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Virginia Enacts Transitional MLO Licensing Law for Out-of-State MLOs

Last month, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 118, creating a transitional mortgage loan originator (MLO) license. Specifically, the law authorizes Virginia's State Corporate Commission to issue a...more

FTC Announces Settlements with Data Brokers over Alleged FCRA Violations

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced two more settlements with data brokers for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The settlements with Instant Checkmate, Inc., InfoTrack Information...more

Beyond Credit Reporting: The Extension of Potential Class Action Liability to Employers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Do not be fooled by its title: the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) reaches far beyond the realm of credit reporting and governs a broad spectrum of industries. Indeed, the provisions of FCRA apply to any business entity...more

Dodd-Frank News - March 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - Recent Cases January Through March 2014 ..Dodd-Frank Amendments to RESPA ..Dodd-Frank Prohibition on Arbitration Clauses ..Whistleblower Protection Under Dodd-Frank - News &...more

Financial Services Law - Mar 14, 2014

State and Federal Lawmakers, Chair of Fed Weigh in on Regulation of Virtual Currency - The New York Department of Financial Services issued an order on Wednesday that it will immediately start accepting applications...more

CFPB Releases Report and Guidance Bulletin on Credit Reporting

The CFPB released a report on the findings of its first major study on credit reporting principally resulting from thousands of complaints received between July 21, 2011 and February 1, 2014. ...more

Credit reporting remains a CFPB top priority

Credit reporting was the first industry targeted by the CFPB using its “larger participant” supervisory authority. As demonstrated by the CFPB’s actions last week, credit reporting continues to be a high CFPB priority and is...more

Statements Rendered Credit Report Reseller a Credit Repair Organization

Sounding a cautionary note to the hypercompetitive credit report resale and monitoring industry, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that a reseller’s statements on its website and in television...more

CFPB Consumer Advisory Board Meeting To Focus On Consumer Reporting

The CFPB announced this week that its next Consumer Advisory Board meeting will be held on February 27, in Washington, DC, and that the sole public session will focus on the “consumer experience in the credit reporting...more

Bipartisan Group Of House Members Ask FHFA To Allow Use Of Alternative Credit Scores

On January 9, Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA), Jim Himes (D-CT), Spencer Bachus (R-AL), and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) petitioned FHFA Director Mel Watt to expeditiously direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to revise their...more

Weathering the Sea Change in Fair Credit Reporting Act Litigation in 2014

In 2013, the ballooning number of employment class actions illuminated the sea change in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) litigation. The FCRA was enacted in 1970 during President Nixon's administration, and is hardly in its...more

Supreme Court Declines to Review Fair Credit Reporting Act

The United States Supreme Court declined to grant certiorari to decide whether the Fair Credit Reporting Act preempts private rights of action under New Jersey state law for defamation. FCRA’s furnisher rule imposes special...more

Litigating in the Gap Between Theory and Reality - Reseller Liability Under Section 1681e(b) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

One of the most significant sources of litigation risks for niche businesses occurs when the statutory laws governing their conduct fail to reflect the real-world context of the industries in which they operate. Because even...more

Credit Scoring in the Twenty-First Century

In this issue: - Introduction - The Issue: Operational Risks Posed by Reliance on a Single Third-Party Credit Scoring Provider - Risks to Financial Regulator - Obstructed Oversight 4 Political Risk...more

CFPB files amicus brief in FCRA case

The CFPB recently filed its first amicus brief in a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case. This brief, like the amicus brief the CFPB filed in August 2013 in the Seventh Circuit in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case,...more

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

In This Issue: - NCUA Drafts Rule Subjecting Big Credit Unions to Stress Tests Report Finds FDIC Has Filed as Least 32 D&O Lawsuits This Year - CFPB Cracks Down on "Furnishers" Giving Credit Report Information -...more

Will bankruptcy ruin my credit (re-revisited)?

Last year I wrote a shorter update to a much longer article about "Will bankruptcy ruin my credit?" So what's new? A very recent client experience, that's what. A client got a new car loan at a very favorable interest rate a...more

Why it is So Important to Check Your Credit Report Annually — Even After Bankruptcy

Did you know that according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), five percent of consumers had errors on their credit reports? That’s five out of every hundred consumers in the U.S. — meaning that as many as 10 million...more

“A Theory in Search of Facts”: Federal Court Blasts EEOC Challenge to Criminal and Credit Background Checks

Criticizing the EEOC for placing employers in a "Hobson's choice" related to the criminal and credit background check of job applicants, the federal district court in Maryland threw out the EEOC's lawsuit against an event...more

Credit Bureau Notification and Your Credit

When you file for bankruptcy, it is reflected on your credit reports almost immediately because the credit bureaus are regularly monitoring the bankruptcy court filings....more

CFPB Provides Notice On Duty To Investigate Consumer Credit Report Disputes

The CFPB has issued a notice regarding companies that supply information to consumer reporting companies. The CFPB released a bulletin stressing that, under the CFPB’s view of the law, these companies, called furnishers, are...more

’60 Minutes’ Show Gets Facts All Wrong in Report on Credit Reporting Agencies

The credit reporting industry – dominated by Experian, Equifax and Transunion – maintains a precarious balance of obligations: On the one hand, these companies bear a responsibility to banks and other businesses at large to...more

FTC ‘Checks’ In With $3.5 Million Consent Order Under Fair Credit Reporting Act

This week the Federal Trade Commission entered into a consent decree with Certegy Check Services, one of the nation’s check authorization service companies, pursuant to which Certegy has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle...more

Huge FCRA Verdict Against Equifax Shows Potential Costs of Failing to Protect and Correct Consumer’s Credit History

Last week an Oregon jury awarded an individual plaintiff over $18 million in compensatory and punitive damages in what some sources have reported to be the first jury verdict in a case brought under the Fair Credit Reporting...more

Dealership Update, No. 3, August 2013: "Do I Have To Hire A Criminal With Bad Credit?"

The answer to whether an employer may refuse to hire someone with a criminal record or bad credit is not as simple as you might think. Two recently-filed lawsuits by the EEOC alleging that employers’ criminal-conviction...more

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