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Former CFPB examiner-in-charge Bo Ranney joins Ballard Spahr and will share his insights in a Dec. 9 webinar

Posted in CFPB Exams

I am pleased to introduce my new colleague Bo Ranney to our blog readers.  Bo joins Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group after having spent three years at the CFPB.  I expect Bo to be a valuable resource to our clients, particularly in preparing for CFPB exams and in dealing with CFPB examiners during the… 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 announces November 13 “mystery” field hearing

Posted in Prepaid Cards

Departing from its past practice, the CFPB has announced that it will hold a field hearing in Wilmington, Delaware on November 13 but has not yet disclosed what the hearing will be about.  Instead, the announcement says only that “[m]ore information about the event will follow.”  It also contains the standard statement that the event… More >

CFPB posts 2015 final lists of rural and rural or underserved counties

Posted in Mortgages

The CFPB has posted its 2015 final lists of Rural and Rural or Underserved Counties on its website.  The CFPB has previously posted lists of such counties for calendar years 2011-2014. The lists are relevant to exemptions in several CFPB mortgage rules, including the CFPB’s rule requiring creditors to establish escrow accounts for certain first-lien… More >

ABA renews request for CFPB clarification on rolling mortgage delinquencies

Posted in Mortgages

This past July, the American Bankers Association sent a letter to the CFPB requesting several clarifications to the mortgage servicing rules.  One of such clarifications concerned application of the “120-day rule,” meaning the rule that prohibits a servicer from sending the first notice or filing for foreclosure unless a borrower’s mortgage loan is more than… More >

CFPB updated mortgage servicing transfer guidance published in Federal Register

Posted in Mortgages

In yesterday’s Federal Register, the CFPB published the compliance bulletin and policy guidance (Bulletin 2014-01) regarding mortgage servicing transfers that it previously issued on August 19, 2014 (New Guidance).  The New Guidance updates and replaces earlier guidance regarding mortgage servicing transfers set forth in Bulletin 2013-01.  We summarized the New Guidance in a prior blog… More >

Senator Crapo seeks information on CFPB’s regulatory streamlining efforts

Posted in CFPB Rulemaking

In our blog post yesterday about the CFPB’s final rule allowing an alternative online delivery method for annual privacy notices, we commented that the CFPB has made limited progress on its regulatory streamlining initiative launched in December 2011.  The CFPB’s streamlining efforts were also the subject of a letter sent to Director Cordray yesterday by Senator Mike… More >

CFPB finalizes amendments to mortgage rules

Posted in CFPB Rulemaking, Mortgages

The CFPB has issued a final rule amending certain provisions of the 2013 Title XIV final mortgage rules.  While in its press release the CFPB describes the amendments as “minor adjustments to its mortgage rules,” the final rule contains several major changes from the CFPB’s proposal. QM Points and Fees Cure.  Generally, to be considered a… More >

CFPB issues final rule allowing alternative online delivery method for annual privacy notices

Posted in CFPB Rulemaking, Privacy

Nearly three years after identifying the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) annual privacy notice requirement as a candidate for streamlining, the CFPB issued a final rule earlier this week to allow financial institutions that meet certain requirements to deliver such notices using an alternative online delivery method.  The rule will be effective immediately upon its publication in… 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 Continues Focus on Latino Community

Posted in CFPB General, Credit Reports, Debt Collection, Diversity and Inclusion, FTC, Uncategorized

The CFPB and the FTC have announced that the agencies will host a joint roundtable entitled, “Debt Collection and the Latino Community,” on October 23, 2014. The roundtable will examine how debt collection and credit reporting issues affect Latino consumers, especially those who have limited English proficiency (LEP). Consumer advocates, industry representatives, state and federal… More >

CFPB Explores Checking Account Screening Policies and Practices

Posted in Deposit Accounts

Today, the CFPB held a forum to learn more about how consumers are impacted by checking account screening policies and procedures. The CFPB recognizes that checking accounts are one of the most widely used financial products by consumers, but the CFPB has expressed concerns that screening practices may be preventing consumers from gaining access to… 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 announces research pilot on ways to encourage consumers to save at tax time

Posted in CFPB General

On October 2, 2014, the CFPB announced a research pilot to explore ways to encourage saving among consumers at tax time, with particular focus on tax-time saving practices among low-income consumers. The pilot is part of the CFPB’s “Project Catalyst,” which is designed to encourage consumer-friendly developments in markets for consumer financial products and services…. More >

CFPB Community Bank Advisory Council meeting scheduled

Posted in CFPB General

On October 15 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., a meeting of the CFPB’s Community Bank Advisory Council will take place at the CFPB’s offices in Washington, DC. According to the agenda Brian Webster, Program Manager for the Office of Mortgage Markets, will discuss mortgages, and Gary Stein, Deposit Markets Program Manager and Jesse Leary, Section… More >

CFPB seeks organizations to host financial coaches

Posted in Financial Literacy

In July 2013, the CFPB announced its plans to launch a financial coaching project in 2014 for transitioning veterans and economically vulnerable consumers.  Last week, the CFPB announced that it has contracted with the Armed Forces Services Corporation (AFSC), a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business, to run the project and that ASFC is looking for 20 organizations in geographically… More >

CFPB updates reverse mortgage guide

Posted in Mortgages

The CFPB has announced that it has updated its reverse mortgage guide to reflect recent product changes.  The changes concern the amount of money a borrower can draw in the first year and the ability of a non-borrowing spouse to continue to live in the home after the spouse who signed the loan passes away.

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 manufactured housing white paper may presage future regulation

Posted in Manufactured Housing

The CFPB has issued a white paper on the manufactured housing market, including how manufactured housing is financed and the types of consumers who purchase or rent such housing.  In the paper’s introduction, the CFPB explains that although manufactured housing only accounts for six percent of all occupied housing and a much smaller fraction of U.S…. More >

Defense Department proposes expansion of Military Lending Act regulations

Posted in Military Issues, Payday Lending

As anticipated, the Department of Defense’s proposed regulations to implement provisions of the Military Loan Act added by the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill would significantly expand MLA coverage.  The proposed revisions would limit interest charged to servicemembers and their dependents on all payday loans, vehicle title loans, refund anticipation loans, deposit advance loans, installment loans,… More >

CFPB announces new Project Catalyst project

Posted in Credit Cards

The CFPB has announced a new project as part of its Project Catalyst initiative, which the CFPB describes as ” designed to encourage consumer-friendly developments in markets for consumer financial products and services.”  The new project is a research pilot to examine the effectiveness of early intervention credit counseling for consumers who are at risk… More >