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Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Financial Institution Regulation

D.C. Circuit Rebukes CFPB in PHH Case

In a major setback for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), the D.C. Circuit issued a significant ruling today that found the CFPB’s single director structure unconstitutional, ruled against the CFPB on important statutory interpretations – including the Bureau’s position that it was not subject to any statute of limitations in enforcement proceedings – and… Continue Reading
Compliance, Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Financial Institution Regulation

I Can’t Get No (Financial Product) Satisfaction: CFPB Complaint Database Exceeds One Million Complaints

On September 27, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Monthly Complaint Report capturing a high-level snapshot of trends in consumer complaints.  In conjunction with releasing its September Report, the CFPB confirmed it has handled over one million consumer complaints.  The CFPB describes consumer complaints as “submissions that express dissatisfaction with, or communicate suspicion… Continue Reading
Compliance, Financial Institution Regulation

At Long Last, CFPB Issues Final Rule on Prepaid Accounts

The CFPB today finalized its rule on prepaid cards.  Over four years in the making, the final rule, which weighs in at nearly 1700 pages, provides “strong federal consumer protection for prepaid account users,” according to prepared remarks of CFPB Director Richard Cordray.  The final rule covers not only traditional “general purpose reloadable” cards, but… Continue Reading
Anti-Money Laundering, Compliance, Financial Institution Regulation

FinCEN Associate Director for Enforcement Delivers Remarks at Title 31 Conference, Stresses Importance of Culture of Compliance

On the day after his appointment in August 2016, the Associate Director for Enforcement for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Thomas Ott, addressed the National Title 31 Suspicious Activity & Risk Assessment Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.  In his remarks, he (1) covered recent enforcement actions, (2) sought to dispel myths or misconceptions about… Continue Reading
Compliance, Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Financial Institution Regulation

Payment Processor Challenges CFPB’s Allegation That It Engaged in Unfair Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) lawsuit against payment processor Intercept Corporation remains pending, and recent briefing sheds light on what could result in broad implications for the payment processing industry and CFPB enforcement at large. We previously reported on the CFPB’s suit against Intercept, pending in district court in North Dakota.  The CFPB alleges… Continue Reading
Compliance, Financial Institution Regulation

CFPB Issues Safe Harbors under FDCPA for Mortgage Servicers

On August 4, 2016, in conjunction with issuing the final mortgage servicing rule, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an interpretive rule under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).  Although a mortgage servicer’s conduct is not always governed by the FDCPA, as the CFPB explains in the interpretive rule, servicers that acquire a… Continue Reading
Financial Institution Regulation

CFPB’s Proposed Arbitration Rule Prompts Thousands of Comments

The comment period for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s proposed arbitration rulemaking ended on Monday, and the Bureau received nearly 11,000 comments both strongly supporting and opposing the proposed rule.  As proposed, the rule would prohibit the use of ar bitration clauses that preclude consumer class action lawsuits in consumer financial services contracts, but… Continue Reading
Financial Institution Regulation

CFPB Proposes Multiple Changes to TRID “Know Before You Owe” Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently issued 293 pages of proposed changes (the “Amendments”) to the federal mortgage disclosure requirements it propounded in October 2015 commonly known as the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (“TRID”) or “Know Before You Owe” rule.  The changes are many, but the rulemaking is not intended to review policy decisions behind… Continue Reading
Financial Institution Regulation

The CFPB Issues New Proposals Overhauling The Debt Collection Industry

On Thursday July 28, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a series of proposals aimed at overhauling the debt collection business.  The new proposals require debt collectors to take additional steps to substantiate the accuracy of a debt, limit certain types of communications with consumers, and simplify dispute and litigation procedures. In prepared… Continue Reading
Compliance, Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Financial Institution Regulation

CFPB’s Supervisory Highlights Regarding Auto Lending

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently issued its Supervisory Highlights – Issue 12, Summer 2016 report, addressing, among other industries, automobile origination.  The report reflects supervisory activity generally completed between January 2016 and April 2016 and makes it clear that there is increased scrutiny and consumer complaint activity in the auto lending industry.  The… Continue Reading
Financial Institution Regulation

CFPB Issues Proposed Revisions to GLBA Annual Privacy Notice Requirement

Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its proposed rule amending the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act’s annual privacy notice requirement set forth in Regulation P. The rule is in response to Congress’ December 2015 amendment to the act, which eliminated the need for certain companies to provide annual privacy disclosures to consumers.  Under the… Continue Reading
Compliance, Financial Institution Regulation

CFPB Proposes Rule on Small Dollar Lending

On June 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released its proposed rule on small dollar lending during its scheduled field hearing in Kansas City, Missouri. The controversial proposed rule will affect payday loans, single-payment vehicle title loans, deposit advance products, and certain-high cost loans. Under the proposed rule, lenders would be responsible for making… Continue Reading
Financial Institution Regulation

CFPB Sues Payment Processor for Facilitating Fraudulent Transactions

The CFPB sued payment processor Intercept Corporation, its owner, and its CEO on June 6, 2016, for allegedly enabling unauthorized withdrawals and other illegal activities of Intercept’s clients.  The complaint, filed in district court in North Dakota, accuses Intercept of processing transactions for its clients that it knew or “consciously avoided knowing” initiated fraudulent or… Continue Reading
Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends, Financial Institution Regulation, Securities and Commodities

A Circuit Split is Born. Eleventh Circuit Rules Declaratory Relief and Disgorgement Sought by the SEC Are Subject to 5-Year Statute of Limitations. Injunctive Relief is Not.

On May 26th, the Eleventh Circuit held that declaratory relief and disgorgement sought by the SEC are subject to the 5-year statute of limitations under 28 U.S.C. § 2462, but injunctive relief is not.  The court’s holding that § 2462 applies to disgorgement creates two circuit splits:  one with the D.C. Circuit, which has held… Continue Reading
Compliance, Financial Institution Regulation

CFPB Announces Plan to Promulgate Key Mortgage Disclosure Rule

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray recently informed several banking and other industry groups that the Bureau plans to introduce a proposed rule to address concerns related to CFPB mortgage disclosure requirements. In an April 21, 2016 letter to several key industry groups, Cordray stated that the CFPB received feedback on the Know… Continue Reading
Compliance, Financial Institution Regulation

CFPB’s Proposal Marks Government’s Latest − and Largest − Step Regulating Arbitration Clauses

Last week at a field hearing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a proposed rule that would prohibit providers of certain consumer financial products and services from including arbitration provisions in consumer contracts that bar the consumer from filing or participating in a class action with respect to the product… Continue Reading
Compliance, Financial Institution Regulation

Marketplace Lenders May Be Supervised by CFPB in 2017

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) plans to begin supervising online “peer-to-peer” or “platform” lenders as soon as late 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Journal reported that this oversight is part of the agency’s previously announced intent to monitor the largest lenders offering small-dollar loans and lenders that offer loans secured by… Continue Reading
Compliance, Financial Institution Regulation

Senators Take Steps to Ban Arbitration Clauses in Telecommunications Contracts

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, Senators Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) proposed legislation that would ban arbitration clauses in telecommunication service contracts. The proposed bill, the Justice for Telecommunications Consumers Act of 2016, would invalidate “any agreement to arbitrate a dispute that has not yet arisen at the time of the making of… Continue Reading

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