Archive for June, 2015

Regional Law Firm Faces Administrative Charges Over Claims it Charged Illegal Advanced Fees for Loan Modification Services

On June 26, 2015, the Maryland Attorney General announced the filing of administrative charges against a regional law firm over claims the firm charged illegal advance fees in connection with loan modification services. According to the Maryland Attorney General, lawyers at the firm promised consumers that they could obtain modification…

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West Virginia Attorney General Settles with Automobile Title Loan Company Over Debt Collection Practices

On June 23, 2015, the West Virginia Attorney General announced a settlement with an automobile title loan and debt collection company over claims the company engaged in abusive debt collection practices. According to the West Virginia Attorney General, the company repeatedly called consumers at inconvenient times regarding their delinquent loan payments and…

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CFPB Summarizes Recent Results of Supervisory Enforcement

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On June 23, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Supervisory Highlights report detailing the Bureau’s supervision efforts for the first four months of 2015. The report summarizes the most common “illegal practices” uncovered by the Bureau and identifies the areas where the Bureau has  focused on in its…

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Maryland Attorney General Settles with Mortgage and Credit Counseling Companies Over Claims of False Representations and Illegal Fees

On June 22, 2015, the Maryland Attorney General announced a settlement with two regional mortgage and credit consulting companies and their sole owner over claims the companies made false representations regarding their ability to obtain mortgage approval for consumers, solicited illegal advance fees, and engaged in credit counseling without the…

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Medical Debt Collector Enters Into Consent Order With CFPB Over Communications With Consumers and Credit Reporting Agencies

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On June 18, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a medical debt collection company over allegations that the company​’s debt-collection activities violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”).  The consent order alleged that the company failed…

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OCC Terminates, Amends Consent Orders With National Banks

On June 17, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced that it terminated foreclosure-related consent orders with three national banks, entered into amended consent orders with six other national banks, and decided to escheat at the end of the fiscal year any uncashed payments made under the Independent Foreclosure Review Payment Agreement…

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Auto Finance Company Sued By CFPB Over Military Debt Collection Activities

On June 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had filed a ​complaint against a national automobile finance company over allegations that the finance company used illegal threats and deceptive tactics to collect debts from military servicemembers.  The complaint alleges that the finance company violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act…

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CFPB Announces Rule Permitting Monitoring of Auto Finance Companies

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced a new rule that grants the CFPB the ability to monitor nonbank companies that qualify as “larger participants of a market for automobile financing.”  The CFPB simultaneously adopted a separate rule defining certain automobile leases as a “financial…

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FTC Releases 2014 Annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report

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On June 9, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it provided its 2014 Annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report (the “Report”) to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and the Federal Reserve Board.  The 23-page Report, dated May 29, 2015, provided information about enforcement and related activities involving Regulation Z (Truth in…

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