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CFPB Focusing on Risks in Car Loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its quarterly report on credit trends for the third quarter of 2017 last week, focusing on trends in the auto lending industry. Auto loans are a key sector in the...more

CFPB Adds “Ability to Pay” Requirement to Payday Loans

On October 5, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) revealed its final rule regulating payday lending. For the past five years, the CFPB had been doing research and seeking comments from the industry on how to...more

CyberSecurity Regulation Back on Center Stage After Data Breach

The issue of cybersecurity is back in front of Congress in the wake of the news of the data breach at Equifax Inc., which reportedly has affected approximately 143 million consumers. Various industry trade groups, including...more

Eleventh Circuit Recognizes Partial Consent Revocation under the TCPA

On August 10, in Schweitzer v. Comenity Bank, No. 16-10498 (Aug. 10, 2017), a panel of the Eleventh Circuit expanded liability for companies under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 et seq. (TCPA)....more

New Jersey District Court Considers Expansion of FCRA Liability

On July 17, 2017, a New Jersey federal district court heard oral arguments in a motion to dismiss a putative class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), 15 U.S.C. § 1681a et seq. The...more

Treasury Seeks to Reshape Financial Services Regulatory Regime

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a 150-page report called for by President Trump’s Executive Order 13772 on Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System. The Report, entitled...more

Debt Collectors Win in Supreme Court Opinion on FDCPA

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Midland Funding, LLC, v. Johnson, No. 16–348, in favor of the debt collectors involved in the case. Specifically, Justice Breyer, writing for the Court, held that the Fair Debt...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Scope of FDCPA

On April 18, 2017, the United States Supreme Court, once again with nine justices sitting on the bench, heard oral arguments in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc., No. 16-349, concerning the scope of the Federal Debt...more

CFPB Begins Mortgage Rule Check-In

The five-year anniversary of some of the major financial regulations passed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is coming up in January 2018, meaning that they will soon undergo a review to check on their...more

CFPB Imposes Record Fine on National Bank

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), in connection with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) and the City of Los Angeles, announced that the government was...more

SCOTUS Ruling Revives FCA Claim Against Wells Fargo

On February 21, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order remanding a False Claims Act (FCA) case, Bishop v. Wells Fargo & Co., No. 15-2449 (2d Cir. 2016), to the Second Circuit for further consideration of the...more

Ninth Circuit: Trustees Are Not “Debt Collectors” Under the FDCPA

A recent decision by the Ninth Circuit has created a circuit split regarding the interpretation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). In Vien-Phung Ho v. ReconTrust Co. et al., case no. 10-56884, the court held...more

NY Department of Financial Services Joins Opposition to the OCC’s Proposed FinTech Charter

On January 17, 2017, Maria Vullo, the Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (NY DFS) sent a letter to the Office of the Comptroller Currency (OCC), opposing the OCC’s proposed special purpose...more

CFPB Announces Shift in Fair Lending Focus for 2017

On December 16, 2016, the fair lending team at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the markets that it would closely monitor in 2017. These new monitoring priorities are part of the general priority...more

Payday Lenders Claim that Regulators Are Choking Their Livelihoods In Preliminary Injunction

On November 23, 2016, Advance America, Inc., a payday lender, and Community Financial Services Association of America, Ltd., a trade organization which represents the interests of payday lenders, (“Plaintiffs”) filed a...more

CFPB Unveils New Loss Mitigation Principles for Lenders

With the end of the Department of Treasury’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) coming in January 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has released a set of four principles for financial...more

Spokeo Scenarios: With Scalia’s death, Additional Possibilities Cloud Resolution of the Standing Question

As an ongoing update to our coverage of the Spokeo case, today we look at what could happen in the case where, with Justice Scalia’s recent death coming after oral argument but before an opinion was issued, the court’s new...more

Consumer Financial Services Litigation - Year In Review

In 2015, the consumer financial services industry continued to face increasing pressure, from regulators and government enforcement activity, and ever-more creative litigation tactics. In order to stay competitive—and to...more

Update Campbell-Ewald: SCOTUS Rules Against Defendant’s Ability to Moot Cases with Settlement Offers, But Provides a Roadmap for...

We have an update on Campbell-Ewald, one of the Supreme Court cases we were monitoring last fall. While, contrary to our prediction, the majority decision in Campbell-Ewald, 577 U.S. ___ (2016) appears to deal a blow to...more

Anticipating Decisions In Three Supreme Court Cases With Potential To Impact Class Action Litigation

The US Supreme Court’s October 2015 term includes three cases that may have important implications for class action litigation: Spokeo Inc. v. Robins et al., 13-1339, Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, 14-857, and Tyson Foods, Inc....more

FHA Hopes to Encourage Mortgage Lending with Neighborhood Watch Enhancement

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently did a study which found that, while mortgage loan originations increased through the second quarter of 2015, the increase is only for borrowers with credit scores above 660). ...more

The CFPB Targets Lender’s Credit Card Division With More Than $200MM In Penalties

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has set its sights on debt collection practices again. In April, we wrote about the CFPB’s $63 million settlement with a mortgage servicer, Green Tree Mortgage, in part for...more

DOJ Targets Payday Lender Using RICO

On June 22, 2015, the US Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania filed an information charging Adrian Rubin of Jenkintown, PA, with: (1) one count of conspiracy to violate RICO, 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d); (2) one...more

HUD Revamps its DSAP Program To Require More Borrower Assistance

Beginning with its next sale in June 2015, HUD will have new, stricter requirements for entities that purchase distressed loans as part of the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (“DASP”), a development we initially...more

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