Prepaid Payment Products

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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

Prepaid Card Programs Take Another Regulatory Hit

Prepaid card programs seem to be under greatly increased regulatory scrutiny lately. In addition to the 870 page rule the CFPB recently proposed to regulate prepaid card programs, the FDIC also recently released guidance that...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

The CFPB issues proposed rules on prepaid products

After issuing an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking regarding general purpose reloadable cards in May 2012, the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (‘CFPB’) issued proposed rules on prepaid products in November 2014....more

An Overview of the CFPB’s Proposed Prepaid Account Rule

The CFPB’s proposed prepaid account rule was published in the Federal Register today, kicking off a 90-day comment period for the public to voice their support or objections to the Bureau’s proposed revisions to Regulation E...more

Community Banks Adding Prepaid Products Face New Imperatives

It has been well-known in banking compliance law that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has been planning to issue substantial consumer protection rules with respect to prepaid products. That time has now...more

Community Banking Excellence - Issue 4, 2014

In This Issue: - Another Perspective - From the Editor - Executive Compensation: It May be Limiting Your Choices - Community Banks Adding Prepaid Products Face New Imperatives - Discharge, Debt Buyers and...more

CFPB Releases Proposed Prepaid Product Rule

Why it matters - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a proposed rule that Director Richard Cordray said would “fill key gaps” for consumers regarding prepaid products. The 870-page proposal would...more

CFPB announces pilot to promote consumer savings

As part of its Project Catalyst, the CFPB’s initiative for facilitating innovation in consumer-friendly financial products and services, the CFPB has announced a new research pilot using insights from behavioral economics and...more

CFPB Proposes Sweeping New Regulations for Prepaid Products

CFPB proposes to regulate a wide variety of prepaid access devices (card-based, electronic, or virtual) as equivalent to credit cards. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently proposed extensive new...more

CFPB Issues Proposed Rules for Prepaid Products

On November 13, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) proposed new rules for prepaid accounts, to be effectuated through amendments to the regulations implementing the Electronic Fund Transfer Act and the...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

Overview of the CFPB Prepaid Account Proposed Rule

On November 13, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a proposed rule to regulate prepaid accounts (the “Proposed Rule”). The Proposed Rule follows the CFPB’s May 2012 advance notice of proposed...more

CFPB Holds Field Hearing On Prepaid Products, Proposes New Rule

On November 13, the CFPB held a field hearing in Delaware to discuss its proposed rule regarding prepaid products. The proposal, which would amend Regulation E and Regulation Z, requires prepaid companies to provide certain...more

CFPB Proposes to Treat Prepaid Cards Like Checking Accounts and Credit Cards

The CFPB yesterday proposed a new rule that would regulate prepaid accounts. The rule, which is 870 pages long, would apply not only to plastic prepaid cards, but also to some mobile and electronic prepaid accounts not...more

CFPB Issues Broader Than Expected Prepaid Card Proposal and Model Forms

On November 13, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its long-awaited proposal with respect to prepaid cards. This proposal, which consisted of 870 pages, covers traditional prepaid cards as well as mobile...more

CFPB issues prepaid account study

Simultaneously with the release of its 870-page prepaid account proposal last week, the CFPB issued a “Study of prepaid account agreements.” On December 12, 2014, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET, Ballard Spahr attorneys will hold a...more

CFPB holds field hearing on proposed rules for prepaid accounts

Yesterday I attended the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) field hearing in Wilmington, Delaware, at which the CFPB unveiled and accepted public comment on its long-awaited proposed rule for prepaid accounts under...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 45

In this issue: - Proxy Advisory Firms Release Policy Updates for 2015 - CBOE Makes Enhancements to Its Market-Maker Trade Notification System - OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20...more

CFPB Issues Proposed Rule for Prepaid Financial Products

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a proposal designed to establish comprehensive consumer protections for prepaid financial products. The CFPB proposed substantial amendments to Regulation E, which...more

Sweeping Prepaid Card Proposal Issued by CFPB

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued its long-awaited proposed rule to further regulate prepaid card products (the “Proposed Rule”). The Proposed Rule was the topic of discussion at a field hearing...more

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