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CFPB opposes petition for certiorari filed by tribal lenders in Ninth Circuit case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has filed a brief opposing the petition for certiorari filed by two tribally-affiliated lenders seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of the Ninth Circuit’s decision in CFPB v. Great Plains Lending, LLC, et al. In that...more

White House Announces Possible Precursor to Stricter Local Regulation for Drone Journalism

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The White House has announced a new Department of Transportation (DOT) pilot program for state, local, and tribal governments "to test the further integration of" drones into the national airspace....more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Finding That Arbitration Agreement In Payday Loan Obtained Over The Internet Is Unenforceable

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff electronically signed a contract which contained: (1) terms governing the loan; (2) an agreement to submit disputes to arbitration; and (3) a choice of law provision which required the application of Otoe-Missouria...more

CFPB doubles down on its attacks against online tribal lenders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a new lawsuit filed in an Illinois federal district court, the CFPB alleges that four online tribal lenders engaged in unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or practices in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act...more

Riverside County Issues RFP for Broadband Infrastructure

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Riverside County has issued a Request for Participants, seeking private companies who are willing to partner with the County and build out wireline and wireless broadband infrastructure to provide high-speed, broadband...more

Federal district court certifies interlocutory appeal in CFPB lawsuit against CashCall

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The California federal district court judge who is presiding over the CFPB’s lawsuit against CashCall and several related companies that funded, purchased, serviced, and collected online installment loans has granted the...more

California Supreme Court Declines to Extend Tribal Sovereign Immunity to Payday Lending Businesses

On December 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued People ex rel. Owen v. Miami Nation Enterprises. The decision found that certain tribal business entities that provided loans in California are not "arms of the tribe"...more

Tribal Sovereign Immunity Not a Bar to Payday Lending Enforcement Action, California Supreme Court Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a state enforcement action alleging violations of California's lending law and seeking to enjoin continued lending to state residents, the California Supreme Court has ruled that the two tribally affiliated entities that...more

Georgia Supreme Court Rejects Attempts to Narrow State Payday Lending Act

Last week, in Western Sky Financial v. State of Georgia, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a decision rejecting challenges to the state's Payday Lending Act (the "Act") and affirming the denial of a motion to dismiss claims...more

Minnesota AG Secures $11.7 Million in Consumer Relief from Online Lender

by Goodwin on

On November 3, the Minnesota Attorney General (AG) announced that it had settled a 2013 lawsuit it had filed against a California-based online personal loan lender. The AG alleged that the lender used a front company that...more

SBA Office of Advocacy submits comment letter asking CFPB to reconsider payday loan proposal

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy has submitted a comment letter on the CFPB’s proposed payday loan rule that raises concerns about the proposal’s economic impact on small businesses and encourages the...more

FTC Obtains $1.3 Billion Judgment Against Individual Who Operated Payday Lenders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has obtained a $1.3 billion judgment against the individual operator of several payday lenders and related servicing and marketing companies in a lawsuit filed in a Nevada federal district...more

CashCall Case Brings More Uncertainty to the True Lender Debate

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

CFPB Wins Judgment Against Online Payday Lender in Lawsuit Alleging “Rent-a-Tribe” Scheme and Violations of State Usury Laws

by Goodwin on

On August 31, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) obtained summary judgment against a California-based online payday lender, its individual owner, its subsidiary, and a servicer of its loans, which allegedly...more

CFPB Month in Review for August 2016

In case you missed it, here is what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was up to over the last month: Enforcement Actions and Litigation - Enforcement Action Against First National Bank of Omaha...more

Arguing that CashCall was the "True Lender", CFPB Successfully Challenges High Interest Loan Program

On August 31, a federal district court in California ruled in favor of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on the application of "true lender" principles in the context of a tribal lending arrangement. The...more

CFPB Prevails On Summary Judgment Against CashCall, Inc.

On August 31, 2016, in a ground breaking decision, the United States District Court in Los Angeles ruled that CashCall, Inc. violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act in connection with efforts to collect on certain...more

Minnesota AG Settles Suit Against California Online Lender Relating to Alleged “Rent-a-Tribe” Scheme

by Goodwin on

On August 19, the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Minnesota (Minnesota AG) announced that it had settled a lawsuit against a California-based online lender relating to an alleged “rent-a-tribe” scheme. The...more

Tribal Enrollment Inquiry Leads to $2 Million FCC Settlement with Blue Jay Wireless

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On July 15, the FCC issued an Order approving a consent decree between Blue Jay Wireless and the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, ending the Bureau’s investigation into whether Blue Jay’s Tribal Lifeline enrollments in Hawaii from...more

Spotlight on CFPB Enforcement

At this week’s NBPCA Power of Prepaid conference in Washington, DC, DWT Payments team member Adam Maarec joined a panel entitled “Spotlight on CFPB Enforcement: Uncovering Recent Trends, Targets and Priorities Surrounding...more

DOJ Takes On Tribal Lending: Inside The Indictments

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In recent months, the attention of the tribal lending industry has focused on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s emerging role in regulating short-term loans from sovereign tribal nations, but a new and even more...more

Republican Congressmen seek CFPB forum on impact of payday lending rule on state and tribal sovereignty

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Two Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee, Randy Neugebauer and Mick Mulvaney, have sent a letter to Director Cordray asking him to convene a forum or roundtable of state and tribal officials before the...more

Director Cordray reveals no change in CFPB’s approach to payday loans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In remarks earlier this week to the National Credit Union Association, Director Cordray discussed the proposals the CFPB is considering for small dollar loans. In March 2015, in anticipation of convening a SBREFA panel, the...more

FCC Delays Effective Date of Oklahoma Tribal Lifeline Change to June 8

This past Tuesday, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order delaying for 120 days the effective date of the agency’s new interpretation of “former reservations in Oklahoma” for purposes of delineating the area in...more

FCC Releases 2016 Broadband Progress Report

According to the Federal Communications Commission, 90 percent of Americans have access to broadband Internet access service at the FCC’s benchmark speeds of 25 Mbps for downloads/3 Mbps for uploads. But the FCC also found...more

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