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CFPB settles with military base retailer and related companies for alleged unlawful debt collection practices

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Debt Collection, Military Issues

As part of this week’s flurry of enforcement-related announcements, the CFPB announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed jointly with the Attorneys General of North Carolina and Virginia  against Freedom Stores, Inc. (Freedom), a retailer selling merchandise online and in retail stores located near military bases that offered financing through retail installment contracts (RIC), for alleged… More >

CFPB sues company for alleged credit card sham

Posted in CFPB Enforcement

A new lawsuit filed by the CFPB alleges that a Texas-based company, Union Workers Credit Services, deceived consumers into paying fees to sign up for a “platinum card” that purported to be a general-use credit card but, in actuality, could only be used to buy products from the company.  The CFPB’s complaint, filed in a Texas… More >

CFPB announces lawsuits against student loan debt relief companies

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Student Loans

On December 11, the CFPB announced lawsuits against two student loan debt relief companies alleged to have deceived borrowers into paying upfront fees for federal student loan repayment benefits that are available for free. The action against College Education Services LLC and its individual owners, which was filed jointly by the CFPB and the Florida… More >

CFPB’s first criminal referral ends in 9-year sentence

Posted in CFPB Enforcement

The CFPB’s first publicly announced criminal referral has resulted in a nine-year sentence for the principal of a debt settlement company, who pled guilty to several of the charges.  The referral, which was made to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, arose out of the CFPB’s investigation of two debt-relief service… More >

CFPB settles second loan originator compensation case

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Mortgages

The CFPB entered into a stipulated order and final judgment with Franklin Loan Corporation (Franklin) to settle allegations that Franklin paid its employee loan originators compensation based on the interest rates charged on mortgage loans in violation of the Regulation Z loan originator compensation rule.  Without admitting or denying the allegations, Franklin agreed to pay… More >

Mortgage company that entered into CFPB consent order moves to dismiss class action claims

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Mortgages

Earlier this week, Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC, the mortgage company that entered into a consent order with the CFPB in November 2013 to settle charges that it violated the Regulation Z loan originator compensation rule (“LO Compensation Rule”), filed a motion to dismiss three counts of the class action complaint filed against it in July… More >

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman Files Third Annual Report Highlighting Bureau’s Hot Button Issues in Student Lending

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, CFPB Exams, CFPB General, Student Loans

The CFPB released its third Annual Report of the Student Loan Ombudsman, Rohit Chopra, discussing complaints received by the CFPB about private student loans and the lessons drawn by the Ombudsman from those complaints.  Before turning to the substance of those complaints, and the conclusions drawn by the Ombudsman, we think it important to put… More >

CFPB Issues First Enforcement Action for Servicing Rules Violations

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, CFPB General

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently announced a consent order with Flagstar Bank, F.S.B., alleging unfair acts and practices under the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) and violations of the CFPB’s Mortgage Servicing Rules. The penalties include $27.5 million in damages for harmed borrowers, a $10 million civil money penalty, a temporary restriction on the… More >

CFPB settles RESPA charges for marketing services agreements allegedly tied to referrals

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Mortgages

The CFPB has announced that it has entered into a consent order with a Michigan title insurance agency to settle charges that the agency violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by paying fees to various companies under marketing services agreements (MSA) that were based on the referrals the agency received or expected to… More >

CFPB and FTC file lawsuits against online payday lenders

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Payday Lending

Earlier this month, the CFPB and FTC filed lawsuits against different groups of interrelated companies and their individual principals for engaging in allegedly unlawful online payday lending schemes. The CFPB’s lawsuit, which the CFPB made public yesterday, was filed under seal on September 8, 2014 in a Missouri federal court contemporaneously with an ex parte… More >

CFPB enforcement head underscores CFPB’s limited use of “abusive ” prong of UDAAP

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, UDAAP

Tony Alexis, the head of enforcement at the CFPB, spoke today in Chicago at a program sponsored by the Committee on Consumer Financial Services at the American Bar Association Section of Business Law’s Annual Meeting. The topic was the “Use of UDAP/UDAAP by Federal and State Regulators.” Mr. Alexis emphasized that the Bureau has very… More >

CFPB, AG’s, secure $92M in debt relief for servicemembers victimized by predatory lending

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, CFPB General, Military Issues

NOTE: We intended to post this blog entry on the Monitor on July 30 but it was inadvertently omitted. The CFPB, after an investigation in cooperation with 13 state attorneys general, has entered into a consent order with Colfax Capital Corporation, a California consumer lending company (Colfax), and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Culver Capital, LLC, a… More >

