The CFPB recently issued a policy statement in which it provided a framework for determining what constitutes abusive conduct under the CFPA. After reviewing the definition of abusive in the CFPA and the historical background of the adoption of an abusive standard in the CFPA, we examine how the policy statement addresses each element of the abusive standard and share our observations as to the policy statement’s implications. … Continue Reading
Two companion bills titled the “Consumer and Small Business Protection Act” have been introduced in the New York legislature would make sweeping changes to the provisions of the state’s general business law (Section 349) dealing with deceptive practices. In addition to creating a new private right of action, the bills would greatly expand the powers of the New York attorney general. … Continue Reading
The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) has issued proposed regulations implementing certain provisions of the state’s Consumer Financial Protection Law (CFPL). Comments must be submitted by August 8, 2022.
The proposal includes provisions implementing the DFPI’s authority under the CFPL to issue and enforce rules defining unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices as they relate to “commercial financing,” as that term is defined in Cal.… Continue Reading
The CFPB announced yesterday that it is rescinding its January 2020 policy statement, “Statement of Policy Regarding Prohibition on Abusive Acts or Practices.” The rescission is effective on the date the CFPB’s notice of the rescission is published in the Federal Register.
The CFPB has issued a policy statement to clarify the Dodd-Frank Act’s abusiveness standard. The policy statement, which is applicable as of January 24, 2020, states that it describes “certain aspects of how [the Bureau] intends to approach its use of the abusiveness standard in its supervision and enforcement matters going forward.”… Continue Reading
In this podcast, Alan Kaplinsky, who leads our Consumer Financial Services Group, interviews Todd Zywicki, a Professor of Law at George Mason University and leading consumer finance expert, on the CFPB’s authority to prohibit abusive conduct. After reviewing how the CFPB has used its authority, Todd shares his views on what abusive means, how it differs from unfair or deceptive, what products or services can involve abusiveness, how the CFPB can best provide clarity, and the CFPB’s likely next steps in the wake of its symposium (at which Todd was a panelist).… Continue Reading
Having announced in April 2018 that it would be holding a symposia series, the CFPB has now set a date for the first symposium of the series. The first symposium, to be held on June 25, 2019, will focus on the Dodd-Frank Act’s prohibition of abusive acts or practices, specifically the meaning of abusiveness. … Continue Reading
In its blog post announcing the Fall 2018 Rulemaking Agenda, the CFPB announced that it is “considering how rulemaking may be helpful to further clarify the meaning of ‘abusiveness’ under the section 1031 of the Dodd-Frank Act.” This statement follows press reports of Acting Director Mulvaney commenting about the possibility of a rulemaking to define the meaning of “abusiveness” under Dodd-Frank, to bring clarity to this aspect of the Bureau’s authority.… Continue Reading
The Dodd-Frank Act gave the CFPB authority to regulate “unfair, deceptive, or abusive” acts or practices. Republican Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer has introduced the “Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices Uniformity Act,” (H.R. 5112), which would remove the CFPB’s authority to regulate abusive acts or practices.
The bill would also prohibit the CFPB from taking any enforcement action to prevent covered persons or service providers from engaging in an unfair or deceptive act or practice (UDAP) unless the CFPB “first consults the covered person or service provider’s primary financial regulatory agency, if any.” … Continue Reading
This post is the third in a series we’re writing on the FTC’s workshop on online lead generation entitled Follow the Lead. In our first post, we explored how online lead generation works. In our second, we covered the role that disclosures can and should play. Here, we will discuss the allegation the CFPB and certain consumer groups raise that the industry is “inherently deceptive.”… Continue Reading