Archive for January, 2017

Consumer Finance 2016 Year In Review

Goodwin released its Consumer Finance 2016 Year In Review.  In the Year In Review, Goodwin synthesizes prior coverage from the LenderLaw Watch and Consumer Finance Watch blogs, covering the most significant developments from 2016 and offering some predictions on what the industry might expect in 2017 in the mortgage, credit card, student…

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CFPB Files Suit Against Debt Relief Attorneys

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On January 30, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against several debt relief law firms and individual attorneys based in Orange County, California and Kansas City, Kansas.  The CFPB brought the action under the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse…

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Federal Banking Regulators Assess $65 Million Penalty Against Default Management Company

On January 24, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced a $65 million fine assessed against a default management services company. The company’s predecessor had consented to a cease and desist order in 2011, stemming from allegations that it…

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HUD Announces Settlements with Insurance Companies Over Alleged Discriminatory Practices

On January 26, 2017, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) announced that it reached settlements with two insurance companies, available here and here​, resolving allegations that the companies’ practice of refusing to provide home insurance on properties used for subsidized or low income housing had a discriminatory effect on…

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FTC and Florida AG Ban Student Loan Debt Relief Providers

On January 24, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Florida Attorney General’s Office announced a settlement with student loan debt relief providers alleged to have participated in a student loan debt relief scheme, resolving allegations that the providers violated the Federal Trade Commission Act, Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act,…

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Ninth Circuit Compels Tribal Lenders to Comply with CFPB Investigative Demand

On January 20, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a trial court ruling that ordered three tribal lending entities to comply with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) civil investigative demands. The CFPB’s investigation concerns whether small-dollar online lenders or similar persons had engaged in illegal advertising, marketing, or collection practices in…

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CFPB Secures $8.8 Million Consent Order Against Mortgage Servicer

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On January 23, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order with a mortgage servicer, resolving alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and the Consumer Financial Protection Act’s (CFPA) prohibition on deceptive acts or practices….

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CFPB Settles RESPA Claims with Mortgage Servicer for $20 Million

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On January 23, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order with a mortgage servicer, resolving allegations that the servicer violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA). The CFPB alleged that, during 2014, the servicer informed borrowers seeking loss mitigation…

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DOJ Settles Mortgage Discrimination Lawsuit Against National Bank for $54 Million

On January 20, the  U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO) announced that it had settled a recently-filed lawsuit against a national bank, resolving allegations of mortgage discrimination. As previously covered by Enforcement Watch, the government alleged that from 2006 to 2009, the bank charged minority borrowers higher rates…

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CFPB Files Lawsuit Against Largest U.S. Student Loan Servicer Over Deceptive Practices

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On January 18, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against a servicer of private and federal student loans, alleging that the servicer used deceptive practices related to borrower repayment. The student loan servicer is…

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