The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) has issued proposed amendments to its regulations implementing the Pilot Program for Increased Access to Responsible Small Dollar Loans (Pilot Program).  Initially effective from 2014 to2018, the Pilot Program’s sunset date was extended to January 1, 2028.  The Pilot Program operates under the California Financing Law

On March 23, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed into law SB 1792, which contains the Predatory Loan Prevention Act (the “Act”).  The new law became effective immediately upon signing notwithstanding the authority it gives the Illinois Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation to adopt rules “consistent with [the] Act.”

The Act extends the 36%

On January 13, 2021, the Illinois legislature overwhelmingly passed SB 1792 (the “Act”), intended to, among other things, overhaul the state’s consumer finance laws. Described prior to enactment as a bill related to “Energy Storage Systems,” SB 1792 passed, together with other major bills, with remarkably little debate.

The drafters’ inclusion of the

On November 5, 2020, the CFPB named Driver Loan, LLC (“Driver Loan”) and its Chief Executive Officer as defendants in a two-count complaint filed in a Florida federal district court that alleges they engaged in deceptive acts and practices in violation of the Dodd-Frank Act’s UDAAP prohibition in connection with taking deposits from and making

In the aftermath of a statement from the CFPB and the four federal banking agencies encouraging small-dollar lending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from the four federal banking agencies on “Interagency Lending Principles for Offering Responsible Small-Dollar Loans,” the CFPB has issued a “No-Action Letter (NAL) Template” for small-dollar loan

The Federal Reserve, OCC, FDIC, and NCUA have issued “Interagency Lending Principles for Offering Responsible Small-Dollar Loans.”  The agencies state that the principles are intended “to encourage supervised banks, savings associations, and credit unions to offer responsible small-dollar loans to customers for consumer and small business purposes.”

The issuance of the guidance follows