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OCC Provides Guidance for Downgrading Banks’ CRA Ratings

On October 12, 2017, the OCC published the section of its policy and procedures manual, PPM 5000-43, entitled “Impact of Evidence of Discrimination or Other Illegal Credit Practices on Community Reinvestment Act Ratings.” The...more

It’s About Context: CFPB Wins Bench Trial Against Third Party Servicer for Deceptive Advertising

On September 8, 2017, a judge in the Northern District California assessed a statutory penalty of $7,930,000 against Nationwide Biweekly Administration, Inc. (Nationwide) and issued an injunction prohibiting further deceptive...more

Putative TCPA Class Denied Certification Under Spokeo

On August 15, 2017, the Northern District of Illinois denied class certification to a proposed Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class in Legg v. PTZ Insurance Agency Ltd., No. 14 C 10043. The court held that, because...more

CPFB Updates its Spring 2017 Rulemaking Agenda

On July 20, 2017, the CFPB announced that updates to its Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda have been posted online on the Office of Management and Budget’s webpage. The amended agenda highlights both areas of anticipated...more

Second Circuit Holds that Contractually-Given Consent Cannot be Revoked Under TCPA

On June 22, 2017, the Second Circuit decided Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, No. 16-2104—a decision which is a win for the TCPA defense bar. In Reyes, the Second Circuit held that, once a consumer consents to...more

CFPB Supervisory Highlights Focus on Mortgage Origination, Mortgage Servicing, and Student Loan Servicing

On April 26, 2017, the CFPB issued a press release and its latest Supervisory Highlights, which spotlight the CFPB’s recent enforcement efforts in the areas of mortgage loan origination, mortgage loan servicing, and student...more

D.C. Circuit: TCPA Does Not Empower FCC to Mandate Opt-Out Notices in Solicited Faxes

On March 31, 2017, the D.C. Circuit held in Bais Yaakov of Spring Valley v. FCC that, based on a plain reading of the TCPA, the FCC does not have the authority to mandate that senders of solicited fax advertisements include...more

CFPB May Focus on Credit Reporting as an Enforcement Priority

On February 28, 2017, the CFPB issued its monthly complaint report spotlighting credit reporting complaints (the Spotlight). Two days later, the Bureau issued a Special Edition of its Supervisory Highlights Report, which also...more

DACA-Protected Plaintiff Files Class Action Alleging Lending Discrimination Based on Citizenship Status

On January 31, 2017, Mitzie Perez—a former undocumented immigrant who is authorized to work in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) policy—filed a class action in the Northern District...more

Stage Set for Ninth Circuit to Weigh in on “True Lender” Test

On January 3, 2017, the Central District of California issued an order in CFPB v. CashCall, Inc., No. 2:15-cv-07522 (C.D. Cal.) allowing the defendants to request an interlocutory appeal of its August 31, 2016, decision...more

Court Applies Heightened Pleading Standard to CFPB Complaint Alleging Deceptive Practices

On November 15, 2016, the Central District of California issued a ruling (subscription required) in CFPB v. Prime Marketing Holdings, LLC dismissing without prejudice four out of five claims on grounds that plaintiff CFPB had...more

FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory Clarifying Permissible Use of Robotexts Under the TCPA

On November 18, 2016, the FCC issued an enforcement advisory clarifying its position that autodialed text messages, known as “robotexts,” are subject to the TCPA. As we reported last year, the FCC issued a package of...more

Eleventh Circuit Invalidates Another Western Sky Arbitration Clause

On August 29, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit upheld a Northern District of Georgia decision invalidating an arbitration clause in Jessica Parm v. National Bank of California, N.A. (Docket No. 15-12509). Defendant National Bank...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Statute Targeting MERS Documents For Increased Recording Fees

States have long imposed fees for recording land records documents, and until recently they have generally done so uniformly, without regard to who the parties to the document might be. The Connecticut Supreme Court has,...more

CFPB Continues Stated Intention to Target Large Non-Bank Auto Lenders

In December 2015, the CFPB took action against non-bank auto lender CarHop. In so doing, the CFPB continued to carry out its stated intention of expanding its regulatory oversight to large non-bank auto lenders. ...more

CFPB Claims New Method of Calculating Damages Is Necessary to Deter Future Bad Conduct

On November 6, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a response brief with the District Court for the District of Columbia, justifying its recalculation of a penalty assessed against PHH Corporation...more

11/17/2015  /  ALJ , Calculation of Damages , CFPB , Kickbacks , RESPA

Potential PMI Pitfall: Recalculating PMI Termination Date After Loan Modification May Lead to Litigation Exposure

In August, the CFPB issued a compliance bulletin to clarify lenders’ obligations to terminate Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) charges under 12 U.S.C. § 4902. One subject that the bulletin did not address—but which is...more

Servicers Beware: RESPA Transfer of Servicing Letter May Trigger FDCPA Initial Debtor Communication Disclosure Requirement

In Hart v. FCI Lender Services, Inc., the Second Circuit made it clear that servicers should pay close attention to initial communications with borrowers upon commencing loan servicing when it determined in an August 12, 2015...more

CFPB Complaint Database is Open for Business

On June 25, 2015, the CFPB published nearly 8,000 consumer complaint narratives on its website for the first time. The CFPB complaint database has been “live” since June 2012. However, the database initially included only...more

8th Circuit Revives Dismissed TCPA Action

On June 8, 2015, the 8th Circuit reversed the Eastern District of Missouri and revived class claims in Golan et al. v. Veritas Entertainment, LLC et al. In Golan, the plaintiff alleged that the defendants—producers of the...more

6/22/2015

Human Touch Defeats TCPA Unsolicited Text Messaging Class Action

On June 1, 2015, the Northern District of California granted AOL’s motion to dismiss a class action Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) suit premised on four text messages received by the named plaintiff in Derby v. AOL,...more

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