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CFPB Acting Director Institutes Suspension of Data Collection, Reveals Plans to Bring in More Political Appointees, and Announces Review of Pending Enforcement Matters

Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney made three important announcements this week.  First, on December 4, he announced a suspension of the agency’s collection of consumers’ personal information due to concerns about cybersecurity. Mulvaney, who said he is taking data security “very, very seriously” according to The Wall Street Journal report (paywall), explained that the Bureau … Continue Reading

UK Regulator Extracts Compensation from Fund Operator and Parent

On November 10, the FCA issued a Final Notice relating that Capita Financial Managers Limited (“CFM”) had agreed to pay investors £66m over the collapse of a circa £110m unregulated collective investment scheme called the Connaught Income fund. The decision has garnered interest because the FCA faced political pressure to speed up its investigation into … Continue Reading

CFPB Sues Tribal-Affiliated Online Loan Servicer for Collecting on Allegedly Void Loans

On November 16, 2017, the CFPB filed suit in Montana federal court against Think Finance for activities connected to its tribal-affiliated internet lending business.  Think Finance worked with lenders owned by Native American tribes to offer small-dollar loans to consumers that the Bureau alleges are void under state law.  This suit came on the same … Continue Reading

CFPB Requests Information Related to Consumers’ Access to Free Credit Scores

On November 13, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published two notices in the Federal Register seeking information related to consumers’ access to free credit scores.  These notices highlight the Bureau’s continued focus on credit scoring and consumer understanding of credit scores as a priority area for the CFPB. In the first notice, the CFPB’s … Continue Reading

CFPB Director Cordray Delivers Remarks at Consumer Advisory Board Meeting

On November 2, 2017, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) Director Richard Cordray delivered remarks at a meeting of the Consumer Advisory Board in Tampa, Florida. Director Cordray’s remarks touched on the following issues: Reverse Mortgages: Noting that Florida is home to millions of senior Americans, Director Cordray discussed reverse mortgages, a financial product … Continue Reading

CFPB Issues Principles for Consumer-Authorized Access of Financial Data

On October 18, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued “Consumer Protection Principles” for protecting consumers’ interests in the context of consumer-authorized data sharing and aggregation. The principles are related to the Request for Information that the Bureau issued in connection with section 1033 of the Dodd-Frank Act late last year. The Consumer Protection Principles … Continue Reading

CFPB Releases Draft Strategic Plan for FY 2018–2022

On October 18, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published a draft Strategic Plan for FY 2018–2022 and invited comment by November 18, 2017. The draft is organized around four overarching goals: Prevent financial harm to consumers while promoting good practices that work for consumers, responsible providers, and the economy as a whole. Empower consumers … Continue Reading

CFPB Head of Enforcement to Step Down

On October 13, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced the upcoming departure of its enforcement chief, Assistant Director of Enforcement Anthony “Tony” Alexis. Assistant Director Alexis has been with the CFPB since 2012, and in a statement (paywall) to The Wall Street Journal, CFPB Director Richard Cordray described him as “my strong right arm.” … Continue Reading

OCC Issues Guidance on CRA Ratings Downgrades for Consumer Compliance Violations

On October 12, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) issued a Policies and Procedures Manual (“PPM”) outlining the framework to be used by examiners to determine whether an OCC-regulated bank should receive a downgrade of its Community Reinvestment Act (“CRA”) performance rating based on evidence of discriminatory or other illegal credit … Continue Reading

CFPB Finalizes Payday Lending Rule

On October 5, 2017, the CFPB finalized its long-awaited rule on payday, vehicle title, and certain high-cost installment loans, commonly referred to as the “payday lending rule.” The final rule places ability-to-repay requirements on lenders making covered short-term loans and covered longer-term balloon-payment loans. For all covered loans, and for certain longer-term installment loans, the … Continue Reading

