On March 7, 2018, the CFPB released a Request for Information regarding the Bureau’s rulemaking process, the seventh RFI in its initiative to reexamine the Bureau’s existing policies and procedures under Acting Director Mick Mulvaney’s leadership. Through this latest RFI, the Bureau seeks feedback “on all discretionary aspects of the Bureau’s [rulemaking] processes, including current… Read More
On March 1, 2018, the CFPB released its sixth Request for Information as part of its initiative to reexamine the Bureau’s existing policies and procedures under Acting Director Mick Mulvaney’s leadership. This RFI addresses how the Bureau analyzes and reports consumer complaint information. The RFI requests feedback to assist the Bureau in “assessing potential changes… Read More
On February 14, 2018, the CFPB issued a Request for Information seeking comments on improvements to the CFPB’s supervision program and “how best to achieve meaningful burden reduction.” The CFPB is seeking comments from “all interested members of the public,” including supervised entities, companies supervised by other agencies, consumer advocates, and regulators. The CFPB asks… Read More
In its third Request for Information to “ensure the Bureau is fulfilling its proper and appropriate functions to best protect consumers,” the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seeks comments “to help assess the overall efficiency and effectiveness” of its enforcement process. We issued client alerts previously on the CFPB’s outreach and RFI process, the first RFI… Read More
The CFPB issued its second in a series of Requests for Information on January 31, 2018; this one dealing with administrative adjudications. In the associated press release, the Bureau explained that it “is seeking to better understand the benefits and impacts of its use of administrative adjudications, and how its existing process may be improved.”… Read More
The D.C. Circuit’s long-awaited en banc decision in PHH v. CFPB upheld the constitutionality of the CFPB’s single-director structure in the face of a constitutional attack. But don’t be fooled by the headlines: under-the-radar parts of the decision were big wins for the mortgage industry and the rule of law. Read our client alert.
On January 26, 2018, the CFPB published a Request for Information in the Federal Register regarding the Bureau’s Civil Investigative Demand processes. According to the Bureau’s related press release, the RFI is the first part of Acting Director Mick Mulvaney’s “call for evidence” about the Bureau’s functions. As presaged in the Bureau’s press release, the… Read More
On January 25, 2018, the CFPB finalized amendments to its final Prepaid Accounts Rule, which was published in November 2016. The Bureau stated that the 2018 Amendments finalize revisions proposed in June 2017 “generally as proposed, with certain modifications.” The 2018 Amendments address some of the issues raised by industry and delay the effective date… Read More
On January 17, 2018, the CFPB announced that it soon will begin issuing a series of Requests for Information to “ensure the Bureau is fulfilling its proper and appropriate functions to best protect consumers.” The CFPB said the RFIs will seek public comment on enforcement, supervision, rulemaking, market monitoring, and education activities, with the goal… Read More
On November 20, 2017, the CFPB released a November 17, 2017 letter that Director Richard Cordray sent to “the CEO’s of several banks, credit unions, and financial companies” asking that they consider “enabl[ing] consumers to exert greater control over their credit cards, debit cards, and other payment methods.” Read our client alert.
On October 18, the CFPB released a set of guiding principles for participants in the financial data sharing and aggregation industry. The publication of the consumer protection principles follows a November 2016 Request for Information in which the CFPB asked stakeholders in the data sharing and aggregation market to comment on consumer benefits and risks associated… Read More
On October 5, 2017, the CFPB released its final rule for short-term loans. The nearly 1,700 page rule appears to follow the proposed short-term lending rule with several notable changes. Most notably, the CFPB did not finalize rules relating to underwriting requirements for long-term loans that do not have balloon payments. Read our client alert.
On September 6, 2017, the CFPB announced that it has taken action against an online lead aggregator. The allegations revolved around the company’s selling personal information of consumers who were interested in small-dollar or installment loans to online lenders. It was alleged that the loans ultimately offered to consumers were, or were likely to be, void… Read More
The CFPB announced on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, proposed guidance to limit the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data it shares publicly. The Bureau’s 2015 HMDA amendments (discussed in our alerts here and here) revamped HMDA’s coverage and processes, including requiring lenders to report vast swaths of new data about mortgage applicants and their loans…. Read More
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
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
In another significant litigation setback for the CFPB, a U.S. District Court in Atlanta imposed discovery sanctions against the Bureau and dismissed all claims against payment processors alleged to have aided and abetted an unlawful debt collection scheme. Cases brought by the CFPB’s Division of Enforcement have seen the imposition of significant levels of damages… Read More
On August 4, 2017, the CFPB released four “prototype” model overdraft disclosure forms styled under its “Know Before You Owe” initiatives with a press release. The CFPB said the forms were designed to clarify the risks and costs of overdraft coverage for consumers. The press release and forms were accompanied by a report entitled Data Point:… Read More
As we have previously reported, in October 2015, the CFPB issued a sweeping final rule (“2015 Final Rule”) to amend Regulation C, which implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The bulk of the 2015 Final Rule will become effective on January 1, 2018. With the effective date drawing nearer, the CFPB has proposed an… Read More
A mere nine days after releasing its Final Rule regarding arbitration to the public, the CFPB has published the Final Rule in the Federal Register. This is significant because publication in the Federal Register triggers the countdown to the Final Rule’s effective date (60 days after publication) and ultimately its application to new agreements (180 days… Read More
Ending months of speculation and insider reading of tea leaves, on July 10, 2017, the CFPB issued a final rule regarding the use of arbitration agreements in specified consumer financial contracts (Final Rule). The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on July 19, 2017. As was substantively expected, the Final Rule: 1) bars… Read More
On June 15, 2017, the CFPB released proposed revisions to its final Prepaid Accounts Rule. The Final Rule was published in November 2016 and was subsequently amended to delay the general effective date by six months, to April 1, 2018. The CFPB is seeking comments on proposed revisions to the Final Rule, as well as… Read More
On June 8, 2017, the CFPB held a Consumer Advisory Board meeting, at which CFPB Director Richard Cordray discussed deferred-interest products. The CFPB also included in a press release a sample letter that Director Cordray sent to “top retail credit card companies” expressing concern about their use of deferred-interest programs and encouraging them to consider… Read More
On April 27, 2017, the CFPB filed a complaint in a federal district court in Illinois against four online tribal-affiliated lenders alleging that the lenders violated the Truth in Lending Act, and engaged in unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices. The CFPB is seeking injunctive relief and damages against the online lenders. Read our… Read More