFPB’s Division of Research, Markets & Regulations recently posted a job opening for an individual to serve as the “Assistant Director for Small Business Lending Markets.” According to the job posting, the Assistant...more

CFPB Deems Federally-Approved CRA Assessment Area to Be Discriminatory

The Federal Community Reinvestment Act (“CRA”) requires regulated financial institutions to focus on meeting “the credit needs of the local communities in which they are chartered.” See 12 U.S.C. § 2901(a)(3). Under the CRA,...more

Fair Lending Director Ficklin Discusses Small Business Lending, LGBT issues, LEP consumers and Inclusive Communities at ABA...

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of teaching a class on payments and banking products to new lawyers at the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Institute. I arrived early for the class and got to hear a...more

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

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

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

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

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

Hudson City Savings Bank Reaches Largest Mortgage Redlining Settlement in DOJ History

The CFPB, DOJ, and Hudson City Savings Bank, F.S.B. (“Hudson City”) recently entered into the largest residential mortgage redlining settlement in DOJ history. On September 24, 2015, the parties filed a Joint Motion for Entry...more

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