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Mortgage Lending Legal and Regulatory Highlights

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

The Bureau's Pursuit of Fair Lending

By now it is a known fact that one of the most important features of an examination conducted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) is a rigorous review of fair lending compliance. So, given its...more

CFPB Report Recaps Fair Lending Activities

On April 30, the CFPB published its second annual report to Congress on its fair lending activities. According to the report, in 2013 federal regulators referred 24 ECOA-related matters to the DOJ—6 by the CFPB—as opposed to...more

DOJ And CFPB Team Up To Take On Auto And Mortgage Lenders

The CFPB and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are joining forces to pursue damages and penalties against consumer lenders for violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) in pricing consumer loans....more

CFPB Releases Second Fair Lending Report

The CFPB released its second Fair Lending Report to Congress last week, summarizing the Bureau’s fair lending actions in the last year and a half. The Report highlighted the Bureau’s creation and implementation of a...more

Mississippi Regulatory Compliance Group Quarterly Report Vol. 25 No.1

In This Report: - Resurgence of Redlining Scrutiny - Diversity, a New Requirement - Revisiting Red Flags - Know Before Your Owe - Questions About ATR and QM - MRCG Meeting – February 20,...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

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

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

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

Justice Department Announces Three Fair Lending Actions

Recently, the DOJ released information regarding three fair lending actions, all three of which included allegations related to wholesale lending programs. On September 27, the DOJ announced separate actions—one against a...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

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

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

CFPB issues ECOA baseline review procedures for examiners

The CFPB has issued “ECOA Baseline Review Procedures” to be used by its examiners. (The CFPB has labeled the procedures “guidance” and did not add them to its Supervision and Examination Manual.)...more

Congress, CFPB Trade Letters On Fair Auto Lending Guidance

On June 20, 35 Republican Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to CFPB Assistant Director of the Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity, Patrice Ficklin, questioning the manner in which recent CFPB...more

Supreme Court Agrees Again To Decide Critical Disparate Impact Questions under the Fair Housing Act

The question of whether plaintiffs suing under the Fair Housing Act may bring disparate impact claims is back on the U.S. Supreme Court's docket as a result of the Court's decision today to grant certiorari in Mount Holly v....more

CFPB Fair Lending Guidance for Indirect Auto Lenders—It’s Not Just About Cars

Several weeks ago, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a fair lending guidance bulletin (“Bulletin”) directed at financial institutions that make indirect automobile loans. While the Bulletin thus far has...more

CFPB Targets Auto Financing For Enforcement

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau continues to spread its wings in the enforcement arena. It is an agency born and confined in political controversy. ...more

New Risks for Indirect Lenders

Last month the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it will start holding banks accountable for the discriminatory actions of indirect auto lenders. The issue arises when a consumer goes to purchase a car and...more

CFPB issues third Semi-Annual Report

The CFPB has issued its third Semi-Annual Report to the President and Congress. The report notes that it “predominately” covers the CFPB’s activities from July 1 through December 31, 2012 but, in certain sections, covers the...more

CFPB Announces Plans to Hold Auto Lenders Liable for Discriminatory Loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a guidance bulletin announcing that it will treat indirect auto lenders as creditors subject to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA). The March 21 bulletin follows the CFPB's...more

Auto finance: can we really call disparate impact “discrimination”?

I want to thank Jeff Sovern over at the Public Citizen Consumer Law & Policy Blog for having an interesting back-and-forth with me over the last week about the application of the disparate impact theory of liability to dealer...more

CFPB Issues Guidance On Indirect Auto Lending

On March 21, the CFPB issued Bulletin 2013-02, which provides guidance to bank and nonbank indirect auto lenders about compliance with federal fair lending requirements, and specifically addresses the practice by which auto...more

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