In the federal government’s ongoing effort to revive the U.S. economy and help people harmed by the economic damage wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, an important detail has gone under-noticed:  the most recent set of federal stimulus payments to individuals are subject to garnishment by creditors.  And this fact is creating legal and operational challenges

On April 5, 2021, the CFPB issued a blog post suggesting various communication strategies for mortgage servicers, to handle increased volume associated with the COVID-19 national emergency.  Noting the CFPB’s recent Compliance Bulletin 2021-02 and Mortgage Servicing Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the post encourages mortgage servicers to use all available tools to reach affected

On April 5, 2021, the CFPB issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend Regulation X in various ways related to the COVID-19 national emergency (the “Proposed Rule”).  With the goal of enhancing protections for impacted borrowers, the Proposed Rule amends aspects of the early intervention requirements (12 C.F.R. § 1024.39), and loss mitigation procedures

On April 1, 2021, the CFPB issued Compliance Bulletin 2021-02 (the “Bulletin”), warning mortgage servicers to “take all necessary steps now to prevent a wave of avoidable foreclosures this fall.”  The Bulletin and associated press release cite industry data suggesting that around 1.7 million borrowers will exit COVID-related forbearances in September 2021 and the following

Rescission of Statement on Bureau Supervisory and Enforcement Response to COVID-19 Pandemic.  The CFPB issued a Rescission of Statement of Policy for the previously-issued Statement on Bureau Supervisory and Enforcement Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (March 26, 2020).  That statement is rescinded as of April 1, 2020, and in the rescission document, the CFPB announces

In its February 2021 Bulletin, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) reminds licensed mortgage loan servicers that DFPI examinations will include processes to determine compliance with state and federal laws providing consumer protections with regard to COVID-19-related foreclosures.  The DFPI notes that these laws “include provisions allowing for forbearance of mortgage

A class action lawsuit filed in September 2020 against Nike alleging that its policy requiring retail employees to wear Nike-branded, opaque masks discriminated against deaf and hard of hearing consumers under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) deserves attention from retail banks and non-bank financial services companies with brick-and-mortar facilities open to

The CFPB has issued “Supervisory Highlights COVID-19 Prioritized Assessments Special Edition.”

The report indicates that in May 2020, the Bureau rescheduled about half of its planned examinations and instead conducted prioritized assessments (PAs) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Bureau describes PAs as “higher-level inquiries than traditional examinations [that are] designed to

Among the unfortunate consequences of the pandemic has been COVID-19-related scams targeting businesses and consumers.  As real-time payments (RTP) become more popular in the U.S., fraudsters can be expected to increasingly engage in fraudulent RTP transactions.

A new article titled “The Effect of COVID-19 on Real-Time Payments” written by Ballard Spahr Of Counsel Judy Mok

We are joined by Kelly Cochran, formerly with the CFPB and now Deputy Director of FinRegLab, a non-profit focused on the use of data and technology in financial services.  We examine credit reporting, credit scoring, and underwriting issues arising from the pandemic and CARES Act requirements, including the use of comment codes by furnishers and