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Monday, January 15, 2018

Equifax isn’t going to like new Senate bill


Two senators unveil a bill to impose tighter regulations and hefty penalties for future data breaches.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The vast majority of Americans -- across the political spectrum -- benefit from the protections of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Here's one example from this piece:


In fact, the CFPB has emerged as that rare beast — a fast-moving agency that actually chalks up wins for average Americans. By the end of 2016, shortly before Trump took office, the 5 1/2 -year-old bureau’s enforcement actions against everyone from the country’s biggest banks to small-time debt collectors had already returned $11.9 billion to 29 million consumers. The CFPB had created a public database of consumer complaints against banks and other lenders, and had issued new rules governing everything from mortgages to student loans to the prepaid cards that millions of “unbanked” Americans carry in their wallets. A year ago, the bureau finalized new rules giving prepaid customers some of the same protections enjoyed by those who use credit cards.
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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, August 4, 2017

State laws are becoming more restrictive, adding an extra layer of protection for consumers


Criminal background checks are commonplace Applications for certain employment positions. But what about credit checks? Is a job applicant's credit history relevant for employment? May an employer lawfully check a job applicant's credit?  

State and local laws are becoming more restrictive, adding an extra layer of protection for consumers over and above the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.  

 

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Trump and Cordray: Five Scenarios for the CFPB


Here are five potential scenarios on what might happen to CFPB director Richard Cordray once the new president arrives.

One: Bigger Fish Prevail

Competing priorities may push back any big decisions about the CFPB or its director, even if the new administration ultimately plans an all-out assault on the agency, several sources predict.

Two: Congress Moots Controversy

Congress could moot the removal question entirely by changing the CFPB’s leadership structure.

Three: Trump Dismisses Cordray

Trump could dismiss Cordray ahead of the CFPB’s director’s statutory end-of-term in July 2018, and perhaps even as early as Jan. 20.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

It just got easier for you to sue your bank and credit card company.


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a new rule Monday that prevents companies from using arbitration clauses to stop consumers from bringing class action lawsuits.

 The clauses force people to "go it alone or give up," said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. "Our new rule will stop companies from sidestepping the courts and ensure that people who are harmed together can take action together," he said. Many people aren't aware that their bank account or credit card contracts came with an arbitration clause buried in the fine print.

 But they're pretty common.
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

TransUnion to pay $60 million to consumers flagged as criminals


TransUnion will pay $60 million to consumers it mistakenly labeled as possible terrorists or drug dealers, under an order issued Tuesday by a federal jury.

 The decision stems from a 2012 class-action lawsuit that alleged the credit bureau failed to notify consumers who were reported to lenders as being included on a “blocked persons” list kept by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The list includes terrorists, narcotics traffickers, arms dealers and other criminals who are prohibited from doing business in the U.S.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Sloppy Credit Bureaus, Sketchy Credit Doctors Slammed by Trifecta of CFPB, State AGs, and Consumer Lawyers (2/4)


This is part two of a four-part series that looks at how inaccurate credit reporting is being fought by a attorneys, the CFPB, and state AGGs. You may read Part 1 here.

On July 1, thanks to the efforts of a bi-partisan, multi-state enforcement effort by 31 state Attorneys-General, 12 million consumers will see their credit scores increase by up to 20 points; 700,000 of them will see increases of as much as 40 points as certain negative public records, including tax liens and court judgements, drop off their credit reports.


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Friday, June 9, 2017

Your consumer protections, on the brink of destruction in Congress


When Congress sought to make sure that abuses by the financial industry that put our economy on the brink of collapse would never be repeated, it created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Since its founding in 2011, the CFPB has delivered resoundingly, providing $12 billion in relief to 29 million consumers wronged by banks and other institutions.

That success has some members of Congress — their campaigns well funded by the financial industry — lining up to gut the bureau’s powers, with a bill expected to head to a House vote this week.

 The impact of the CHOICE Act on consumers is so potentially devastating that together with three colleagues I wrote and 158 experts in financial services regulation, consumer protection and housing policy signed a letter to Congress urging its rejection.

 The bill would take away the CFPB’s ability to inspect banks, mortgage brokers, foreclosure relief firms, student and payday lenders, debt collectors, credit reporting agencies and auto financing companies to ensure they accurately disclose credit terms to borrowers and that they comply with laws that protect consumers from fraud and other wrongdoing.
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