Credit Cards

Q2 2016 Sees Increased Personal and Student Lending Enforcement (Interactive Charts Inside)

For the second quarter of 2016, Consumer Enforcement Watch tracked 46 enforcement actions taken against consumer finance providers. This represents a slight decrease from the 50 enforcement actions that were tracked last quarter, and a decrease from the 56 actions that we tracked in the second quarter of 2015. Approximately two-thirds of…

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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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CFPB and National Bank Reach $32.25 Million Settlement Regarding Credit Card Add-On Products

On August 25, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced an order against a national bank that will require the bank to pay $32.25 million in consumer relief and civil penalties based on practices relating to credit card add-on products.  These practices allegedly violated sections 1031 and 1036(a)(1)(B) of the Consumer Financial Protection Act…

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CFPB Brings Action Against Mississippi Pay Day Lending and Check Cashing Company

On May 11, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is taking action against a Mississippi-based check cashing and payday lending company and its owner for purportedly “tricking and trapping” customers.  According to the complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, the defendants…

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Pennsylvania AG Sues Financial Services Company for Defrauding Veterans

On May 5, 2016, the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced the filing of a civil lawsuit in the Clinton County (PA) Court of Common Pleas against an Ohio financial services company and its owner for misleading at least four Pennsylvania consumers, including three military veterans.  The lawsuit states that the company catered specifically to…

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New York Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Credit Card Transaction Processor

On April 13, 2016, the New York Attorney General announced the filing of a lawsuit against several affiliated companies and individuals who lease credit card transaction processing equipment to small business owners. The Attorney General alleges that the companies engaged in fraudulent and deceptive practices by inducing individuals into signing lease…

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