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Starting Up the CFPB’s No-Action Letter Program

The expanding use of mobile technologies, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things has greatly increased the amount of available consumer data. The ability to efficiently process this information has the potential to...more

GAO determination that leveraged lending guidance is subject to CRA could foreshadow similar fate for CFPB indirect auto finance...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In May 2017, we blogged about press reports that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) had accepted a request from Senator Patrick Toomey for a determination concerning whether the CFPB Bulletin 2013-02, titled “Indirect...more

Fall 2017 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update

by Burr & Forman on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) is a U.S. government agency created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The CFPB is the first federal agency tasked solely with the...more

Debtor’s Actions Immediately After Default Doom Time Barred ECOA Claim

An unpublished opinion from the Sixth Circuit provides a useful application of the statute of limitations to bar a debtor’s claims under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1691e (“ECOA”). In Guy v. Mercantile Bank...more

CFPB Provides Some Clarity on Alternative-Data Models Through No-Action Letter

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On September 14, 2017, the CFPB issued a no-action letter – the first one ever issued by the agency – to a marketplace lender, stating that the agency had no present intention to take enforcement or supervisory action against...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Arguments to Expand Scope of Liability under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected arguments that would have expanded the scope of liability under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act for lenders, or other participants, in the secondary mortgage market....more

CFPB conducts small business field hearing and issues related white paper and request for information

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Yesterday, I attended the CFPB’s field hearing in Los Angeles on small business lending. In connection with the hearing, the CFPB issued a white paper entitled “Key dimensions of the small business lending landscape,”...more

CFPB to hold May 10 field hearing on small business lending

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB will hold a field hearing on small business lending in Los Angeles, CA on May 10, 2017. The announcement, which took the form of a posting on the events page of the CFPB’s website, contains only the usual statement...more

CFPB identifies 2017 priorities in annual fair lending report

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In its new annual report covering its fair lending activities during 2016, the CFPB identifies the following three areas on which it “will increase our focus” in 2017...more

CFPB Issues its Annual Fair Lending Report and Sets its 2017 Agenda

The CFPB has issued its 2016 Fair Lending Report which provides a summary of the Bureau’s efforts in fair lending for 2016. The Report also includes an indication of the Bureau’s fair lending priorities for 2017. Here are...more

CFPB May Rely on New Employment Discrimination Case in Fair Lending Context

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The CFPB may seek to rely on a recent Seventh Circuit employment discrimination case to support its view that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act’s (ECOA’s) prohibition against discrimination on the basis of “sex” includes...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Proposes to Provide Flexibility in Collecting Information - On March 24, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") released a proposal to amend Equal Credit...more

Lawmaker Seeks CFPB Fair Lending Investigation of Fintech Small Business Lenders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by financial technology (fintech) companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the Consumer Financial...more

Community banks trade group asks Trump Administration to curb fair lending enforcement

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The Independent Community Bankers of America issued a statement calling on the Trump administration “to rein in the overzealous application of fair lending laws.” ICBA stated that community banks are threatened by a recent...more

DOJ Files Redlining Lawsuit Against KleinBank

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently commenced a redlining lawsuit against KleinBank, a state-chartered Minnesota bank subject to the regulatory authority of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The...more

Republican members of House Financial Services Committee release new report on CFPB’s auto finance actions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee recently released a report, prepared by the Republican Staff of the Committee, titled “Unsafe at Any Bureaucracy, Part III: The CFPB’s Vitiated Legal Case Against...more

CFPB announces 2017 fair lending priorities

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a blog post published last Friday, Patrice Ficklin, Associate Director of the CFPB’s Office of Fair Lending, outlined the CFPB’s fair lending priorities for 2017. Ms. Ficklin wrote that, going forward, the CFPB will...more

Financial Services Report, Winter 2016

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

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

SCOTUS Grimm decision could impact CFPB position on ECOA protection for gender identity and sexual orientation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On October 28, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the petition for a writ of certiorari in Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that marked the first time...more

CFPB Focuses on Servicing in Update to Student Loan Examination Procedures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Monday the CFPB released updated examination procedures for student loans.  This update revises and expands on a previous update that was released in December 2013 in conjunction with the CFPB’s “larger participants” rule...more

DOJ Settles Fair Lending Claims Based on Bank's Pricing Policy for Vehicle-Secured Loans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a proposed consent order with Charter Bank to settle charges that the bank violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by discriminating on the basis of national origin...more

DOJ Files Suit Against California Lenders Alleging Discriminatory Loan Modification Scheme

by Goodwin on

On August 23, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the filing of a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against several California-based mortgage loan modification...more

Regulators Raise Marketplace Lending Concerns at FTC FinTech Forum

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently held a FinTech forum addressing marketplace lending. The forum was promoted by the FTC as the first in a series it plans to hold exploring emerging financial technology and its...more

CFPB releases Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has released its Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda. The agenda sets the following timetables for key rulemaking initiatives: Arbitration. The Spring 2016 agenda does not reflect the CFPB’s release of its proposed...more

The Future Of CFPB Small Business Lending Regulation

by WilmerHale on

In this article we highlight the role played by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in regulating small business lending. Broadly speaking, the bureau’s jurisdiction is limited to the marketplace for consumer financial...more

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