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Financial Services Report – Winter 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE - The holidays came early for the financial services industry. First, the Senate voted to repeal the CFPB’s rule banning class waivers in arbitration agreements in consumer financial contracts. Then,...more

CFPB Unveils Prototype Model Forms for Overdraft

On August 4, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released four “prototype” model overdraft disclosure forms styled under its “Know Before You Owe” initiatives with a press release. The CFPB said the forms...more

CHOICE Act: Reform or Recalibration?

In the last session of the US Congress in mid-2016, representative Jeb Hensarling first introduced the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs) Act. This represented an...more

Financial Services Report - Summer 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE - Summer blockbuster season is officially upon us. Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? What about Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2? It’s déjà vu all over again with Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alien,...more

U.S. House of Representatives Passes the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

On June 8, 2017, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (the “CHOICE Act”) was passed on a party line vote by the U.S. House of Representatives, with nearly all Republicans voting in support and nearly all Democrats voting against...more

CFPB Files Suit Challenging Tribal-Affiliated Lenders Using its UDAAP Authority

On April 27, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) filed a complaint in a federal district court in Illinois against four online tribal-affiliated lenders alleging that the lenders violated the Truth in...more

Court Finds CFPB Case Against Payment Processor Lacking

On March 17, 2017 the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota granted the motion of Intercept Corporation (“Intercept”) and its senior executives to dismiss the complaint filed almost a year ago by the...more

Financial Services Report - Spring 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE - In like a lion, out like a lamb—it works for weather; does it work for new administrations? We’ll have to wait and see. We’ll have to wait and see about the length of CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s...more

CFPB Evaluates Use of Alternative Data and Modeling Techniques in the Consumer Lending Credit Process

On February 16, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding use of alternative data and modeling techniques in the consumer lending “credit process.” The...more

Financial Services Report, Winter 2016

EDITOR’S NOTE - Hope you survived all of those awkward Thanksgiving holiday conversations— amazing how divided people are on whether the court got it right in the PHH case, isn’t it? So on we go into the holiday season,...more

When CFPB Finds Deception Regardless Of A Lender’s Intent

There is a tendency to think of consumer fraud and misrepresentation as intentional acts that deceive consumers into engaging in transactions that they would not otherwise engage in. A recent case demonstrates that the...more

Financial Services Report, Fall 2016

Editor’s Note - So much for summer! The weather is cooling, the kids are back to school, and we better not see you wearing white so long after Labor Day! For those of you having a little trouble getting back in the...more

Novel Reading Of Statute Widens CFPB Jurisdiction

Tucked away in a seemingly innocuous paragraph in a complaint, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has asserted an extraordinary and potentially far-reaching expansion of its authority. On June 6, 2016, the CFPB...more

ACH Debit Transactions – Whose Agent Are You?

Tucked away in a seeming innocuous paragraph in a complaint, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has asserted an extraordinary and potentially far-reaching expansion of its authority. On June 6, 2016, the...more

Penny Proof for Deposits: Federal Banking Regulators Issue Interagency Guidance Regarding Deposit Reconciliation Practices

On May 18, 2016, five federal banking agencies—the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Board”), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”), the...more

Financial Services Report, Spring 2016

Why another law firm newsletter? Over ten years ago, Will Stern answered that question in the first Editor’s Note of the first Financial Services Report. Some things have changed since then—we no longer print and mail paper...more

Bureau Tells Banks to Offer Overdraft-Free Accounts, Sends Warning on Reporting

On February 3, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or “Bureau”) announced a series of steps designed to improve consumer access to checking accounts by (a) encouraging banks and credit unions to make...more

OCC Takes a Page from the CFPB’s Playbook on Overdraft Programs

On February 11, 2015, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) issued an “updated” installment to the Comptroller’s Handbook in a new booklet entitled “Deposit-Related Consumer Credit.” In doing so, the OCC stole...more

CFPB Complaints Database Expands to Include Prepaid Cards and Nonbank Products

On July 21, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it has further expanded its Consumer Complaint Database (“Database”) to include additional types of financial products. Specifically, the CFPB...more

Bureau Proposes Sharing Consumer Narratives in Complaints Database

On July 17, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) held a field hearing in El Paso, Texas to announce a new policy proposal (“Proposal”) that would expand the Consumer Complaint Database (“Database”) to allow...more

7/22/2014  /  CFPB , Consumer Complaint System

CFPB Proposes Definition of Larger Participants for the International Money Transfer Market

On January 23, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a proposed rule that would define which nonbank covered persons would be designated “larger participants” for purposes of the international money...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 Brings First Enforcement Action Involving Deferred Interest Products, Imposes Novel and Burdensome Application Requirements...

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced a consent order with GE Capital Retail Bank and its subsidiary CareCredit (collectively “CareCredit”) related to what the CFPB alleges were unfair and...more

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