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House passes regulatory reform bills

Posted in CFPB General, Mortgages, Privacy

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives, in bipartisan votes, passed the following regulatory reform bills: The “Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act, H.R. 601, would create an exemption from the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act’s annual notice requirement for institutions that have not changed their privacy policies since their most recent annual notice and only share personal information… More >

ABA seeks changes to CFPB complaint portal and database

Posted in CFPB General

Last month, the CFPB announced that it was adopting its controversial proposal to publicly disclose consumer complaint narratives in its consumer complaint database, and would give companies, within the company web portal, an opportunity to recommend which option, if any, from a “set list of structured company response options” it wanted to include as a… More >

House Republicans ask CFPB and banking agencies to disclaim “Operation Choke Point”

Posted in CFPB General

Six Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee, including Chairman Jeb Hensarling, have sent identical letters to the CFPB, OCC, Fed and NCUA asking each agency to “publicly disclaim [its] past, present, and future involvement in Operation Choke Point or any similar operation.” The letters reference the statement issued by the FDIC in January… More >

CFPB Academic Research Council to meet on May 7

Posted in CFPB General

The CFPB’s Academic Research Council will hold its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on May 7, 2015.  According to the agenda and event flyer, the Council will discuss trends in consumer finance research, the activities of consumer financial protection agencies in other countries, and recent publications produced by the CFPB’s Office of Research. The event is open… More >

CFPB issues No FEAR Act report

Posted in CFPB General

The CFPB has issued its No FEAR Act Annual Report for FY 2014.  The “No FEAR Act” is the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002.  It requires federal agencies to submit an annual report to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management that includes data about federal cases filed against… More >

CFPB holds hearing on payday and auto title loans in Richmond, VA

Posted in CFPB General, Deposit Advance Loans, Payday Lending, Vehicle Loans

On March 26, the CFPB held a public hearing on payday and auto title lending, the same day that it released proposed regulations for short-term small-dollar loans. Virginia Attorney General, Mark Herring gave opening remarks, during which he asserted that Virginia is perceived as the “predatory lending capital of the East Coast,” suggesting that payday… More >

CFPB 2014 complaints report shows large increase in debt collection and credit reporting complaints

Posted in CFPB General

The CFPB’s Consumer Response Annual Report analyzing complaints handled in 2014 indicates that volume rose 53% from 163,700 complaints in 2013 to 250,200 in 2014. The report provides data on the most common types of complaints for each product, the handling of complaints, and median monetary relief.  Of the 250,200 complaints received in 2014, approximately… More >

Condominium unit ILSA sales exemption now effective

Posted in CFPB General

Effective March 25, 2015, the sale of condominium units are no longer subject to the registration requirements of the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA) under a new exemption.  This new exemption applies only to the sale of condominium units on and after March 25, 2015, but also will include condominium units within projects… More >

OIG adds new audit item to work plan

Posted in CFPB General

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has added a new ongoing CFPB project to its work plan updated as of March 13, 2015.  The OIG is auditing the CFPB’s compliance with the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002, as amended by the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010 and the Improper Payments Elimination… More >

Budget amendment introduced to change CFPB appropriations

Posted in CFPB General

Another Republican CFPB effort to subject the CFPB to the congressional appropriations policy took the form of an amendment to the Senate’s 2015 Budget Resolution introduced last week by Senator David Perdue.  Earlier in March, Republican Congressman Sean Duffy introduced the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1261) which is also directed… More >

CFPB seeks comments on new information collection plans

Posted in CFPB General

The CFPB has published two Federal Register notices seeking comments on its plans to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget for two new generic information collection plans.  Comments on both plans are due on or before May 22, 2015. One notice requests comments on a “Generic Information Collection Plan for Surveys Using… More >

CFPB adopts plan to publicly disclose consumer complaint narratives

Posted in CFPB General

The CFPB has adopted its controversial proposal to publicly disclose consumer complaint narratives in its Consumer Complaint Database.  Its plans for disclosing the narratives are set forth in a final policy statement.   According to the Federal Register document announcing the policy statement, the CFPB will not disclose any narratives for at least 90 days after the statement’s… More >

CFPB’s claims under CFPA survive challenge by for-profit education company but TILA claim held to be time-barred

Posted in CFPB General

An Indiana federal court recently granted in part and denied in part the motion of ITT Educational Services, Inc. to dismiss the CFPB’s complaint.  As we previously reported, the CFPB’s complaint alleged that ITT engaged in misrepresentations and other unlawful conduct to lead ITT students to obtain financing with onerous terms to pay tuition.  The… More >

CFPB supervisory report highlights violations in debt collection, consumer reporting, overdraft practices, mortgage origination, and fair lending

Posted in CFPB General

In its Winter 2015 Supervisory Highlights, which covers supervision work generally completed between July and December 2014, the CFPB highlights legal violations resolved using non-public supervisory actions involving debt collection, consumer reporting, overdraft practices, mortgage origination, and fair lending. The report indicates that recent supervisory resolutions in the areas of payday lending, mortgage servicing, and… More >

CFPB Holds Field Hearing On Arbitration Report

Posted in Arbitration, CFPB General

On March 10th, the CFPB held a public field hearing in Newark, New Jersey to address the release of its arbitration report to Congress. The event featured opening remarks from Director Richard Cordray, as well as commentary from consumer groups, industry representatives and members of the public. According to Director Cordray, the report was based… More >

More CFPB reform bills introduced in House

Posted in CFPB General

In addition to the bill introduced last week by Republican Congressman Randy Neugebauer that would replace the CFPB’s director with a five-member commission, four other CFPB reform bills have been introduced by Republican Congressman Sean Duffy.  A series of similar bills were approved by the House Financial Services Committee in November 2013 and incorporated into… More >

House Republicans introduce another bill to create commission to run CFPB

Posted in CFPB General

House Republicans are making another attempt to replace the CFPB’s director with a five-member commission.  A similar attempt passed the House early last year but did not reach a vote in the Senate. H.R. 1266, introduced earlier this week by Republican Congressman Randy Neugebauer, is entitled the “Financial Product Safety Commission Act of 2015.”  It… More >

Hensarling establishes new policy for issuing subpoenas and gives CFPB deadline for responding to document requests

Posted in CFPB General

Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, has established a new policy for using his authority to issue subpoenas to the CFPB and other agency’s subject to the Committee’s oversight.  According to a letter from Mr. Hensarling to Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the Committee’s ranking member, an agency will have “two… More >

Director Cordray to testify on March 3 before House Financial Services Committee

Posted in CFPB General

The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow, March 3, entitled “The Semi-Annual Report of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection” at which Director Cordray is expected to testify.  The most recent report was issued in December 2014 and covered the period from April 1 through September 30, 2014.  The report itself typically serves… More >

An Opportunity to Collaborate? The CFPB’s credit report study

Posted in CFPB General, Credit Reports, Financial Literacy, Hot Issues, Research

On February 19, 2015, the CFPB released its credit report study, entitled “Consumer voices on credit reports and scores.”  After conducting focus groups with 308 consumers in four major metropolitan areas, the study concludes that while many consumers do access their credit scores and credit reports in various ways, confusion about both still persists. In… More >

CFPB representatives to be featured at 20th Annual PLI Consumer Financial Services Institute

Posted in CFPB General

The 20th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, will take place on April 6-7, 2015 in New York City (and by live webcast and groupcast in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsburg, PA and New Brunswick, NJ) and on April 27-28, 2015 in Chicago. As I have done for the past 19… More >