Industry Coalition Challenges CFPB Arbitration Rule in Court

On September 29, 2017, a coalition of bank and trade associations filed a federal court challenge to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB” or the “Bureau”) arbitration rule. The industry group plaintiffs allege that the arbitration rule is illegal on four grounds, including that the CFPB’s actions are unconstitutional, and that the Bureau violated the … Continue Reading

CFPB Releases Results of Survey on U.S. Consumer Financial Well-Being

On September 26, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released the results of its first national survey regarding the financial well-being of both specific groups of U.S. consumers and the population as a whole.  Designed as a component of the CFPB’s strategy for improving consumer financial capability, the National Financial Well-Being Survey was conducted … Continue Reading

The CFPB Finalizes Amendments to ECOA Regulations and Seeks Public Comment on HMDA Policy Guidance

On September 20, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (“CFPB”) announced final amendments to Regulation B, which implements the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”), to provide flexibility and clarity to mortgage lenders regarding the collection and retention of information about the ethnicity, sex, and race of certain mortgage applicants.  The CFPB also issued proposed policy … Continue Reading

Federal Court Takes Expansive View of CFPB Statute of Limitations, Limits Restitution

On September 8, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California entered an order granting a civil penalty and injunctive relief in a CFPB case against mortgage loan servicer Nationwide Biweekly Administration, Inc. (“Nationwide”), its wholly-owned subsidiary Loan Payment Administration, and the principal of Nationwide. In its suit, the CFPB alleged that the … Continue Reading

Federal Court Dismisses Part of CFPB’s Case Against TCF National Bank

On September 8, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota entered an order granting in part and denying in part a motion to dismiss claims brought by the CFPB against TCF National Bank (“TCF”) for alleged wrongdoing in connection with offering overdraft services. Brought in January, the case centered on allegations that TCF, … Continue Reading

CFPB Issues its First No-Action Letter

On September 14, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or the “Bureau”) issued a no-action letter for the first time, after having finalized its no-action letter policy in February 2016.  The Bureau’s letter grants a request by Upstart Network, Inc. (“Upstart”), an online lender that uses both traditional and non-traditional credit scoring data, … Continue Reading

District Court Sanctions CFPB for Discovery Misconduct; Dismisses Five Defendants from Lawsuit

On August 25, 2017, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Georgia dismissed five payment processor defendants from a CFPB lawsuit, following what the Court described as the repeated failure by the Bureau to follow court discovery orders. In particular, the Bureau refused to provide factual evidence supporting the elements of … Continue Reading

OCC Permits Programs for Higher LTV Mortgage Lending in Distressed Communities

On August 21, 2017, the OCC issued guidance permitting national banks and federal savings associations to establish programs to offer mortgages with loan-to-value (“LTV”) ratios exceeding 100 percent in communities that have been officially targeted for revitalization by a federal, state, or municipal governmental entity or agency, or by a government-designated entity. Under existing supervisory … Continue Reading

CFPB Issues Temporary Amendment to HMDA Rule Reporting Threshold

On August 24, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a final rule amending Regulation C, the implementing regulation for the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (“HMDA”). In October 2015, the CFPB promulgated substantial revisions to Regulation C (the “HMDA Rule”) to implement statutory amendments to HMDA in section 1094 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street … Continue Reading

Blueprint for the Future of UK Payments: The Payments Strategy Forum Launches a Consultation on the Future of UK Payments

The Payment Strategy Forum (PSF) has published a public Consultation Paper (the “Consultation”) entitled “Blueprint for the Future of UK Payments.”  The PSF observes that whilst payment systems in UK are some of the best in the world, they are no longer fit for purpose, given their age and complexity.  The PSF has therefore developed … Continue Reading

CFPB Releases New Prototype Overdraft Disclosures

On August 4, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released four prototype disclosures for the overdraft opt-in required under Regulation E that it is currently testing. The Bureau is considering the prototypes as replacements for the Model Form A-9 opt-in disclosure, which was adopted when the Regulation E overdraft rule was promulgated by the Federal … Continue Reading
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