Predatory Lending

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CFPB, AG’s, secure $92M in debt relief for servicemembers victimized by predatory lending

The CFPB, after an investigation in cooperation with 13 state attorneys general, has entered into a consent order with Colfax Capital Corporation, a California consumer lending company (Colfax), and its wholly-owned...more

Trade groups take aim at NY Times call for CFPB action on subprime auto loans

Two leading industry trade groups have disputed a recent New York Times editorial entitled “When a Car Loan Means Bankruptcy,” which attempted to draw parallels between subprime auto loans and subprime mortgage loans. The...more

CFPB, State AGs Announce Joint Enforcement Action Against Military Consumer Lender

On July 29, the CFPB and 13 state AGs announced a consent order that requires a consumer lender currently in Chapter 7 bankruptcy to provide $92 million in debt relief for about 17,000 U.S. servicemembers and other consumers...more

California Federal Judge Allows Second Los Angeles Fair Housing Case To Proceed

On June 9, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California denied a mortgage lender’s motion to dismiss the City of Los Angeles’s Fair Housing Act suit, the second such denial by the same judge in recent weeks....more

The Bureau's Pursuit of Fair Lending

By now it is a known fact that one of the most important features of an examination conducted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) is a rigorous review of fair lending compliance. So, given its...more

“Predatory Lending” Claims by Cities and Counties Against Financial Institutions Escalate in 2014

Cities and counties that have experienced increased foreclosure and vacancy rates in the aftermath of the housing market crash of 2007-2008, perhaps emboldened by recent court decisions, have recently filed several new...more

Senate holds hearings on student loans

Last Wednesday, the Senate Budget Committee and the Senate Banking Committee held separate hearings about student loans. Interestingly, the CFPB was represented in only one of the hearings. The Senate Budget Committee...more

California Federal Court Allows City’s Fair Housing Case To Proceed

On May 28, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California held, without addressing the merits, that the City of Los Angeles has standing to pursue Fair Housing Act and restitution claims against a mortgage...more

L.A. Sues JPMorgan Over Discriminatory Mortgage Lending Practices

On Friday, May 30, 2014, asserting that “[i]t is axiomatic that banks should not make discriminatory loans”, the City of Los Angeles filed a two-count complaint against JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Federal Court for the Central...more

Senate Democrats Lobby CFPB On Forthcoming Payday Lending Proposal

On May 14, six Senate Democrats, including Senate Banking Committee Members Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), sent a letter to CFPB Director Richard Cordray asking that the CFPB consider the proposals included...more

CFPB Releases Fair Lending Report

The CFPB released its Fair Lending Report to Congress, which provides an update on the CFPB’s efforts with respect to its fair lending mandate. Section 1013 of the Dodd-Frank Act requires the CFPB’s Office of Fair Lending and...more

NY AG Announces Agreement To Limit Online Title Lending

On April 1, New York Attorney General (AG) Schneiderman announced that 10 repossession companies agreed to discontinue repossessing vehicles at the request of title loan companies. The AG states that out-of-state or online...more

CFPB Releases Report on Debt Collection Practices

The CFPB released a report summarizing the recent complaints of consumers in connection with debt collection practices. The report covered complaints that the CFPB received from July 10, 2013 through December 31, 2013. The...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

CFPB Payday Loan Rulemaking is Imminent and Will Target Repeated Borrowing

The CFPB has marshaled data against what it sees as a sustained use problem by payday loan borrowers and is “in the late stages” of drafting rules to limit payday loan borrowing, according to Director Cordray’s remarks...more

The CFPB Sues For-Profit Education Chain For Predatory Lending

The CFPB recently filed a lawsuit against ITT Educational Services, Inc. (“ITTESI”), the parent company of the ITT Technical Institute chain of trade schools, as well as Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire. The lawsuit...more

CFPB Sues For-Profit College Giant ITT, Alleging Strategy of Abusive Lending Practices

After signaling its intention to crack down on deceptive marketing and predatory lending practices by for-profit colleges, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed its first enforcement action in this arena. The...more

Federal Court Agrees With Magistrate That Whether A Tribal Lender Is A For-Profit Corporation Is A Triable Issue Of Fact

On March 7, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Nevada in Federal Trade Commission (the FTC) v. AMG Services, Inc., et al. granted a partial victory to Indian tribal payday lenders in their ongoing...more

CFPB Focus on For-Profit Educational Providers Intensifies

The for-profit educational giant ITT Educational Services, Inc., recently revealed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it is the target of anticipated legal action from the Consumer Financial...more

New York Attorney General Announces Settlement with Large Payday Lender

On January 24, 2014, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that a settlement had been reached with Western Sky Financial, LLC, Cash Call, Inc., WS Funding, LLC, and their principals for alleged violations of...more

New York Creates Student Protection Unit To Probe Abuses in Student Lending

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the establishment of the Student Protection Unit (SPU) within the state Department of Financial Services (DFS) to serve as a consumer watchdog for student borrowers. Among...more

CFPB denies payday lender’s petition to modify or set aside CID

The CFPB has issued an order denying the petition filed by CheckSmart Financial Company in September 2013 to modify or set aside a civil investigative demand (CID) it received from the CFPB. ...more

Tribal Sovereign Immunity Protects Payday Lenders From State Enforcement

Last year, the Commissioner of Business Oversight issued several alerts warning consumers that it has received complaints with respect to unlicensed firms offering payday (deferred deposit) loans in California. The common...more

FTC Emphasizes 'Aggressive Enforcement' and 'Vigorous Education' on Military Consumer Protection Issues

Charles A. Harwood, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission, testified before a U.S. Senate committee last week about military consumer protection issues. Deputy Director Harwood's...more

CFPB Weighs In On New York Tribal Lending Case

On November 13, the CFPB filed an amicus brief in a Second Circuit case stemming from efforts of the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) to crack down on lenders offering allegedly illegal payday loans. Certain...more

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