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Fourth Circuit Affirms Finding That Arbitration Agreement In Payday Loan Obtained Over The Internet Is Unenforceable

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Plaintiff electronically signed a contract which contained: (1) terms governing the loan; (2) an agreement to submit disputes to arbitration; and (3) a choice of law provision which required the application of Otoe-Missouria...more

CFPB doubles down on its attacks against online tribal lenders

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In a new lawsuit filed in an Illinois federal district court, the CFPB alleges that four online tribal lenders engaged in unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or practices in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act...more

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Now that NAFTA seems to have an at-least-momentary reprieve, let’s take a breath and take a look at the four major industries that would be affected by any big changes in the deal....more

Colorado Moves to Dismiss Suits Seeking Judgment That Bank-Originated Loans Facilitated and Serviced by Online Platforms Are...

As we noted in a recent Alert, WebBank and Cross River Bank filed separate federal civil actions to enjoin the Administrator of Colorado's Uniform Consumer Credit Code from enforcing state lending laws against Avant, Inc. and...more

Ninth Circuit rejects interlocutory appeal in CFPB lawsuit against CashCall

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On April 20, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declined to hear an interlocutory appeal  by CashCall of the district court’s order granting the CFPB’s partial summary judgment motion and denying...more

Ninth Circuit affirms tribal lenders subject to CFPB investigative demands

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The Ninth Circuit recently issued its opinion in CFPB v. Great Plains Lending, LLC, et al., in which three tribal-affiliated, for-profit lending companies (“Tribal Lenders”) challenged the authority of the CFPB to issue civil...more

Federal district court certifies interlocutory appeal in CFPB lawsuit against CashCall

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The California federal district court judge who is presiding over the CFPB’s lawsuit against CashCall and several related companies that funded, purchased, serviced, and collected online installment loans has granted the...more

California Supreme Court Declines to Extend Tribal Sovereign Immunity to Payday Lending Businesses

On December 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued People ex rel. Owen v. Miami Nation Enterprises. The decision found that certain tribal business entities that provided loans in California are not "arms of the tribe"...more

Tribal Sovereign Immunity Not a Bar to Payday Lending Enforcement Action, California Supreme Court Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a state enforcement action alleging violations of California's lending law and seeking to enjoin continued lending to state residents, the California Supreme Court has ruled that the two tribally affiliated entities that...more

Georgia Supreme Court Rejects Attempts to Narrow State Payday Lending Act

Last week, in Western Sky Financial v. State of Georgia, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a decision rejecting challenges to the state's Payday Lending Act (the "Act") and affirming the denial of a motion to dismiss claims...more

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Meanwhile, some banking officials—including a BOE representative speaking in NYC yesterday—contend that the legal expenses related to financial misconduct enforcement actions and litigation (roughly $275 billion for global...more

Eleventh Circuit Doubles Down On The Importance Of Selecting An Available Arbitration Forum

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The Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration on the grounds that the designated forum in the arbitration agreement was both unavailable and integral to the agreement. Appellee...more

California District Court Delivers Payday Lending Usury Victory to the CFPB with Important Consequences for On-Line Lenders

by BakerHostetler on

On August 31, Judge Walter of the Central District of California entered summary judgment in favor of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) on its claims against CashCall, Inc. arising out of allegedly unfair and...more

CashCall Case Brings More Uncertainty to the True Lender Debate

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The case provides an outline of issues to consider and structures to avoid in designing bank collaboration models in the future. On August 31, in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. CashCall, Inc., the U.S....more

CFPB Wins Judgment Against Online Payday Lender in Lawsuit Alleging “Rent-a-Tribe” Scheme and Violations of State Usury Laws

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On August 31, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) obtained summary judgment against a California-based online payday lender, its individual owner, its subsidiary, and a servicer of its loans, which allegedly...more

CFSA FOIA request to CFPB yields positive comments from payday loan customers

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The Consumer Financial Services Association of America (CFSA) issued a statement in which it reported that documents it received from the CFPB in response to a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request filed on December 31, 2015...more

CFPB Month in Review for August 2016

In case you missed it, here is what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was up to over the last month: Enforcement Actions and Litigation - Enforcement Action Against First National Bank of Omaha...more

Arguing that CashCall was the "True Lender", CFPB Successfully Challenges High Interest Loan Program

On August 31, a federal district court in California ruled in favor of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on the application of "true lender" principles in the context of a tribal lending arrangement. The...more

CFPB Prevails On Summary Judgment Against CashCall, Inc.

On August 31, 2016, in a ground breaking decision, the United States District Court in Los Angeles ruled that CashCall, Inc. violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act in connection with efforts to collect on certain...more

Arkansas AG Settles Payday Lending Lawsuit for $750,000

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On June 24, the Arkansas Attorney General (AG) announced a settlement with three entities and two individuals, resolving allegations that the defendants conspired to offer illegal payday loans to consumers online while...more

Vermont AG Enters Largest Settlement With Online Payday Loan Processor

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On May 20, the Vermont Attorney General announced a settlement with an Arizona processer of internet payday loans, resolving allegations that the company violated the state’s prohibition on unfair and deceptive acts in...more

Vermont federal district court rules CFPA does not provide private right of action for alleged usurious loans; denies motion to...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Vermont federal district court recently issued a decision ruling on the defendants’ motion to dismiss a class action involving allegations that an online tribal lending venture violated federal and state law because of...more

CFPB enforcement lawyer tries to clarify when a state law violation is also a UDAAP

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Thursday, May 11, 2016 in Chicago, I moderated the “CFPB Speaks” panel which was the lead-off panel at the sold-out Practicing Law Institute 21st Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute. The CFPB speakers were: Jeff...more

DOJ Takes On Tribal Lending: Inside The Indictments

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In recent months, the attention of the tribal lending industry has focused on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s emerging role in regulating short-term loans from sovereign tribal nations, but a new and even more...more

Republican Congressmen seek CFPB forum on impact of payday lending rule on state and tribal sovereignty

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Two Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee, Randy Neugebauer and Mick Mulvaney, have sent a letter to Director Cordray asking him to convene a forum or roundtable of state and tribal officials before the...more

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