Although we thought an announcement that the CFPB had begun taking complaints about new products would be made at its field hearing on consumer complaints last week, that announcement was made today.  The CFPB announced that it is now taking complaints from consumers about prepaid cards, such as gift cards, benefit cards, and general purpose

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs heard testimony from Director Cordray at its hearing titled “The Consumer Financial Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress.” Noteworthy aspects of Director Cordray’s testimony included the following:

  • As they did at the Committee’s hearing on the CFPB’s Fourth Semi-Annual Report, Committee members  questioned Director Cordray about

In the latest semi-annual update of its rulemaking agenda, the CFPB officially confirmed that it plans to propose a rule to define “larger participants of a market for auto lending.”  The official confirmation follows statements made by Steven Antonakes at a Consumer Bankers Association meeting in April 2014 that the CFPB’s next larger participant rule

On April 22nd, Senator Warren, nine other Senators, and 14 members of Congress sent a letter (the “Letter”) to Secretary of Education Duncan urging that the Department of Education (DOE) exercise its rulemaking authority to regulate, limit or outright ban certain practices when colleges enter into agreements with financial providers to offer debit cards, prepaid

Director Cordray’s speech yesterday to the National Association of State Treasurers consisted primarily of his standard remarks about the CFPB’s handling of consumer complaints, financial education initiatives, and mortgage reforms.  However, he did make some noteworthy comments on prepaid cards offered by states and local governments for wages and other government payments. 

Noting that federal

Findings on campus banking products released this past Monday by the CFPB in conjunction with a Banking on Campus Forum held in Washington, D.C. appear to be a harbinger of new limitations on the marketing of these products.  The findings were based on comments the CFPB received in response to a January 2013 notice seeking

Richard Cordray testified yesterday before the Senate Banking Committee about the CFPB’s Semi-Annual Report covering activities for the first half of this year.  We previously blogged about the Report.

Cordray’s written testimony states:  “As of September 3, we have received 72,297 consumer complaints about credit cards, mortgages, and other financial products and services, and

The staff of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection has weighed in on the CFPB’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking information on extending Regulation E requirements to general purpose reloadable prepaid cards or GPR cards. While the staff’s letter notes that the FTC voted to authorize the staff to submit a comment letter, it