CFPB: Advisory Opinion on Coverage of Fair Lending Laws Issued

Equal Credit Opportunity Act continues to protect borrowers after they have applied for and received credit Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published an advisory opinion to affirm that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA)—a landmark federal civil rights law protecting individuals and businesses against discrimination in accessing and […]

CFPB: Statement of CFPB Director Chopra on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding the CRA

Today, the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is voting to seek public comment on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update the Community Reinvestment Act framework for certain state-chartered banks.1 I am voting in favor of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, particularly because of the potential […]

CFPB: Supervisory Report Finds Unlawful Auto Repossessions and Breakdowns in Credit Report Disputes

Agency examiners identify improper practices across consumer financial products and services Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Supervisory Highlights report on legal violations identified during the CFPB’s supervisory examinations in the second half of 2021. The report details key findings across consumer financial products and services. “While […]

CFPB: Agency Invokes Dormant Authority to Examine Nonbank Companies Posing Risks to Consumers

Bureau Seeks Comment on Updated Procedures The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is invoking a largely unused legal provision to examine nonbank financial companies that pose risks to consumers. The CFPB believes that utilizing this dormant authority will help protect consumers and level the playing field between […]

CFPB: Report Spotlights Medical Billing Challenges

Consumer complaints show coercive credit reporting and privacy intrusions based on unverified and inaccurate medical billing A report issued today by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) examines the financial consequences of medical billing and collections endured by individuals and families across the country. The report draws from the rising […]

CFPB: New Report Released on Financial Challenges Facing Rural Communities

Many rural communities are “banking deserts” Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a report on the challenges faced by Americans in rural communities. The report highlights that many of these communities lack access to physical bank branches, are more likely to seek credit from nonbanks, and are heavily […]

ABA: Comment Letter Issued to CFPB on Request for Information on Fees Charged by Financial Service Providers

In a detailed comment letter filed today, the American Bankers Association and all 51 state bankers associations directly challenge the basic premise behind the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Request for Information on fees charged by financial service providers in the U.S. The letter reads in part: “The CFPB has long pledged to […]

CFPB: New Proposed Rule Seeks to Halt Negative Credit Reporting for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Proposed rule will aid survivors seeking to open bank accounts, access credit, and gain employment Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is using its rulemaking authority to propose that consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) do not prevent survivors of human trafficking from achieving financial independence. The proposed rule would protect […]

CFPB: Research Finds Payday Borrowers Continue to Pay Significant Rollover Fees Despite State-Level Protections and Payment Plans

Research suggests deceptive industry practices drive cycles of costly reborrowing A report published today by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) shows few payday loan borrowers are benefiting from no-cost extended payment plans, which are required to be offered to borrowers in the majority of states that do not prohibit […]