The California Consumer Financial Protection Law (CCFPL) became effective on January 1, 2021.  The CCFPL gives the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) (the new name given to the state’s Department of Business Oversight) broad jurisdiction and sweeping new authorities that closely resemble those of the CFPB.  As a result, the DFPI has been labeled a “mini-CFPB.”… Continue Reading

On November 4, 2020, California voters approved of the ballot initiative Proposition 24, more commonly known as the California Privacy Rights Act (the “CPRA”).  The CPRA goes into effect on January 1, 2023, and will expand several of the existing protections in the California Consumer Privacy Act (the “CCPA”).

As background, the original CCPA emerged in 2018 as a compromise between legislators and the advocacy group, Californians for Consumer Privacy, which had secured a ballot measure vote for its proposed privacy law. … Continue Reading

On September 25, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed several consumer protection bills, including AB 3254, which extends the right to receive a translated version of certain consumer contracts to nonparty signatories, such as guarantors or cosigners.

Under existing law, a business negotiating a covered contract in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, or Korean (the five most common non-English languages spoken in California) must provide the consumer with a translated version of the contract. … Continue Reading

This past Friday, California Governor Newsom signed into law three bills that will significantly impact consumer financial service providers in the state.  One of those bills is AB-1864 which contains the California Consumer Financial Protection Law (CCFPL).  In addition to giving a new name to the state’s Department of Business Oversight which is renamed the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI), AB-1864 gives the renamed agency broad jurisdiction and sweeping new authorities that closely resemble those of the CFPB, leading many to label the renamed agency a “mini-CFPB.” … Continue Reading

Earlier this month, the California legislature passed three bills that will significantly impact consumer financial service providers in the state.  AB-1864 creates the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI), widely named a “mini-CFPB” because of its broad jurisdiction and sweeping new authorities that closely resemble those of the CFPB.  The two other major bills are SB-908, which will require debt collectors to be licensed in California, and AB-376, which establishes a Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights. … Continue Reading

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.” … Continue Reading

On February 7, 2020, the California Attorney General’s (AG) Office released modifications to the proposed regulations to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).  The modifications incorporate amendments to the CCPA signed into law after the AG’s Office issued the proposed regulations in October 2019.  The modifications also reflect public comments made during the initial comment period, which concluded in December 2019. … Continue Reading

On December 30, 2019, the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) announced two actions regarding companies offering unregulated, point-of-sale financing to California residents.  In the first action,  the DBO denied the application of Sezzle Inc. for a lender’s license under the California Financing Law (CFL).  According to the DBO in its Statement of Issues, license denial was warranted because Sezzle had engaged in unlicensed point-of-sale lending. … Continue Reading

In this podcast, we discuss the key aspects of the recently-proposed regulations to implement the CCPA, identify issues clarified by the proposal or left unresolved, compliance challenges raised by CCPA requirements for financial incentives and consumer requests received by large businesses, next steps (including the likely timeline for final regulations and enforcement), and activity in other states to adopt similar privacy laws.… Continue Reading

Last week, California Governor Newsom signed into law AB 539, which makes significant amendments to the California Financing Law (CFL), and SB 616, which creates a new exemption from levy for deposit account funds.

The Governor signed AB 539 on October 10.  Most importantly, the CFL amendments limit the rate of interest that may be imposed on loans of $2,500 – $10,000 to 36% plus the federal funds rate (which is currently hovering around 2%) per annum.… Continue Reading