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.

MA AG Obtains $1.9 Million Judgment against Local Company for Predatory Rescue Foreclosure Practices

On March 26, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General announced that on March 17, a state judge ordered a local financial and legal services company to pay more than $1.9 million for alleged misrepresentations and the unauthorized practice of law. The complaint alleged that the company misrepresented to customers the services…

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Massachusetts AG Obtains Judgment Against Predatory Foreclosure Rescue and Legal Services Company

On March 26, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General announced that it obtained a judgment of nearly $1.9 million against a Massachusetts-based financial and legal services company on the ground that the company engaged in unfair and deceptive acts and practices. According to the lawsuit, the company had tageted consumers facing…

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Mortgage Lender Agrees to Fees and Injunctive Relief in Settlement Following State Examination on Reverse Mortgage Lending

On March 12, 2015, the Massachusetts Division of Banks entered into a consent order with a mortgage lender following a state investigation that determined that the mortgage lender was in substantial non-compliance with applicable state and federal statutes, rules, and regulations regarding its mortgage lending and determination and documentation of…

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Regional Bank Settles Claims for $1.225 Million that it Ignored Fraudulent Transactions Committed by Third-Party Payment Processors

On March 12, 2015, the Justice Department announced a settlement with a regional bank over allegations that the bank violated FIRREA by permitting an intermediary third-party payment processor to process fraudulent payments through the bank. The payment processor opened an account at the bank for the purpose of processing electronic…

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Regional Bank Settles Criminal and Civil Claims for $4.9 Million that it Ignored Fraudulent Transactions Committed by Third-Party Payment Processors

On March 10, 2015, the Justice Department announced a settlement with a regional bank over allegations that the bank permitted a third-party payment processor to process fraudulent payments through the bank. As part of the settlement, the DOJ filed a criminal information alleging a felony violation of the Bank Secrecy…

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Credit Reporting Agencies Agree to Overhaul of Credit Reporting Processes in Settlement with New York A.G.

On March 9, 2015, the New York Attorney General announced a settlement with three national credit reporting agencies. The companies allegedly failed to maintain proper procedures for ensuring the accuracy of consumer credit information in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. According to one study, allegedly 26% of consumers…

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"Lead Generation" Payday Lender Settles Claim for $2.1 Million and Agrees to Cease Operations

On March 9, 2015, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) announced that it entered a consent order with a “lead generation” payday lender where the lender agreed to pay a $2.1 million penalty, provide new warnings to consumers, and cease operations in the state.   Payday lending is illegal in New York. “Lead…

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Arizona AG Brings Suit against Foreclosure Consulting Company for Violation of State Consumer Fraud Act

The Arizona Attorney General announced that it filed suit against a foreclosure consulting company, alleging that the company violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act. The complaint claims that the company and its owners made material misrepresentations to its consumers, failed to disclose material information, failed to provide services for which…

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