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CFPB seeking information on use of alternative data in credit process, including by small business lenders

Posted in Credit Reports, Small Business

The CFPB has issued a request for information (RFI) that seeks information about the use of alternative data and modeling techniques in the credit process.  On March 21, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET, Ballard Spahr attorneys will hold a webinar: The New Frontier of Alternative Credit Models: Opportunities, Risks and the CFPB’s Request… More >

CFPB/NY AG lawsuit against RD Legal Funding may signal greater scrutiny of non-loan financial products such as merchant cash advances

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Small Business

The CFPB and the New York Attorney General this week filed an action against RD Legal Funding, LLC, two of its affiliates, and their principal (collectively, “RD”), alleging that a litigation settlement advance product offered by RD is a disguised usurious loan that is deceptively marketed and abusive.  In particular, the Complaint alleges that the transactions… More >

CFPB releases Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda

Posted in Arbitration, Mortgages, Overdrafts, Payday Lending, Prepaid Cards, Small Business

The CFPB has released its Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda.  The agenda sets the following timetables for key rulemaking initiatives:  Arbitration.  The Spring 2016 agenda does not reflect the CFPB’s release of its proposed arbitration rule on May 5, 2016, stating only that the CFPB “is preparing to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking this spring.” … More >

Director Cordray defends CFPB positions in appearance before Senate Banking Committee; comments on small business lending and Fintech companies

Posted in Auto Finance, CFPB Enforcement, Fair Credit, Payday Lending, Small Business

Much of Director Cordray’s testimony in his appearance before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday consisted of his predictable defense of various CFPB positions.  While the hearing was much less contentious than last month’s hearing of the House Financial Services Committee at which Director Cordray appeared, the questions raised by Republican Senators focused on many of the… More >

CFPB continues to sharpen focus on small business lending

Posted in Marketplace Lending, Small Business

Evidence of CFPB interest in small business lending continues to mount.  While it was not surprising to see federal regulators attending the American Banker’s Marketplace Lending +Investment conference in New York City two weeks ago since many marketplace lenders make consumer loans, the CFPB also had several representatives attend the American Banker’s Small Business Banking… More >

Lawmaker seeks information on CFPB’s role in regulating online lending to small businesses

Posted in Fair Lending, Small Business

Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, ranking Democratic member on the House Small Business Committee, has sent a letter to Director Cordray and Mary Jo White, SEC Chair, seeking information about the roles of the CFPB and SEC in regulating online lending to small businesses. In her letter, Ms. Velázquez raises concerns that “small business consumers and retail… More >