Payment Processors

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Washington Department of Financial Institutions Denies ETA’s Petition for Declaratory Order on Technical Grounds

On March 15, the Washington Department of Financial Institutions responded to the Electronic Transactions Association’s (ETA) December 2015 Petition for Declaratory Order, which sought clarification on the statutory...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Brings Its First Data Security Enforcement Action

On March 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued its first ever consent order in a data security matter. According to the order, Dwolla, Inc. settled allegations that it misrepresented that the company had...more

Are You a “Payment Processor”? Washington State Appears to Significantly Expand Scope of Its Money Transmission Act

One of the defining aspects of the payments revolution of the past few years—at least from a regulatory perspective—has been the question of whether any particular payments service is subject to regulation as money...more

Financial Services Regulation - Exchange International Newsletter - Issue 28 - January 2016

DLA Piper’s Financial Services International Regulatory team welcomes you to the twenty-eighth edition of ‘Exchange – International’ – an international newsletter designed to keep you informed of regulatory developments in...more

Blog: EBA Consultation On The Separation Of Payment Card Schemes & Processing Entities

The European Banking Authority has published a consultation paper (CP) and some draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) on the separation of payment card schemes and processing entities, under article 7(6) of the...more

CFPB Rushes to Aid of RushCard Customers; Will Industry Face Fallout?

Why it matters - A recent technical glitch for a major prepaid card could result in greater oversight for the industry as a whole. In October, consumers using prepaid RushCards were suddenly unable to access their funds....more

Georgia Court Sheds Light on CFPB’s Power to Sue Companies that ‘Recklessly Provide Substantial Assistance’

On September 1, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) won an important decision in which a federal court, for the first time, interpreted the meaning of “recklessly provid[ing] substantial assistance” under...more

Operation Choke Point: Lawsuit Against Federal Bank Regulators Survives Motion to Dismiss, Proceeds to Discovery

A federal court in Washington DC has ruled that a lawsuit against federal bank regulators challenging “Operation Choke Point” may proceed. Operation Choke Point is a program begun by the United States Department of Justice...more

Third Circuit Reverses Denial of Class Certification in Complete Sham Telemarketing RICO Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed the denial of class certification in a case brought against a bank and its payment processors that allegedly engaged in a fraudulent scheme to cause...more

Atlanta federal district court interprets CFPA standard for “substantial assistance” liability

Earlier this year, the CFPB filed a complaint in Atlanta federal district court targeting an alleged debt collection scam in which not only were the debt collectors named as defendants (Debt Collectors) but three companies...more

In Win for CFPB, Federal Court Clarifies Scope of “Substantial Assistance” and “Service Provider” Provisions of Dodd-Frank Act

In the first court decision to opine on the “service provider” and “substantial assistance” provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, a federal district court in Georgia denied a motion to dismiss brought by payments processors who...more

CFPB Wins MTD, But Loses on Scienter Standard for Aiding-and-Abetting Claims

A federal judge has rejected the CFPB’s argument that the CFPA should incorporate a lower standard for “recklessness” than that to secondary liability under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (“SEC Act”). On September 1,...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Takes Action Against Payment Processing Company and Mortgage Servicer

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) recently took action against a payment processing company, Paymap Inc. (Paymap), and mortgage servicing company, LoanCare, LLC (LoanCare), for deceptive conduct in connection...more

EMV Liability Shift Update – What Liability Actually Shifts?

With the October 1, 2015 liability shift deadline looming, merchants who have not yet made the change continue to evaluate the cost of accepting EMV cards versus the liability that will shift from the issuer to the merchant...more

Court Revives Antitrust Suit Against MasterCard, Visa, Three Banks

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit accusing MasterCard, Visa and three major banks of illegally fixing ATM prices to the detriment of consumers. A federal district judge had thrown out the lawsuit in 2013 after...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Levies Repayment, Civil Fines for Deceptive Mortgage Practices

On Tuesday, July 28, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered Paymap Inc., a Colorado-based payment processing company and wholly owned subsidiary of Western Union Company, to repay consumers $33.4 million in fees and...more

CFPB Settles with Payment Processor and Mortgage Servicer over Deceptive Mortgage Advertisement Allegations

On July 28, the CFPB announced that a Colorado-based payment processor, along with a Virginia-based mortgage servicer, agreed to pay a total of $38.5 million to resolve allegations that both entities used misleading...more

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

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