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New York Targets Online Lenders Through Debit Card Networks

On April 30, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) again expanded the scope of its activities targeting online payday lenders by announcing that two major debit card network operators agreed to halt the...more

FTC Settles Suit Against Tribe-Affiliated Lenders; Dispute Over CFPB Investigation Of Tribe-Affiliated Lenders Moves To Federal...

On April 11, the FTC announced that a tribe-affiliated payday lending operation and its owner agreed to pay nearly $1 million to resolve allegations that they engaged in unfair and deceptive acts or practices and violated the...more

Tribally-affiliated lenders file opposition to CFPB’s petition to enforce CIDs

We recently reported that the CFPB has filed a petition in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California seeking to enforce the civil investigative demands (CIDs) it issued in June 2012 to three...more

Illinois AG Licensing Enforcement Actions Target Payday Loan Lead Generator, Lenders

On April 7, Illinois Attorney General (AG) Lisa Madigan sued a payday loan lead generator to enforce a 2012 cease and desist order issued by the state’s Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. ...more

Hints of future payday rule-making

Laura Udis, the CFPB’s program manager for the payday lending industry, spoke on April 10 in Los Angeles on a panel sponsored by the American Bar Association Consumer Financial Services Committee. CFPB staff members are...more

CFPB amends CashCall complaint

The CFPB has filed an amended complaint in its lawsuit against CashCall and several related companies that funded, purchased, serviced and collected online payday loans to identify additional states in which the loans...more

CFPB Dispute with Tribe-Affiliated Lender Spills into Court

After denying a petition to set aside a civil investigative demand, the CFPB, filed a petition in the United States District Court for the Central District of California to enforce its civil investigative demand against...more

State Attorney Generals Settle with Online Payday Lenders

The Attorney General for the State of New York announced that it reached a settlement agreement with several online payday lenders for alleged violations of New York’s usury and licensed lenders laws. ...more

California Appellate Court Holds State Regulators Lack Authority To Regulate Tribe-Affiliated Lenders

On January 21, the California Court of Appeal, Second District, held that short-term, small-dollar credit businesses owned by certain federally recognized Indian tribes are sufficiently related to their respective tribes to...more

New York AG Settles Suit Against Internet Payday Lenders

On January 24, New York Attorney General (AG) Eric Schneiderman announced the resolution of a lawsuit filed in August 2013 against Native American tribe-affiliated payday lending firms and their owners for allegedly violating...more

DOJ lawsuit sends warning to banks dealing with online payday lenders, third-party payment processors, other targeted companies

Last month, the CFPB filed its first lawsuit against companies involved in online payday lending. The lawsuit against CashCall and several related companies that funded, purchased, serviced and collected online payday loans...more

CFPB Sues CashCall for Debt Collection on Online Payday Loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) last week sued CashCall for collecting debts originated by an online payday lender affiliated with an Indian tribe. Notably, the suit alleges a violation of federal law based on...more

More State AGs File Suits Against Online Payday Lender, Loan Servicers

On December 16, the North Carolina attorney general (AG) filed a lawsuit against an online payday lender, two loan servicers, and a related debt collection company, and the Colorado AG filed suit against the same loan...more

CFPB Announces First Online Lending Lawsuit

On December 16, the CFPB announced a civil lawsuit against a California-based online loan servicer and its owner, subsidiary, and affiliate for allegedly violating the Consumer Financial Protection Act by collecting money...more

New York Payday Loan Crackdown Continues as DFS Subpoenas 16 Lead Generators

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) opened a new front in its campaign against the payday lending industry by subpoenaing 16 online lead generation firms that allegedly collected and sold consumers’...more

FDIC Explains Supervisory Approach To Payment Processing Relationships

On September 27, the FDIC issued Financial Institution Letter FIL-43-2013, which is intended to clarify the FDIC’s policy and supervisory approach related to financial institutions that facilitate payment processing...more

New York AG Settles With Payday Loan Debt Collectors

On September 30, the NY AG announced settlements with five companies that collected debts on allegedly illegal payday loans. The AG alleged that the companies collected on behalf of payday lenders who allegedly made illegal...more

Federal District Court Denies Tribal Lenders’ Attempt To Block New York Internet Lending Investigation

On September 30, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied a motion filed by two Native American tribes and related entities seeking to enjoin the New York Department of Financial Services (NY DFS)...more

FDIC Promises Guidance On Bank Payment Processing

On September 17, FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg responded to a letter sent recently by Republican members of the House of Representatives, in which the members objected to the agency’s approach toward online lending and the...more

Federal District Court Grants FTC Request, Halts Online Payday Operation

On August 29, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ordered an online payday loan operation to cease business activities and freeze assets in response to a complaint and memorandum filed by the FTC on...more

Republican House Members Object To DOJ Online Lender Probe

Last week, a group of 31 Republican House Members reportedly submitted a letter to the DOJ and FDIC accusing the agencies of “intimidating some community banks and third party payment processors with threats of heightened...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note: August 29, 2013

In This Issue: - World Leaders to Crack Down on Shadow Banking Industry - Obama Urges Lawmakers to Get Busy Finishing Dodd-Frank Rules - CFPB, RICO Pressure Big Banks to Rein in Credit Card Debt - States...more

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