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CFPB and DOJ Reach $24.4 Settlement with Mortgage Originator for Alleged Lending Discrimination

On July 27, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that they reached a settlement with a nonbank residential mortgage lender to resolve allegations of race-based lending discrimination in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3619; the Equal Credit Opportunity Act…

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Arizona AG Announces $1.6 Million Settlement with Debt Collectors

​On May 16, 2022, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (Arizona AG) announced that it reached a settlement agreement with the owner of several debt collection companies regarding alleged deceptive debt collection practices in violation of state law. The agreement resolves a lawsuit by the Arizona AG filed in September 2020, alleging that the companies collected or attempted to collect payments…

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CFPB Orders Student-Loan Servicer to Pay $1 Million Penalty and Remedy Miscommunications

On March 30, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order with a student-loan servicer for alleged deceptive acts and practices in violation of the CFPA, 12 U.S.C. §§ 5531(a), 5536(a)(1)(B). The CFPB alleged that the servicer made deceptive statements to student loan borrowers and misrepresented their…

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FTC Announces Settlement with Alleged Phantom Debt Collectors

On December 13, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) annou​nced that it reached a settlement with a group of ​South Carolina-based debt collection companies to resolve ​allegations that the companies violated the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The FTC’s complaint, originally filed in July…

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CFPB, DOJ, and OCC Reach Settlement with Bank for Alleged Lending Discrimination

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On October 22, 2021, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced ​that the CFPB, Department of Justice (DOJ) and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) collectively reached a joint settlement with a national bank that resolved allegations of mortgage lending discrimination in the Memphis metropolitan area in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA),…

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CFPB Enters Into Consent Order with Affiliated Education Financing Companies

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​On September 7, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a group of affiliated education financing companies that provided students with income share agreements (ISAs) to finance postsecondary education.  The consent order resolves allegations that the companies violated ​the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA), Regulation Z…

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Massachusetts AG Announces Settlement with Auto Lender for Alleged Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices

O​n May 27, 2021, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AG) announced that it had reached a settlement with a subprime auto lender resolving alleged violations of the state’s unfair and deceptive acts and practices law. The Massachusetts AG alleged that the auto lender, in connection with its purchase of auto retail installment sales contracts from…

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CFPB Settles with Online Debt-Settlement Company for Alleged CFPA and TSR Violations

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On April 13, 2021 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it reached a settlement with an online debt-settlement company to resolve alleged violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA), 12 U.S.C. §§ 5531, 5536(a), 5564, 5565, and the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), 6 C.F.R. Part 310. According to the complaint, the…

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