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CFPB Issues Long-Awaited Short-Term Lending Final Rule

On October 5, the CFPB issued it long-anticipated Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Lending Rule covering certain short-term loans. The final regulation, published more than 15 months after it was proposed in June...more

Important Lessons for Mortgage Lenders in Delaware

In a recent opinion, the Supreme Court of Delaware held that a mortgage holder must be entitled to enforce the underlying obligation that secures the mortgage in order to foreclose on the mortgage. As a result of the court’s...more

Cordray's Departure Will Mean Big Changes at the CFPB

One of two scenarios will likely occur in the near future at the CFPB. Either Director Richard Cordray will be fired by President Trump (for cause), or Cordray will resign to enter the 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race. If either...more

CFPB Issues Final Arbitration Rule; Efforts to Nullify Are Underway

On July 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule prohibiting a broad range of covered parties from including class action waivers in their pre-dispute arbitration agreements. The rule also...more

New OCC Bulletin on Third-Party Oversight Highlights Fintech Relationships

On June 7, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued OCC Bulletin 2017-21 (Frequently Asked Questions to Supplement Bulletin 2013-29; Third-Party Relationships: Risk Management Guidance). This is the OCC’s...more

Conference of State Bank Commissioners Sues OCC to Bar Chartering of Fintech Banks

The CSBS’ request for an injunction may prompt the OCC to slow down or abandon its willingness to consider issuing national bank charters to fintech companies....more

D.C. Circuit Rebukes CFPB in Civil Investigative Demand Enforcement Decision

On April 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion in CFPB v. Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools, affirming a decision by the D.C. district court to deny...more

California Supreme Court Finds Arbitration Agreement Waiver of 'Public Right' Unenforceable

On April 6, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in McGill v. Citibank, finding that a pre-dispute arbitration agreement was unenforceable to the extent it required the plaintiff to waive her right to seek...more

Cross River Bank Fights Back in True Lender Case, Suing Colorado Credit Code Administrator

As we reported in our earlier Client Alert, the Colorado Attorney General recently filed complaints in state court against Marlette Funding LLC and Avant of Colorado LLC on behalf of the administrator of Colorado’s Uniform...more

Colorado Attorney General Pursues 'True Lender' and 'Madden' Actions Against Major Non-Bank Online Lenders

On February 15, the Colorado Attorney General filed substantially similar, separate amended complaints in the U.S. District Court of Colorado against Marlette Funding LLC and Avant of Colorado LLC, alleging violations of...more

New York Case Is a Win for the Merchant Cash Advance Industry

Providers of cash advances repaid by sales of future receivables in New York can have greater confidence that these advances are not loans and are not subject to usury laws. On March 16, the Supreme Court of New York,...more

OCC's Proposed Licensing Guidelines Treat Fintech Charters Like Any Other National Bank

A fintech company considering a national bank charter will need to consider whether committing to a multi-year business plan is feasible in an industry that is constantly evolving, and in which the ability to respond quickly...more

Remand Decision in Madden v. Midland Funding Raises Questions Regarding Choice of Law Clauses in Consumer Loan Agreements

A careful parsing of state laws should be done if a lender is relying on a choice of law to avoid states that have criminal usury statutes. On February 27, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York...more

OCC Establishes New Third-Party Risk Management Expectations, Including for Bank Relationships With Marketplace Lenders

The bulletin requires relationships between banks and marketplace lenders to be treated with the same rigor of due diligence and ongoing oversight as other relationships with third parties. On January 24, the Office of...more

[Webinar] Should Your Fintech Company Apply for an OCC Charter? - January 24th, 12:00pm EST

During this webinar, panelists will address whether a fintech company should apply, and what is involved in obtaining the proposed fintech OCC charter....more

The OCC Launches Its New FinTech Charter Initiative

Whether the long and arduous chartering process, ongoing examination and supervision requirements, substantial capital requirements and limitations on initial rapid growth will outweigh the benefits of the bank partnership...more

CFPB Issues Rigorous New Guidance to Financial Services Industry Regarding Sales Incentives

The compliance burdens being placed on institutions to monitor all aspects of product sales will require a substantial expansion of the types and scope of reporting that are done for product sales. On November 28, the...more

Court Rules MCA Arrangement Is a Loan Under New York's Usury Laws

On October 25, 2016, the New York Supreme Court of Westchester County issued a decision in Pearl Capital Rivis Ventures, LLC v. RDN Construction, Inc. that helps clarify the circumstances under which the provision of a...more

Federal Appeals Court Finds CFPB's Structure Unconstitutional

While certainly a big blow to the Bureau, the court’s remedy did not go as far as some CFPB opponents would have liked. In a blockbuster ruling on October 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...more

New True Lender Case Provides Support for the Bank Partnership Model

The court explicitly acknowledged that making it difficult for banks to assign or sell their commercial property to the secondary market impedes good public policy. On September 20, the U.S. District Court for the...more

CashCall Case Brings More Uncertainty to the True Lender Debate

The case provides an outline of issues to consider and structures to avoid in designing bank collaboration models in the future. On August 31, in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. CashCall, Inc., the U.S....more

The Solicitor General Weighs in on Madden v. Midland

The Solicitor General’s brief argues the Second Circuit’s holding was incorrect, but does not recommend a grant of certiorari. On May 24, the U.S. Solicitor General and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency...more

Supreme Court's Rejection Is Not the End of the Road for Madden v. Midland Funding

Regardless of whether or not Midland’s case is successful at the district court, there are a number of reasons why the Second Circuit’s Madden decision is not as disastrous as some have portrayed it to be. On June 27,...more

High-Cost Lending at Risk Under CFPB Proposed Rules

The proposed rule raises troubling issues regarding the impact on some traditional bank products as well as some marketplace lending products. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its...more

Supreme Court Decision on Madden Appears Imminent; Midland Files Supplemental Brief

The U.S. Supreme Court will likely consider whether to grant or deny certiorari in the Madden v. Midland Funding case at its June 23 conference. In addition, Midland filed a supplemental brief with the Supreme Court on June 7...more

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