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Five Key Takeaways From the D.C. Circuit’s PHH Decision

The legal challenge by PHH Corp. (PHH) to a June 4, 2015, decision by the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) in connection with the Bureau’s enforcement proceeding against PHH has captivated the...more

D.C. Circuit Court Finds the CFPB Misinterpreted Section 8 of RESPA and Violated Due Process with Retroactive Application

The D.C. Circuit Court issued its long-awaited opinion in PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, No. 15-1177 (D.C. Cir., filed 2015) regarding the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection...more

Congressman introduces fintech bill

Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry, Vice Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, has introduced the “Financial Services Innovation Act of 2016,” which is intended to provide a streamlined regulatory process for...more

Bi-partisan Congressmen seek arbitration safe harbor allowing class action waivers

Republican Congressman Randy Neugebauer, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, and Democratic Congressman W. Lacy Clay, the Subcommittee’s Ranking...more

DoD issues MLA interpretive rule

The Department of Defense (DoD) has issued an interpretive rule to assist the industry in complying with its July 2015 final rule amending the Military Lending Act’s implementing regulation. The much-anticipated guidance was...more

CFPB Announces Dollar Threshold Adjustments to the Truth in Lending Act

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released a final rule amending the dollar thresholds in Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). The CFPB’s final rule has two primary effects....more

Cutting Through the Constitutionality Haze in the Battle Between PHH Corporation and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

So much has been written in recent weeks about the battle between PHH Corporation and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The panel heard oral argument on April 12,...more

FCC Announces Consumer Broadband “Nutrition Labels”

On April 4, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) unveiled new Consumer Broadband Labels to provide consumers of mobile and fixed broadband Internet access service (BIAS) with easily understandable...more

Deadline Extended for Requesting Direct Access to Military Loan Act Database

The Department of Defense has extended the deadline for requesting direct access to its Military Loan Act (MLA) Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) database until February 15, 2016. Under amendments to the MLA's implementing...more

A Response to the CFPB’S Recent Compliance Bulletin on MSAs

On October 8, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued a Compliance Bulletin on RESPA Compliance and Marketing Services Agreements (“MSAs”)(“Compliance Bulletin”).  The Compliance Bulletin’s...more

House Passes Bill to Delay TRID

On October 7, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would provide a safe harbor from the new TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule for a period of five months. By a vote of 303 to 121 the House...more

CFPB publishes annual CARD Act, HOEPA and QM adjustments

The CFPB has published a final rule regarding various annual adjustments it is required to make under provisions of Regulation Z (TILA) that implement the CARD Act, HOEPA, and the ability to repay/qualified mortgage...more

No deference for CFPB amicus brief from Ninth Circuit

Many readers probably remember Edwards v. First American Financial Corp. for its ill-fated journey to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had granted certiorari to decide the issue of whether a plaintiff who brings a...more

Ninth Circuit Finds CFPB Interpretation of RESPA Provision Not Entitled to Deference

On August 24, 2015, the Ninth Circuit found that the CFPB’s interpretation offered in an amicus brief of 12 U.S.C. § 2607(c)(2) of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) was not entitled to Chevron deference...more

Against the Tide: A New Take on RESPA’s Section 8(c)(2) Safe Harbor by the CFPB

Grab a flotation device – the final decision recently issued by Director Richard Cordray of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) in the administrative enforcement proceedings against PHH Corp....more

Shelby Draft Regulatory Relief Bill Addresses Various Residential Mortgage Issues

Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) released a draft of a regulatory reform bill titled “The Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015” on May 12, 2015. The draft bill addresses various residential mortgage lending issues...more

Senator Shelby Moves Forward with Major Dodd-Frank Reforms

On May 12, 2015, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the text of draft legislation intended to reform the regulatory framework...more

Bipartisan House bill introduced to create temporary safe harbor from enforcement of TILA-RESPA integrated disclosure rule

Republican Congressman Steve Pearce and Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman have introduced a bill in the House of Representatives (H.R. 2213) that would provide lenders with a temporary safe harbor from enforcement of the...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - March 2015 #3

SEC Focus on Disqualification Waivers. When negotiating a settlement of an SEC enforcement action against a registered financial services firm – or one that hopes one day to become registered – it is vital to consider the...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2015

In this issue: - US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Issues Proposal Revising Provisions of Securitization Safe Harbor Rule - US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Issues Proposal Amending Regulations...more

VA Issues ‘Qualified Mortgage’ Definition for VA Guaranteed or Insured Loans

On May 9, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued an interim final rule defining a qualified mortgage (QM) for VA insured and guaranteed loans. Under the proposed rule, all purchase money origination loans and...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 trial disclosure policy

The CFPB has finalized its policy for exempting individual companies, on a case-by-case basis, from applicable federal disclosure requirements to allow those companies to test trial disclosures. The final policy encourages...more

HUD issues proposed rule on qualified mortgage definition for HUD insured and guaranteed single family mortgages

As anticipated, HUD recently issued its proposed rule defining a qualified mortgage (QM) for HUD insured and guaranteed single family mortgages. Under the proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on Monday, Title II...more

CFPB issues final 2014 list of rural or underserved counties

The CFPB has released a final list of “rural” or “underserved” counties for use in 2014. The CFPB has indicated that creditors may rely on this list as a safe harbor to determine whether a county is “rural” or “underserved”...more

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