On September 6, 2019, the Bureau filed a complaint in federal court in the Central District of California against Certified Forensic Loan Auditors, LLC (CFLA) and Andrew Lehman (Lehman) in connection with their offering, advertising, marketing, and selling of purported financial advisory and mortgage assistance relief services, and against Michael Carrigan (Carrigan), who was CFLA’s

The CFPB has finalized its proposed revisions to its Policy to Encourage Trial Disclosure Programs” (TDP Policy) and policy on “no-action” letters (NAL Policy) and has also finalized its proposal to create a new “product sandbox” policy.  In addition, the CFPB has announced the creation of the American Financial Innovation Network (ACFIN) to facilitate coordination

The en banc Fifth Circuit has ruled in Collins v. Mnuchin that the FHFA is unconstitutionally structured because it is excessively insulated from Executive Branch oversight and that the appropriate remedy for the constitutional violation is to sever the provision of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) that only allows the President

The CFPB has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s lawsuit against Navient Corp.  The PA AG’s lawsuit includes claims that Navient violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act’s UDAAP prohibition in connection with its servicing of student loans.  In its amicus brief, the

In this podcast, we examine the compliance challenges arising from the provision of the CFPB’s proposed debt collection rule that allows collectors to leave a limited content phone message that would not violate the FDCPA’s third party disclosure prohibition.  In addition to the requirement for a collector to leave the name of a natural person

Nicholas Smyth, Assistant Director of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, was our guest speaker for a webinar yesterday.  Formerly a CFPB enforcement attorney, Nick was appointed by PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro about two years ago to lead the new unit.  Chris Willis, Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation

Last week, the CFPB announced that that it had entered into a consent order with an Illinois-based debt collection company. According to the settlement, the company’s business consists primarily of purchasing and then collecting on defaulted debt from banks and retail credit card companies. As part of the consent order, the company was ordered to