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CFPB News: Supervisory Highlights, Consumer Protection Principles

In the latest roundup of Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB or the Bureau) news, the Bureau published another edition of Supervisory Highlights, released nonbinding Consumer Protection Principles and was officially...more

CFPB Tweaks Rules for Mortgage Servicer Communications

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released a new interim final rule intended to clarify how mortgage servicers can communicate with borrowers at risk of foreclosure, as well as a proposed rule about...more

Payday Debt Collector, Servicer Must Forgive $12M

Shortly before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its payday loan rule, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced a consent order with a payday loan servicer and debt collector totaling...more

Court Tosses CFPB Suit as Discovery Sanction

A Georgia federal court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) against four payment processors as a sanction for demonstrating a “blatant disregard” for the court’s...more

Overdraft Report, Disclosure Prototypes From CFPB

Focusing on overdrafts, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a new report as well as prototypes of “Know Before You Owe” disclosures for banks and credit unions offering overdraft protection....more

9/5/2017  /  Banks , CFPB , Credit Unions , Overdraft Fees

Pay-by-Phone Fees Get a Call From the CFPB

Be careful with pay-by-phone fees, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) cautioned companies in a new compliance bulletin, expressing concern about businesses “potentially misleading consumers about the...more

CFPB Issues Semiannual Report, State-Level Snapshot of Complaints

Two new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reports provide important insights into the CFPB’s and state regulators’ latest activities and enforcement targets....more

New Federal Bills Feature MLA Requirements, AML Obligations

New legislation recently introduced in Congress impacting the financial services industry would amend the Military Lending Act (MLA) and impose additional requirements with regard to anti-money laundering (AML) obligations....more

Treasury Spends Ink on Regulatory Changes

The Treasury Department, in the first of four reports to President Trump detailing its review of financial regulations and its recommendations about potential changes to the depository system, proposed major changes in the...more

Supreme Court: FDCPA Doesn’t Cover Owned Debt

A bank or other person may collect debts that it purchased for its own account without triggering the statutory requirements of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, a unanimous Supreme Court recently ruled....more

California Court Upholds CFPB’s Constitutionality, Request for CID

Taking the opposite approach from recent decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a California federal court upheld the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau while also ordering the...more

6/8/2017  /  CFPB , CID , Financial Institutions

Important Banking Development From California Courts

Courts in California delivered some important banking developments in two recent decisions, with a federal court finding a charge for failing to replenish an overdrawn account constituted interest while the state's highest...more

The Last of Obama-Era CFPB Enforcement?

Making the most of its enforcement powers before the new administration takes over, and likely concerned that its days as a stand-alone bureau may be coming to an end, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took...more

CFPB Acts Against Three Reverse Mortgage Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau entered into consent orders with three reverse mortgage companies alleging each committed deceptive advertising in connection with the marketing of their products....more

CFPB Warns Financial Institutions About Incentives

Use caution when creating incentives for employees and service providers to meet sales and other business goals, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warned financial institutions in a new Compliance Bulletin....more

FCC Declines TCPA Exemption for Mortgage Servicers

Rejecting a mortgage industry request, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formally denied an exemption from the prior-express-consent mandates of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act for mortgage servicers,...more

To Bank or Not to Bank? OCC's Fintech Charter

Following months of speculation, on December 2, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced that it will consider applications from fintech companies seeking national bank charters. A national bank...more

CFPB Releases RFI About Consumer Choice, Security and Control

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to take a closer look at "the challenges consumers face in accessing, using, and securely sharing their financial records," asking for information about how much choice consumers...more

DOJ Drives ECOA Settlement With Bank Over Vehicle-Secured Loans

Acting on a referral from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Department of Justice pursued a case against Charter Bank, asserting the financial institution violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act by...more

New California Laws for Financial Institutions

As the California legislative session wound down, Governor Jerry Brown signed multiple bills into law that will impact financial institutions. What happened - Financial institutions in California should prepare...more

Consumer Financial Services Law - October 2016

Court to CFPB: Unconstitutional and Wrong on RESPA - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has declared unconstitutional a core component of the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and...more

Court to CFPB: Unconstitutional and Wrong on RESPA

In a landmark decision impacting the consumer financial services industry and beyond, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has declared unconstitutional a core component of the structure of...more

CFPB Flunks For-Profit Education Company, Orders $31M Payment

Continuing its recent focus on student lending, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered a for-profit college company to provide loan forgiveness and refunds of more than $23 million, adding an $8 million civil...more

DoD Publishes Guidance on MLA Amendments

With the July 2015 amendments to the Military Lending Act (MLA) set to take effect on October 3, the Department of Defense (DoD) published an interpretive rule to help financial institutions achieve compliance with the...more

OCC, CFPB Charge Bank With Illegal Credit Card Practices

Two regulators have forced one bank to pay $35 million for allegedly improper credit card practices—including fines owed to both the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...more

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