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CFPB Poised to Expand Regulation to Small Business Lending: Expect the Unexpected

Recent initiatives by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or Bureau) to dramatically expand its regulation of small business lending present a confluence of concerns to industry participants. These initiatives...more

Marketplace Lending Update: Recent Developments Place Pressure on Industry

Following a spate of heightened regulatory, enforcement and legislative scrutiny, investor concerns around industry practices, and bad press, the marketplace lending industry is at a crossroad. Some companies will...more

Treasury Department Weighs in on Online Marketplace Lending

On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department released a white paper entitled, “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending.” The white paper is the result of a request for information that elicited more than...more

CFPB Report Reviews 2015 Fair Lending Activities and Notes Continuing Priorities

On April 29, the CFPB released its fourth annual report to Congress on fair lending activities. The report recaps the CFPB’s 2015 supervisory and enforcement efforts around fair lending and identifies ongoing priorities in...more

Top 10 Financial Institution Considerations for 2016: #10 – Fair Lending

In our initial article announcing our top 10 considerations for financial institutions in 2016, our tenth and final consideration was fair lending risk, which seems to be perpetually on the radar of financial institutions...more

CFPB issues 2015 fair lending report

The CFPB has issued a report covering its fair lending activities during 2015.  The report states that in 2015, CFPB fair lending supervisory and public enforcement actions required institutions to provide approximately $108...more

What's Driving Regulation of Auto Ancillary Products

Federal and state regulatory scrutiny of the automobile finance industry has accelerated over the last several months. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or the Bureau) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently...more

CFPB’s Jeffrey Langer Lends Perspective on Marketplace Lending

On April 12, CFPB Assistant Director for Installment Lending and Collections Markets Jeffrey Langer delivered remarks at the San Francisco LendIt USA Conference on the marketplace lending industry. Langer began his remarks by...more

ICYMI: Financial Services Risk Summit

On March 3, 2016, the BakerHostetler Financial Services industry team held its inaugural Financial Services Risk Summit. The speakers and panels addressed several key areas affecting the financial services sector: regulatory...more

CFPB Releases Supervisory Highlights, Winter 2016 Issue

On March 8, the CFPB released its tenth edition of Supervisory Highlights, summarizing supervisory observations in the areas of consumer reporting, debt collection, mortgage origination, remittances, student loan servicing,...more

CFPB Releases Supervisory Highlights, Winter 2016 Issue

On March 8, the CFPB released its tenth edition of Supervisory Highlights, summarizing supervisory observations in the areas of consumer reporting, debt collection, mortgage origination, remittances, student loan servicing,...more

The CFPB Seems Poised to Increase Their Scrutiny of Mortgage Banking Fair Lending Issues

The Director of the Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity within the CFPB, Patrice Alexander Ficklin, said this in last year's CFPB Fair Lending Report: "We maximize our resources by targeting our efforts on practices,...more

Financial Services Report, Spring 2016

Why another law firm newsletter? Over ten years ago, Will Stern answered that question in the first Editor’s Note of the first Financial Services Report. Some things have changed since then—we no longer print and mail paper...more

Financial Services & Products Advisory: FinTech Lending Update: Credit Score Alternatives Are the Future?

Throughout the history of consumer lending of all types, a major component of credit underwriting has been credit history. National credit bureaus use a person’s financial history, such as on-time payments, capacity of credit...more

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

It's a New Dawn, New Day for HMDA Reporting

On Oct. 15, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB or the Bureau) issued its long-awaited final rule amending and drastically expanding the mortgage loan application data reporting requirements under...more

Fair Lending Year in Review – 2015

2015 was an action-packed year for fair lending, including a long-anticipated Supreme Court decision on disparate-impact claims under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), record-breaking redlining settlements, a new round of...more

How the Current Regulatory and Legal Landscapes Can Lead to Fair Lending Violations

The CFPB's website states, "Other regulators focus on the safety and soundness of the financial institutions first. The CFPB is the first to focus primarily on the American consumer." The CFPB's actions, however, may have the...more

"Limited English Proficiency: An Emerging Compliance Risk"

How consumer financial services providers can meet the needs of a growing population of "limited English proficiency" (LEP) consumers without running afoul of laws prohibiting deceptive practices and discrimination has...more

Redlining Cases In 2015 And A New Discrimination Standard

Limited access to mortgage credit for credit-impaired and low- and moderate-income (and, therefore, disproportionately minority) borrowers has become a significant public policy challenge in the post-financial crisis era....more

Year in Review: Auto Finance and the CFPB in 2015

The auto finance industry gained a new regulator in 2015 with the publication of the CFPB’s larger participant rule, which, for the first time, allows the Bureau to supervise larger non-bank auto finance companies. In this...more

Cybersecurity & Other Risks: OCC Outlines Key Examination Areas for 2016

On December 16, 2015, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued its semiannual risk assessments for federally chartered financial institutions (the “OCC Report”). According to the Comptroller: “Strategic,...more

Third Party Service Providers Remain in the Spotlight

Yesterday, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released its Semiannual Risk Perspective (the “Semiannual Risk Perspective”). The Semiannual Risk Perspective covers “key issues facing banks, focusing on those...more

Big Data, Big Government – Big Trouble? A Hard Look at the Final HMDA Rule

If all goes according to plan, financial institutions will report over 250 million data points related to mortgage loan applications and originations in 2018. If the mortgage market returns to the high volumes seen in 2005,...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

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