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From 14 September 2019, certain electronic and remote payments must be subjected to two-factor, or “strong customer authentication”, under regulatory standards covering the European Economic Area relating to the second EU Payment Services Directive, which took effect in January 2018. Retailers are uncertain whether these new European anti-fraud measures will cause consumers to abandon online purchases. Read our client alert for guidance on transactions that might be impacted or exempt. Read our client alert.…
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 March 7, 2018, the FDIC entered into a consent order with The Bancorp Bank for allegedly inaccurate disclosures concerning the amount of transaction fees assessed on cardholders. This consent order is the latest in a series of consent orders from federal agencies in recent years regarding allegedly inadequate or misleading account disclosures. Read our client alert.…
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 18, the CFPB released a set of guiding principles for participants in the financial data sharing and aggregation industry. The publication of the consumer protection principles follows a November 2016 Request for Information in which the CFPB asked stakeholders in the data sharing and aggregation market to comment on consumer benefits and risks associated with developments that rely on financial account information. The publication of the principles was accompanied by a press release and…
On October 5, 2016, the CFPB issued its long-awaited final rule to further regulate prepaid card products, or “prepaid accounts” (the “Final Rule” or “Rule”). This alert identifies key provisions of the Final Rule addressing scope, disclosures, error resolution and liability, and provisions regarding so-called “hybrid credit-prepaid cards.” The Rule generally takes effect on October 1, 2017. Read our client alert.…
On September 8, 2016, the CFPB, the OCC, and the City and County of Los Angeles entered into a Consent Order with Wells Fargo, with civil money penalties totaling $185 million. The CFPB’s portion of those penalties is $100 million, which is the largest fine the Bureau has imposed since opening its doors in July 2011. The alleged conduct in question involved bank employees opening new deposit and credit accounts, issuing debit cards, and initiating…
On August 3, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released two items in connection with its series of events on the implications of FinTech for consumers. First, the FTC announced it will be hosting the next event in the FinTech Forum series on October 26, 2016. The event will address crowdfunding and peer-to-peer payments. Second, the FTC posted some key takeaways on its Business Blog from the first event in this FinTech Forum series, held…
On April 7, 2016, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the “Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic Lending Act of 2016,” or “SAFE Lending Act of 2016,” amending the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (“EFTA”) to include new limitations on small-dollar loans and prepaid cards. S. 2760 is cosponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), among others. Significantly, S. 2760 would impose…
In response to continuing concerns about the vulnerability of prepaid cards to criminal and terrorist abuse, five regulators issued interagency joint guidance on March 21 clarifying bank obligations to identify prepaid card accountholders under the existing regulations implementing the “Customer Identification Program” or “CIP” requirements of the USA PATRIOT Act. The Agencies intend the guidance to remind banks that money laundering and other criminal risks related to prepaid cards “require the implementation of strong and…