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In the Wake of Equifax: What Auto Dealers Need to Know About Data Privacy

Following the recent Equifax data breach wherein millions of consumers’ private information may have been compromised, it is increasingly clear that consumer-interfacing businesses need to, and in some cases are required to, take steps to protect their consumers’ private information. Although not traditionally considered “financial institutions,” auto dealers that engage in financial activities—those that extend … Continue Reading

CFPB Issues Final Rules on Payday and Vehicle Title Loans—Little Impact for Auto Lenders

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final rule on payday, vehicle title, and certain high-cost installment loans. The new rule is effective in 2019 and imposes stringent underwriting requirements and payment restrictions on certain covered loans. Be sure to review our previous blog post “CFPB Releases Long Awaited Small Dollar Rule: 5 Things You Need … Continue Reading

CFPB Releases Long Awaited Small Dollar Rule: 5 Things You Need to Know

After months of speculation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a final small-dollar loan rule on October 5. If the final rule takes effect, lenders will be required, among other things, to determine whether consumers have the ability to repay (ATR) their loans, prior to issuing certain short-term small dollar, payday, and auto title … Continue Reading

CFPB Makes Last-Minute Changes to 2016 Mortgage Servicing Final Rule

On October 4, 2017, the CFPB released an interim final rule and a proposed rule to amend certain provisions of its 2016 Mortgage Servicing Final Rule. While the changes will not drastically change the 2016 Mortgage Servicing Final Rule, it is nevertheless important for mortgage servicers to synthesize the information and adjust implementation efforts as the effective … Continue Reading

CFPB Walks the Data Privacy Tightrope on Public HMDA Disclosures

In the wake of the Equifax data breach, consumers, companies, and regulators alike are cognizant of the potential exposure of personal information, and many companies are looking at ways to decrease the risk of unauthorized disclosure of personal data. In creating effective data privacy policies and procedures, companies must also analyze requirements under certain statutes … Continue Reading

How to Protect Yourself from Financial Disaster in the Wake of a Natural Disaster

In light of Hurricane Harvey and all the damage that it caused, as well as the potential damage that may be inflicted by Hurricane Irma, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has provided advice on measures to take to secure your financial situation. Of course, as with any natural disaster, your most urgent needs should … Continue Reading

CFPB Issues Pay-by-Phone Guidance with Far-Reaching Implications

On July 31, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a public bulletin intended to provide guidance to covered persons and service providers who take payments from consumers using pay-by-phone services and charge the consumer a fee for such a service. The purpose of the bulletin was to highlight and re-emphasize the potential for violations … Continue Reading

What You Need to Know: CFPB Issues Final Rule on Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Financial Services Contracts

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its long-anticipated final rule on pre-dispute arbitration agreements on July 10. Clocking in at 775 pages, the final rule prohibits consumer financial services providers from including terms in arbitration agreements that limit a consumer’s ability to join or initiate a class action. While the rule falls short of … Continue Reading

CFPB Finalizes Amendments to TRID Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released final amendments to its “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule, which is also known as the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule (TRID), on July 7, 2017. As stated in the accompanying press release issued by the CFPB, the amendments “are intended to formalize guidance in the rule, and … Continue Reading

Regulatory Reformation: Treasury’s First Recommendations for Improving Financial Regulations

On February 3, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13772, which identified seven Core Principles by which his administration would regulate the U.S. financial system. The Executive Order also directed the U.S. Department of the Treasury to generate reports to identify any laws, treaties, regulations, guidance, reporting and recordkeeping requirements, and other government policies … Continue Reading

CFPB Issues Policy Guidance on Early Implementation of the 2016 Mortgage Servicing Amendments

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released “policy guidance” on June 27, 2017 related to the effective dates of the 2016 mortgage servicing rule amendments. In response to repeated requests from the mortgage servicing industry to change the two effective dates, the CFPB explained that it does not “intend to take supervisory or enforcement action … Continue Reading

Military Consumer Enforcement Act Introduced in Senate Seeks to Enhance SCRA Enforcement

Several U.S. Senators have introduced legislation for a Military Consumer Enforcement Act that would seek to empower the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to oversee and enforce compliance with the Servicemember Civil Relief Act (SCRA). If passed and signed into law, the new act would amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010. The SCRA, … Continue Reading

CFPB Rolls Out Student Loan Servicing Campaign Focusing on Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Despite the uncertain future of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray partnered with North Carolina’s Attorney General Josh Stein to roll out a new campaign focused on how student loan servicers should address borrowers applying for, and currently enrolled in, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF … Continue Reading

CFPB’s Debt Collection Rules May Be Coming Sooner Than Some in the Industry Anticipated

Yesterday, at the Consumer Advisory Board Meeting in Washington D.C., Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray provided an update on one of the most highly anticipated areas in the debt collection industry – the CFPB’s intentions with respect to its proposed debt collection rulemaking. The biggest news from the meeting was that the … Continue Reading

Guess Who’s Getting Directly into the Vendor Management Business?

In a regulatory field already crowded with federal and state regulators mandating the processes financial services companies employ in managing their vendors, the rather short insertion in the Spring 2017 issue of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Supervisory Highlights  may initially have sailed largely under the collective industry radar. Recently, however, trade publications have … Continue Reading

CFPB’s Fair Lending Report Indicates Increased Focus for 2017 on Servicing and Small Business Lending

For many of us, the mention of fair lending enforcement immediately brings us to the origination side of the industry, specifically conjuring thoughts of redlining and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data. While these topics will always remain a significant focus of regulatory effort in the fair lending space, the recently released Fair Lending Report … Continue Reading

How’d You Score That? CFPB Fines Experian Because of Misleading Credit Score Marketing

Whether it’s a football game, a standardized test, or a person’s credit, scores matter. In the case of consumer credit scores, the difference between falling in the high and low ends of the score spectrum impacts the financial lives of individuals. Understandably, many seek out their credit scores so that they know where they fall … Continue Reading

If the CFPB’s Protection Power Weakens, Who Will Fill the Void?

As rumors circulate about the potential diminishing role of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) within the new administration, one might wonder if the consumer financial lending space will become a lawless void. However, like a vigilante for justice, the state financial regulators are ready to step up and protect consumers in the financial space … Continue Reading

State AGs Ask Supreme Court to Spark Major Expansion to Scope of Federal Debt Collection Law

Should a full-service consumer finance company be subject to federal debt collection law when it attempts to collect upon debt it purchased? Attorneys general from Maryland, the District of Columbia, California, New York, and more than two dozen other states have urged the Supreme Court to adopt a startling new interpretation of federal law and … Continue Reading

Student Loan Servicers Still Looking for Clarification on Reporting Obligations

There is surprisingly little guidance for student loan servicers when it comes to credit reporting. The only recent guidance directed at loan servicers came by way of an announcement from the U.S. Departments of Education and Treasury and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on April 28, 2016 (DoE Fact Sheet). The DoE Fact Sheet … Continue Reading

CFPB Solicits Comments for its 2017 Credit Card Market Report

On Friday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a request for information about the credit card market. The CFPB uses responses to those requests, in conjunction with other data and research, to publish the biennial consumer Credit Card Market Report  required by the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act (CARD). The CFPB issued … Continue Reading

The Looming Student Debt Crackdown: Compliance and Enforcement Lessons from the Foreclosure Crisis

Given the parallels between the current student loan debt crisis (including the CFPB, Illinois and Washington’s recent lawsuits against Navient) and the foreclosure crisis of 2010-14, now is a good time to reflect on the lessons learned from past experience. From our experience negotiating comprehensive deals with regulators, advising companies on how to comply in … Continue Reading
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