On July 29, 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a notification letter (the “joint letter”) to “remind” auto lenders and leasing companies of the protections provided to servicemembers and their dependents under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).  The joint letter provides a very basic overview and

On July 20, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and 18 state attorneys general led by New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that they have entered into a settlement with Harris Originals of NY, Inc. and related entities (collectively, “Harris Jewelry”), a national jewelry retailer that markets and sells military-themed gifts, to resolve their

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is “encouraging” student loan servicers to identify their military borrowers in order to conduct proactive outreach encouraging them to consolidate their loans and submit applications for forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). 

Servicemembers (and any other eligible public service applicants) must apply for PSLF by October

On July 13, 2022, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on National Security held a hearing entitled “Protecting Military Servicemembers and Veterans from Financial Scams and Fraud.”  A recording of the hearing is available here

July has been designated as “Military Consumer Month,” a public-private marketing initiative created by state and federal

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued the Office of Servicemember Affairs Annual Report for 2021.  The report focuses primarily on customer complaints, highlighting issues related to credit reporting, debt collection, and medical billing. 

According to the CFPB, it received more than 42,700 customer complaints from servicemembers in 2021, a 5% increase from

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently highlighted its concerns regarding the use of military allotments for loan repayment, inviting servicemembers who believe they have been treated unfairly by companies seeking repayment through the military allotment system to file complaints with them so that they can investigate further.  

A military allotment is an automatic deduction

On April 15, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Steve’s Towing, Inc., located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, pursuant to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”), 50 U.S.C. §§ 3901-4043, for alleged violations of the SCRA’s prohibition against enforcing a storage lien on a servicemember’s vehicle during, or within ninety days after,

The Department of Justice recently entered into a settlement with BayPort Credit Union to resolve allegations that it violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by charging unlawful interest to servicemembers and repossessing vehicles owned by servicemembers without first obtaining the required court orders.  As detailed below, the consent order requires BayPort to pay compensation

The final version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (NDAA) (S. 1605) currently awaiting President Biden’s signature does not contain several proposed provisions that members of the consumer financial services industry had opposed.

Specifically, the NDAA does not contain provisions that would have:

  • Expanded coverage of the Military Lending

On Monday, the CFPB and DOJ announced that they sent joint letters to landlords/property management companies and mortgage servicers regarding the protections given to servicemembers by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).

Letter to landlords/property management companies.  The letter only addresses SCRA protections for