Search Results: Fair Lending / Fair Servicing

DOJ Settles with Social Media Company to Resolve Fair Lending and Discriminatory Advertising Allegations

On June 21, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a complaint and settlement agreement in federal court alleging that a social media company is in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3619, for employing tools that allow advertisers of housing-related services to exclude certain…

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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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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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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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California's Mini-CFPB Enters into Memorandums of Understanding with Earned Wage Access Fintech Companies

In January 2021, the new California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) entered into memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with five earned wage access fintech companies so that these companies can continue to operate in California while providing consumers with protection against abusive practices.  The DFPI, often referred to as…

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Fair Lending Considerations in a COVID-19 World: Fair Servicing and Consumer Relief in the U.S.

The sudden financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on consumers has led to calls for loan servicers and other interested parties to provide temporary or permanent relief for borrowers who are unable to continue making loan payments.  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), guidance in the…

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Fair Lending Considerations in a COVID-19 World: U.S. Paycheck Protection Program Issues

The first wave of class actions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic is here, including a number of cases concerning so-called “gating” eligibility rules that are legitimately applied by many lenders to manage the flow of applications for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). We expect these…

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Senate Democrats Press Treasury Secretary Nominee Mnunchin for Views on Bank Regulation and Fair Lending Laws

On December 21, 2016, the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), sent a pointed letter to President-elect Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin.  The letter is an attempt to gain an understanding of Mr. Mnuchin’s views on topics over which…

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CFPB Issues Special Mortgage Servicing Report, States Intention to Use Fair Lending Laws to Target Discriminatory Loan Modification Practices

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On June 22, 2016, the CFPB issued a Mortgage Servicing Supervisory Highlights Special Edition Report, and concluded that mortgage servicers may be violating the servicing rules that the CFPB enacted in January 2014, as a result of servicers’ continued reliance on ineffective technology.  In addition, the press release accompanying the…

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Treasury Department Weighs in on Online Marketplace Lending

On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department released a white paper entitled, “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending.”  The white paper is the result of a request for information that elicited more than 100 industry responses, and it reviews the benefits and risks of online marketplace lending before making…

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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 Director Proposes to Supervise "Captive" Auto Finance Companies

On September 18, CFPB Director Richard Cordray delivered remarks at a Field Hearing about CFPB’s latest proposed rule, which would allow it to begin regulating “captive” finance companies – those entities owned by automotive manufacturers “for the primary purpose of facilitating sales for their parent companies and associated dealers.” In his…

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Interagency Guidance: Regulators Will Enforce UDAAP Laws Notwithstanding Repeal of Regulation AA

The Federal Reserve Board recently made headlines when it repealed its Regulation AA to comply with the Dodd-Frank Act, leading some to wonder how, and to what extent, regulation of financial institutions might change going forward. But the federal agencies charged with regulating banking and credit activities have made it clear that they will continue to enforce prohibitions…

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Recent DOJ & CFPB Consent Orders Highlight ECOA Risks For Servicers

Synchrony Bank (formerly known as GE Capital Retail Bank) made two direct mail offers to its credit card holders, but it did not send the offers to Spanish-speaking customers.  The Bank self-reported its actions, resulting in consent orders with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Justice, which…

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