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.

Eleventh Circuit Holds FDCPA "Plausibly" Violated Despite Lack of Express Threat of Litigation

On April 5, 2019, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision holding that a plaintiff asserted a plausible claim under a provision of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) that forbids debt collectors from using “false, deceptive, or misleading representation[s] or means in connection with the collection…

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CFPB Releases Notice for Comment on Proposal to Delay Compliance with 2017 Final Payday Rule

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On February 6, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released a proposed rescission of the 2017 “Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans” final rule (Payday Rule), along with a “Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans; Delay of Compliance Date” (Delay of Compliance) notice.  The Payday…

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Supreme Court Issues Decision on Federal Arbitration Act

On January 15, 2019, the Supreme Court issued an important decision regarding the enforceability of certain arbitration agreements under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA).  In New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, No. 17-340, the Supreme Court unanimously held that courts should determine whether a contract falls within the “contracts of employment”…

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CFPB Releases Assessment Reports Analyzing the Ability to Repay and RESPA Servicing Rules

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On January 10, 2019, the CFPB issued a press release regarding two recently-released reports, which analyze the efficacy of the Ability to Repay Rule (ATR), and the RESPA Servicing Rule (Servicing Rule).  The assessment reports analyze data collected since the rules were enacted in January 2013, and are designed to assess whether…

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FCC Establishes Reassigned Number Database and TCPA Safe Harbor

On December 13, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Second Report and Order addressing issues with reassigned phone numbers and potential Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) liability, and establishing a safe harbor for business callers.  Currently, there is no comprehensive database which allows businesses to determine whether a phone number…

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