The CFPB recently issued a policy statement in which it provided a framework for determining what constitutes abusive conduct under the CFPA. After reviewing the definition of abusive in the CFPA and the historical background of the adoption of an abusive standard in the CFPA, we examine how the policy statement addresses each element of the abusive standard and share our observations as to the policy statement’s implications. We then look at past CFPB enforcement actions and supervisory findings in which conduct was alleged to be abusive. We also look at the overlap between abusive conduct and unfair or deceptive conduct and the relationship between “dark patterns” and abusive conduct and identify conduct that the CFPB might consider to be abusive. We conclude with a discussion of best practices for companies to consider to avoid engaging in conduct that the CFPB might find to be abusive.
Alan Kaplinsky, Senior Counsel in Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group, hosts the discussion, joined by Michael Guerrero, a partner in the Group, Michael Gordon, Of Counsel in the Group, and Brian Turetsky, Of Counsel in the Group.
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