Here is an update on the lawsuit filed by three trade associations against the Colorado Attorney General and UCCC Administrator challenging the application of the Colorado opt-out statute to out-of-state, state chartered, FDIC-insured banks.

On June 18, 2024, Judge Domenico from the U.S. District Court for Colorado issued a preliminary injunction enjoining the Colorado Attorney General and UCCC Administrator from enforcing the Colorado statute opting out of Section 521 of DIDMCA against members of the plaintiff trade associations who make loans from outside Colorado to Colorado residents.… Continue Reading

In the same 2023 bill (House Bill 23-1229) that included Colorado’s DIDMCA opt-out**, Colorado adopted a statute excepting certain “general-purpose credit cards”, as defined, from the state’s limitations on finance charges and fees applicable to consumer transactions, effective July 1, 2024. However, ambiguities in the definition of “general-purpose credit card” have perplexed many in the industry.… Continue Reading

On April 22, 2024 (almost 2 months before Judge Daniel Domenico issued a preliminary injunction against the UCCC Administrator and Colorado Attorney General), Administrator Martha Fulford issued an Interpretive Opinion Letter regarding the Colorado opt-out law (to be codified on its effective date of July 1, 2024 as C.R.S. Section 5-13-106) (the “Colorado Opt-out Law”).… Continue Reading

The Colorado federal district court hearing NAIB, et al v. Weiser, et al., the lawsuit filed by three consumer financial services industry trade groups challenging Colorado’s opt-out legislation, has granted the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction.  As interpreted by the defendant State officials, Colo. Rev. Stat. § 5-13-106 (Opt-out Law), ), which is due to take effect on July 1, purports to apply Colorado’s interest rate and fee limits to interstate loans made by federally insured out-of-state state-chartered banks to Colorado borrowers. … Continue Reading

Last month, just a few days before the preliminary injunction hearing, Colorado’s attorney general filed a Motion to Dismiss the Complaint filed in federal district court in Colorado by three financial services industry trade groups challenging Colorado’s statute purporting to opt out (slated to take effect July 1, 2024) of a federal law that permits FDIC-insured state-chartered banks to “export” interest rates on interstate loans. … Continue Reading

On behalf of the American Bankers Association (ABA) and the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA), Ballard Spahr has submitted an amicus brief in NAIB et al. v. Weiser et al., the lawsuit challenging Colorado’s opt-out legislation  The amicus brief was filed in support of the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction.

The law at issue is the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980 (DIDMCA). … Continue Reading

Colorado has become the first state to pass legislation (SB24-205) regulating the use of artificial intelligence (AI) within the United States.  This legislation is designed to address the influence and implications, ethically, legally, and socially, of AI technology across various sectors.

Any person doing business in Colorado, including developers or deployers of high-risk AI systems that are intended to interact with consumers. … Continue Reading

The industry group plaintiffs in NAIB et al. v. Weiser et al., the lawsuit challenging Colorado’s opt-out legislation, have filed their reply to the brief filed by the Colorado Attorney General and Colorado Uniform Consumer Credit Code Administrator in opposition to the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction.  In their reply, the plaintiffs also respond to the amicus brief filed by the FDIC supporting Colorado’s position.… Continue Reading

As expected, the Colorado Attorney General and Colorado Uniform Consumer Credit Code Administrator filed their responsive brief in opposition to the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction filed earlier this month in federal district court in Colorado.  As explained in our earlier blog, in NAIB et al. v. Weiser et al.,… Continue Reading

Colorado’s attempt to opt out of interest rate exportation by out-of-state, state-chartered banks ultimately will fail, and will cause irreparable harm in the interim: therefore, enforcement of the opt out should be preliminarily enjoined, according to the plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction (the “Motion”) filed April 2, 2024 in federal district court in Colorado in NAIB et al.Continue Reading