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Friday, November 17, 2017

Richard Cordray to step down as head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


A one-two punch. First the Congressional override of the CFPB's rule limiting mandatory arbitration clauses in certain consumer financial agreements. And now the loss of Cordray who has been an important advocate for consumer financial rights.

 

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Friday, July 21, 2017

As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away


 Tens of thousands of people who took out private loans to pay for college but have not been able to keep up payments may get their debts wiped away because critical paperwork is missing.

The troubled loans, which total at least $5 billion, are at the center of a protracted legal dispute between the student borrowers and a group of creditors who have aggressively pursued them in court after they fell behind on payments.

 Judges have already dismissed dozens of lawsuits against former students, essentially wiping out their debt, because documents proving who owns the loans are missing. A review of court records by The New York Times shows that many other collection cases are deeply flawed, with incomplete ownership records and mass-produced documentation.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Debt Collection Was the Most Complained About Financial Service Among Older Consumers for March


For March 2017, debt collection was the most-complained-about financial product or service by consumers identifying as over the age of 62. Of the 2,169 older consumer complaints handled in March, there were 496 complaints about debt collection. The second most-complained-about consumer product was mortgages, which accounted for 486 complaints. Credit reporting was the third most-complained-about financial product or service, accounting for 326 complaints.

 

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sub prime auto loans - Auto lenders can steer vulnerable people into crushing debt

Auto Lending: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver


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Monday, March 13, 2017

Credit Reports to Exclude Certain Negative Information, Boosting FICO Scores


Equifax, Experian and TransUnion recently decided to remove tax-lien and civil-judgment data starting around July 1, according to the Consumer Data Industry Association, a trade group that represents them. The firms will do so if those data don’t include a complete list of at least three data points: a person’s name, address and either a social security number or date of birth.

Many liens and most judgments don’t include all three or four. This change will apply to new tax-lien and civil-judgment data that are added to credit reports as well as existing data on the reports. 

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

CFPB: SUPERVISORY HIGHLIGHTS CONSUMER REPORTING SPECIAL EDITION (ISSUE 14)


Supervision’s work in the consumer reporting market is ongoing and remains a high priority. Consumer reporting companies and furnishers have an obligation to maintain the accuracy of consumer data, but experience indicates that they lack incentives and under-invest in accuracy. Indeed, these most recent supervisory findings underscore Supervision’s concern about the lack of resources that furnishers in particular have devoted to this important function and the resulting violations of law. We have targeted substantial resources to improve the accuracy of consumer information, and we will continue to do so. We have observed steady progress at consumer reporting companies to improve data governance.
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

IF THE CFPB IS WEAKENED, WON’T THE CREDIT BUREAUS RUN AMOK (AGAIN?)


 You can also read Director Cordray’s full remarks on the report to the CFPB Consumer Advisory Board last week.

“Consumer reporting, also known as credit reporting, is an important market that for many years has not been very transparent and generally is not well understood by consumers. It is also one of the markets where people cannot vote with their feet by choosing another provider if they are dissatisfied, which means that industry incentives and practices are not always aligned with the interests of consumers.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

4 laws that protect your credit rights

In matters pertaining to credit, do you feel like it's you against the world? Sometimes we all feel that way, but in reality, there are rules and regulations to help protect you against credit discrimination, abuse, or improper handling of your information. Consider these four important laws that help protect your credit rights. 

http://www.ksdk.com/money/4-laws-that-protect-your-credit-rights/387019151


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Monday, January 9, 2017

Wells Fargo Killing Sham Account Suits by Using Arbitration


In congressional hearing rooms and on national television, Wells Fargo has vowed to make things right for the thousands of customers who were given sham accounts.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Credit Bureaus Trans Union and Equifax must pay more than $20 million for deceiving consumers in the sale of credit reports


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today took action against Equifax, Inc., TransUnion, and their subsidiaries for deceiving consumers about the usefulness and actual cost of credit scores they sold to consumers. The companies also lured consumers into costly recurring payments for credit-related products with false promises. The CFPB ordered TransUnion and Equifax to truthfully represent the value of the credit scores they provide and the cost of obtaining those credit scores and other services. Between them, TransUnion and Equifax must pay a total of more than $17.
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Credit Reports Of Debtors Off-Limits In Other Than Credit Transaction Judgments Says Rodriguez Court


When collecting judgments, one of the most powerful tools for creditors is running a credit report on the debtor, since the credit report will show where the debtor has applied for credit or opened bank accounts, etc. These creditor reports are usually a gold mine for creditors, since they can lead to loan applications wherein the debtor discloses his true income, and not the “I’m completely busted broke” that the debtor will almost inevitably tell creditors at a debtor’s examination.

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