House amicus brief.  The House of Representatives has filed a motion seeking leave to file an amicus brief in support of the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Seila Law.  While acknowledging that the deadline for filing amicus briefs has passed, the House notes that a timely amicus brief would have been due the day

The CFPB and the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs have filed a lawsuit in federal district court in South Carolina against two companies and their individual owner that alleges the defendants violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act and the South Carolina Consumer Protection Code (SCCPC) by brokering high-interest loans to consumers that were marketed

On September 25, 2019, the CFPB filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Maryland against Maryland-based debt collector FCO Holding, Inc. (“FCO”), its various subsidiaries and Michael E. Sobota, the CEO, president, director, and owner of FCO. According to the lawsuit, FCO and Sobota operate the largest debt-collection company in the multi-unit housing industry,

Rather than wait for a decision from the Fifth Circuit in its interlocutory appeal from the district court’s ruling upholding the CFPB’s constitutionality, All American Check Cashing has filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari Before Judgment with the U.S. Supreme Court.  (The Fifth Circuit heard oral argument in March 2019 and last month

The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) has filed a letter commenting on the CFPB’s proposed debt collection rule.  Ballard Spahr served as counsel to the CBA in preparing the comment letter.

In the letter, the CBA urges the Bureau to make various revisions and clarifications to the proposal, including the following:

  • Taking the following steps to

Paul Watkins, Director of the CFPB’s Office of Innovation, joined Ballard Spahr partners Alan Kaplinsky and James Kim yesterday for a discussion of the CFPB’s final innovation policies.  Alan leads the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Group and James is a co-leader of the firm’s inter-disciplinary Fintech Team.

Last month, the CFPB finalized its proposed

This past Friday, by a vote of 225-186, the House passed H.R. 1423, the “Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act.”  A Senate companion bill (S. 610) was introduced in February 2019 and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  No action has been taken on the Senate bill.

The House bill would amend the Federal

The CFPB has released the Summer 2019 edition of its Supervisory Highlights.  The report discusses the Bureau’s examination findings in the areas of automobile loan originations, credit card account management, debt collection, furnishing, and mortgage originations.

Key findings include the following:

Auto loan originations.  Auto lenders were found to have engaged in an abusive

Last week, the CFPB finalized its proposed revisions to its trial disclosures and no-action letter policies and also finalized its proposal to create a new FinTech sandbox policy.  It also announced the creation of the American Financial Innovation Network (ACFIN), a network of federal and state regulators to facilitate innovation, and issued its first no-action