Last Friday, May 10, the Texas federal district court hearing the lawsuit challenging the CFPB’s final credit card late fee rule (Rule) granted the plaintiffs’ preliminary injunction motion and stayed the Rule.  The Rule was set to become effective tomorrow, May 14.  The district court’s ruling followed the entry of an order by the Fifth Circuit vacating the district court’s order denying the plaintiffs’ motion for expedited consideration of their preliminary injunction motion and remanding the case to the district court with instructions to rule on the plaintiffs’ preliminary injunction motion by May 10.… Continue Reading

On May 9, 2024, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) held a 98-minute joint hearing on airline and credit card rewards programs.  CFPB Deputy Director Zixta Martinez introduced the panel and public commenters.

In his opening remarks, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg compared frequent flyer and credit card rewards to savings accounts. … Continue Reading

In the lawsuit challenging the CFPB’s final credit card late fee rule (Rule), the Fifth Circuit has denied the CFPB’s petition for a panel rehearing to reconsider the panel’s order vacating the district court’s order transferring the case to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and issuing a writ of mandamus directing the district court to reopen the case. … Continue Reading

Yesterday, the Texas federal district court entered an order reopening the case challenging the CFPB’s final credit card late fee rule (Rule) which it had transferred to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and providing notice to the D.C. court that “the transfer was without jurisdiction and should be disregarded.”… Continue Reading

On February 29, 2024, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued Consumer Financial Protection Circular 2024-01, Preferencing and steering practices by digital intermediaries for consumer financial products or services. The Circular advised that: “[o]perators of digital comparison-shopping tools can violate the [Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA)] prohibition on abusive acts or practices if they distort the shopping experience by steering consumers to certain products or services based on remuneration to the operator;” and “lead generators can violate the prohibition on abusive practices if they steer consumers to one participating financial services provider instead of another based on compensation received.”… Continue Reading

Last week, the CFPB released its twelfth annual report to Congress on college credit card agreements.  The annual report is mandated by the CARD Act.

The CARD Act requires mandatory reporting to the CFPB by card issuers on agreements with institutions of higher learning or certain affiliated organizations (such as alumni associations). … Continue Reading

The Consumer Bankers Association has issued the second blog post of its four-part “Facts Matter” blog series.  In the second blog post, CBA “explains how the [CFPB’s] public statements can mislead market observers by painting an inaccurate picture of the credit card marketplace.”  CBA identifies various ways in which the CFPB’s October 2023 report (Report) under the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act tells “a different, richer, story about credit card fees” than the story told by the CFPB’s press releases and speechwriters. … Continue Reading

The Consumer Bankers Association has launched a four-part blog series “Facts Matter” to counter what it calls “misinformation conveyed by the CFPB” in its press release about the CFPB’s October 2023 report (Report) under the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act (CARD Act).  The CARD Act requires the CFPB to issue a biennial report to Congress on the consumer credit card market.… Continue Reading

The CFPB and the OCC announced that they have each entered into a consent order with Bank of America, N.A. for alleged violations arising from the Bank’s representment fee practices (“Fee Consent Orders”).  The CFPB also announced that it has entered into a second consent order with the Bank for alleged violations arising from certain of the Bank’s credit card-related practices. … Continue Reading

On April 17, the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) issued a news release responding to the CFPB’s proposal to lower the credit card late fee safe harbor amount to $8.  The CFPB claims that, even though Congress banned excessive credit card late fees, credit card companies have exploited a regulatory loophole “to escape scrutiny for charging an otherwise illegal junk fee.” … Continue Reading