Regulation Z

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CFPB Sues For-Profit College Giant ITT, Alleging Strategy of Abusive Lending Practices

After signaling its intention to crack down on deceptive marketing and predatory lending practices by for-profit colleges, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed its first enforcement action in this arena. The...more

OCC Updates Mortgage Handbook, Retirement Plan Products Handbook

On February 7, the OCC issued an updated Mortgage Banking booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. The revised booklet (i) provides updated guidance to examiners and bankers on assessing the quantity of risk associated with...more

OCC Issues Update to Mortgage Banking Booklet

The OCC issued an update to its Mortgage Banking booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook, which was last updated in March 1996. The Mortgage Banking booklet generally provides guidance for bank examiners and bankers regarding...more

Utah Federal Court Rules on “Clear and Conspicuous” Requirement under the Truth-in-Lending Act

The United States District Court for the District of Utah partially granted summary judgment for borrowers alleging that their mortgage lender violated the Truth in Lending Act, and its implementing regulation, Regulation Z. ...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - January 2014

The SEC last month proposed Regulation A+ rules, which provide for capital raises of up to $50 million without a full-blown registration statement. Summaries of the proposed rules abound (e.g., here), but a few high points of...more

FTC Settles Nine Auto Dealer Deceptive Advertising Cases

The Federal Trade Commission announced last week that it had entered into proposed consent orders with nine auto dealers in six states that were charged with deceptive advertising in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act....more

Banking Bulletin: New Year Brings New Mortgage Regulations

The Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans (HPML) Appraisal Rule, part of Regulation Z, goes into effect on January 18th of this year. At that time, many lenders will begin using the exemption relating to “certain streamlined...more

CFPB Amends Asset-Size Exemption under TILA and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act

The CFPB announced an increase to the asset-size exemption threshold for its rule requiring escrow accounts for higher-cost mortgage loans under Regulation Z, the implementing Regulation for the Truth in Lending Act. The...more

CFPB Increases Asset-Size Thresholds Under HMDA, TILA

On December 30, the CFPB announced final rules adjusting the asset-size thresholds under Regulation C (HMDA) and Regulation Z (TILA). Both rules take effect on January 1, 2014....more

CFPB Adjusts CARD Act, HOEPA Thresholds

On December 16, the CFPB published a final rule to review and adjust provisions of Regulation Z that implement amendments to TILA under the CARD Act and HOEPA. Specifically, the CFPB is required to adjust, as appropriate...more

Banking Agencies Publish Supplemental Final Rules on Dodd-Frank Requirements for Appraisals for Higher-Risk Mortgage Loans

On Thursday, December 26, 2013, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, National Credit Union Administration, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (the “Bureau”),...more

CFPB adjusts HMDA data collection and TILA mortgage escrow thresholds

In notices published in yesterday’s Federal Register, the CFPB adjusted the thresholds of the asset-size exemptions for collecting HMDA data and establishing an escrow account for certain mortgage loans under TILA. ...more

CFPB sends enforcement action “early warning” to for-profit postsecondary education provider

In a Form 8-K filed with the SEC on December 27, 2013, ITT Educational Services, Inc. disclosed that it has received a CFPB “early warning” letter stating that the CFPB’s Enforcement Office is considering recommending that...more

Agencies Finalize Exemptions To Higher-Priced Mortgage Loan Appraisal Requirements

On December 12, the Federal Reserve Board, the CFPB, the FDIC, the FHFA, the NCUA, and the OCC, issued a final rule supplementing their January 2013 interagency appraisal rule. As described in detail in our Special Alert, the...more

CFPB Increases Penalty Fee Safe Harbor Amounts for Card Issuers

In yesterday’s Federal Register, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) published an amendment to the safe harbor thresholds for credit card penalty fees found in Section 1026.52(b)(1)(ii) of Regulation Z to...more

CFPB Issues Final Rules, Interpretations and Commentary to Adjust the Exemption Threshold to Regulations M and Z

On Monday, November 25, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “Bureau”) issued final rules amending its Regulation Z (Truth In Lending) and Regulation M (Consumer Leasing) in accordance with the requirements of...more

Federal Reserve and CFPB Announce New Thresholds for Exempt Consumer Credit and Lease Transactions

On November 20, the Federal Reserve Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced they are increasing the dollar thresholds in Regulation Z (Truth in Lending) and Regulation M (Consumer Leasing) for...more

Federal Reserve, CFPB Announce Increased Consumer Credit, Lease Transaction Thresholds

On November 20, the Federal Reserve Board and the CFPB announced an increase in the dollar thresholds in Regulation Z (TILA) and Regulation M (Consumer Leasing) for exempt consumer credit and lease transactions. Transactions...more

S.D.N.Y. Holds TILA Short-Form Credit Card Notice Violations Subject To Statutory Damages

On November 4, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that credit card holders may pursue statutory damages for alleged violations of Regulation Z’s short-form credit card notice requirement, even...more

CFPB settles lawsuit challenging loan officer bonuses

For mortgage industry members wondering how serious the CFPB will be when enforcing the Regulation Z loan originator compensation rule (“LO Compensation Rule”) we now have an answer— $13 million dollars serious. ...more

CFPB Issues Final Rules Amending Regulations B, X and Z to Clarify and Amend Earlier Dodd-Frank Rules

On July 2, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “Bureau”) published proposed rules and a request for public comment in the Federal Register to amend certain of its final mortgage rules contained in Regulation X...more

CFPB Snapshot: Fast Approaching Deadlines for Compliance with New Regulations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is gearing up for a busy January, when new regulations directed at the residential mortgage industry are due to be implemented. While lenders scramble to comply with stringent...more

Federal Regulators Issue Proposal to Revise Qualified Residential Mortgage Rule

Collectively, the FDIC, the OCC, FRB, SEC, FHFA, and HUD issued a second proposal Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement the risk retention requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act. Section 941 of the Dodd-Frank Act amended...more

CFPB Sues Mortgage Company Over Alleged Loan Officer Compensation Practices

This afternoon, the CFPB released a complaint it filed today against a Utah-based mortgage company and two of its officers for giving bonuses to loan officers who allegedly steered consumers into mortgages with higher...more

Commenters urge CFPB to revise proposed changes to Reg Z prohibition on financing credit insurance premiums

Earlier this month, the CFPB issued a proposal to clarify the application of the Regulation Z prohibition on financing credit insurance premiums (Section 1026.36(i)) to transactions in which credit insurance premiums are...more

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