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.

California Department of Business Oversight Announces Settlement with Point-of-Sale Lender Over Allegedly Illegal Loans

On April 22, 2020, the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) announced a settlement with a point-of-sale lender that offered consumers a “buy now, pay later” option for payment.  ​The DBO alleged that these products were akin to lending, but were illegal loans because the lender did not have the…

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DOJ Announces $15 Million Settlement with Mortgage Originator Over Alleged FCA Violations

On April 29, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it settled allegations that an Illinois-based mortgage lender violated the False Claims Act (FCA), the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), and Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act (PFCRA) ​by falsely certifying that it complied with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance…

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DOJ Settles False Claims Act Allegations Against Reverse Mortgage Lender for $2.47 Million

​On March 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had entered into a $2.47 million settlement agreement with a national reverse mortgage lender in order to resolve allegations that the bank’s predecessor entity had failed to meet the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) criteria in originating and…

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CFPB Announces $1.3 Million Settlement With Short-Term Lender Resolving Allegations of Unfair and Deceptive Practices

On April 1, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with an installment-loan lender, resolving allegations that the lender violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA), 12 U.S.C. §§ 5531(a), 5536(a)(1)(B), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq….

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Policy Statement Concerning Credit Reporting and COVID-19

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued a policy statement for credit reporting companies and furnishers concerning credit reporting guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement comes in the wake of the interagency statement encouraging financial institutions to work constructively with borrowers and other customers affected by…

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CFPB Files Suit Against National Bank Concerning Alleged Unauthorized Accounts

On March 9, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a lawsuit against a national bank in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging that the bank opened unauthorized accounts and enrolled customers in unauthorized products and services without consumers’ knowledge or consent.  According to the CFPB’s complaint, the…

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Massachusetts AG Enters Consent Judgment with Used Car Company Resolving Predatory Lending Lawsuit

On March 9, 2020, the Massachusetts attorney general’s office (Massachusetts AG) announced ​that it had entered into a consent judgment with a national used car company resolving allegations that the company’s local Massachusetts franchise engaged in predatory lending and deceptive sales of defective vehicles. According to the Massachusetts AG’s complaint​, filed in September 2017, the company sold…

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