On January 29, 2020, the House passed H.R. 3621, the Comprehensive Credit Reporting Enhancement, Disclosure, Innovation, and Transparency Act of 2020 (“Comprehensive CREDIT Act”). Sponsored by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), it passed by a mostly party-line vote of 221-189, with all but two Democrats supporting it. The legislation is a package of several Democrat-sponsored

The Student Borrower Protection Center has sent a letter to CFPB Director Kraninger urging her to designate the National Student Clearinghouse as a “consumer reporting agency,” supervise it as a “larger participant,” and add it to the CFPB’s public list of CRAs.  The letter is signed by Seth Frotman, who formerly served as the CFPB’s

The CFPB has issued a special edition of its Supervisory Highlights that focuses on compliance with the FCRA and Regulation V.  The report contains two main sections, with one devoted to supervisory observations at furnishers and the other devoted to supervisory observations at consumer reporting companies (CRCs).  (The report was published in yesterday’s Federal Register

The CFPB and FTC announced the issues that the panels will discuss at the workshop on accuracy in consumer reporting that the agencies will co-host on December 10, 2019.

The workshop will examine issues affecting the accuracy of traditional credit reports as well as employment and tenant background screening reports, including changes in legal requirements

On November 22nd, the CFPB issued a press release announcing that a stipulated final judgment and order (Order) were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Sterling Infosystems, Inc. (Sterling) to resolve allegations that the employment background screening company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  The CFPB’s

The Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA), the world’s largest trade association whose members include consumer reporting agencies operating in the United States and throughout the world, has filed a lawsuit against the New Jersey Attorney General seeking an injunction to block enforcement of revisions to New Jersey law that require nationwide consumer reporting agencies (NCRAs)

Recently, the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) and the Metro 2 Taskforce approved a new Special Comment Code in FAQ 69.  According to CDIA’s press release , the new code, “DE = Debt Extinguished Under State Law,” applies—as the code suggests—to debts that have become extinguished under applicable law.

Under most state laws, the running

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

The CFPB announced that it will host a public workshop with the FTC on December 10, 2019 to discuss issues affecting the accuracy of both traditional credit reports and employment and tenant background screening reports.

According to the announcement, the workshop “seeks to bring together stakeholders – including industry representatives, consumer advocates, and regulators –

Two bills relevant to consumer finance have been passed by the New York Assembly and Senate and are awaiting Governor Cuomo’s signature.

The first bill, S3704, would amend New York’s plain language requirement to extend its application to consumer contracts involving up to $250,000.  The requirement currently does not apply to consumer contracts involving