In our recent webinar, “The Consumerization of Small Business Lending: Significant Developments and Trends,” Ballard attorneys were joined by special guest Malini Mithal, Associate Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Financial Practices.  Mark Furletti, Co-Chair of the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Group also participated in the webinar, together with John Socknat, a partner

The CFPB has filed its fifth status report with the California federal district court as required by the Stipulated Settlement Agreement (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

Federal and state courts, lawmakers, and regulators are increasingly recognizing that, in contrast to large businesses, small businesses often lack the sophistication needed to operate on an equal footing with providers of commercial financing.  As a result, there has been a growing body of legislative, regulatory, and enforcement activity on the federal and state levels

The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) has issued modifications to its proposed regulations to implement SB 1235, the bill signed into law on September 30, 2018 that requires consumer-like disclosures to be made for certain commercial financing products, including small business loans and merchant cash advances.

SB 1235, codified at CA Financial

The FTC has provided its annual update to the CFPB on the FTC’s FDCPA activities.  The latest update covers the FTC’s 2020 activities.  In addition to remaining an FTC focus, unlawful debt collection practices have been identified as a CFPB priority by Acting Director Dave Uejio and Director-nominee Rohit Chopra.  In the letter, the FTC

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

On December 23, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law S 5470B, which requires consumer-like disclosures for “commercial financing” transactions of $500,000 or less.  New York’s commercial financial law (NYCFL) states that it takes effect on the 180th day after becoming law, which is June 21, 2021.

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The CFPB took another significant step towards issuing regulations to implement Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act by releasing the final report of the small business review panel (Panel) on the proposals the Bureau is considering for developing such regulations (Report).

Section 1071 amended the ECOA to require financial institutions to collect and report certain

The New Jersey Attorney General recently filed a lawsuit in New Jersey state court against Yellowstone Capital LLC, its parent Fundry.US LLC, and various Yellowstone subsidiaries and affiliates alleging that the defendants violated the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (CFA) and the New Jersey Regulations Governing General Advertising (Advertising Regulations) in connection with marketing and

A New York federal district court has denied the motion filed by two merchant cash advance providers and their chief executive officer and president to dismiss the FTC’s lawsuit alleging they engaged in unfair and deceptive conduct in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act.

The court’s order stated only the following: “Motion denied