D.C. Circuit Issues Long-Awaited Decision in ACA Challenge to FCC TCPA Rulemaking

On March 16, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in ACA International v. FCC, invalidating several key pieces of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) 2015 Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) interpretive order, but upholding other aspects of that order.  Significantly, the D.C. Circuit…

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Flynn, Whalen and Swank Published in September 2016 issue of Mortgage Banking for Article: “Servicing Remains an Enforcement Target”

*Editor’s Note:  This post originally appeared on our sister blog, Consumer Finance Enforcement Watch.  Visit CFEW for more real-time reporting on the full range of public federal and state consumer finance enforcement activity.* Goodwin’s Michael Flynn, a partner in the Financial Industry, Banking, Consumer Financial Services, and FinTech practices; Mike Whalen, a…

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Q1 2016 Sees Continued Focus on Mortgages, Fair Lending, and CFPB Enforcement (Interactive Charts Inside)

*Editor’s Note:  This post originally appeared on our sister blog, Consumer Finance Enforcement Watch.  Visit CFEW for more real-time reporting and data analytics on the full range of public federal and state consumer finance enforcement activity and the latest updates to our interactive charts.* For the first quarter of 2016, Consumer Finance…

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Operation Collection Protection Targets Abusive and Deceptive Debt Collectors

Late last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) revealed an ongoing nationwide enforcement initiative targeting debt collectors, called Operation Protection Collection.  The initiative is the first of its kind coordinated crackdown by state and federal enforcers targeting abusive and deceptive debt collection practices.  According to statements by the FTC, the…

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2Q 2015 Sees Increase in Enforcement Litigation

*Editor’s Note:  This post originally appeared on our sister blog, Consumer Finance Enforcement Watch.  Visit CFEW for more real-time reporting on the full range of public federal and state consumer finance enforcement activity.* For the second quarter of 2015, Consumer Finance Enforcement Watch tracked 56 enforcement actions taken against consumer finance providers,…

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No Summer Vacation for Student Lending Companies as Enforcement Activity Continues

Student lending continues to remain in the crosshairs of federal and state consumer finance regulators during the summer months, with over five enforcement actions and investigations in recent weeks.  As covered in both LenderLaw Watch (LLW) and Consumer Finance Enforcement Watch (CFEW), this is a small part of a larger…

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HUD Obtains $200 Million in Community Investment to Resolve Redlining Allegations against Midwest Mortgage Lender

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reached a settlement agreement with Associated Bank concerning allegations that the Bank violated Section 804(b) of the Fair Housing Act.  According to the conciliation agreement, HUD alleged that the Bank disproportionately denied loan applications of African-American and Hispanic applicants, and under-served…

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CFPB Orders Lender To Reduce Student Loan Principal Balances By $480 Million

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced that it had reached an agreement to give students of Corinthian College, Inc. at least $480 million in principal reductions on existing student debt. Former and current students will receive an immediate 40% reduction on existing principal balances of their loans with…

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The Last FHA False Claims Act Settlement of 2014

On December 31, 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development entered into a settlement agreement with New York-based Golden First Mortgage Corporation and its president and owner, David Movtady, concerning allegations that Golden First and Movtady violated the False Claims Act by approving FHA mortgage loans that failed…

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