The CFPB has issued a proposal that would make significant changes to the current rules for credit card late fees, including substantially reducing the safe harbor late fee amounts that card issuers can charge and eliminating annual inflation adjustments. After reviewing the legislative and regulatory history of the current rules, we look at the CFPB’s flawed rationale for reducing the safe harbor to a flat $8 for all late payments, identify the serious flaws in its economic analysis of the likely effects of the reduction, and discuss how the proposal relates to the Biden Administration’s junk fees initiative. … Continue Reading
In May 2022, the CFPB sent letters to the chief executive officers of six major credit card issuers regarding their companies’ payment furnishing practices. On February 16, the CFPB published a blog post about its key findings based on the issuers’ responses to those letters and released the letter it sent to the issuers summarizing its key findings.… Continue Reading
The issue of whether a home equity line of credit (HELOC) that can be accessed using a credit card is a “credit card plan” subject to the Truth in Lending Act’s setoff prohibition is currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The American Bankers Association recently filed an amicus brief in the case in support of the appellee bank’s position that the prohibition does not apply to HELOCs. … Continue Reading
We suspected something was afoot when December 2022 came and went without the CFPB announcing its annual inflation adjustments to the credit card late fee safe harbor amounts set forth in Regulation Z (which implements the Truth in Lending Act). With the CFPB’s issuance yesterday of a proposal to substantially reduce the safe harbor amounts, eliminate the annual inflation adjustments, and make other significant changes to the Regulation Z rules for credit card late fees, we now know the reason for the CFPB’s inaction on the adjustments.… Continue Reading
In a letter to Director Chopra, five banking trade groups address the CFPB’s obligation to comply with the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA) before proposing a rule on credit card late fees and late payments. The groups are the American Bankers Association, Credit Union National Association, Independent Community Bankers of America, National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, and National Bankers Association.… Continue Reading
The CFPB has issued a new request for information (RFI) to inform its biennial review of the credit card market mandated by the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act). Comments on the RFI must be received by April 24, 2023.
The CFPB’s first CARD Act report was published in October 2013, its second report was published in December 2015, its third report was published in December 2017, its fourth report was published in August 2019, and its fifth report was published in September 2021.… Continue Reading
On December 23, the CFPB published a final rule in the Federal Register regarding various annual adjustments it is required to make under provisions of Regulation Z (TILA) that implement the CARD Act, HOEPA, and the ability to repay/qualified mortgage provisions of Dodd-Frank. The adjustments reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in effect on June 1, 2022 and will take effect January 1, 2023.… Continue Reading
Earlier this year, New York delayed the effective date of its new law requiring card issuers to provide a grace period for using credit card rewards points that was slated to be effective later this week.
The delay means that the effective date of the new law is now December 10, 2023. … Continue Reading
The CFPB is seeking comments on changes to its semi-annual Terms of Credit Card Plans (TCCP) Survey. Comments must be submitted by October 17, 2022.
Amendments to the Truth in Lending Act made in 1988 by the Fair Credit and Charge Card Disclosure Act require the CFPB to conduct the TCCP Survey. … Continue Reading
In a blog post that appeared last week, the CFPB reported on research into various factors considered significant in explaining current credit card interest rates. The CFPB reported that over 175 million Americans have at least one credit card, half of which carry a balance that continues to accrue increasingly high interest rates. … Continue Reading