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Financial Services Report – Spring 2019

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

In the words of Willie Wonka: “Wait a minute — strike that, reverse it!” As loyal readers will recall, in our last issue, we tried to stay current in referring to the CFPB by what Mick Mulvaney declared would be its new name: the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. Well, what a difference a director… Read More

California Invites Comments on Agent of a Payee Exemption—Rulemaking to Follow

Posted in Regulatory Developments

The California Department of Business Oversight (“DBO”) has issued an Invitation for Comments relating to the scope of the “agent of a payee” exemption under the Money Transmission Act, Cal. Fin. Code § 2000 et seq. Comments are due on April 9. According to the DBO, it is seeking comments because it intends to develop… Read More

CFPB Proposes Revisions to Small-Dollar Loan Rule

Posted in CFPB, Regulatory Developments

On February 6, 2019, amidst strong opposition from representatives of consumer groups and some members of Congress, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a proposed rule to revise its controversial November 2017 small-dollar loan rule (2017 Rule). The proposed rule would effectively rescind the 2017 Rule’s requirement that lenders determine a borrower’s ability to… Read More

CFPB Issues FAQs for the TRID Rule

Posted in CFPB, Regulatory Developments

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently posted a new compliance tool on its website – answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (“TRID Rule”). The FAQs were posted without advance notice or comment, signaling that perhaps the CFPB will dispense with lengthy processes when providing written guidance. What follows is a… Read More

CFPB Initiates Fourth Review of the Consumer Credit Card Market

Posted in CFPB, Credit Cards, Regulatory Developments

On January 31, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published a Request for Information regarding the consumer credit card market. In accordance with Section 502(a) of the CARD Act, the Bureau conducts a biennial review of the consumer credit card market by soliciting public comment and feedback. In the past, the Bureau has used these… Read More

CFPB and New York Attorney General Announce Settlement with Retailer for Violations of TILA and CFPA

Posted in CFPB, Credit Cards, Regulatory Developments

On January 16, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the New York Attorney General announced a settlement with a retailer for alleged violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 and the Truth in Lending Act, as well as New York State law arising out of the retailer’s sales practices for its store… Read More

CFPB Announces Settlement for Violations of the EFTA and CFPA

Posted in CFPB, Regulatory Developments

On January 3, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a settlement with a federal savings bank for alleged violations of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA) and Regulation E, as well as alleged violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (CFPA). This is the first CFPB enforcement action under Director Kathy… Read More

Are You a Money Transmitter in Michigan? In California?

Posted in Regulatory Developments

The payments and money transmission regulatory landscape continues to evolve.  A key new development is that Michigan has affirmed by legislation that “agent of a payee” transactions meeting certain criteria are not subject to regulation under the state’s money transmission licensing law. However, the California Department of Business Oversight (the “DBO”), which regulates money transmission… Read More

Agencies Propose Conforming Amendments to Volcker Rule Regulations

Posted in Regulatory Developments

On December 18, 2018, five federal agencies released a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) to conform the regulations implementing the Volcker Rule to statutory modifications provided by Sections 203 and 204 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (the “Regulatory Relief Act”).  The Proposed Rule will not change the manner in which the Volcker Rule is currently… Read More

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Proposes Revised No-Action Letter Policy and New Product Sandbox

Posted in CFPB, Regulatory Developments

On December 13, 2018, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection published in the Federal Register a proposed policy, which would modify its 2016 Policy on No-Action Letters and create a new “Product Sandbox” policy in an effort to encourage banks and financial services providers to test new financial products. The alert discusses the Proposed Policy’s… Read More

Agencies Issue Further Guidance Regarding Emerging Approaches to BSA/AML Compliance

Posted in Regulatory Developments

On December 3, 2018, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, National Credit Union Administration, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (collectively, the “Agencies”) issued a joint statement regarding “innovative approaches” to Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering compliance. This is the second joint statement… Read More

Financial Services Report – Winter 2018

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

In between holiday shopping and merriment, we here at the Financial Services Report are pondering what’s in a name. Not much, said Shakespeare. Isaac Asimov begged to differ in a mystery story about who killed one of the library twins (we won’t give away the twist that hinges on a name). So do companies that… Read More

California Enacts a First-of-Its-Kind Commercial Financing Disclosure Law

Posted in Regulatory Developments, State Regulators

On September 30, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 1235, which requires disclosures of key terms in connection with certain commercial financing by non-banks and could impact bank/non-bank arrangements as well. With the passage of the Act, California became the first state to require consumer-style disclosures for commercial financing. The Act is… Read More

Federal Agencies Reaffirm that Supervisory Guidance Is Not Law – Who Knew?

