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CFPB Settles with Lender and Student Loan Debt Relief Companies Over Alleged Misuse of Credit Reports

On May 14, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a proposed stipulated judgment and final order with a California-based mortgage lender and several affiliated individuals and companies (collectively, the “lender”) resolving allegations that the lender had obtained consumer credit reports for an improper…

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CFPB Settles with Colorado Mortgage Servicer for $1.52M for Alleged RESPA Violations

On May 11, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) settled with a Colorado-based mortgage servicer that serviced a portfolio of mortgage loans worth approximately $112.69 billion.  According to the CFPB, the Bureau found that the servicer violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), 12 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq., and its implementing…

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Massachusetts AG Settles with Online Company for $1.25 Million for Allegedly Charging Illegal Interest Rates

On January 21, 2020, the Massachusetts attorney general’s office (Massachusetts AG) announced that it has secured $1.25 million from one of the country’s largest online lending companies to resolve allegations that the company charged excessive interest rates to Massachusetts borrowers in violation of M.G.L. ch. 93A and Massachusetts’ Small Loan Statute, M.G.L. c. 140 s. 96, which prohibits any personal loan…

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FTC Settles with Several Individual and Corporate Defendants Involved in Credit Repair Scheme

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On January 17, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled with several operators of a credit repair scheme for alleged violations of sections 13(b) and 19 of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 53(b) and 57b, Section 410(b) of the Credit Repair Organizations Act (CROA), 15 U.S.C. § 1679h(b), Section 6(b) of the Telemarketing and…

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CFPB Settlement with Military Travel Loan Lender, Servicer Results in $3.5 Million "Suspended Judgment"

On November 25, 2019, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed concurrent consent orders against a Kentucky-based military travel loan lender (here) and its loan servicer (here). The lender sold and financed airline tickets to military servicemembers and their families from 2010-2016​ by both facilitating financing by other creditors and originating loans itself.  The CFPB…

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Real Estate Investment Company Forced to Dissolve Following Washington AG Suit

On October 16, 2019, the Washington Attorney General’s Office (Washington AG) announced that it had reached a settlement with a Kirkland- and Portland-based real estate investment company that requires the company to dissolve and pay up to $85,000 in fines and enforcement costs. ​The Washington AG initiated this action in May 2018, alleging violations of the Washington Consumer Protection Act, RCW 19.86.020.  According…

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Finance Company to Pay $440,000, Banned from Selling Student Loan Services in Massachusetts

On August 7, 2019, the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (“Massachusetts AG”) announced that it filed a complaint and consent judgment in Suffolk County Superior Court.  The consent judgment bans a purportedly unlicensed finance company from collecting on any active student loan debt relief accounts in Massachusetts, and requires the company to pay $340,000 to repair the credit of…

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CFPB Settles with Mortgage Lender for Alleged HMDA Violations

On June 5, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced​ that it has reached a settlement with one of the nation’s ten largest Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) reporters, a for-profit mortgage lender based in New Jersey.  The consent order resolves alleged violations of the HMDA, 12 U.S.C. §§ 2801–2810, and its implementing​ regulation,…

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