European Free Trade Association Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The European Free Trade Association is an intergovernmental organization established in 1960 to facilitate and promote free trade among its member states and as a counterbalance to the more politically-driven... more +
The European Free Trade Association is an intergovernmental organization established in 1960 to facilitate and promote free trade among its member states and as a counterbalance to the more politically-driven European Economic Community (EEC). The current member states of the EFTA are Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland.   less -
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FTC Provides Annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report to CFPB and Federal Reserve

On June 9, the FTC announced that it has provided to the CFPB its 2014 Annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report. The report highlights the FTC’s enforcement, research, rulemaking, and policy development activities with...more

Regulators Release Guidance on Private Student Loans With Graduated Repayment Terms at Origination

On January 29, the federal financial regulatory agencies, in partnership with the State Liaison Committee of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, issued guidance for financial institutions on private...more

The CFPB issues proposed rules on prepaid products

After issuing an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking regarding general purpose reloadable cards in May 2012, the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (‘CFPB’) issued proposed rules on prepaid products in November 2014....more

CFPB & State Attorneys General Fine Retailer and Debt Collectors for Alleged Illegal Debt Collection Practices Against Military...

On December 18, the CFPB and the Attorneys General of North Carolina and Virginia announced an enforcement action against three affiliated companies offering credit and financing services to military servicemembers. ...more

CFPB issues sixth Semi-Annual Report

The CFPB has issued its sixth Semi-Annual Report to the President and Congress covering the period from April 1 through September 30, 2014. As we have found with previous CFPB semi-annual reports, despite its 188-page...more

CFPB Director Cordray Issues Warning to Bankers

Director Cordray’s remarks to the Clearing House Thursday should unsettle bankers and payday lenders alike. In his talk, Director Cordray challenged bankers to bow to the inevitable. He suggested that sooner, rather than...more

CFPB Issues Proposed Rule for Prepaid Financial Products

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a proposal designed to establish comprehensive consumer protections for prepaid financial products. The CFPB proposed substantial amendments to Regulation E, which...more

Dodd-Frank News: October 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - RECENT CASES .. Mortgage Servicing Rules .. Antiretaliation Provision ..Credit Default Swaps Antitrust Litigation ..CFPB Involvement in Litigation - IN THE...more

CFPB Finalizes Rule Defining Larger Participants Of The International Money Transfer Market

On September 23, the CFPB issued a Final Rule that defines which nonbank covered persons are designated “larger participants” for purposes of the international money transfer market. In particular, this rule, which finalizes...more

CFPB Finalizes Rule To Oversee Larger Nonbank International Money Transfer Providers

On September 12, the CFPB finalized a rule that allows it to supervise larger participants in the international money transfer market. In particular, this rule, which finalizes the proposed rule the CFPB issued in January...more

CFPB and FTC file lawsuits against online payday lenders

Earlier this month, the CFPB and FTC filed lawsuits against different groups of interrelated companies and their individual principals for engaging in allegedly unlawful online payday lending schemes....more

CFPB finalizes rule to supervise larger participant international money transfer providers

The CFPB has issued a final rule that will allow it to supervise nonbank international money transfer providers that qualify as “larger participants” in the international money transfer market. Consistent with the proposed...more

New Larger Participant Rule Enhances Supervision of Remittance Transfer Rule Requirements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently finalized a larger participant rule for nonbank international money transfer providers and left it largely unchanged from the rule as originally proposed in January. The new...more

CFPB Extends Comment Deadline for Proposed Temporary Exemption to Remittance Rule

The CFPB extended the comment period on proposed revisions to its remittance transfer rule that were previously issued in April 2014. The comment period was set to expire on May 27, 2014, and will instead now end on June 6,...more

CFPB Proposes to Extend Temporary Exemption under Remittance Transfer Rule

The CFPB proposed revisions to its remittance transfer rule finalized and amended several times. The proposal would amend the remittance rule to extend a temporary exemption and make additional clarifications to the rule. The...more

CFPB Proposes Rule to Define Larger Participants of the International Money Transfer Market

Noting the challenges to providers and consumers, the CFPB issued a proposed rule to define “larger participants” of the international money transfer market that, when finalized, will hold certain nonbank international money...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

CFPB Reports On Impacts Of Regulations For Banks

On November 22, the CFPB released findings of a study the Bureau conducted on the impact of certain deposit regulations on the day-to-day operations of banking institutions, focusing on compliance costs related to checking...more

Financial Institutions and Employers Cannot Mandate that Wages be Deposited to Payroll Card Accounts

Payroll card accounts have many benefits. The cards are a helpful option for employees who do not have checking accounts, and many banks have offered financial incentives to employers who choose their institution's card to...more

Much Ado About Payroll Cards

In my last blog post, “To Fee or Not to Fee—The Pros and Cons of Payroll Cards,” I discussed the growing popularity of payroll cards and several U.S. senators’ plea for guidance on this burgeoning pay practice. Perhaps in...more

Federal and State Authorities Continue Scrutiny of Payroll Cards

With the growing popularity of payroll cards, employers that utilize them, or are considering implementing them in the future, must be aware of the potential benefits and risks involved. Employers in virtually every...more

CFPB Issues Guidance Bulletin on Employer Payroll Cards

The CFPB issued a guidance bulletin warning employers of the prohibition on requiring employees to use payroll cards. Payroll cards are regulated by the Electronic Fund Transfer Act and its implementing regulation, Regulation...more

CFPB Warns Employers on Required Use of Payroll Cards

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a bulletin warning employers that they cannot require employees to receive their wages on payroll cards. The bulletin appears to respond to the explosive growth in the use...more

CFPB Bulletin Addresses "Payroll Card Accounts"

A statement of some federal-law limitations and requirements relating to the increasingly popular practice of compensating employees via the use of "pay cards" came from an atypical direction on September 12....more

Senators Request CFPB Issue Guidance and Rulemakings, Bring Enforcement Actions Relating to Payroll Card Programs

Last week, 16 Democratic Senators sent a letter on regulation of payroll cards to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) Director Richard Cordray and Department of Labor (“DOL”) Acting Secretary Seth Harris. The letter...more

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