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Chris Friedman is a regulatory compliance attorney and litigator who focuses on helping consumer finance companies and small business lenders, as well as banks, fintech companies, and other participants in the financial services industry, address the challenges of operating in a highly regulated sector. Chris focuses on both small business lenders and alternative business finance products and has helped non-bank small business lenders, banks who make small business loans, commercial credit counselors, lead generators, and others in the industry. He helps clients launch new products, conduct due diligence, engage in compliance reviews, evaluate litigation risk, and solve some of the unique legal problems faced by companies who work with small businesses. In that vein, Chris has written extensively about the upcoming rulemaking related to Dodd-Frank 1071, which will require data collection and reporting by companies making loans to certain small businesses.

In early February, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent its annual letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The letter explained the FTC’s activities related to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and Regulation B of ECOA. Pursuant to a January 2012 memorandum of understanding between the CFPB and the FTC, and consistent with

Beginning next year, New Mexico will join a handful of other states (including, among others, California, Illinois, and Colorado) setting stringent interest rate caps on consumer loans. House Bill 132, which Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed on March 1, 2022, will slash the annual percentage rate (APR) applicable to loans made under New Mexico’s

CFPB Warns of Serious Issues with Fair Lending Standards for AppraisersThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released a blog post on February 4 warning of the possibility of discrimination in the appraisal process. The CFPB explained that, although appraisal discrimination based on racial inequalities has been outlawed for more than 50 years, they are still seeing reports of biased appraisers who “base their value judgments

CFPB Fall Supervisory Highlights Shed Light on Agency Priorities – Fair LendingAs 2021 came to an end, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its 2021 Fall Supervisory Highlights, which cover the CFPB’s findings of examinations completed on the first half of the year. Though the CFPB’s Fair Lending Supervision Program reviews compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and its implementing regulation, Regulation B,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a focal point for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – especially with regard to mortgage servicers and loss mitigation programs. In its Fall Supervisory Highlights, the CFPB noted the increase in borrowers needing loss mitigation assistance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and cited mortgage servicers for two

CFPB Fall Supervisory Highlights Shed Light on Agency PrioritiesYesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Fall Supervisory Highlights. The report covers examinations completed between January and June of 2021. Over the last year, the Biden-era CFPB has made various statements about its priorities. For instance, the Bureau has issued comments or taken action related to the small dollar lending agenda,

CFPB Issues a Request for Information Seeking Public Comment on Detecting Discrimination in Mortgage LendingOn Tuesday, November 16, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a  request for information seeking input on rules implementing the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (“HMDA”), to evaluate whether the rules currently meet HMDA’s stated goals. HMDA, originally enacted in 1975, requires qualifying lenders to collect, report, and disclose data about originations and purchases

After (Another) Unusual Year, We’re Very Thankful and Wish You a Happy ThanksgivingNow that the pandemic’s “social distancing” is lessening, we hope you are all able to gather with friends and family this Thanksgiving. As we do the same, we wanted to count our blessings as we review the year. This year, we are thankful for being able to return to our offices, our favorite restaurants, and

The CFPB Director Expresses Concern About Section 1071 Regulatory Burdens on Small BanksAfter the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to Dodd-Frank 1071, Rohit Chopra, the new CFPB director, expressed his concern regarding the regulatory burden that the proposed rule would have on small banks. Director Chopra stated that he hoped the CFPB could move towards bright-lined rules that are

New York DFS Proposes Regulation to Implement TILA-Like Requirements on Small Business LoansOn September 21, 2021, New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced proposed regulations that clarify the small business Truth in Lending disclosure requirements that go into effect on January 1, 2022. The proposed regulations come just in time as non-banks and fintechs are attempting to prepare to comply with the commercial financing law with