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District Court Rejects Servicer’s Argument that CFPB is Unconstitutional

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?On August 4, 2017, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania denied a student loan servicer’s motion to dismiss claims brought against it by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB),...more

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman reports on handling of defaulted borrowers by servicers

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The CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman has released an update setting forth the CFPB’s “preliminary observations” based on the data it received in response to a voluntary request for information sent to several of the largest...more

State AGs criticize ED withdrawal of Obama student loan servicing policy direction

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A group of 20 state attorneys general, the D.C. attorney general, and the Executive Director of the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii have sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos criticizing...more

The CFPB’s Action Against the Country’s Largest Student Loan Servicer, Navient: Four Things You Need to Know Right Now

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In recent posts, this blog discussed how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has tightened control over financial institutions, including an overhaul of the regulatory landscape for debt collection and banks. The...more

CFPB Files Lawsuit Against Largest U.S. Student Loan Servicer Over Deceptive Practices

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On January 18, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against a servicer of private and federal student...more

CFPB discusses handling of student loan partial prepayments by servicers

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In a new blog post by Student Loan Ombudsman Seth Frotman, the CFPB discusses its concerns regarding how student loan servicers may be responding to borrowers seeking to make partial prepayments on their student loans and...more

The “Payback Playbook”: CFPB Calls for Comments on Student Loan Communication Initiative

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On April 28, 2016, the CFPB released its “Payback Playbook” initiative proposal, which concerns loan servicers laying out student loan repayment options in communications with borrowers in order to “reduce defaults, improve...more

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Upholds CFPB Director’s Authority to Sue

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

A divided US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Director of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had the authority and standing to bring a civil enforcement claim against a California attorney and...more

The Four Cornerstones: Regulatory Focus Sharpens on Student Loan Servicing Industry

We have previously written about recent regulatory focus on the student loan servicing industry. In particular, we discussed the issuance of a 151-page report issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) titled...more

First Round of ATR Cases Goes to Banks

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The CFPB’s ability-to-repay (ATR) rule became effective in January 2014. It requires mortgage lenders to determine during underwriting that a borrower has a reasonable ability to repay a loan according to its terms. ...more

CFPB Online Loan Suit Sent to California

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In the most recent development in the CFPB’s two-year-old lawsuit alleging unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices by several online lenders, on September 23, 2015, Massachusetts U.S. District Judge George O’Toole, Jr.,...more

CFPB Turns Focus to Student Loans to Servicemembers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently published a report highlighting the difficulties military personnel encounter when dealing with servicers of student loans....more

CFPB seeks information from industry on student loan modification options and issues guidance on private student loans with ...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As a follow up to a January 2014 meeting with private student loan lenders and servicers convened by Director Cordray and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the CFPB sent letters last week to certain “market participants”...more

CFPB highlights alleged credit reporting errors relating to discharged student loans of disabled veterans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a new blog post, the CFPB provides credit reporting advice to service-disabled veterans who take advantage of federal student loan forgiveness available from the Department of Education for veterans who receive a 100...more

CFPB highlights unlawful practices relating to mortgage and student loan servicing, debt collection, electronic fund transfers and...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

While mortgage and student loan servicing violations cited by the CFPB in its Fall 2014 Supervisory Highlights have grabbed the headlines, the report also includes noteworthy observations regarding the violations found by the...more

Rohit Chopra from CFPB focuses on student loan modifications at ABA Consumer Financial Services Committee program in Chicago

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

I attended a program this morning entitled “All I Need to Know I Learned from the Government: A Look at the Regulatory and Enforcement Landscape for Student Lending.” Among the panelists was Rohit Chopra. Rohit serves as an...more

SunTrust Settles with DOJ for US$968 Million

On June 17, the United States Department of Justice announced a US$968 million settlement with SunTrust Mortgage Inc. Other parties to the settlement are the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Consumer Financial...more

Senate Committees Hold Hearings on Student Loans

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In the wake of recent focus on student loan debt, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs held a hearing on the “Student Loan Servicing: the Borrower’s Experience.” The concern shown in some testimony at...more

Has the SCRA been amended for everyone?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Not only student loan servicers, but all companies, particularly those subject to the CFPB’s supervisory authority, face new compliance risk under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (the “SCRA”) as a result of the stunning...more

Cordray stresses individual accountability and service provider oversight in remarks to Chicago Fed

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In remarks to the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank on May 9, Director Cordray outlined the past and future of the Bureau’s enforcement efforts. Director Cordray’s theme was to outline Bureau expectations in what he calls a “new...more

Fair Servicing: Regulators Watch for Discrimination by Servicers

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Federal regulators delivered that message in October 2013, reminding loan servicers that they are subject to fair lending liability and must manage their fair lending risks. The regulators’ message concerning “fair servicing”...more

CFPB supervision of student loan servicers to begin March 1

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Later this week, on March 1, the CFPB’s final rule defining larger participants of the student loan servicer market becomes effective. We expect the CFPB to immediately begin examining entities that qualify as larger...more

CFPB’s Private Student Loan Payment Report Serves as a Guide to Preemptively Revising Loan Payment Policies

The CFPB released its student loan ombudsman report analyzing complaints that the CFPB received from private student loan borrowers. In its second annual review of student loan practices, the CFPB reported that lenders make...more

CFPB Seeks Information from Private Student Loan Servicers

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The CFPB announced that it is soliciting information from private student loan servicers on the options available to borrowers seeking to make extra payments on their student loans. Specifically, the CFPB is seeking input...more

CFPB asks private student loan servicers for information on handling extra payments

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The CFPB recently sent a letter to private student loan servicers asking them for information about their practices for handling extra payments from borrowers (i.e., payments in excess of the minimum amount due). This past...more

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