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.

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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NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulation: Focus on Proactive Cybersecurity and Incident Reporting

Goodwin invites you to join us for our upcoming webinar on the NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulation. Now in its fifth year, the NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulation is a standout among state-level information security regulations.  This year, the NYDFS is investing additional resources into cybersecurity, with a new NYDFS Cyber Intelligence Unit formed…

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Supreme Court Reinforces Limits on Federal Court Standing, But Important Questions Remain

On June 25, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court decided TransUnion LLC v. Ramirez, revisiting some of the Article III standing principles it had set forth in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 578 U.S. 330 (2016), and addressing their application to Rule 23 class actions.  Keith Levenberg discusses this decision and its…

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OCC Proposes Rescinding 2020 Amendments to CRA Regulation; Coordinated Agency Regulations Coming

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released an interagency statement on July 20, 2021 that all three agencies will act together to revise their regulations implementing the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).  The OCC also…

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CFPB Issues Consent Order Against Fintech for Enabling Merchants to Secure Loans for Consumers Without Their Authorization

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On July 12, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a consent order (the Consent Order) against a Fintech company that facilitates home improvement loans (the Fintech).  The CFPB claims that the Fintech enabled “contractors and other merchants to take out loans on behalf of thousands of consumers who…

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CFPB Finalizes Amendments to Regulation X to Protect Borrowers Against Forthcoming Increase In COVID-19 Foreclosures

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On June 28, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized amendments to the implementing regulation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Regulation X, which would establish temporary protections for mortgage borrowers as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and various Federal and State…

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