PLI’s 25th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute will take place on December 7-8, 2020 by live webcast.

The Institute is considered the country’s premier consumer financial services CLE program and this year’s Institute will once again explore in detail important developments in consumer financial services regulation and litigation.  I am again co-chairing the event, as

We have recently focused on the DFPI’s expanded authorities under California Consumer Protection Law, the Debt Collection Licensing Act, and the Student Borrower Bill of Rights. In addition to these blockbuster bills, this legislative session included a short bill impacting the DFPI’s enforcement authority under the California Financing Law (“CFL”), which has

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced on September 16 that it has filed a Statement of Charges against debt collector Forster & Garbus LLP (Forster) for alleged violations of the state’s Debt Collection Regulation, Part 1 of Title 23 of the New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations, promulgated in 2015.  The alleged

On September 3, 2020, the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) announced that it has launched a formal investigation into whether Wheels Financial Group, LLC d/b/a LoanMart, formerly one of California’s largest state-licensed auto title lenders, “is evading California’s newly-enacted interest rate caps through its recent partnership with an out-of-state bank.”  Coupled with the California

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled last week in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Navient Corp. that the PA Attorney General could bring a parallel enforcement action against Navient, a servicer of federal student loans, under the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) even though the CFPB had previously filed a lawsuit against

The Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Karl A. Racine, (the “AG”) has filed a complaint against Elevate Credit, Inc. (“Elevate”) in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia alleging violations of the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act including a “true lender” attack related to Elevate’s “Rise” and “Elastic” products offered through bank-model

We explore a wide range of topics with AG Weiser including: who are his key staff members and their backgrounds; his office’s actions in response to COVID-19; recent changes to the CO Consumer Protection Act; and his office’s activities concerning student loans, robocalls, payday lending, and data privacy and security and its approach to consumer

This Friday, June 5, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET, Ballard Spahr will hold a webinar, “State Attorney General Priorities: Coronavirus and Beyond.”  Our special guest speakers will be three representatives from state Attorney Generals’ offices: Bernard Eskandari from California, Tom James from Illinois, and Max Weinstein from Massachusetts.  Our guests will discuss their

California Governor Newsom submitted his updated 2020-2021 budget proposal to the state legislature on May 14, 2020.  The proposed budget amendments include substantial cuts to compensate for the anticipated impact to state revenue due to job losses and business closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The funding allocated to the revamping of the Department of

The CFPB and the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs have filed a lawsuit in federal district court in South Carolina against two companies and their individual owner that alleges the defendants violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act and the South Carolina Consumer Protection Code (SCCPC) by brokering high-interest loans to consumers that were marketed