On August 8, 2020, President Trump signed four executive orders that are designed to provide additional COVID-19 relief as talks on Capitol Hill collapsed on August 7 between White House negotiators and Democratic leaders over a fifth coronavirus stimulus package. One of those actions, which is directed to the Secretary of Education in the form

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 Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) published a notice of proposed rules implementing the Student Loan Servicing Act in the July 10, 2020 issue of the Illinois Register. Written comments will be accepted for 45 days.

The IDFPR initially proposed rules in November 2018 but withdrew them a year later because it

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a proposed settlement with a company and its three owner/officers for allegedly charging unlawful advance fees in violation of the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) in connection with their student loan debt relief business.

The complaint alleges that the company, Timemark

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a proposed settlement with several of the defendants in the lawsuit it filed in January 2020 in a California federal district court that alleges the defendants obtained consumer reports unlawfully, charged unlawful advance fees, and engaged in deceptive conduct.

The defendants included Chou Team Realty, LLC, which

We previously blogged about Virginia’s enactment last month of a law requiring student loan servicers to be licensed by the Virginia State Corporation Commission (“Commission”). As promised, we are providing a more detailed summary of HB 10/SB 77, which is undoubtedly one of the most sweeping laws we’ve seem to date targeted at regulating student

The Connecticut federal district court has ruled in Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency v. Perez that demands by the Connecticut Department of Banking (DOB) to the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for federal student loan documents are preempted by federal law.  PHEAA was represented by Ballard Spahr.

PHEAA services federal student loans made by

One Wednesday, Virginia enacted a law that requires student loan servicers to be licensed.  While Virginia opened its “Office of the Qualified Education Loan Ombudsman” in 2019, efforts to require licensure of student loan servicers had previously failed.

Identical bills HB 10/SB 77 had been sent to Governor Northam’s desk on March 12, but were

Massachusetts, New Jersey, ConnecticutIllinois, Colorado, California, Washington, and Vermont have announced that they are participating in a multi-state initiative to provide relief to borrowers whose student loans are not covered by the CARES Act through agreements with certain student loan servicers.  The announcements indicated that Virginia is

A coalition of groups that includes the Consumer Bankers Association, the National Council of Higher Education Resources, and consumer advocates, has sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to extend relief to federal student loan borrowers whose loans are not covered by the CARES Act.

The borrowers in question are those with