CFPB settles enforcement action against another debt settlement payment processor

Posted in CFPB Enforcement

The latest chapter in the CFPB’s “comprehensive effort to address consumer harm and to root out unlawful practices across the debt settlement industry” is a settlement announced yesterday with Global Client Solutions, “a leading debt-settlement payment processor,” its CEO, and the chairman of its parent company’s board of directors.  In its complaint filed in a… More >

Furnishers Beware – CFPB Signals That Civil Penalties May Be Appropriate Even Without Any Actual Consumer Injury

Posted in Auto Finance, CFPB Enforcement, CFPB General, Vehicle Loans

Yesterday, the CFPB announced a consent order with First Investors Financial Services Group, Inc., an auto finance company that both makes loans to consumers and purchases retail installment sale contracts from auto dealers. Under the terms of the consent order, First Investors agreed to pay a $2.75 million civil penalty relating to allegations that it… More >

CFPB settles with military base retailer for alleged fee scam; Senators seek CFPB investigation of retailer’s debt collection practices

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Military Issues

The CFPB has announced a settlement with USA Discounters, a retailer that operates a chain of stores near military bases and offers financing for purchases through retail installment sales contracts (RICs), to resolve charges involving an alleged fee scam.  The consent order requires USA Discounters to make refunds to servicemembers of more than $350,000 and pay… More >

CFPB announces settlement with mortgage lender and its owner charged with “bait-and-switch” scheme

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Mortgages

On August 12, the CFPB announced that it has issued a Consent Order under which Atlanta-based Amerisave Mortgage Corporation, its affiliate appraisal management company, Nova Appraisal Management Company, and a principal and indirect owner of both companies, Patrick Markert, agreed to pay nearly $21 million for deceiving and overcharging consumers in a bait-and-switch mortgage-lending scheme. … More >

Federal district court grants CFPB petition to enforce CIDs issued to tribal lenders

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Payday Lending

A California federal court recently issued an order granting the CFPB’s petition to enforce its civil investigative demands (CIDs) issued to three tribally-affiliated payday lenders.  However, the court also granted the lenders’ request for a stay pending their appeal to the Ninth Circuit.  Although the CFPB did not oppose the stay, the court nevertheless found… More >

“Operation Mis-Modification” Targets Foreclosure Relief Companies

Posted in CFPB Enforcement

The CFPB continues to ramp up its enforcement actions and its collaboration with state AG offices as part of the new “Operation Mis-Modification.” The CFPB, the FTC and fifteen states announced a series of lawsuits against what they characterize as “foreclosure relief scammers.” The CFPB filed three lawsuits against individuals and companies – all law… More >

CFPB obtains $10 million of relief for payday lender’s collection calls

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Payday Lending

Yesterday, the CFPB and ACE Cash Express issued press releases announcing that ACE has entered into a consent order with the CFPB. The consent order addresses ACE’s collection practices and requires ACE to pay $5 million in restitution and another $5 million in civil monetary penalties. In its consent order, the CFPB criticized ACE for:… More >

CFPB issues final rule on temporary cease-and-desist orders

Posted in CFPB Enforcement

In a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the CFPB has announced that it has adopted its interim final rule on temporary cease-and-desist orders (C&Ds) without change.  The final rule takes effect on July 18, 2014.  The CFPB is authorized to issue temporary C&Ds under Section 1053(c) of Dodd-Frank.  That provision authorizes a temporary C&D… More >

CFPB orders New Jersey title services company to pay for illegal mortgage referrals

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Fair Lending, Federal Agencies, Mortgages

On June 12, the CFPB announced that it has issued a Consent Order under which a New Jersey title services company, Stonebridge Title Services Inc., agreed to pay a $30,000 civil money penalty for paying illegal kickbacks for referrals in violation of RESPA Section 8.  According to the CFPB’s press release, Stonebridge paid commissions to… More >

Ninth Circuit rejects Morgan Drexen’s attempt to enjoin CFPB’s enforcement action

Posted in CFPB Enforcement

As previously reported, in January 2014, the California federal district court hearing the CFPB’s enforcement action against Morgan Drexen rejected Morgan Drexen’s motion to dismiss based on a challenge to the CFPB’s constitutionality.  Although similar challenges had been made in other cases, this appeared to be the first decision to rule on the merits of… More >