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A First Time for Everything—CFPB Issues Its First No-Action Letter

Posted in CFPB, Disparate Impact, Fair Lending

The CFPB recently announced the issuance of its first no-action letter (“NAL”) to Upstart Network, Inc., an online lending platform that uses alternative data to model consumer credit decisioning and pricing. The letter signifies that the CFPB has no present intention to recommend an enforcement or supervisory action against Upstart for violation of the Equal… Read More

Financial Services Report – Fall 2017

Posted in Arbitration, CFPB, Credit Cards, Credit Reports, Electronic Payments, Enforcement Actions, Fair Lending, Investigations, Mortgage, Preemption, Privacy, Regulatory Developments, State Regulators, UDAAP

Through hurricanes, wild fires, the publication of Hillary Clinton’s book, the birth of Amal and George Clooney’s twins, and the Dodgers’ historic losing streak, Director Richard Cordray and the CFPB’s Final Arbitration Rule are still standing. As my colleague Ollie Ireland explained, these days, it’s easier to predict the weather than it is to predict… Read More

CFPB and Card Issuers Resolve ECOA Action Involving Cards Offered in U.S. Territories and Cardholders with Spanish Language Preference

Posted in CFPB, Credit Cards, Disparate Impact, Enforcement Actions, Fair Lending

On August 23, 2017, the CFPB announced the resolution of an administrative action under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and its implementing regulation, Regulation B, against American Express Centurion Bank and American Express Bank, FSB. In the proceeding, the CFPB alleged the Issuers violated ECOA by (i) offering credit and charge card products and services to… Read More

Financial Services Report – Summer 2017

Posted in Add On Products, Arbitration, CFPB, Credit Cards, Credit Reports, Enforcement Actions, Fair Lending, Foreclosure, Investigations, Mobile Payments, Mortgage, Payday Lending, Preemption, Privacy, Regulatory Developments, State Regulators, Student Lending

Summer blockbuster season is officially upon us. Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? What about Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2? It’s déjà vu all over again with Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alien, Planet of the Apes, Transformers, Cars, Spider Man, and more Inconvenient Truths from Al Gore all coming to a theatre near… Read More

Financial Services Report – Spring 2017

Posted in Arbitration, CFPB, Credit Cards, Credit Reports, Electronic Payments, Enforcement Actions, Fair Lending, Foreclosure, Investigations, Military Issues, Mobile Payments, Mortgage, Payday Lending, Preemption, Privacy, Regulatory Developments, State Regulators, Student Lending

In like a lion, out like a lamb—it works for weather; does it work for new administrations? We’ll have to wait and see. We’ll have to wait and see about the length of CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s tenure and the fate of Dodd-Frank, as it appears the Trump administration is focusing on other priorities. So… Read More

CFPB Evaluates Use of Alternative Data and Modeling Techniques in the Consumer Lending Credit Process

Posted in CFPB, Fair Lending, Privacy

On February 16, 2017, the CFPB issued a Request for Information regarding use of alternative data and modeling techniques in the consumer lending “credit process.” The CFPB defines the “credit process” broadly as all processes and decisions made by a creditor during the full life cycle of the credit product, including marketing, pre-screening, fraud prevention,… Read More

Financial Services Report – Winter 2016

Posted in Arbitration, Auto Lending, CFPB, Credit Cards, Disparate Impact, Electronic Payments, Enforcement Actions, Fair Lending, Foreclosure, Military Issues, Mobile Payments, Mortgage, Payday Lending, Preemption, Privacy, Regulatory Developments, State Regulators, UDAAP

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, while visions of Dodd-Frank repeal dance in our heads. No long winter’s nap for the CFPB, not with the inauguration… Read More

CFPB Forgoes Traditional Rulemaking Process in Announcing that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B Prohibit Discrimination Based on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

Posted in CFPB, Fair Lending, Regulatory Developments

Richard Cordray, director of the CFPB, issued a  letter dated August 30, 2016 (“Cordray Letter”), expressing the CFPB’s views on whether credit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation violates the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and Regulation B. The Cordray Letter was issued in response to an inquiry from Services &… Read More

HUD Releases New Guidance on Limited English Proficiency Discrimination Under the Fair Housing Act

Posted in Disparate Impact, Fair Lending, Mortgage

On September 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued guidance on how the nondiscrimination provisions in the Fair Housing Act apply to persons who consider an individual’s “Limited English Proficiency,” or limited ability to speak, read, write, or understand English, in housing transactions. The “Office of General Counsel Guidance on Fair Housing… Read More

Financial Services Report – Fall 2016

Posted in Add On Products, Arbitration, CFPB, Credit Cards, Credit Reports, Disparate Impact, Electronic Payments, Enforcement Actions, Fair Lending, Foreclosure, Military Issues, Mobile Payments, Mortgage, Payday Lending, Preemption, Privacy, Regulatory Developments, UDAAP

So much for summer! The weather is cooling, the kids are back to school, and we better not see you wearing white so long after Labor Day! For those of you having a little trouble getting back in the swing of things, we thought we’d lead with just a few of the animals making headlines… Read More

A Closer Look at DOD’s New Guidance on the Military Lending Act Regulations

Posted in Fair Lending, Military Issues, Regulatory Developments

On August 26, 2016, the DOD issued an interpretive rule (the “Interpretive Rule”) providing guidance on the DOD’s regulations implementing the Military Lending Act. That same day, we published a high-level summary of the Interpretive Rule, noting that the Interpretive Rule aims to clarify certain ambiguities in the DOD’s July 2015 final rule. In this… Read More

