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CFPB Publishes Semi-Annual Rulemaking Agenda

Just in time for the holidays, the CFPB released its Fall 2015 rulemaking agenda on Friday, November 20. The agenda does not include any major surprises, but it does slightly revise the projected timeline for several highly...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

Department of Education Finalizes Rules Affecting Federal Student Loan Borrowers

On October 27, the Department of Education announced final regulations regarding how students access Federal student aid and implementing a Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE) program. The new rules addressing access to Federal...more

CFPB Proposes Limits on Companies' Use of Arbitration Clauses

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed new rules that would ban companies' use of arbitration clauses that prevent consumer class action lawsuits. The potential new rules, announced this month, would...more

Two Major Implications for Consumer Finance Industry from This Month’s Proposed CFPB Rules

When the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its study on the use of pre-dispute arbitration (PDA) clauses earlier this year, many expected the CFPB to propose a ban on all PDAs in contracts for consumer...more

CFPB Eyes Consumer Arbitration Clauses

It has only been 24 hours since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced its plans to propose rules limiting the use of arbitration clauses, but the financial services industry is already gearing up to...more

CFPB Takes Aim at Class Action Waivers in Arbitration

On October 7, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is considering proposing rules that would prohibit companies from including in consumer contracts arbitration clauses that prevent...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

Flaws and All, CFPB's Arbitration Study Sparks Vigorous Debate over Next Steps in Regulating Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

As expected, the reaction to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) arbitration study report, released in March 2015, has been vociferous. All sides of this important debate are loudly proclaiming that their...more

Lender’s Allegedly “One-Sided” Gift Card Arbitration Clause Questioned

On August 6, 2015, a California federal judge requested further briefing on whether the arbitration clause in a lender’s Visa gift card user agreement may be unenforceable against a putative class action plaintiff – raising...more

Starting September 1st, Texas Will Require Cash Redemption of Certain Stored Value Cards

Commencing on September 1, 2015, Texas will join several other states in requiring that certain stored value cards be redeemable for cash. Texas House Bill 2391, which becomes effective September 1, 2015, requires cash...more

Predetermined Outcome or Not, Sweepstakes and Slot Machines are Illegal Under California Law

The California Supreme Court recently held that sweepstakes or slot machine “like” games used to promote internet cafes and phone card stores were illegal under the California Penal Code, even if the results are...more

Pew urges CFPB to finalize prepaid card rule

In its new report containing its findings from a survey of prepaid card users, The Pew Charitable Trusts urges the CFPB’s “speedy adoption” of its proposed prepaid card rule. The CFPB’s proposal, which would mandate new...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

Treasury Department Publishes National Money Laundering Risk Assessment and National Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment

On June 12, 2015, Treasury Department issued its National Money Laundering Risk Assessment (NMLRA) and National Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment (NTFRA). This is the Department’s first NMLRA release in a decade and its...more

Treasury Department Issues Comprehensive Assessment of US Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risk

For the first time in a decade, the Treasury Department has released its own anti–money laundering (AML) and terrorist financing Risk Assessments, which may both set a strategic framework for future AML regulatory...more

Still Threatened: Arbitration Clauses in Securities Customer Agreements

In a report to Congress released in March, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) takes aim at consumer agreements that require disputes to be resolved by arbitration. The CFPB generally does not have...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues Proposed Regulations From Latest Title IV Program Integrity Rulemaking

On May 18, 2015, the Department of Education (the “Department”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) reflecting its proposed regulations on three of six topics that were part of its spring 2014 negotiated...more

Trade groups urge CFPB to solicit public comments on arbitration study

Five leading financial services industry trade groups have sent a letter to the CFPB urging it to solicit public comments on the final results of its arbitration study before deciding whether to initiate a rulemaking...more

CFPB to Regulate Prepaid Debit Cards

The CFPB plans to amend Regulation E (implementing the Electronic Funds Transfer Act) and Regulation Z (implementing TILA) to cover prepaid financial products including prepaid debit cards issued by a financial institution...more

ABA comments on CFPB prepaid card proposal

The American Bankers Association has submitted a 46-page comment letter on the CFPB’s proposed prepaid card rule. In the letter, the ABA makes the following key comments: Additional clarity is needed in the definition of the...more

Stay Tuned: Pennsylvania Bill Would Require Cash Refunds on Certain Gift Cards/Certificates

Pennsylvania may be joining the several states that require that certain gift cards and gift certificates be redeemable for cash. Senate Bill 150 would require that a gift card or gift certificate be redeemable for cash when...more

The CFPB 2015 Forecast: Continued Cloudiness, Thunderstorms Likely

This will be a busy year at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and that certainly means it will be a busy year for financial institutions as well. In addition to exercising its supervisory and enforcement...more

CFPB encourages comments on prepaid card proposal

Kelly Cochran, CFPB Assistant Director for Regulations, addressed the CFPB’s prepaid card rulemaking in a January 12 presentation to the American Bar Association Consumer Financial Services Committee in New Orleans. She...more

California Repeals Prohibition on Use of Alternative Currencies

From pet grooming services paid with currencies backed by aggregated gift cards to coffee shops in Palo Alto and San Francisco that accept digital currencies for a latte, many Californians are completing everyday transactions...more

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