Posted in CFPB, Regulatory Developments

Yesterday, five federal agencies – the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection – issued a two-page, joint statement on the role of supervisory guidance for regulated institutions. Although brief, the joint statement is… Read More

Financial Services Report – Fall 2018

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

So much for the lazy days of summer. It’s been a busy couple of months on both coasts. In a case of déjà vu all over again, a New York federal court found that the CFPB structure is unconstitutional and that the defects infected Title X of the Dodd-Frank Act as a whole. The Judge… Read More

The CFPB Catches Up to the FAST Act: Implements GLBA Annual Notice Exception

Posted in CFPB, Privacy, Regulatory Developments

On August 17, 2018, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection published a final rule amending its Regulation P to include an exception to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act annual privacy notice obligation. Nearly three years ago, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) amended the GLBA to provide for such an exception. The CFPB has now… Read More

Treasury and the OCC Make Significant Fintech Announcements

Posted in Electronic Payments, Mobile Payments, Regulatory Developments

Two key federal government announcements were made on July 31, 2018 related to fintech issues. First, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a press release announcing a report entitled “Nonbank Financials, Fintech, and Innovation.” The Report is the fourth and final in a series of reports prepared by Treasury in response to President Trump’s… Read More

Are You a Money Transmitter in California?

Posted in Electronic Payments, Regulatory Developments, State Regulators

One of the most important questions facing non-bank providers of payments services is whether they are subject to regulation under U.S. state money transmission laws. Though almost all U.S. states regulate money transmitters, there are a number of states that provide exemptions for entities that act as an agent of the payee. While a small… Read More

The 2018 California Consumer Privacy Act: California Scraps Ballot Initiative and Passes Sweeping Data Privacy Regulation

Posted in Privacy, Regulatory Developments, State Regulators

With the passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (AB 375), the United States now has its first truly sweeping privacy regime. On Thursday, June 28, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law what is arguably the most expansive privacy legislation in U.S. history. The Act is the product of backroom wrangling… Read More

Are You a Money Transmitter in Vermont?

Posted in Electronic Payments, Regulatory Developments, State Regulators

The Banking Department of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation recently entered into a consent order with a money transmission licensing applicant. The consent order makes it clear that “Vermont does not exempt a payment processor or an agent of a payee from [money transmission] licensure.” Vermont’s position is at odds with the recent trend… Read More

Financial Services Report – Summer 2018

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

No more pencils, no more books. No more CFPB indirect auto lending guidance. No more CFPB Consumer Advisory Board. No more Volcker Rule and risk-based capital for community banks. No more Eric Schneiderman. It’s the end of the school year, and we’ve seen enormous changes on the financial services regulatory landscape since our last Report…. Read More

California SB1-Plus? GDPR-Like? Considerations for Financial Institutions in Evaluating the California Consumer Privacy Act

Posted in Privacy, Regulatory Developments

Financial institutions in the United States are no strangers to privacy regulations, particularly given the obligations imposed by the federal Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (“GLBA”) and the California Financial Information Privacy Act (“SB1”).  More recently, financial institutions have been focused on whether and/or the extent to which the EU’s GDPR may apply to their U.S. operations.  Many financial institutions,… Read More

South Carolina’s Money Transmission Law Comes into Effect

Posted in Regulatory Developments, State Regulators

Yesterday, the Office of the South Carolina Attorney General issued a press release announcing that it has created a Money Services Division within the AG’s office and that, effective May 14, the Division is accepting applications for licensure under South Carolina’s money transmission law. This law, officially known as the South Carolina Anti-Money Laundering Act,… Read More