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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Federal Regulators Issue Statement on Fair Lending Compliance and the Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgage Rules

In response to inquiries from creditors about liability under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act’s disparate impact doctrine on originating qualified mortgages under the CFPB’s ability-to-repay provisions, the CFPB, OCC, FRB,...more

Special Alert: Agencies Issue Joint Statement On Fair Lending Compliance And The CFPB’s ATR/QM Rule

On October 22, the CFPB, the OCC, the FDIC, the Federal Reserve Board, and the NCUA (collectively, the Agencies) issued a joint statement (Interagency Statement) in response to inquiries from creditors concerning their...more

Auto Notes, Fall 2013: Dealer Markup Practices - In a New Era of Federal Enforcement

In March 2013, the U.S. Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it would closely scrutinize dealer reserve (“markup”) practices. The federal concern is that dealer markups may result in an illegal disparate...more

CFPB Snapshot: Fast Approaching Deadlines for Compliance with New Regulations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is gearing up for a busy January, when new regulations directed at the residential mortgage industry are due to be implemented. While lenders scramble to comply with stringent...more

CFPB Issues Report on Problems in Mortgage Servicing

The CFPB released its annual Supervisory Highlights report covering supervision work completed between November 2012 and June 2013. While covering a range of topics including auto finance and ECOA, the report focused...more

CFPB Issues Report On Examination Findings, Other Supervisory Activities

This afternoon, the CFPB released its summer 2013 Supervisory Highlights report, which covers supervisory activity from November 2012-June 2013. This is the second such report the CFPB has released; the first report came out...more

Equal Credit Opportunity Act — A Primer on Disparate Impact, Part One

What is fair? In the area of credit, it would seem to mean being treated equally. Thus, for example, the Federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) states that it is unlawful for a creditor to discriminate against an...more

The CFPB’s response to June 20, 2013 Congressional letter regarding the indirect auto lending bulletin: raises more questions than...

On August 2, 2013, the CFPB responded to the June 20, 2013 letter from 35 Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives, questioning the manner in which the CFPB developed recent guidance regarding indirect auto...more

CFPB participates in agency auto fair lending webinar

Yesterday, the CFPB, jointly with the Federal Reserve Board and the Department of Justice, held a webinar on fair lending considerations related to “indirect auto lending” programs....more

ABA and MBA ask CFPB to reconsider coverage of business credit in ECOA appraisal rule

The American Bankers Association and the Mortgage Bankers Association have sent a letter to the CFPB asking it to reconsider the applicability of the final Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) appraisal rule to business...more

CFPB Publishes ECOA Baseline Review Modules

Yesterday afternoon, the CFPB released its ECOA baseline review modules, which supplement the recently updated ECOA examination procedures. ...more

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