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.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Enforcement Chief Anthony Alexis Joins Goodwin

Goodwin announced today that Anthony Alexis, the former Head of the Office of Enforcement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has joined the firm in the Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the Financial Industry Practice and as the head of the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Enforcement Practice. “Tony’s extensive enforcement and compliance…

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CFPB Focusing on Risks in Car Loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its quarterly report on credit trends for the third quarter of 2017 last week, focusing on trends in the auto lending industry.  Auto loans are a key sector in the lending market—approximately100 million auto loans are outstanding, valued at more than $1 trillion….

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CFPB Issues Consumer Protection Principles for Sharing Financial Account Information with Third Parties

On October 18, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published guidelines for financial institutions to use when authorizing third-party access to consumers’ financial information.  These guidelines are targeted at protecting consumers who give their consent to allow other companies to access their account information.  Companies—including fintech firms, banks, and…

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House Prioritizes Housing Finance Reform

On October 3, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee conducted a hearing on possible housing finance reform measures titled “Sustainable Housing Finance: An Update from the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.”  The hearing specifically addressed housing finance reform as it pertains to government-sponsored entities (GSEs)…

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Challenges CFPB Rule Immunizing Class Actions from Arbitration Clauses

On September 29, 2017, the United States Chamber of Commerce and various business and financial services groups (collectively, Plaintiffs) filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, alleging that—for four independent reasons—the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recently-issued…

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CFPB Amends Mortgage Servicing Rule to Facilitate Communications with Borrowers

On October 4, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an interim final rule amending a provision of Regulation X regarding the timing for mortgage servicers to communicate with borrowers about foreclosure prevention alternatives.  On the same date, the CFPB also issued a proposed rule regarding timing requirements for…

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