Overdraft Fees

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Bureau Tells Banks to Offer Overdraft-Free Accounts, Sends Warning on Reporting

On February 3, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or “Bureau”) announced a series of steps designed to improve consumer access to checking accounts by (a) encouraging banks and credit unions to make...more

CFPB announces steps to improve checking account access

As anticipated, in conjunction with its field hearing today, the CFPB announced several steps it has taken to improve consumer access to checking accounts. These steps consist of a sending a letter to the 25 largest retail...more

Treasury launches fee-free bank accounts

Treasury has announced the launch of fee-free basic bank accounts at nine major banks from 1 January 2016. The accounts are available to anyone who does not already have a bank account, is ineligible for a standard current...more

Bryan Cave Files Amicus Brief On Behalf of GBA in Overdraft Case

Byran Cave filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Georgia Bankers Association and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in the Bickerstaff v. SunTrust Bank litigation currently pending before the Georgia Supreme Court in which a...more

CFPB Fall 2015 rulemaking agenda includes delays for payday loan and other rules

The CFPB released its Fall 2015 rulemaking agenda last Friday. The agenda sets the following timetables for key rulemaking initiatives: Arbitration. The Fall 2015 agenda gives a December 2015 date for further prerule...more

ABA comments on CFPB proposed overdraft survey

The American Bankers Association has submitted a letter commenting on the CFPB’s request for approval from the Office of Management and Budget to conduct “a national web survey of 8,000 individuals as part of its study of...more

Members of Congress Recommend Changes to the CFPB’s Proposed Prepaid Account Rule

The comment period to the CFPB’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Prepaid Accounts (the “Proposed Rule”) closed in March, but 43 Members of Congress (42 Republicans and 1 Democrat) recently sent a letter to Director Cordray...more

FCA feeds back on PAD

FCA has published a feedback statement following its call for input on how it should formulate the provisional UK list of services, terms and definitions under the Payment Accounts Directive (PAD). Following responses, FCA...more

CFPB use of behavioral economics validated by Executive Order

Since opening its doors for business, behavioral economics has played a central role in the CFPB’s regulatory agenda. Behavioral economists posit that consumers are not rational decision makers and instead have certain...more

CFPB seeking approval for national web survey on overdraft disclosures

The CFPB has published a notice indicating that it is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget to conduct “a national web survey of 8,000 individuals as part of its study of ATM/debit card overdraft...more

Texas Bankers Association files FOIA request with CFPB

The Texas Bankers Association (TBA) announced on its website that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request with the CFPB to obtain all documentation the CFPB requested from bank software processors on the...more

Business Court: High To Low Posting of ATM Debit Card Transactions Properly Disclosed By Bank

The meaning of the word "item" was the definitive factor in the Business Court's decision last week in Gay v. People's Bank, 2015 NCBC 59. The case was an attempted class action involving claims against the Bank for...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #4

CFPB Fines Bank $7.5M for Overdraft Violations, With $49M More in Redress - Why it matters: In its first action targeting overdraft fees, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined Regions Bank $7.5...more

CFPB settles first overdraft opt-in rule enforcement action

The CFPB announced yesterday that it had reached a settlement with Regions Bank regarding claims that the bank unlawfully charged overdraft fees to customers who had not opted-in for overdraft coverage. The matter is the...more

CFPB supervisory report highlights violations in debt collection, consumer reporting, overdraft practices, mortgage origination,...

In its Winter 2015 Supervisory Highlights, which covers supervision work generally completed between July and December 2014, the CFPB highlights legal violations resolved using non-public supervisory actions involving debt...more

Special Alert Update: OCC Revises Guidance Regarding Consumer Protection Requirements to Overdraft Lines and Protection Services

On March 6, 2015, the OCC issued its revised “Deposit-Related Credit” booklet (“DRC booklet”) of the Comptroller’s Handbook, which replaced the “Deposit-Related Consumer Credit” booklet issued on February 11, 2015 (previously...more

International Bank to Pay $30 Million to Resolve Overdraft Fee Allegations

On March 2, an international bank agreed to pay $30 million to settle allegations that it changed the order in which customers’ debit transactions cleared in order to generate additional overdraft fees. According to the...more

Eleventh Circuit Ruling Gives Large Bank Another Chance at Arbitration

On an appeal of five putative class actions alleging the unlawful charging of overdraft fees on consumer checking accounts, On February 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit vacated a lower court order...more

OCC Updated Examiner Guidance Includes New Overdraft Protection Program Requirements

In updated examiner guidance and examination procedures issued last week, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) directs its examiners to assess whether the overdraft protection and other deposit-related consumer...more

Candid remarks from Director Cordray

Last week, Director Cordray spoke at a National Credit Union Administration town hall webinar. While his prepared remarks were not particularly revealing, the American Banker reported that Director Cordray was unusually...more

CFPB Hot Topics for 2015

Despite rumblings from the new Congress about reining in the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Bureau has indicated a packed agenda for 2015. Following an aggressive push in 2014, the attention of the CFPB...more

Special Alert: OCC Guidance Applies Consumer Protection Requirements to Overdraft Lines and Protection Services

On February 11, 2015, the OCC issued the “Deposit-Related Consumer Credit” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook, which replaced the “Check Credit” booklet. The booklet provides updated guidance and examination procedures...more

OCC Takes a Page from the CFPB’s Playbook on Overdraft Programs

On February 11, 2015, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) issued an “updated” installment to the Comptroller’s Handbook in a new booklet entitled “Deposit-Related Consumer Credit.” In doing so, the OCC stole...more

CFPB Fall 2014 rulemaking agenda indicates further delay in proposed debt collection and other rules

Based on the CFPB’s Fall 2014 rulemaking agenda, proposed rules dealing with payday loans/deposit advance products, overdrafts, and debt collection are still months away. The CFPB’s timetables for “prerule activities”...more

CFPB Proposes Rule on Prepaid Products to Extend Certain Credit Requirements and Mandate Disclosures

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released last week a proposed rule that would impose an array of new requirements on prepaid accounts. ...more

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