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.

Five Federal Financial Agencies Propose Rule to Clarify Role of Supervisory Guidance

On November 5, 2020, the Federal Register published five federal financial regulatory agencies’ invitation for comment on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) that would codify the agencies’ Interagency Statement Clarifying the Role of Supervisory Guidance, as amended, which was issued on September 11, 2018 (2018 Statement).  The 2018 Statement…

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues New Final Rule Modernizing the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

On October 30, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a new final rule implementing the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).  According the CFPB’s press release, the new final rule is designed “to restate and clarify prohibitions on harassment and abuse, false or misleading representations, and unfair practices…

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OCC Issues Final “True Lender” Rule

As Lender Law Watch previously reported, in July 2020, to resolve the legal uncertainty discouraging many banks and companies from entering into partnerships to offer loans to consumers, the OCC issued its proposed true lender rule to address the question of which entity makes a loan when the “loan is…

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Louisiana District Court Finds TCPA Robocall Prohibition Unconstitutional Prior to July 2020

On September 28, 2020, Judge Martin C. Feldman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana issued an important decision that could impact Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation involving alleged robocalls across the United States.  See Creasy v. Charter Commc’ns, Inc., No. 20-cv-1199, 2020 WL…

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White House Issues Memorandum Urging Federal Agencies to Adopt Protections for Subjects of Enforcement

On August 31, 2020, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), an arm of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the Executive Branch, issued a memorandum (M-20-31 memorandum) directing the heads of federal executive departments and agencies to revise their procedures and practices in light of “the…

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CFPB, FTC, Federal and State Law Enforcement Crackdown on Corrupt Debt Collectors

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On September 29, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), along with more than 50 federal and state law enforcement partners, announced a nationwide law enforcement and outreach initiative designed to protect consumers from phantom debt collection, and abusive and threatening debt collection practices….

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CFPB Continues to Target Misleading VA Mortgage Loan Advertisements

On September 14, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a settlement in its eighth case arising out of the CFPB’s “sweep of investigations” of mortgage companies allegedly mailing deceptive advertisements for VA-guaranteed mortgages to servicemembers and veterans.  According to the CFPB, the “ongoing sweep of investigations reflects the…

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California Legislature Passes Bill Expanding Consumer Financial Protection Oversight

On August 31, 2020, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill No. 1864 (AB-1864), sending the bill to California Governor Gavin Newsom for his expected approval.  Below is an overview of some of AB-1864’s key provisions. As LenderLaw Watch reported earlier this year, Governor Newsom’s 2020-2021 Budget Summary proposed expanding the…

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CFPB Pilots Advisory Opinion Program to Address “Regulatory Uncertainty”

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On June 18, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the launch of its pilot advisory opinion (AO) program.  The CFPB quickly followed this announcement by publishing a procedural rule implementing the pilot AO program, as well as a proposed procedural rule that would establish a permanent AO program…

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