Banking

Massachusetts and Delaware AGs Announce $25 Million in Settlements with Subprime Auto Lender

On March 29, 2017, the Massachusetts and Delaware Attorney Generals (“AGs”) announced settlements with a national bank, resolving allegations that the bank originated unfair and usurious automobile loans in violation of Massachusetts and Delaware consumer protection law.  According to the AGs, the bank originated subprime loans to more than 2,000 Massachusetts and Delaware…

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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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CFPB Settles with National Credit Union Over Alleged Deceptive Debt Collection Practices

On October 11, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order with a national credit union over allegations that the credit union made false and misleading representations to consumers when attempting to collect on past due accounts. The credit union serves military members and their families. The…

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CFPB Assesses Largest Fine in Agency's History Against National Bank for Opening Accounts Without Consumers' Consent

On September 8, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that, pursuant to a Consent Order, a national bank agreed to make full restitution to consumers and pay the CFPB a $100 million fine because many of its employees allegedly engaged in an illegal practice of opening unauthorized deposit and credit…

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Colorado AG Settles Illegal Lending And Debt Collection Claims Against Two Lenders

Colorado

On August 1, 2016, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced a settlement of two lawsuits against lenders for targeting the military and other allegedly illegal lending practices. According to the Attorney General, the settlement comes after charges filed against the lenders in 2015, alleging that the lenders used illegal…

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Department of Housing and Urban Development Announces Settlement with National Bank over Alleged Discriminatory Lending Practices

On June 8, 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it entered into a settlement agreement with a national bank over allegations the bank engaged in discriminatory lending practices in violation of the Fair Housing Act. According to HUD, the bank discriminated against African American, Latino American and…

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CFPB Files Lawsuit Against Payment Processor Over Alleged Unauthorized Withdrawals from Consumer Accounts

On June 6, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it filed a lawsuit against a third-party payment processor and two of the company’s executives over allegations the company permitted unauthorized withdrawals from consumer accounts, in violation of the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act. The company facilitated ACH payment transactions between…

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