Jeremy T. Rosenblum

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Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting issued a statement today in support of the CFPB’s proposal that would rescind in their entirety the ability-to-repay (ATR) provisions in its final payday/auto title/high-rate installment loan rule.  (The CFPB has also proposed to delay the mandatory compliance date for the ATR provisions until November 19, 2020 but took no action to change the rule’s payment provisions or the August 19, 2019 compliance date for the payment provisions.) In…
The CFPB has issued highly-anticipated proposed revisions to its final payday/auto title/high-rate installment loan rule (Rule) that would rescind the Rule’s ability-to-repay provisions in their entirety (which the CFPB refers to as the “Mandatory Underwriting Provisions”).  The Bureau will take comments on the proposal for 90 days after its publication in the Federal Register.  In a separate proposal, the CFPB has proposed a 15-month delay in the Rule’s August 19, 2019 compliance date to…
The CFPB announced that it has entered a settlement with Mark Corbett to resolve the Bureau’s allegations that Mr. Corbett violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act in connection with his brokering of contracts providing for the assignment of veterans’ pension payments to investors in exchange for lump sum amounts.  In its press release announcing the settlement, the Bureau stated that its investigation “is being conducted in partnership with the Office of Arkansas Attorney General…
The FDIC has published a request for information (RFI) on small-dollar lending, including “steps the FDIC could take to encourage FDIC-supervised institutions to offer responsible, prudently underwritten small-dollar credit products that are economically viable and address the credit needs of bank customers.”  (The FDIC supervises state-chartered banks and savings institutions that are not Federal Reserve members.)  Comments must be received by January 22, 2019. In May 2018, the OCC issued a bulletin intended to encourage…
Yesterday, the court reversed course in the lawsuit filed by two industry trade groups challenging the CFPB’s final payday/auto title/high-rate installment loan rule (Payday Rule).  On its own initiative, the Texas federal district court granted a stay of the Payday Rule’s August 19, 2019 compliance date and continued in force its stay of the lawsuit.  Unfortunately, the court did not specify a termination date for the stay of the compliance date, as the trade groups…
Earlier today, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection released a Public Statement Regarding Payday Rule Reconsideration and Delay of Compliance Date. Echoing rumors that have been circulating in the industry for several weeks (which we had agreed not to address in our blog), the Statement reads in full as follows: The Bureau expects to issue proposed rules in January 2019 that will reconsider the Bureau’s rule regarding Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment…
Resolving an ambiguity in the California Finance Lender’s Law (CFLL), the California Supreme Court unanimously held that borrowers may use the unconscionability doctrine to challenge the interest rate on consumer loans of $2,500 or more, despite the fact that the CFLL has deregulated interest rates on such loans.  Although unconscionability claims of this nature will be difficult to prosecute, the decision creates heightened risk for nonbank consumer lenders doing business in California, particularly when lending…
RD Legal Funding has submitted a letter to Judge Preska asking her to dismiss all of the federal claims of the New York Attorney General (NYAG).  The letter was sent in response to Judge Preska’s July 25 order in which she set an August 13 deadline for RD Legal Funding to submit a filing on jurisdictional issues. In its letter, RD Legal Funding states that the NYAG’s federal claims are brought pursuant to Dodd-Frank Section…
The CFPB announced last week that it has entered into a consent order with Triton Management Group, Inc., a small-dollar lender, to settle the CFPB’s allegations that Triton had violated the Truth in Lending Act and the CFPA’s UDAAP prohibition by underdisclosing the finance charge on auto title pledges entered into with Mississippi consumers. According to the consent order, Mississippi law requires auto title pledges to be structured as a single payment transaction with a…
We have blogged twice (here and here) about the conclusion in RD Legal Funding that Title X of Dodd-Frank is unconstitutional because it provides that the sole director of the CFPB can be removed only for cause.  This post addresses the issue that took up 95 pages of the 101-page opinion—whether RD Legal Funding violated UDAAP and usury laws because purported asset purchases were in fact disguised loans.  Before enforcement authorities or plaintiffs’…