Regulatory and Enforcement

As previously reported, the CFPB 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. Comments on the proposal were due by April 5, 2021.

Currently, for applications received before July 1,

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order to settle the CFPB’s allegations that a debt collector, Yorba Capital Management, LLC (Yorba), and its owner, Daniel Portilla, Jr., violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act and that Yorba violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.  The consent order permanently bans both Yorba and

The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) announced last week that it has entered into a consent order that permanently bars James Berry and any company he owns or controls from soliciting customers for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and seeking future enrollment as a solicitor for PACE programs.  In its press

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR) has issued Predatory Loan Prevention Act Frequently Asked Questions (PLPA).  The PLPA became effective on March 23, 2021, the day it was signed into law by Governor Pritzker.  The DFPR also issued a “Notice Regarding the Consumer Reporting Database and the Predatory Loan Prevention

While much attention has been paid to the “new CFPB’s” plans to make fair lending a top priority, the fair lending practices of financial institutions supervised by the federal banking agencies are also likely to face greater scrutiny under the Biden Administration.

In its Consumer Compliance Supervisory Highlights, the FDIC describes several matters involving

Consumer advocates often contend that Congress should prohibit arbitration agreements with class action waivers because servicemembers and other consumers need class actions to effectuate their statutory rights.  However, a report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to Congress last month contains data that refutes that argument.

The GAO report studied the impact of mandatory

The CFPB has rescinded seven policy statements issued from March 26 through June 3, 2020 that were intended to provide flexibility to financial institutions in meeting certain compliance requirements during the pandemic.  (The Bureau’s press release announcing the rescission of the seven policy statements also announced that the Bureau was rescinding its 2018 bulletin on

In what could be an important step towards needed regulatory updating to accommodate the growing use of artificial intelligence (AI) by financial institutions, the CFPB, FDIC, OCC, Federal Reserve Board, and NCUA issued a request for information (RFI) regarding financial institutions’ use of AI, including machine learning (ML).  Comments on the RFI must be received

In addition to rescinding seven policy statements providing flexibility to companies in meeting certain compliance obligations during the pandemic, the CFPB has also rescinded its 2018 bulletin (2018-01) that announced changes to supervisory communications.  The Bureau has replaced the 2018 bulletin with a new bulletin (2021-01).

In the 2018 bulletin, the Bureau announced that it