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Central District of California Subjects CFPB Telemarketing Sales Rule Claims to Rule 9(b)’s Heightened Pleading Standards

Posted in CFPB General

In a recent case, the Central District of California held that the CFPB’s claims against a credit repair service under the Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR”) must meet Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b)’s heightened pleading requirement. CFPB v. Prime Marketing Holdings, LLC, CV 16-07111-BRO, Dkt. No. 32 (C.D. Cal. Nov. 15, 2016). Applicable to cases… More >

Members of Congress, consumer advocates file amicus briefs supporting CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc in PHH case

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Mortgages

A group of 21 current and former members of Congress and a group of 10 consumer advocacy organizations have filed amicus briefs in support of the CFPB’s petition filed with the D.C. Circuit seeking a rehearing of its decision in CFPB v PHH Corporation. Under D.C. Circuit Rules, “[n]o amicus curiae brief in response to… More >

CFPB Fall 2016 rulemaking agenda published

Posted in Arbitration, CFPB Supervision, Mortgages, Overdrafts, Payday Lending

The CFPB’s Fall 2016 rulemaking agenda has been published as part of the Fall 2016 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.  The preamble indicates that the information in the agenda is current as of October 19, 2016.  Accordingly, given the results of the Presidential election, including its potential impact on the CFPB’s leadership,… More >

How does the PHH case impact presidential authority to remove Director Cordray?

Posted in CFPB General

A blog post entitled “The President’s Removal Power and the PHH Litigation” by Aditya Bamzai, an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, challenges the assumption of many observers that the new President would have to let the PHH litigation run its course before acting to remove Director Cordray. As we… More >

CFPB November 2016 complaint report highlights other financial services complaints, complaints from Oklahoma consumers

Posted in CFPB General

The CFPB has issued its November 2016 complaint report which highlights complaints about “other financial services,” a category that includes debt settlement, credit repair, check cashing, and money orders.  The report also highlights complaints from consumers in Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City metro area. General findings include the following: As of November 1, 2016, the CFPB… More >

GAO report highlights gap in SCRA oversight for private student loans; encourages CFPB to seek additional statutory authority

Posted in Military Issues

On November 18, the GAO released a report examining issues related to implementation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) interest rate cap for student loans. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs requested the report in response to indications that servicemembers with student loans who are eligible for an SCRA rate reduction… More >

CFPB issues bulletin on incentive programs; Ballard Spahr to conduct Dec. 14 webinar

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, CFPB Exams

The CFPB has issued a new compliance bulletin (2016-03) on incentive programs.  The issuance of the bulletin reflects the CFPB’s increased focus on such programs. To assist clients in preparing for greater regulatory scrutiny, Ballard Spahr attorneys will conduct a webinar on December 14, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET: “Controlling Employee Conduct:… More >

CFPB amends commentary on adjustments to exemption thresholds; makes no changes to 2017 thresholds

Posted in CFPB Rulemaking

The CFPB has adopted changes to its Reg Z commentary to memorialize the calculation methods used each year to adjust the thresholds for exempt consumer credit transactions and for transactions exempt from the special appraisal requirements for higher-priced mortgage loans and to its Reg M commentary to memorialize the calculation method used each year to… More >

D.C. Circuit orders PHH to respond to CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc; invites response from Solicitor General

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Mortgages

The D.C. Circuit has entered an order directing PHH Corporation to file a response to the CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc in CFPB v. PHH Corporation. The order, filed November 23, 2016, requires PHH to file its response within 15 days.  It also invites the Solicitor General to file a response to the petition… More >

CFPB’s Prepaid Card Rule: Short Form Disclosure Requirements

Posted in Prepaid Cards

The CFPB’s Final Rule on prepaid cards includes, in addition to the long form disclosure requirements discussed in our November 21st blog post, highly detailed requirements for providing “preacquisition” disclosures to consumers of the basic terms of the prepaid card account. These “Know Before You Owe” disclosures are set to go into force on October… More >

CFPB files lawsuit against structured settlement purchaser

Posted in CFPB Enforcement

The CFPB has filed a lawsuit in a Maryland federal district court against: (1) Access Funding, LLC (Access), a limited liability company that purchases structured settlements from consumers; (2) Access’ managing member limited liability company and Access’ successor limited liability company; (3) three individual principals of Access; and (4) an attorney who allegedly provided advisory… More >

CFPB posts 2017 final lists of rural and rural or underserved counties

Posted in Mortgages

The CFPB has posted its 2017 final lists of Rural and Rural or Underserved Counties on its website.  The CFPB has previously posted lists of such counties for calendar years 2011-2016. 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 >

CFPB to participate in interagency MLA webinar

Posted in Military Issues

On December 1, 2016, the  FDIC will co-host an interagency webinar that will focus on Military Lending Act regulations and the Department of Defense’s recently-released interpretive rule. In addition to a CFPB representative, the other webinar participants will consist of representatives of the FDIC, OCC, and Federal Reserve.    

CFPB’s Final Prepaid Card Rule: Long Form Disclosures

Posted in Prepaid Cards

The final Prepaid Card Rule requires not only so-called “packaging” or short form disclosures prior to acquisition of the prepaid card account, but also that a long form disclosure be provided to the consumer. Whereas the short form disclosures are intended to aid in comparison-shopping, the long form disclosure provides the complete, unabridged itemization of… More >

Petition for writ of certiorari filed in case asserting recess appointment defense to CFPB enforcement action

Posted in CFPB General

Since it was filed in a California federal court in July 2012, we have been following CFPB v. Chance Edward Gordon, a case in which the CFPB alleged that an attorney duped consumers by falsely promising loan modifications in exchange for advance fees and, in reality, did little or nothing to help consumers.  The CFPB… More >

FTC seeks information on class action claims rates

Posted in Arbitration, FTC

The FTC has announced that to study the effectiveness of various class action settlement notice programs, it has issued orders to eight claims administrators requiring them to provide information on their procedures for notifying class members about settlements and the response rates for various methods of notification. It is anticipated that such information will demonstrate… More >

FTC continues vigorous use of enforcement authority; Ballard Spahr to hold Jan. 4 webinar

Posted in FTC

As observers ponder the CFPB’s future in a Trump Administration, the Federal Trade Commission’s continuing role as an enforcer of federal consumer financial protection laws should not be overlooked.  Over the approximately five years the CFPB has been operational, the FTC has demonstrated its intention to vigorously use its enforcement authority as to nonbanks even… More >