On July 28th, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), reintroduced the Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act (the “Act”), legislation aimed at closing gaps in the existing anti-money laundering and countering of the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) framework as it applies to digital assets. … Continue Reading
In dismissing a class action last month alleging violations of the Military Lending Act (“MLA”), a federal district court in Virginia held that the MLA’s two-year statute of limitations is triggered by discovery of the facts underlying the violation, not by discovery that the MLA had been violated. Finding the MLA’s text to be inconclusive on this issue, the court looked to case law interpreting a similar statute of limitations in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) for guidance.… Continue Reading
In a highly anticipated decision regarding the treatment of Guaranteed Asset Protection (“GAP”) under the Military Lending Act (“MLA”), a federal appellate court has ruled that a hybrid loan that finances GAP coverage along with a motor vehicle purchase is exempt from the MLA’s restrictions. The 2-1 decision on April 12, 2023 by the U.S.… Continue Reading
A new report from the Urban Institute examining the 2015 expansion of the Military Lending Act (“MLA”) concludes that it did not lead to better credit and debt outcomes for servicemembers and may instead have limited access to credit for some servicemembers with deep prime credit scores. The report, titled “The Effects of APR Caps and Consumer Protections on Revolving Loans: Evidence from the 2015 Military Lending Act Expansion,” used credit bureau data to assess the impact of the MLA’s expansion on credit card ownership rates, credit limits, delinquency rates, and credit scores of MLA covered borrowers with subprime credit scores. … Continue Reading
On November 22, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) filed an amicus brief in a case involving the right of servicemembers to sue under the Military Lending Act (“MLA”). In the brief, the agencies ask the Eleventh Circuit to overturn a district court decision that held the plaintiffs (a servicemember and his wife) did not have a right to sue under the MLA because they had not suffered a concrete injury sufficient to confer standing.… Continue Reading
A group of Democratic House members, joined by a Republican House member, has reintroduced a bill (H.R. 5974) that would make consumer credit extended to any consumer subject to the Military Lending Act’s “all-in” 36% rate cap.
The bill provides that 10 U.S.C. Sec. 987(b) applies “to a creditor who extends consumer credit to a consumer to the same extent as such section applies to a creditor who extends credit to a covered member or a dependent of a covered member.”… Continue Reading
In addition to amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act dealing with the reporting of adverse information on servicemembers by consumer reporting agencies, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as passed by the House and now headed to the Senate includes amendments to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act that restrict the use of arbitration agreements and waivers of SCRA protections.… Continue Reading
On May 6, 2021, the CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs issued its eighth annual report summarizing its activities from January 1 through December 31, 2020. The report discussed the Office’s consumer outreach and educational efforts, servicemember complaint trends, and priorities for 2021.
The Office’s educational outreach focused on specific economic challenges and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including forbearance programs and emergency grants.… Continue Reading
In a blog post published on January 28, 2021 sharing a statement sent to CFPB staff, Acting Director David Uejio announced several new priorities for the CFPB’s Supervision, Enforcement and Fair Lending Division under the Biden Administration. In addition to prioritizing COVID-19 relief and racial equity, the CFPB will take new aim at Military Lending Act (MLA) compliance.… Continue Reading
The Department of Defense announced in its Fall 2019 rulemaking agenda that it is engaged in proposed rulemaking to amend its Military Lending Act (MLA) regulations, apparently in order to allow non-bank creditors to provide secured auto financing for purchase transactions. (The DoD’s agenda was filed as part of the Fall 2019 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which is coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget.)… Continue Reading