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CFPB: Principles for Faster Payment Systems

On July 9, 2015, the CFPB published a set of Consumer Protection Principles it believes should guide the financial industry in the development of newer, faster methods of payment. These Principles, though merely suggestions,...more

CFPB Signals Future Regulation in the Payment Processing Industry

On July 9, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a set of “consumer protection principles” for the financial industry as it develops new, faster payment processing systems. Last November, CFPB Director...more

Alleged Ringleader of Global Cybercrimes Extradited to United States to Face Charges

Today, the DOJ unsealed an eighteen-count indictment in Brooklyn, New York charging a Turkish citizen (Defendant) with organizing worldwide cyberattacks against at least three U.S. payment processors’ computer networks. The...more

Bitcoin and Bullets: An Unexpected Alliance

At first blush, one might not expect the digital currency and firearm industries to have much in common – when was the last time you heard someone utter Bitcoin and guns in the same breath? Recently, however, the two...more

PCI SSC Releases Version 3.1 of Data Security Standard

On April 15, 2015, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (the “PCI SSC” or “Council”) released a new version of its Data Security Standard (“PCI DSS”), version 3.1, which contains numerous updates including,...more

Explaining the Implications for Merchants of EMV and the Liability Shift

The EMV liability shift is coming. Sounds ominous, but what does it really mean? And how can retailers and merchants determine the potential impact of the shift on their business? Like many issues in the payment card...more

CFPB Tackles Payment Processor for Charging Servicemembers Hidden Fees, Orders Over $3 Million in Consumer Relief

On April 20, the CFPB announced an enforcement action against a Kentucky-based third-party processor of military allotments and its subsidiary – together “Respondents” – for allegedly charging servicemembers millions of...more

Tennessee Enacts Legislation Requiring Payment Service Providers to Provide Adequate Disclosures to Merchants

On April 17, the Tennessee Governor Bill Haslem signed H.B. 547, which requires the disclosure of fees and other details in contracts entered into by payment service providers with merchants located within the state....more

CFPB Update: CFPB Orders $3.1 Million in Refunds to Military Servicemembers in Fifth Case Involving Military Allotments

On Monday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the latest in a series of five enforcement actions involving military allotments: a $3.1 million consent order against a payment processor, Military...more

PCI Published New Security Standards for Payment Card Vendors

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) recently published updated PCI Card Production Security Requirements. Version 1.1 of the standards include new logical and physical security standards to protect...more

New CFPB lawsuit targets payment processors for debt collectors

A new CFPB enforcement action filed in federal district court in Atlanta and unsealed last week targeting an alleged debt collection scam names as defendants not only the debt collectors and their individual principals but...more

With Cert Denial, Fed’s Interchange Rules Will Stand

Why it matters - With the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board’s interchange rules will stand. The justices declined to hear an appeal from retailers without...more

Federal Reserve Issues “Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System”

On January 26, 2015 the Federal Reserve issued a multi-faceted plan for collaborating with payment system stakeholders, including large and small businesses, emerging payments firms, card networks, payment processors,...more

Sleeping Giant? OCC Wakes Up to New Focus on Merchant Processing

Following hard on the heels of recent risk management actions taken by other federal agencies, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has issued a thoroughly updated booklet on Merchant Processing, which forms a...more

House Oversight Committee Choke Point Inquiry Shifts To FDIC

On June 9, Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, and Jim Jordan (R-OH), an Oversight subcommittee chairman, sent a letter to FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg that seeks information regarding the FDIC’s...more

House Oversight Committee Report Challenges DOJ’s Operation Choke Point

On May 29, the House Oversight Committee released a staff report on Operation Choke Point, DOJ’s investigation of banks and payment processors purportedly designed to address perceived consumer fraud by blocking fraudsters’...more

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

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

Democratic Lawmakers Express Support For DOJ Payment Processor Investigations

On February 26, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and other Democratic Senators, together with Representatives Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Maxine Waters (D-CA), and other Democratic House members, sent a...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

DOJ Hits First Bank Target in ‘Operation Choke Point’

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lengthy complaint and consent order in a lawsuit against Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company. The DOJ action is the first lawsuit (and settlement) under "Operation Choke...more

Federal Reserve Adds to Agency Guidance on Third Party Relationships

On Dec. 5, 2013, the Federal Reserve joined the list of regulatory agencies that have issued guidance on third party relationships. The Fed guidance supplements the FFIEC Outsourcing Technology Services Booklet (June 2004)...more

New Rules in Canada for Payments Contracts

New rules came into effect in Canada on Nov 12, 2013 dealing with contracts between merchants and payment providers (including banks), payment networks, payment hardware providers or multiple service providers, in the credit...more

Special Alert: OCC Updates Third-Party Risk Management Guidance

On October 30, the OCC issued Bulletin 2013-29 to update guidance relating to third-party risk management. The Bulletin, which rescinds OCC Bulletin 2001-47 and OCC Advisory Letter 2000-9, requires banks and federal savings...more

Consumer groups urge more scrutiny of banks and other payment processors and ban on remotely created checks

Thirty groups have written to the CFPB, FTC, Department of Justice and federal banking regulators urging them “to closely monitor the payment processing procedures and compliance safeguards in place” at the payment processors...more

FDIC Clarifies its Supervisory Approach to Payment Processor Relationships

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recently released a letter clarifying its policy and supervisory approach for financial institutions that provide services to payment processors who, in turn, provide services...more

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