Judges are beginning to address the increasing use of AI tools in court filings—including reacting to instances of abuses by lawyers using it for generative purposes and requiring disclosures regarding the scope of AI use in the drafting of legal submissions.  Now JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide, has issued rules—effective immediately—designed to address the use and impact of AI.… Continue Reading

The industry group plaintiffs in NAIB et al. v. Weiser et al., the lawsuit challenging Colorado’s opt-out legislation, have filed their reply to the brief filed by the Colorado Attorney General and Colorado Uniform Consumer Credit Code Administrator in opposition to the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction.  In their reply, the plaintiffs also respond to the amicus brief filed by the FDIC supporting Colorado’s position.… Continue Reading

Our special guest is Brian Johnson, Managing Director of Patomak Global Partners and former CFPB Deputy Director.  In November 2023, the CFPB issued a proposed rule to supervise nonbank companies that qualify as larger participants in a market for “general-use digital consumer payment applications.”  In this episode, we first discuss the CFPB’s authority to supervise nonbank entities considered to be “a larger participant of a market for other consumer financial products or services” and  its previous use of that authority. … Continue Reading

On May 3, 2024, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) jointly released the “Third-Party Risk Management: A Guide for Community Banks” (the “Guide”), presenting it as a resource for community banks to bolster their third-party risk management programs, policies, and practices.… Continue Reading

CFPB Director Rohit Chopra has released a statement about the proposal issued by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Federal Housing Finance Agency to address incentive-based compensation arrangements.  The rulemaking is required by Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which directed the FDIC, OCC, FHA, as well as the Federal Reserve Board, National Credit Union Administration, and U.S.… Continue Reading

After several years of refusing to adopt special rules applicable in mass arbitration proceedings, JAMS announced that it has issued Mass Arbitration Procedures and Guidelines and a Mass Arbitration Procedures Fee Schedule effective May 1, 2024.  The Mass Arbitration Procedures apply “only where the Parties have agreed to the application of these Procedures in a pre- or post- dispute written agreement.” … Continue Reading

In the lawsuit challenging the CFPB’s final credit card late fee rule (Rule), the Fifth Circuit has denied the CFPB’s petition for a panel rehearing to reconsider the panel’s order vacating the district court’s order transferring the case to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and issuing a writ of mandamus directing the district court to reopen the case. … Continue Reading

Following their announcement last July regarding their plans to coordinate on a range of consumer financial protection issues , the CFPB Director and his European counterpart, the Commissioner for Justice and Consumer Protection of the European Commission, have released a joint statement highlighting some areas those coordinated efforts have identified for ongoing monitoring and particular focus.… Continue Reading

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) recently issued a Financial Trend Analysis (“Analysis”) focusing on patterns and trends identified in Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) data linked to Elder Financial Exploitation (“EFE”) involving scams or theft perpetrated against older adults.

The Analysis is a follow up to FinCEN’s June 2022 EFE Advisory (“2022 Advisory”). … Continue Reading

As part of its junk fees initiative, the CFPB released a new report, “Price Complexity in Laboratory Markets.”  In its press release about the report, the CFPB states that because it “suggests consumers tend to pay more for products that have more complex pricing structures,” the report “has implications for understanding how junk fees impede fair and competitive pricing in markets like auto loans or mortgages, where consumers have to evaluate extended warranties, add-ons, closing costs, and a wide variety of other fees instead of an all-inclusive price.” … Continue Reading