Regulatory and Enforcement

The CFPB has proposed to delay the mandatory compliance date for the new general qualified mortgage (QM) rule that amends the Regulation Z ability to repay/QM rule from July 1, 2021 to October 1, 2022.  As previously reported, in December 2020, a little over a month before former Director Kraninger resigned, the CFPB issued

On March 3rd, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) announced a settlement with Residential Mortgage Services, Inc. (“RMS”) to resolve allegations that RMS violated the NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulation relating to a 2019 cyber breach.

In July 2020, NYDFS conducted an examination of RMS as a licensed mortgage banker.  During the examination,

We first review recent studies finding racial disparities in connection with consumer complaints and look at the methodology used for those studies and its limitations.  We then discuss how the CFPB uses complaint data, the risks faced by companies that are the subject of complaints, and the key components of an effective complaint management system

In advance of his confirmation hearing tomorrow, the Senate Banking Committee has released the prepared statement of Rohit Chopra, President Biden’s nominee for CFPB Director. 

The brief statement highlights several areas on which Mr. Chopra is likely to focus his attention as CFPB Director.  He raises concern about the financial difficulties faced by consumers as

On March 4 and 5, 2021, the Consumer Law Review of Loyola University Chicago School of Law will hold a symposium on issues involving racial justice in consumer law.  The symposium will consist of three panel discussions, with each panel discussion followed by a Q&A session.  Chris Willis, co-chair of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services

The CFPB recently issued a policy statement addressing the rules finalized near the end of former Director Kraninger’s tenure that amend the Regulation Z ability to repay rule/qualified mortgage (QM) requirements to replace the strict 43% debt-to-income (DTI) ratio basis for the current general QM with an annual percentage rate (APR) limit, and to create

Earlier this week, the CFPB announced that it has filed its first enforcement action under the leadership of Acting Director Uejio.  The lawsuit was filed in a Virginia federal district court jointly with the Attorneys General of Virginia, Massachusetts, and New York.  The complaint names as defendants Libre by Nexus, Inc. (Libre), Libre’s parent company,

The CFPB has filed its fourth status report with the California federal district court as required by the Stipulated Settlement Agreement in the lawsuit filed against the Bureau in May 2019 alleging wrongful delay in adopting regulations to implement Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Section 1071 amended the ECOA to require financial institutions to

In Part II of our two-part podcast, we discuss how we expect Rohit Chopra, if confirmed by the Senate, to approach his new role as CFPB Director.  We look at the possible implications of positions taken by Mr. Chopra as FTC Commissioner for how he will use the CFPB’s statutory authorities, his likely approach to

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with Hunt Mortgage, a licensed mortgage banker, to address the DFS’s findings that there was a “demonstrable lack of lending to minorities and in majority-minority neighborhoods in Western and Central New York by Hunt Mortgage.”  DFS also