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Supreme Court 2016-17 Recap

The politics surrounding the appointment of a new justice to the U.S. Supreme Court dominated the news cycle during the 2016-17 term, but the Court’s decisions themselves have been far from controversial. As the term draws to...more

Financial Services Report - Summer 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - Summer blockbuster season is officially upon us. Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? What about Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2? It’s déjà vu all over again with Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alien,...more

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair seeks DOJ rescission of settlement payments to third parties

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum in which he prohibited DOJ attorneys from entering into settlement agreements on behalf of the United States that require a payment or loan to any...more

HMDA Changes - The Final Rule and Fair Lending

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), passed by Congress in 1975, requires the collection, recording, reporting and public disclosure of residential mortgage lending activity. The traditional focus of HMDA compliance has...more

CFPB issues report on consumers transitioning out of credit invisibility

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued a new report, “Data Point: Becoming Credit Visible,” that discusses how consumers transitioned out of “credit invisibility” and how such transitions differed across consumers of different ages and across...more

Attorney General bans DOJ settlements conditioned on payments to “special interest groups” or “political friends”

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 7, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum directing that “Department attorneys may not enter into any agreement on behalf of the United States in settlement of federal claims or charges . . . that...more

Guest Post: CFPB Issues Request for Information Regarding Small Business Lending

The CFPB has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to collect data that will shed light on how small businesses engage with financial institutions, with a particular focus on women-owned and minority-owned small businesses....more

What You Need to Know from the CFPB Spring 2017 Supervisory Highlights

by Baker Donelson on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Spring 2017 Supervisory Highlights last month. This is the 15th volume to be released and each volume is a great resource to obtain line-of-sight into what the CFPB...more

Uncertain Future For CFPB Small Business Data Rule

by WilmerHale on

On Wednesday, May 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a request for information (RFI) on the small-business lending marketplace — the first step in an anticipated rulemaking pursuant to Section 1071 of...more

CFPB conducts small business field hearing and issues related white paper and request for information

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Yesterday, I attended the CFPB’s field hearing in Los Angeles on small business lending. In connection with the hearing, the CFPB issued a white paper entitled “Key dimensions of the small business lending landscape,”...more

CFPB Spring 2017 Supervisory Highlights focuses on mortgage origination/servicing, student loan servicing deficiencies, service...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s newly-released Spring 2017 edition of Supervisory Highlights covers supervisory activities generally completed between September and December 2016. The report indicates that supervisory resolutions resulted in...more

CFPB to hold May 10 field hearing on small business lending

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB will hold a field hearing on small business lending in Los Angeles, CA on May 10, 2017. The announcement, which took the form of a posting on the events page of the CFPB’s website, contains only the usual statement...more

OIG issues report on CFPB contract award controls; updated work plan includes evaluation of CFPB’s supervisory corrective action...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Office of Inspector General for the Fed and CFPB recently issued an audit report entitled “The CFPB Can Strengthen Contract Award Controls and Administrative Processes.” The objective of the OIG’s audit was to assess the...more

Blog: CFPB Proposes Changes To Its Fair Lending Rule

by Cooley LLP on

Mortgage lenders should be aware of upcoming changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Regulation B. The CFPB has been in the process of changing existing rules to allow for compliance with recent changes...more

CFPB’s Fair Lending Report Indicates Increased Focus for 2017 on Servicing and Small Business Lending

For many of us, the mention of fair lending enforcement immediately brings us to the origination side of the industry, specifically conjuring thoughts of redlining and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data. While these...more

CFPB identifies 2017 priorities in annual fair lending report

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In its new annual report covering its fair lending activities during 2016, the CFPB identifies the following three areas on which it “will increase our focus” in 2017...more

CFPB Issues its Annual Fair Lending Report and Sets its 2017 Agenda

The CFPB has issued its 2016 Fair Lending Report which provides a summary of the Bureau’s efforts in fair lending for 2016. The Report also includes an indication of the Bureau’s fair lending priorities for 2017. Here are...more

PLI 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, Chicago session – 25% discount available

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The second presentation of the 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, will take place in Chicago on May 4-5, 2017. I am co-chairing the event, as I have for the past 21...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

CFPB May Rely on New Employment Discrimination Case in Fair Lending Context

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB may seek to rely on a recent Seventh Circuit employment discrimination case to support its view that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act’s (ECOA’s) prohibition against discrimination on the basis of “sex” includes...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Proposes to Provide Flexibility in Collecting Information - On March 24, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") released a proposal to amend Equal Credit...more

OIG report finds CFPB can strengthen conflict of interest controls related to vendor activities

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Office of Inspector General for the Fed and CFPB has issued a report on the results of an evaluation it conducted to determine whether the CFPB effectively mitigates the risk of potential conflicts of interest associated...more

CFPB previews 5-year review of mortgage rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Dovetailing with President Trump’s recent Executive Order requiring a reduction in regulatory burden, on March 21, 2017, a CFPB official remarked at the American Bankers Association Government Relations Summit that the CFPB...more

Lawmaker seeks CFPB fair lending investigation of fintech small business lenders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by fintech companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the CFPB “to vigorously investigate whether [such...more

Trump has Opportunity to Restore Balance in Fair Lending Cases

by K&L Gates LLP on

Originally posted in American Banker - February 7th, 2017. With good cause, anxiety has been expressed regarding the direction of the Department of Justice’s civil rights division under the Trump...more

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