The CFPB recently ordered a bank to cancel garnishment fees, review its system for processing garnishment orders, cease using contracts which limit consumer rights, and pay a $10 million penalty to the CFPB’s Civil Penalty Fund.  

The garnishment process is a method for creditors to recover amounts that a judgment debtor owes from a third party that holds the judgment debtor’s assets, such as a deposit account held by a bank. … Continue Reading

The CFPB has released the Spring 2022 edition of its Supervisory Highlights.  The report discusses the Bureau’s examinations in the areas of auto servicing, consumer reporting, credit card account management, debt collection, deposits, mortgage origination, prepaid accounts, remittance transfers, and student loan servicing that were completed between July 2021 and December 2021. … Continue Reading

A Pennsylvania federal district court recently held that Regulation J did not completely preempt state law claims related to a wire transfer, and thus did not fall under the “complete preemption” exception to the “well-pleaded complaint rule.”  Reg J deals with the collection of checks and other items by Federal Reserve Banks and fund transfers through Fedwire.… Continue Reading

Marketing by nonbanks of products and services offered with bank partners is coming under increasing scrutiny that focuses on the potential for consumers to be led to believe that the nonbank is a bank, or is FDIC insured.  We discuss recent state and federal regulatory and enforcement developments, including the FDIC’s proposed rule addressing false advertising, misuse of the FDIC logo, and misrepresentation of insured status, and state regulators’ and federal lawmakers’ interest in the issue, and offer takeaways for banks and nonbank partners on what these developments mean for their marketing efforts.… Continue Reading

We discuss the practices found to be unlawful by CFPB examiners in the areas of deposits, auto servicing, and payday lending, identify practical takeaways for avoiding criticism by the “new CFPB,” and share our thoughts on what the findings signal for future scrutiny in these areas by the “new CFPB.”

Ballard Spahr Senior Counsel Alan Kaplinsky hosts the conversation, joined by Chris Willis, Co-Chair of the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Group, and Jason Cover, a partner in the Group.… Continue Reading

On April 1, 2021, the FDIC’s final rule issued in December 2020 revising its brokered deposits regulation became effective.  The full compliance date for the final rule is January 1, 2022.  The rule established a new framework for analyzing whether deposits made through deposit arrangements qualify as “brokered deposits” and amended the methodology for calculating the interest rate restrictions that apply to less than well capitalized insured depository institutions.… Continue Reading

The FDIC has issued a final rule that establishes a new framework for analyzing whether deposits made through deposit arrangements qualify as “brokered deposits” and amends the methodology for calculating the interest rate restrictions that apply to less than well capitalized insured depository institutions (IDIs).  The final rule, which includes material differences from the FDIC’s proposal, becomes effective April 1, 2021, with full compliance extended until January 1, 2022. … Continue Reading

We review the following findings and discuss their compliance implications: FCRA violations based on obtaining credit reports without a permissible purpose, incorrectly reporting the date of first delinquency, failing to conduct reasonable dispute investigations; Reg. E violations based on waivers of consumers’ dispute rights, use of incorrect date to determine timeliness of error notices, providing inadequate notices of error investigation results; and Reg.… Continue Reading

The CFPB has released the Summer 2020 edition of its Supervisory Highlights.  The report discusses the Bureau’s examinations in the areas of consumer reporting, debt collection, deposits, fair lending, mortgage servicing, and payday lending that were completed between September 2019 and December 2019.

Key findings are described below.

Consumer reporting. … Continue Reading