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Congress overturns CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

by DLA Piper on

President Donald Trump signed Congress's joint resolution of disapproval to revoke the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) Arbitration Rule today, killing the regulation just months after the rule was announced....more

After Congress Kills CFPB Arbitration Rule, What’s Next?

Congress has passed – and the Trump administration has signaled that the president will sign – a bill to roll back the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s sweeping arbitration rule, which the White House has called...more

Senate Republicans Sink Controversial CFPB Anti-Arbitration Rule: Lessons Learned for the CFPB

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This post describes the recent move in Congress to rescind the CFPB rule, and what this means for the CFPB and the financial services industry going forward. On October 24th, the Senate voted 51-50 to overturn the Consumer...more

Federal Courts Hold That Lenders Do Not Generally Owe Fiduciary Duties To Borrowers

by Winstead PC on

In Hagood v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., a borrower sued a lender for several claims, including breach of fiduciary duties. No. A-17-CA-00784-SS, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165943 (W. D. Tex. October 6, 2017). The defendant...more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Challenges CFPB Rule Immunizing Class Actions from Arbitration Clauses

by Goodwin on

On September 29, 2017, the United States Chamber of Commerce and various business and financial services groups (collectively, Plaintiffs) filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in the United States District...more

CFPB Adds “Ability to Pay” Requirement to Payday Loans

by Goodwin on

On October 5, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) revealed its final rule regulating payday lending. For the past five years, the CFPB had been doing research and seeking comments from the industry on how to...more

CFPB Enters Consent Order with Lead Aggregator For Steering Consumers to Illegal Loans

by Goodwin on

On September 6, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a lead aggregator over claims the aggregator steered consumers towards lenders who offered...more

Second Circuit Holds That the TCPA Does Not Allow a Consumer to Unilaterally Revoke Consent to Be Called That Is Part of an...

In Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, the Second Circuit was asked to address whether the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) “permits a consumer to unilaterally revoke his or her consent to be contacted...more

Flex commission prohibition

by Dentons on

A new law commencing on 1 November 2018 prohibits arrangements where introducers are provided with a delivery rate to which introducers can add a margin to determine the borrower rate – subject to some exceptions. Lenders,...more

The CFPB Says Fees and Fee-Related Disclosures For Payments-By-Phone May Constitute an Unfair and Deceptive Practice and Violate...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a Compliance Bulletin released July 27, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) cautioned covered persons and service providers that fees for pay-by-phone services (called “phone pay fees”) may run afoul of...more

Court Finds that Revocation of TCPA Consent Is Debt Specific, Sanity Follows

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

It is a scenario that our clients commonly face: when calling a customer to discuss a specific delinquency on a specific account, the customer says “stop calling me.” But what if the customer has multiple accounts or even...more

Passing the warrant of fairness - How fit is your gym membership?

by DLA Piper on

This week the Commerce Commission (Commission) released its report into unfair contract terms (UCTs) in consumer contracts in the gym and fitness industry. In this update we highlight the common UCTs identified by the...more

New Case Law on Upfront Fees in German Loan Agreements

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 4 July 2017, the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH)—in two separate cases—held that pre-formulated agreements on work fees that are payable independent from the term of the underlying loan and agreed between a financial...more

Future of CFPB’s Arbitration Rule Rests in Hands of Senate

by Goodwin on

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to block the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Arbitration Rule from becoming effective with a vote of 231 to 190. The vote was mostly down party lines and...more

Nutter Bank Report, July 2017

CFPB Arbitration Rule Will Prevent Firms From Blocking Class Action Lawsuits - The CFPB has approved a new rule that will prohibit banks and other covered providers of certain consumer financial products and services from...more

Republicans File Congressional Review Act Challenge to CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

by Goodwin on

As LenderLaw Watch previously reported, on July 10, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Arbitration Rule, which blocks the use of mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer financial products and...more

CFPB announces final Arbitration Agreements Rule: what it prohibits, what it requires, and what's next

by DLA Piper on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published its final Arbitration Agreements Rule (10 CFR § 1040, et seq.), prohibiting mandatory arbitration provisions and class action waivers in consumer financial services...more

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

by Goodwin on

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

What Real Estate Settlement Service and Other Consumer Financial Services Providers Need to Know About the CFPB’s Final...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 10, 2017, in a surprise move, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued its long awaited final rule on arbitration (Final Arbitration Rule). This rule-making has been a lightning rod issue for...more

CFPB’s New Arbitration Rule and How It’ll Likely Be Challenged

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a new rule that may have significant ramifications for the financial industry. The rule aims to stop a now common feature in financial services...more

New CFPB Rule Prohibits Class Action Waivers

by Bryan Cave on

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a rule prohibiting class action waivers in certain pre-dispute arbitration agreements. The rule drastically impacts arbitration clauses currently used...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Republican Chess Bedsole Announces Bid for Alabama Attorney General- Chess Bedsole, who previously served as the Alabama campaign chairman for President Trump, announced his candidacy to become the Alabama AG. Bedsole is...more

CFPB Moves to Eliminate Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses, but Congress Looks to Keep the Rule Off the Books

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) unveiled a long-awaited and highly contentious final rule to severely curtail the scope of arbitration clauses in consumer financial contracts. While the rule...more

CFPB Finalizes Arbitration Rule, Paving the Way for More Class Action Litigation

by Goodwin on

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the release of its anticipated Arbitration Rule, opening the door for more consumer class actions against financial institutions concerning financial...more

CFPB Releases Final Rule Banning Certain Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements

by WilmerHale on

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or the Bureau) announced its long-anticipated final rule to prohibit the use of pre-dispute arbitration agreements to block consumer class actions in contracts...more

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