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CFPB Files Complaint Against Ohio Debt Collection Law Firm Over Misrepresentations

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?On April 17, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against an Ohio-based debt collection law firm, alleging...more

Senior CFPB representatives chime in from audience to defend enforcement initiatives

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last Friday in New Orleans, the ABA Business Law Section Consumer Financial Services Committee hosted a fascinating program about CFPB enforcement at the Section’s 2017 Spring Meeting. The program was entitled: “Too Much or...more

Some suggested questions for Director Cordray’s expected appearance at April 5 House hearing

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On April 5, 2017, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing, “The 2016 Semi-Annual Reports of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.” Since Director Cordray has appeared at all of the...more

The CFPB Enforcement Action Against Navy Federal Credit Union and the Broad Sweep of UDAAPs

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This past October, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) took action against Navy Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in the country. In doing so, the CFPB relied upon one of its favorite enforcement...more

CFPB Enters Into Consent Order with Credit Reporting Agency Over Alleged Misrepresentations

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On March 23, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a California-based credit reporting agency (CRA) and its subsidiaries, resolving allegations that the...more

PLI’s “The CFPB Speaks” panel discussion

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Earlier yesterday, at the Practicing Law Institute’s (“PLI”) 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute in New York City, Alan Kaplinsky (who is co-chairing the event) moderated a panel entitled “The CFPB Speaks,” that...more

CFPB Loses a Major Battle (But Not Quite the War) Against Third Party Payment Processors

A recent US District Court decision dismissing a claim brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) against a third-party processor and two of its executives deals a setback to the agency’s ability to pursue...more

Federal District Court Dismisses CFPB Enforcement Action Against Payment Processor; UDAAP Not Sufficiently Pled

by Clark Hill PLC on

A federal district court judge for the District of North Dakota has granted a payment processor's motion to dismiss an enforcement action brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau). This is one of a...more

CFPB Enters Consent Order with Mortgage Lender Over Alleged HMDA Violations

by Goodwin on

On March 15, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) entered into a consent order with national nonbank mortgage lender that requires the lender to pay a $1.75 million civil monetary penalty to resolve alleged...more

CFPB Imposes Record Fine on National Bank

by Goodwin on

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), in connection with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) and the City of Los Angeles, announced that the government was...more

The Eastern District of Michigan Affirms the CFPB's Broad Authority to Issue Civil Investigative Demands

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A recent decision from the Eastern District of Michigan in CFPB v. Harbour Portfolio Advisors, LLC; National Asset Advisors, LLC; and National Asset Mortgage, LLC serves as a reminder that the Consumer Financial Protection...more

Alternative Data and Credit Scores: Will it Trigger CFPB Enforcement?

by Reed Smith on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) recently announced an effort to better understand how “alternative data” could be used to expand access to credit. Through a formal notice and request for...more

SEC Whistleblower Program May Be Facing Congressional Cutback

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

According to a memo circulating amongst Republican-party leaders as of February 13th, Republicans in the House of Representatives are planning to propose a significant curtailment of the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

CFPB Consumer Advisory Board to meet March 2

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that a meeting of its Consumer Advisory Board will be held on March 2, 2017. The notice indicates that the Board will discuss the consumer credit information...more

CFPB Takes First MSA-Related Action in Nearly Two Years; Orders Mortgage Lender to Pay $3.5M Civil Penalty for Kickbacks

by Goodwin on

On January 31, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it ordered a California-based mortgage lender to pay $3.5 million in civil penalties for an illegal mortgage kickback scheme. According to...more

CFPB and New York Attorney General File Suit Against Settlement Company For Allegedly Defrauding 9/11 Responders and NFL Players...

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On February 7, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the New York Attorney General (NY AG) jointly announced they filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against a settlement...more

CFPB/NY AG lawsuit against RD Legal Funding may signal greater scrutiny of non-loan financial products such as merchant cash...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB and the New York Attorney General this week filed an action against RD Legal Funding, LLC, two of its affiliates, and their principal (collectively, “RD”), alleging that a litigation settlement advance product...more

The CFPB's Prospect RESPA Consent Orders: Eight Key Takeaways

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) on January 31, 2017, issued consent orders settling enforcement claims that a major mortgage lender violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) in connection with...more

CFPB and Virginia AG settle claims against pawnbroker for alleged TILA/CFPA/VA law violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB and the Virginia Attorney General announced that they had entered into a proposed consent order with  Woodbridge Coins and Jewelry Exchange, Inc., a Virginia-based pawnbroker, to settle a lawsuit filed in a Virginia...more

"The Uncertain Future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau"

Since its inception in July 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has sought to prove itself as a powerful regulator through significant enforcement actions and settlements. In 2016, the CFPB continued to...more

CFPB Files Suit Against Debt Relief Attorneys

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On January 30, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against several debt relief law firms and individual attorneys...more

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

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

CFPB files complaint alleging defendants ran unlawful debt relief operation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has filed a complaint in a California federal district court against three law firms and two individual attorneys alleging that they offered debt relief services to consumers in violation of the Telemarketing Sales...more

CFPB Issues Consent Order Against Equifax and Transunion for Deceptive Practices

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On January 3, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) entered into consent orders with credit reporting agencies Equifax and TransUnion, requiring that they pay a total of over $17.6 million in restitution to...more

The CFPB’s Action Against the Country’s Largest Student Loan Servicer, Navient: Four Things You Need to Know Right Now

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In recent posts, this blog discussed how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has tightened control over financial institutions, including an overhaul of the regulatory landscape for debt collection and banks. The...more

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