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 Requires Bank to Pay Over $190 Million for Overdraft Fees

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On September 28, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) an​nounced that it ordered an Alabama bank to pay over $190 million to resolve allegations that it charged its customers surprise overdraft fees between August 2018 and July 2021. The CFPB alleges that the bank was charging consumers surprise overdr​aft fees, known as authorized-positive ​fees, on…

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DOJ Reaches $1.3 Million Settlement with Mortgage Lender for Allegedly Discriminatory Pricing Practices

On September 29, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it reached a settlement with a Memphis-based bank to resolve alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601–3619, and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1691–1691f, and its implementing Regulation B, 12 C.F.R. §…

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State AGs Sue Personal Lending Company Over Hidden Add-Ons

On August 16, 2022, the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced that a group of attorneys general for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the States of New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, and the District of Columbia (collectively, “the AGs”) ​had filed a multistate lawsuit against a personal lending company for allegedly charging consumers for “hidden add-on products” in violation of various…

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CFPB Enters Into Consent Order with Fintech Company for $2.7 Million

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​On August 10, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced ​that it entered into a consent order with a California Fint​ech company for allegedly engaging in deceptive acts and practices in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act. According to the CFPB, the company offered an automatic savings tool to customers through which customers would grant the…

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California Department of Financial Protection & Innovation Settles With "Buy Now, Pay Later" Company

On August 3, 2022, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) announced ​that it had entered into a consent order with a Florida-based lending company that allegedly made “illegal loans.” Specifically, the consen​t order alleges that the company’s policy of making “buy now, pay later” arrangements for point-of-sale transactions qualified as “loans,” subjecting…

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On July 28, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a large national bank to resolve alleged violations of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), 15 U.S.C. § 1601 et seq., and its implementing regulation, Regulation Z (Reg Z), 12 C.F.R. part 1026; the Fair Credit…

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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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CFPB Settles with Auto Lender for $19 Million to Resolve Alleged FCRA Violations

​On July 26, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it settled with a California-based auto lender who purchases and services retail installment contracts and vehicle leases for an affiliated automaker.  The settlement resolves alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., and…

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