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CFPB Issues First Enforcement Action Under New Mortgage Servicing Rules

Posted in Consumer Protection Litigation, Federal Agencies

On September 29, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it had issued its first enforcement order under the agency’s new mortgage servicing rules that went into effect in January 2014.  The action claims that the servicer, a Michigan-based federal savings bank and loan servicer, did not comply with the agency’s servicing rules concerning loss mitigation efforts… Continue Reading

SEC Awards Whistleblower $30M Under Dodd-Frank Act, Sets Record

Posted in Federal Agencies, SEC News

On September 22, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it expects to award more than $30 million to a whistleblower who provided information that led to a successful SEC fraud enforcement action.  The award is the highest whistleblower payment under the SEC’s three-year-old Dodd-Frank whistleblower program.  According to the SEC, the final… Continue Reading

CFPB, Banking Agencies Clarify Post Dodd-Frank Authority to Enforce UDAP Regulations

Posted in Federal Agencies

On August 22, 2014, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the National Credit Union Administration issued a statement attempting to clarify that the repeal of credit practices rules applicable to the depository institutions they… Continue Reading


Posted in Federal Agencies, Financial Services Litigation, SEC News, Uncategorized

On June 4, 2014, the Second Circuit issued a 28-page ruling holding that U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff had “abused” his discretion by rejecting a $285 million U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) settlement with Citigroup, Inc. because the bank neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing.  The 2011 decision led to increased criticism of the… Continue Reading


Posted in Consumer Protection Litigation, Federal Agencies, Financial Services Litigation, Uncategorized

On May 22, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its Spring 2014 Supervisory Highlights Report – its fourth such report since the agency’s founding.  The report includes a review of recent rulemaking, guidance, and enforcement activity.  The CFPB used its fourth report to focus on the importance of compliance management systems.  “In this… Continue Reading

CFPB to pay its employees affected by performance rating disparities

Posted in Federal Agencies

Following an internal review that found it consistently gave higher performance ratings to whites, younger employees and higher-paid workers, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said that it will distribute additional pay to the negatively affected employees, according to a Wall Street Journal report.   The CFPB plans to distribute up to $5.5 million in additional pay to… Continue Reading

CFPB Reports 80% Increase In Consumer Complaints

Posted in Federal Agencies

On March 31, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report showing that the number of consumer complaints it received nearly doubled in 2013.  According to the CFPB’s 2013 Consumer Response Annual Report, the agency received 163,700 complaints in 2013, compared to approximately 91,000 in 2012. The majority of 2013 complaints concerned mortgages,… Continue Reading

U.S. Chamber asks CFPB to clarify auto-lending rules

Posted in Federal Agencies

A February 12, 2014 letter from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) asks the agency to write new rules governing the auto-lending industry to eliminate ambiguity regarding fair lending and abusive practices standards.  The Chamber identified three areas of particular concern:  the test for disparate impact in indirect auto lending; the definition of abusive… Continue Reading

CFPB to Expand Debt Collection Rules

Posted in Federal Agencies

On November 6, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking announcing its intent to issue debt collection regulations that restrict how companies may contact consumers using mobile phones and other modern technologies.  The CFPB also announced that it intends to expand the types of firms that will be governed by… Continue Reading

CFPB Referral Results in DOJ Criminal Action

Posted in Federal Agencies

On May 7, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York  announced the filing of criminal mail and wire fraud charges against a debt settlement firm (Mission Settlement Agency), along with the firm’s owner and three  employees. The government alleges that the defendants engaged in a multi-million dollar scheme involving more than 1,200 customers who… Continue Reading