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.

North Carolina Attorney General Obtains TRO Against Florida-Based Payday Lender

On May 21, 2019, the North Carolina Attorney General’s office (AG) announced that it had obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) as a result of a consent agreement with a Florida-based online lender in a lawsuit it filed in North Carolina state court on May 15, 2019.  The AG alleged that the online lender, which was not licensed in North…

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CFPB Files Suit Against Credit Repair Companies for Alleged Misrepresentations & Upfront Fees

​On May 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed suit in the District of Utah against defendants operating two of the largest credit repair companies in the country, alleging that the companies engaged in deceptive acts and practices in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) and Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR)….

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Maryland AG Announces Settlement with Reverse Mortgage Servicer

On April 16, 2019, the Maryland Attorney General (“Maryland AG”), in cooperation​ with Maryland’s Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation, announced it had reached a settlement with a Michigan reverse mortgage servicer resolving allegations that the company charged homeowners for home inspection fees in violation of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act, Md. Code…

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Maryland AG Files Administrative Charges Against Company Accused of Making Usurious Loans

On April 11, 2019, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office (AG) announced that the AG’s Consumer Protection Division had filed charges against affiliated businesses and their owner (defendants) alleging that they had made unlicensed and usurious consumer loans in the form of “title loans” or “title pawns” secured by Maryland consumers’…

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Delaware and Massachusetts AGs Settle with Auto Finance Company Over Alleged Unfair Lending

On April 8, the Delaware and Massachusetts Attorney Generals’ Offices (AGs) announced that they had entered into settlements with an auto loan finance company. The AGs alleged that the auto lender facilitated the origination of subprime auto loans that violated state consumer protection laws by funding and securitizing loans that consumers could not…

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Alabama AG Files Complaint Against Pension-Advance Lender

On March 27, 2019, the Alabama Attorney General (“Alabama AG”), Alabama State Banking Department, and the Director of the Alabama Securities Commission announced​ that they filed a complaint against a Nevada-based lender and its CEO (“Defendants”) for allegedly making loans at unlawful interest rates to desperate consumers in exchange for their pension benefits in violation…

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