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CFPB seeks comments on new information collections

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The CFPB published notices in today’s Federal Register seeking comments on the following information collections: “Consumer Response Government and Congressional Boarding Forms.”  The notice states that the CFPB has developed portals  for state and federal agencies and congressional offices to view and search consumer complaint data.  While not expressly stated in the notice, based on the… More >

CFPB begins public disclosure of consumer complaint narratives

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As of today, consumer narratives are publicly available on the CFPB’s consumer complaint database.  In its press release, the CFPB stated that the database now includes “for the first time over 7,700 consumer accounts of problems they are facing with financial companies concerning mortgages, bank accounts, credit cards, debt collection, and more.” In March 2015,… More >

CFPB seeks comments on new information collections

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The CFPB published notices in yesterday’s Federal Register seeking comments on the following information collections: “Consumer Response Government and Congressional Boarding Forms.”  The notice states that the CFPB has developed portals  for state and federal agencies and congressional offices to view and search consumer complaint data.  While not expressly stated in the notice, based on the… More >

CFPB issues seventh Semi-Annual Report

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The CFPB has issued its seventh Semi-Annual Report to the President and Congress covering the period from October 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015. The 190-page report recycles information from previously-issued CFPB reports and reviews ongoing and past developments, all of which we have already covered in previous blog posts. By way of aggregate statistics, the… More >

CFPB FY 2014 service contract inventory available

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The CFPB has announced that its FY 2014 service contract inventory is available for public viewing.  The inventory provides information on service contracts over $25,000 funded by the CFPB in FY 2014. In addition to the inventory, the CFPB issued a summary listing its ten largest contract obligations.  The two largest obligations were for “Support-Professional: Program… More >

ABA raises concerns about costs to industry resulting from CFPB information gathering

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In a memo to state banking associations, the American Bankers Association raises concerns about the costs to industry of the CFPB’s use of its expansive authority to gather information under Section 1022 of the Dodd-Frank Act. As indicated in the memo, to inform its rulemaking process on overdraft protection services, the CFPB ordered three financial… More >

Senator Perdue renews attempt to change CFPB funding

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Republican Senator David Perdue has introduced a bill, S.1383 entitled the ‘‘Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Accountability Act of 2015,” that would make the CFPB subject to the congressional appropriations process.  Currently, pursuant to Dodd-Frank, the CFPB is entitled to receive automatic annual funding through transfers from the Fed that are capped at a fixed percentage… More >

Ballard Spahr Consumer Financial Services Group number one again in Chambers USA

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Chambers USA has once again ranked the Ballard Spahr LLP Consumer Financial Services (CFS) Group in the highest tier nationally in the category of Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance and Litigation). The 2015 edition quotes our clients who say, “They give definitive answers and I trust their advice” and “That is the only firm… More >

Shelby Draft Regulatory Relief Bill Addresses Various Residential Mortgage Issues

Posted in CFPB General, CFPB People, Mortgages, TILA / RESPA

On May 12, 2015 Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) released a draft of a regulatory reform bill entitled the Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015.  The draft bill addresses various residential mortgage lending issues, a number of which are summarized below.  The draft bill is scheduled for markup on May 21, 2015. TRID Safe Harbor.  Section… More >

Federal agencies issue final rule on standards for appraisal management companies

Posted in CFPB General, CFPB Rulemaking, Federal Agencies

The CFPB along with five other federal agencies have issued a final rule that establishes minimum state registration and substantive requirements for appraisal management companies (AMCs), as required by Section 1473 of the Dodd-Frank Act.  AMCs that are a subsidiary of an insured depository institution and are federally regulated (federally regulated AMCs) are subject to… More >

Suit Challenging Constitutionality of CFPB Fails for Lack-of-Standing and Other Procedural Defects, D.C. Circuit Holds; Morgan Drexen files for Bankruptcy

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Last week, in Morgan Drexen, Inc. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a divided panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of an action challenging the constitutionality of the CFPB.  The court did not reach the merits of the constitutional challenge, but rather held that the district court properly dismissed the case for… More >

CFPB/Fed webinar on TILA-RESPA integrated disclosures rule scheduled for May 26

Posted in CFPB General, CFPB Rulemaking, Hot Issues, Mortgages, TILA / RESPA

On May 26, 2015, the CFPB and Federal Reserve will be co-hosting the fifth and final webinar in their series on the TILA-RESPA integrated disclosures (TRID) rule.  Presumably, the reference to this webinar being the “final” webinar is intended to mean that it is the final TRID webinar before the rule becomes effective on August… More >

FDIC to host teleconference on complying with the CFPB mortgage rules

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, CFPB General, Federal Agencies

On May 21, 2015, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, the FDIC’s Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection will host a teleconference as part of its periodic series of events for bankers on important bank regulatory and emerging issues in the compliance and consumer protection area.  According to the announcement, the upcoming teleconference will focus on the… More >

House passes bill to cut CFPB funding; White House threatens veto

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Yesterday, the House of Representatives, by a vote of 235-183, passed H.R. 1195, titled the “Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act.”  As originally proposed, the bill would codify the CFPB’s existing advisory councils for community banks and credit unions (and rename them “advisory boards”) and establish a new Small Business Advisory Board. According… More >

CFPB files amicus brief in Fifth Circuit TILA case

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The CFPB has filed an amicus brief in Billings v. Propel Financial Services, LLC, a case on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  The issue in the case is whether a private lender extends“consumer credit” under TILA by providing loans to consumers for the purpose of paying residential property taxes. The… More >

CFPB to hold research conference on May 7-8

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The CFPB has announced that it will hold a research conference in Washington, D.C. on May 7-8, 2015.  According to the announcement, the conference “will be focused on high-quality consumer finance research, with academic and government researchers presenting their research papers.” The CFPB further states that the conference’s goal is to “connect the core community… More >

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

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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”

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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

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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

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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 >