On Monday, September 9, 2019, a group of 28 housing, consumer protection and community development organizations issued a letter to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Reserve Board in advance of an anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the Community Reinvestment Act (“CRA”) and in response to

The FTC announced settlements of two lawsuits filed in a California federal district court alleging similar violations of the FTC Act, the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), and the Truth in Lending Act by providers of student debt relief services, their principals, and a Minnesota-based company that provided financing to customers of the providers involved in

In less than a year, pre-dispute arbitration agreements will be clearly permissible again now that the Department of Education has finalized its proposal to rescind the Obama administration’s “Borrower Defense” rule issued in November 2016 and replace it with “Institutional Accountability Regulations.”  The final regulations are effective July 1, 2020 and apply to loans disbursed

In its recently published Summer 2019 Newsletter, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (“DFI”) reported that it had interpreted the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) broadly to apply the SCRA’s 6% interest rate cap to a loan agreement entered into only by a servicemember’s spouse.  Generally, the SCRA provides for a 6% interest

Two recent Circuit Court opinions have significantly undermined the FTC’s powers under Section 13(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTCA).  These pivotal decisions may ultimately require the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify Section 13(b)’s boundaries.

First, in FTC v. Shire Viropharma, Inc., the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that in order to

In this podcast, we look at the opportunities for lenders to provide access to credit to “credit invisible” consumers through the use of AI underwriting tools.  We discuss these consumers’ characteristics, how AI can increase approval rates but not credit risk, risks of alternative data, the need for explainability of AI, and real world results

The issue of the CFPB’s constitutionality is currently before the Fifth Circuit in the interlocutory appeal of All American Check Cashing from the district court’s ruling upholding the CFPB’s constitutionality.  Oral argument was held in March 2019 and no decision has yet been issued.

At oral argument, the panel asked the parties whether it should

The CFPB has finalized its proposed revisions to its Policy to Encourage Trial Disclosure Programs” (TDP Policy) and policy on “no-action” letters (NAL Policy) and has also finalized its proposal to create a new “product sandbox” policy.  In addition, the CFPB has announced the creation of the American Financial Innovation Network (ACFIN) to facilitate coordination

The House Financial Services Task Force on Artificial Intelligence will hold a hearing entitled, “The Future of Identity in Financial Services: Threats, Challenges, and Opportunities,” at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2019, in room 2128 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The memo to the FSC Majority Staff indicates the hearing will focus on