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A New Cyber Regulator on the Beat: The CFPB Issues its First Cybersecurity Order and Fine

On March 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) instituted its first data security enforcement action, in the form of a consent order against online payment platform Dwolla, Inc....more

CFPB Jumps Into Cyber Enforcement Pool

In a much anticipated move, on March 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) entered the cybersecurity foray with its first enforcement action against Dwolla, Inc., an online payment processing start-up. ...more

CFPB Expands UDAAP Jurisdiction in First Foray into Data Security Enforcement

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it has entered into a consent order with online payment platform Dwolla Inc., alleging that Dwolla made false representations to consumers relating to its data...more

FTC Reports to CFPB on 2015 Activities to Combat Illegal Debt Collection Practices

On February 17, the FTC sent the CFPB a letter summarizing its 2015 efforts to stop allegedly illegal debt collection practices. According to the letter, in 2015, the FTC’s FDCPA activities included “aggressive law...more

Federal Reserve Board Issues Repeal of Regulation AA and Requests Comment on Proposal to Repeal Regulation C

On February 11, the Federal Reserve Board announced: (i) the repeal of Regulation AA, which regulated unfair practices; and (ii) the proposed repeal of Regulation C, through which it effectuated the laws contained in the Home...more

"CFPB Pursues Aggressive Enforcement Agenda and Arbitration Restrictions"

In 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continued to aggressively enforce federal consumer protection laws across a broad spectrum of consumer financial products and services. Additionally, the CFPB took a...more

CFPB Enters Into Stipulated Consent Order to Resolve Enforcement Action Against Debt Collection Law Firm

On December 28, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it filed a proposed consent order in federal court in the Northern District of Georgia that, if approved by the court, will resolve a...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Debt Collection Firm EZCORP, Inc. and Issues In-Person Debt Collection Compliance Bulletin

On December 16, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced an administrative enforcement action against debt collection firm EZCORP, Inc. (EZCORP), for allegedly engaging in illegal debt collection...more

What’s Driving the CFPB’s Latest Administrative Enforcement Action?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) latest enforcement action suggests that the CFPB may seek to use its administrative enforcement authority to pursue claims of unfair or deceptive conduct that would otherwise...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Online Lender Integrity Advance, LLC

On November 18, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it initiated an administrative proceeding against online lender Integrity Advance, LLC, and its CEO, for allegedly deceiving consumers...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - November 2015

In an article published on November 5, 2015 by Law360, Nick Agnello provides insight on a recent landmark decision by the Eleventh Circuit, and how it is creating a body of case law empowering local governments to bring...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - November 2015

We are pleased to share with you the first issue of Manatt's Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup. The newsletter will be published on a monthly basis and will survey topics of critical importance to the retail,...more

CFPB Brings Another Auto Lender Action, This Time for $48M

Why it matters - Continuing its focus on the auto lending industry, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered Westlake Services LLC and subsidiary Wilshire Consumer Credit LLC to pay roughly $48 million for...more

CFPB Continues to Target Add-On Credit Products

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has stepped up its enforcement actions alleging deceptive and unfair practices in marketing and billing for add-on credit protection products. Add-on products have been one of...more

The New Paradigm in Vendor Management Under the CFPB

This past July marked the fifth anniversary of the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a period marked by sweeping changes to the regulatory and administrative environment in which financial...more

Deferred-Interest Loan Products Cost Issuer $700,000 in CFPB Deal

Why it matters - Allegedly deceptive enrollment tactics by third-party marketers cost the issuer of healthcare credit cards $700,000 in a settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Springstone...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

FTC Can Regulate Cybersecurity Practices, Third Circuit Rules

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can regulate cybersecurity policies and procedures as “unfair” acts or practices under Section 5 of the FTC Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled in a very important...more

Federal appeals court confirms FTC authority to regulate cybersecurity policies and procedures

Banks and other companies subject to the CFPB’s jurisdiction face the possibility that the CFPB could begin using its authority under Sections 1031 and 1036 of the Dodd-Frank Act (which proscribe unfair, deceptive or abusive...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

CashCall Revisited: The CFPB’s Evolving Theory of Abusiveness

In 2013, the CFPB filed a complaint against CashCall, Inc. and others, alleging that their conduct in collecting on payday loans that allegedly violated certain states’ usury and/or licensing laws constituted unfair,...more

Consent Judgments Entered Against Individuals and Law Firm Accused of Mass-Joinder Mortgage Rescue Scams

Consent judgments in a lawsuit brought by the Florida and Connecticut Attorneys General have been entered against five individuals and one law firm for their part in an alleged “mass-joinder” mortgage rescue scam....more

CFPB announces proposals for limiting activities of payday lending market participants and other lenders: 6 questions answered

The CFPB has released proposals for a future payday loan rulemaking that will have a far-reaching impact on the $46 billion payday loan industry and on other markets. Under its proposals, the CFPB is offering industry...more

State AGs and Regulators Step Up UDAAP Enforcement

Dodd-Frank created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and granted that federal agency significant powers to regulate financial institutions. But Dodd-Frank also empowers state regulators to enforce the new...more

"CFPB Defines 'Unfair,' 'Deceptive' and 'Abusive' Practices Through Enforcement Activity"

Since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) opened its doors in July 2011, it has aggressively pursued enforcement actions against a wide range of consumer financial services providers. Although the Dodd-Frank Act...more

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