EVENT: Mortgage Bankers Association’s Regulatory Compliance Conference 2016

Posted in Events, Fair Lending, Mortgage, Regulatory Developments

Grand Hyatt Washington 1000 H St. NW Washington, DC 20001 September 18-20, 2016 Join Morrison & Foerster at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Regulatory Compliance Conference as partners Joe Palmore and Don Lampe speak on the following topics: Major Litigation Affecting Compliance Officers September 19th, 12:45pm Eastern Joe Palmore Planning for CFPB TRID and Servicing Exams… Read More

CFPB, OCC, and Federal Reserve Propose Clarifications to Small Loan Exemption from HPML Appraisal Requirements

Posted in CFPB, Fair Lending, Mortgage, Regulatory Developments

In August 2016, the CFPB, the OCC, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (together, the “Agencies”) jointly published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) to amend the Agencies’ respective regulations exempting certain small loans from the special appraisal requirements that apply to lenders in connection with making… Read More

CFPB Issues Guiding Principles for Loss Mitigation after HAMP

Posted in CFPB, Fair Lending, Foreclosure, Mortgage, Regulatory Developments

On August 2, 2016, the CFPB published a new guidance document titled CFPB’s Principles for the Future of Loss Mitigation (the “Guidance”), which outlines a recommended framework for new, industry-driven foreclosure relief programs. The Guidance largely follows the July 25, 2016, white paper jointly issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”), the U.S…. Read More

Department of Defense Issues New Guidance on Military Lending Act Regulations

Posted in Fair Lending, Military Issues

On August 26, 2016, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued an interpretive rule providing guidance on the DOD’s regulations implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA). Specifically, the interpretive rule aims to clarify certain ambiguities in the DOD’s July 2015 final rule, which significantly expanded the scope of the MLA to cover new types of creditors… Read More

FDIC Releases Proposed Third-Party Lending Guidance

Posted in Fair Lending, Regulatory Developments

On July 29, 2016, the board of directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released a proposal regarding third-party lending guidance (“Proposed Guidance”) as part of a package of materials designed to “improve the transparency and clarity of the FDIC’s supervisory policies and practices.” The Proposed Guidance elaborates on previously issued agency guidance on managing third-party risks and,… Read More

CFPB Relies on “Mystery Shoppers” in BancorpSouth Mortgage Discrimination Settlement

Posted in CFPB, Disparate Impact, Enforcement Actions, Fair Lending, Mortgage

CFPB “mystery shoppers,” along with secret recordings, were part of the CFPB’s factual allegations in a recent mortgage discrimination settlement. The DOJ and CFPB announced a settlement with BancorpSouth Bank to resolve alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA). The complaint alleges that from at least 2011 to 2013,… Read More

CFPB Poised to Expand Regulation to Small Business Lending: Expect the Unexpected

Posted in CFPB, Fair Lending, Regulatory Developments

Recent initiatives by the CFPB to dramatically expand its regulation of small business lending present a confluence of concerns to industry participants. These initiatives include the CFPB’s extension of fair lending rules to types of credit not ordinarily considered to be subject to the agency’s jurisdiction. The CFPB’s focus on business lending likely will have… Read More

Treasury Issues White Paper on Online Marketplace Lending

Posted in CFPB, Fair Lending

On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) issued a white paper, entitled “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending” (“White Paper”). The White Paper describes Treasury’s review of online marketplace lending and provides Treasury’s recommendations to the private sector and the federal government on how to encourage “safe growth” in the… Read More

EVENT: ABA’s Military Lending Act: A Regulation for All Banks Webinar

Posted in Events, Fair Lending, Regulatory Developments

Of Counsel Leonard Chanin will speak on the American Bankers Association’s “Military Lending Act: A Regulation for All Banks” webinar. This webinar will focus on: The meaning of the all-in “military” APR Other terms that are prohibited in covered loans The types of loans covered How and where to identify covered borrowers How to provide… Read More

Supreme Court Affirmation of Hawkins Case Raises More Questions Than It Answers

Posted in Fair Lending

On March 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an order in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore. An evenly divided Court affirmed without issuing an opinion, thereby resolving the Hawkins case but leaving open the proper interpretation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), failing to resolve a circuit split between… Read More

Financial Services Report – Spring 2016

Posted in Arbitration, Auto Lending, CFPB, Credit Cards, Credit Reports, Disparate Impact, Electronic Payments, Enforcement Actions, Fair Lending, Foreclosure, Mobile Payments, Mortgage, Payday Lending, Preemption, Privacy, Regulatory Developments, State Regulators, UDAAP

Why another law firm newsletter? Over ten years ago, Will Stern answered that question in the first Editor’s Note of the first Financial Services Report. Some things have changed since then—we no longer print and mail paper copies, and we report on issues that were not even a twinkle in anyone’s eye back then (the… Read More

Financial Services Report – Winter 2015

Posted in Add On Products, Arbitration, Auto Lending, CFPB, Credit Cards, Enforcement Actions, Fair Lending, Indirect Auto Lending, Military Issues, Mobile Payments, Mortgage, Payday Lending, Privacy, Regulatory Developments, Student Lending, UDAAP

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House Votes to Nix Indirect Auto Bulletin and Expand QM

Posted in CFPB, Fair Lending, Indirect Auto Lending, Mortgage

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on November 18, 2015, that would revoke the CFPB’s guidance on indirect auto lending and expand the qualified mortgage rule’s safe harbor. The Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act, H.R. 1737, “[d]eclares without force or effect” the CFPB’s Bulletin 2013-02 (Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the… Read More