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CFPB settles with military base retailer for alleged fee scam; Senators seek CFPB investigation of retailer’s debt collection...

The CFPB has announced a settlement with USA Discounters, a retailer that operates a chain of stores near military bases and offers financing for purchases through retail installment sales contracts (RICs), to resolve charges...more

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

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

Financial Services Law

D.C. Circuit Court Upholds Fed’s Debit Card Fee Cap, Antiexclusivity Rules - Dealing a blow to merchants nationwide, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court and upheld the rules promulgated by the...more

The CFPB May Propose Standard Prepaid Card Fee Disclosure Rules

Earlier this week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is working on potential new consumer disclosure requirements for prepaid cards to standardize fee disclosures. The new disclosure...more

The Wait is Over. The Anxiety Begins. The CFPB Issues its Final Rule to Combine RESPA and TILA Mortgage Disclosures

Well, the wait is over. After 16 months and much anticipation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or “Bureau”) released a 1,888-page final rule on November 20, 2013 to combine mortgage disclosures required...more

CFPB Releases Report on Impact of CARD Act

The CFPB released a report on the findings of its first major study on the impact of the Credit Card Accountability and Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009. The CARD Act prohibits credit card issuers from extending...more

Freddie Mac And Fannie Mae Provide Additional Guidance Regarding CFPB ATR/QM Rule

On October 1, Freddie Mac issued an industry letter and Fannie Mae issued Lender Letter LL-2013-07 to provide additional information regarding Freddie Mac’s and Fannie Mae’s new purchase eligibility requirements based on the...more

CFPB Shows It’s a Tough New Cop on the Beat With Case Against Payment Processor

On October 3, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced it had filed a complaint in federal district court in Washington state against a leading debt-settlement payment processor, Meracord LLC, and its CEO. ...more

CFPB Enforcement Action Targets Debt Settlement Payment Processing

On October 3, the CFPB announced an enforcement action against a leading debt-settlement payment processor and its President/CEO for allegedly assisting clients in the debt-settlement industry charge and collect millions of...more

CFPB Brings Action For Processing Illegal Debt-Settlement Fees

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, announced an enforcement action against Meracord LLC, a leading debt-settlement payment processor, for allegedly helping others to collect millions of dollars in illegal...more

Debt Collection Subject to New Regulation Under CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is on a roll targeting debt collectors and your company could be the next target. On October 3rd, the CFPB filed an enforcement action asking for a $1.376 million civil penalty...more

CFPB Signals Additional Concerns about Consumer Credit Card Market with Report on CARD Act

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released the “CARD Act Report,” a report summarizing the CFPB’s views on the impact of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009...more

CFPB issues response guidance for complaint system’s company portal

Companies logging on to the CFPB’s company portal recently discovered that the CFPB had posted new “Response Guidance.” The guidance supplements the CFPB’s Company Portal Manual which describes the operation of the online...more

InfoBytes Special Alert: CFPB Proposes Additional Amendments To Mortgage Rules - June 26, 2013

On June 24, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") issued another set of proposed amendments to its January 2013 mortgage rules....more

CFPB Files Complaint Against Debt-Relief Company; First Time Reliance on “Abusive” Acts and Practices Prohibition

On May 30, 2013, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (“CFPB”) filed a complaint in federal district court against American Debt Settlement Solutions, Inc. (“ADSS”), a Florida debt-relief company, and its owner....more

CFPB Delays Prohibition On Financing Credit Insurance Fees

On May 29, the CFPB issued a final rule to delay the effective date of a prohibition on creditors financing credit insurance premiums in connection with certain mortgage transactions. ...more

Banking & Financial Services E - Note - May 30, 2013

In This Issue: - New Suits Filed as Credit Card Swipe Fee Settlement Deadline Looms - Sec. Lew Tells Senate Committee of Plans to Accelerate Dodd-Frank - New Mortgage Rule to Block Access to Credit, Witnesses...more

CFPB adopts ability to repay rule amendments

On May 29, 2013, the CFPB adopted amendments to the final ability to repay rule. The CFPB had proposed the amendments on the same day that it issued the ability to repay rule in January 2013. The amendments are effective on...more

Burr Alert: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Amends Regulation E And Regulation Z

In late March, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") issued final rules amending Regulation E, 12 C.F.R. § 1005.16, which implements the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1693 et seq. ("EFTA"), and...more

CFPB Implements Change To ATM Fee Notice Requirements

On March 26, the CFPB published a final rule to conform Regulation E to an amendment to the Electronic Fund Transfer Act enacted by Congress in December 2012 that removed the requirement that ATMs have an attached placard...more

CFPB Finalizes ATM Disclosure Rule Changes

On March 21, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection finalized a rule implementing the ATM placard legislation that was signed into law last December. In December 2012, Congress passed and the President signed legislation...more

CFPB issues final rule excluding credit card pre-account opening fees from 25% limit

The CFPB has published a final rule in today’s Federal Register amending Regulation Z (Truth in Lending) to remove fees paid before a credit card account is opened from the scope of the 25% limit on total fees that may be...more

CFPB issues final rule removing ATM fee sticker requirement from Reg E

The CFPB has issued a final rule amending Regulation E to remove the requirement that a fee notice be posted on or at an automated teller machine. On December 20, 2012 , President Obama signed into law an amendment to the...more

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