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FHFA extends comment period for LEP RFI

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced that it has extended until July 31, 2017 the comment period on its Request for Input on improving language access in mortgage lending and servicing....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

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

OIG report finds CFPB can strengthen conflict of interest controls related to vendor activities

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Office of Inspector General for the Fed and CFPB has issued a report on the results of an evaluation it conducted to determine whether the CFPB effectively mitigates the risk of potential conflicts of interest associated...more

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

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

CFPB’s 2017 Fair Lending Priorities

by McGuireWoods LLP on

At the end of last year, the CFPB issued its Fair Lending Priorities for 2017. According to its December blog post, the CFPB plans to increase its focus on the following three areas, which it describes as “presenting a...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

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

Treasury Department Weighs in on Online Marketplace Lending

by Goodwin on

On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department released a white paper entitled, “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending.” The white paper is the result of a request for information that elicited more than...more

Financial Services & Products Advisory: FinTech Lending Update: Credit Score Alternatives Are the Future?

by Alston & Bird on

Throughout the history of consumer lending of all types, a major component of credit underwriting has been credit history. National credit bureaus use a person’s financial history, such as on-time payments, capacity of credit...more

CFPB Finalizes New HMDA Reporting Requirements

by BakerHostetler on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized a rule yesterday aimed at providing the public and regulators with meaningful information concerning the lending practices of financial institutions....more

CFPB Reports Continued Mortgage Servicing and Other Violations of Consumer Financial Law

by Carlton Fields on

In its Supervisory Highlights released earlier this summer, the CFPB reported its examination observations in consumer reporting, debt collection, mortgage origination and servicing, fair lending, and student loan servicing....more

Director Corday testifies before House Committee on Financial Services

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Wednesday, September 29, CFPB Director Richard Cordray appeared before the House Committee on Financial Services to answer questions regarding the Bureau’s activities since March. Director Cordray used his introductory...more

CFPB and DOJ announce redlining settlement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Consistent with recent indications from CFPB and Department of Justice officials that more redlining cases would soon be coming, the CFPB and DOJ have announced a proposed consent order with Hudson City Savings Bank to settle...more

84 House members urge expedited CFPB action on small business lending data collection rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

84 House members recently wrote to the CFPB to urge it to expedite rulemaking to implement the small business lending data requirements of Dodd-Frank Section 1071. Section 1071 amended the ECOA to require financial...more

Auto Finance Company Agrees to Change Dealer Compensation Policy to Settle CFPB and DOJ Fair Lending Claims

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

To resolve charges by the Consumer Federal Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) that it engaged in unlawful discrimination in violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), American Honda...more

CFPB Report Addresses Need for a Compliance Management System

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The CFPB's Supervisory Report Provides Important Insight into the CFPB's Supervision and Enforcement Priorities and Desired Business Practices. HIGHLIGHTS: - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)...more

CFPB issues 2014 fair lending report

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued a fair lending report covering its fair lending activities during 2014. The report states that in 2014, CFPB fair lending supervisory and public enforcement actions required institutions to provide...more

DOJ And CFPB Team Up To Take On Auto And Mortgage Lenders

by Carlton Fields on

The CFPB and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are joining forces to pursue damages and penalties against consumer lenders for violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) in pricing consumer loans....more

DOJ Settles Another ‘Pattern or Practice’ Fair Lending Case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled a fair lending lawsuit against Texas Champion Bank. This means that, once again, a DOJ attempt to use disparate impact evidence to establish that a lender engaged in a...more

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