Financial services companies - banks, non-bank lenders and loan servicers, auto finance companies, student loan companies, debt collectors, credit card issuers, non-traditional finance companies, and other market participants - face numerous legal challenges today, including government investigations and enforcement actions, a shifting regulatory landscape, novel civil litigation theories and other litigation risks. Especially as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other regulators issue guidance and promulgate new rules and regulations impacting the consumer finance industry, it is now more critical than ever that corporate counsel stay abreast of these developments and related enforcement and litigation trends in order to manage institutional risks. Recognizing this need, Goodwin's LenderLaw Watch monitors, chronicles and analyzes news and legal issues impacting our clients and the consumer finance industry.

District Court Declines to Extend Debt Collector's Reading of TransUnion v. Ramirez Standing Requirements

On April 27, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania certified a class comprised of individuals alleging the Defendants violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).  Plaintiffs allege Defendants violated the FDCPA by sending collections letters encouraging individuals to accept discounted repayment offers before a…

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CFPB Sues TransUnion and Senior Executive for Violating Law Enforcement Order Prohibiting Deceptive Marketing

On April 12, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had filed a lawsuit in federal court against TransUnion, two of its subsidiaries, and its longtime executive for failing to implement requirements of the CFPB’s 2017 law enforcement  order to TransUnion, and for violating Regulation V, which…

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California DFPI Issues Guidance to Financial Institutions Regarding Russia Sanctions

On March 4, 2022, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) issued a reminder to its financial institution licensees regarding their obligations in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine:  comply with U.S. sanctions on Russia, and employ safeguards to protect against attempts to use virtual currency transfers…

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CFPB Encourages Consumers To “Hold Accountable” Consumer Reporting Companies By Filing Disputes and FCRA Lawsuits

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On January 27, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published its updated annual list of consumer reporting companies for the purpose of encouraging consumers to seek access to their files, and sue if they believe there is a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violation.  The CFPB’s press release announcing the…

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Emory Law Journal Reports New Studies That Authors Claim Show Racial Inequities in Lender Advertisements

A new essay published in the Emory Law Journal argues that two empirical studies of advertising by certain banks and payday lenders in Houston, Texas indicate that payday lenders steer African Americans and Latinos to their products, while banks market primarily to white consumers.  The authors suggest that, consistent with…

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OCC Head Provides Remarks on Bank Overdraft Practices

On December 8, 2021, the Acting Comptroller of the Currency, Michael J. Hsu, gave remarks before the Consumer Federation of America’s 34th Annual Financial Services Conference where he expressed the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) push for bank overdraft reform to benefit financially vulnerable consumers. Hsu opined…

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Goodwin’s New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Hub

In response to recent changes at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), including the appointment of Director Rohit Chopra, Goodwin’s Consumer Financial Industry practice created a CFPB Hub to serve as a resource for companies in the consumer financial services space as they navigate regulatory developments. With specific regard to…

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New York Governor Hochul Signs Consumer Credit Fairness Act, Creating Significant Changes for Debt Collection Actions Brought in the State

On November 8, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Consumer Credit Fairness Act (the Act) into law.  The Act will likely have substantial impact on debt collection lawsuits filed by creditors or debt collectors in New York.  The Act not only reduces the statute of limitations for filing…

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CFPB, Banking Agencies, and State Regulators Warn of Increased Scrutiny on Mortgage Servicers

The CFPB, federal banking agencies, and state regulators are returning to pre-pandemic norms with respect to enforcement and supervision of the mortgage servicing industry.  On November 10, 2021, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union…

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CFPB Overcomes Challenge to PayDay Lending Rule

On August 31, 2021, the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas issued an opinion upholding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Rule regulating payday lending.  Community Financial Services Association of America, LTD., et al. v. CFPB, Case No. 1:18-CV-00295 (W.D. TX.) (Community v. CFPB). For background,…

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