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CFPB’s Proposed Arbitration Rule Designed to Protect Consumer Financial Services Class Actions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released a proposal to prohibit creditors from using arbitration clauses to block class action litigation. The Bureau’s proposed ban is not surprising. However, it will only impact arbitration agreements concerning covered consumer financial products or services entered into after its…

CFPB Reopens Comment Period on ‘Periodic Statements in Bankruptcy’ Mortgage Servicing Amendments

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently reopened the comment period for its proposed amendments to the mortgage servicing related rules under RESPA and TILA that generally would require servicers to provide modified periodic statements to consumers who have filed for bankruptcy. The full announcement…

Parsing the CFPB’s EFTA Bulletin

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a bulletin on Nov. 23, 2015 “intended to remind entities of their obligations under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA) and Regulation E.” A careful read is needed, as Bulletin 2015-06 can be easily misinterpreted. A copy is available…

Supervisory Highlights Reveals Wide-Spread Compliance by Debt Collectors

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s latest edition of Supervisory Highlights was released last week. I expected some stinging comments directed at debt collectors and debt buyers, given the recent consent decrees. What I found was the opposite. The 45-page report devoted only three paragraphs to supervised…

CFPB Issues Supervisory Highlights (Fall 2015), Including Discussion of Fair Lending Compliance

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released its Supervisory Highlights (Issue 9, Fall 2015), a copy of which is available here. The CFPB reported that, among other things, its “supervisory activities have either led to or supported six recent public enforcement actions, resulting…

DC Circuit Holds Bank Has Standing to Challenge CFPB Constitutionality But Not FSOC’s

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently held that a bank has standing to challenge the constitutionality of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the recess appointment of its director, reversing the district court and remanding. However, the Court also…

CFPB, DOJ Enter Into Alleged ‘Discretionary Pricing’ Discrimination Consent Order with Auto Finance Company

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Department of Justice recently entered into a Consent Order with an automobile finance company for alleged violations of the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1691 (ECOA), arising from the auto finance company’s policies and practices allowing…

CFPB Wins Early Round In Battle to Regulate Attorney Professional Conduct

Yesterday I commented on a recent decision from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Miljkovic v. Shafritz and Dinkin, P.A. et al., noting it spelled trouble for attorneys engaged in debt collection. Miljkovic incorrectly construes the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and its legislative history as well as…