In a decision issued earlier this summer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated the district court’s order awarding restitution, mandating civil penalties, and issuing an injunction in an action brought by the CFPB against two mortgage-assistance relief companies and four lawyers associated with the companies.  The decision imposes significant limitations on

The two trade groups challenging the payment provisions in the CFPB’s 2017 final payday/auto title/high-rate installment loan rule have filed an appeal with the Fifth Circuit from the Texas federal district court’s final judgment granting the CFPB’s summary judgment motion and staying the compliance date for the payment provisions until 286 days after August 31,

The CFPB has filed a lawsuit against Oakland, CA-based online lender LendUpLoans alleging that LendUp is in violation of a 2016 Consent Order that required the lender to pay over $3.5 million in consumer redress as well as civil penalties and to cease  misleading consumers with alleged false claims about the cost of loans and

(Ballard Spahr will hold a webinar on 9/21 at 3pm ET, “The Path Forward for Income Share Agreements.” Register online here.) 

The CFPB issued a consent order against an income share agreement (ISA) provider, Better Future Forward (BFF), in which it concluded that BFF’s ISAs are extensions of credit under the Consumer Financial Protection

We discuss a range of practical issues related to the rule’s rapidly-approaching effective date, including: the prospects for further CFPB rulemaking or guidance; the aspects of the rule that should be prioritized by third-party collectors and debt buyers; the rule’s impact on creditors (for internal collections and third-party collector/debt buyer oversight), state law considerations, and

The CFPB has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to implement Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act.  Section 1071 amended the ECOA to require financial institutions to collect and report certain data in connection with credit applications made by women- or minority-owned businesses and small businesses.  Comments on the NPRM will be due no

More than eight months after the close of briefing, the Texas federal district court has finally ruled in the challenge by two industry trade groups to the CFPB’s Payments Rule.  The court’s award of summary judgment to the CFPB on the constitutional challenges to the Rule was predictable.  We are disappointed that the court failed

In June 2020, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and Professor Kathleen Engel (collectively, the “Plaintiffs”) filed a lawsuit in the Massachusetts federal district court challenging the legality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Taskforce on Federal Consumer Financial Law (the “Taskforce”).  The crux of the Complaint alleges that the

On August 23, 2021, the CFPB filed its sixth status report in the lawsuit alleging wrongful delay by the CFPB in adopting regulations to implement Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act amended the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to require financial institutions to collect and report certain data in connection

The CFPB recently released a report entitled Data Point 2020: Mortgage Market Activity and Trends addressing 2020 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data.

Among various highlights, the Report provides that 4,472 financial institutions reported at least one closed-end loan in 2020, which is down by 18.8 percent from 5,505 financial institutions that reported in 2019.