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On May 7, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued proposed rules (“Proposed Rules”) under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and its authority under the Dodd-Frank Act. If finalized, the Proposed Rules will be the first substantive regulations for debt collection practices since the FDCPA was enacted in 1977. The Proposed Rules would clarify the application of the FDCPA to current market conditions, most notably by permitting the use of text messages, emails, and social…
On September 30, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 1235, which requires disclosures of key terms in connection with certain commercial financing by non-banks and could impact bank/non-bank arrangements as well. With the passage of the Act, California became the first state to require consumer-style disclosures for commercial financing. The Act is intended to facilitate comparisons of financing options by recipients of covered financing offers. It establishes a general framework for the…
On February 14, 2018, the CFPB issued a Request for Information seeking comments on improvements to the CFPB’s supervision program and “how best to achieve meaningful burden reduction.” The CFPB is seeking comments from “all interested members of the public,” including supervised entities, companies supervised by other agencies, consumer advocates, and regulators. The CFPB asks commenters to provide “as much detail as possible” without disclosing confidential supervisory information. This RFI is the fourth in a…
On December 14, 2017, the Department of Defense published final interpretive rules (the “2017 Interpretive Rule”) amending previously issued interpretive rules on the Military Lending Act. The 2017 Interpretive Rule amends and replaces three specific questions and answers in the interpretive rules issued by the DOD in August 2016, while also adding a new question. Although the 2017 Interpretive Rule clarifies several ambiguities in the regulation, the limited scope of the Rule leaves many questions…
On October 5, 2017, the CFPB released its final rule for short-term loans. The nearly 1,700 page rule appears to follow the proposed short-term lending rule with several notable changes. Most notably, the CFPB did not finalize rules relating to underwriting requirements for long-term loans that do not have balloon payments. Read our client alert.…
On September 25, 2017, Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika discussed online lending and innovation in his keynote remarks prepared for delivery to the Online Lending Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. Consistent with his previous remarks, the Acting Comptroller expressed his support for a regulatory environment that fosters responsible innovation and touted the growth of online and marketplace lending as “the natural evolution of banking itself.” Read our client alert.…
On September 6, 2017, the CFPB announced that it has taken action against an online lead aggregator. The allegations revolved around the company’s selling personal information of consumers who were interested in small-dollar or installment loans to online lenders. It was alleged that the loans ultimately offered to consumers were, or were likely to be, void in a consumer’s state of residence, meaning that the lender had no legal right to collect the loans. According to…
On July 21, 2017 the Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force released the Faster Payments Task Force Final Report Part Two. The Final Report is a follow-up to Part One of the Faster Payments Task Force Final Report, which was published in January 2017 and provided an overview of the Task Force’s objectives and a description of the payments landscape. The Final Report summarizes the specific faster payments solution proposals submitted to and analyzed by…
On June 15, 2017, the CFPB released proposed revisions to its final Prepaid Accounts Rule. The Final Rule was published in November 2016 and was subsequently amended to delay the general effective date by six months, to April 1, 2018. The CFPB is seeking comments on proposed revisions to the Final Rule, as well as on two additional items related to a further delay in the effective date and a safe harbor for early compliance.…
On June 7, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued frequently asked questions that supplement the OCC’s 2013 guidance entitled “Third-Party Relationships: Risk Management Guidance.” The 2013 Bulletin sets forth the OCC’s expectation for banks’ due diligence and ongoing monitoring of third-party service providers, including enhanced diligence and monitoring for third parties that support critical activities. While the FAQs affirm this guidance, they provide substantial flexibility for banks to right-size their approach…