In the wake of the financial crisis and with the advent of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), federal and state enforcement officials have increasingly scrutinized consumer financial products and services. In many situations, these officials and agencies coordinate to advance common or similar claims and actions. Against this backdrop, we created the Consumer Finance Enforcement Watch blog – the marketplace’s first resource for real-time reporting on the full range of public federal and state consumer finance enforcement activity. Here, you will also find links to enforcement documents, statistics on the volume and nature of enforcement actions as well as reports and comments on significant enforcement trends and issues.

CFPB and OCC Settle with National Bank for $1 Billion Over Auto and Mortgage Lending Practices

On April 20, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)​ and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) each announced settlements totaling $1 billion with a national bank resulting from a coordinated action between the two agencies. The OCC found that deficiencies in the bank’s enterprise-wide compliance risk management program…

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Illinois Attorney General Alleges Pension Sales Violate State Lending Laws

On April 19, 2018, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office (“Illinois AG”) announced that it had filed a complaint against a Nevada-based company that claimed to “purchase” portions of consumers’ pension plans.  According to the complaint​, these transactions constituted predatory installment loans with excessive interests rates in violation of Illinois law.  The complaint alleges that the…

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Georgia AG Announces $8.5 Million Settlement with Debt Collector

On April 4, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr (“Georgia AG”) announced​ an $8.5 million settlement with a national debt collector, resolving allegations that the company violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act. The Georgia AG had alleged that the company harassed and deceived consumers…

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FDIC Enters Into $20 Million Consent Order With Debt Settlement Entities

On March 28, 2018, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) annou​nced settlements with a bank and an affiliated lender (“Defendants”) relating to allegations of deceptive lending practices.  According to the FDIC, the Defendants provided, as “debt-settlement products,” loans to borrowers who were heavily indebted, which loans had settlement fees of up…

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FDIC Reaches $2 Million Settlement with Bank for Charging Allegedly Excessive, Undisclosed Fees

​On March 7, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced that it reached a settlement with a Delaware bank, resolving allegations that the bank engaged in unfair and deceptive practices in violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act ​(the “FTC Act”) and violated the Electronic Funds Transfer Act,…

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Virginia AG Reaches $243,000 Settlement with Online Payday Lenders and Servicers

On February 23, 2018, the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia (“Virginia AG”) announced that it had entered into a settlement agreement with several affiliated online payday lenders and debt collection companies (the “Defendants”).  According to the Virginia AG, the Defendants, all out-of-state organizations, provided short-term, small-dollar loans to borrowers in Virginia…

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Goodwin Releases Annual Review of Key Developments Within the Consumer Financial Services Industry

Goodwin announces the release of its third annual Consumer Finance Year in Review, an in-depth report that analyzes the principal litigation, enforcement actions and regulations that have impacted the consumer finance industry over the prior year. This report synthesizes Goodwin’s consumer finance coverage from 2017 and offers predictions and insights…

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