The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) can carry on, despite its unconstitutional leadership structure. The ruling gives the President the freedom to replace a CFPB Director at will. In a 5-4 decision, the Court held that the CFPB’s leadership by a single director removable only for cause was an

Last week, the Washington State Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Convergent Outsourcing, Inc. for sending 75,000 “Settlement Offer” letters to Washington consumers without disclosing that the underlying debt was beyond the statute of limitations. While yet another example of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s active enforcement of the state’s debt collection laws, the Attorney

Like most industries today, Consumer Finance Services businesses are being significantly impacted by the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”). Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton have developed a dedicated COVID-19 Resource Center to guide clients through this unprecedented global health challenge. We regularly update this site with COVID-19 news and developments, recommendations from leading health organizations, and tools

States nationwide facing the risks of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic are attempting various approaches to fight the disease, such as through social distancing, use of facemasks, increased disinfection of surfaces, and contact tracing. Unfortunately, contact tracing appears to be an effective way not only to fight COVID-19, but also for scammers to steal personal information

Authors:
Ron Raether, Partner, Troutman Sanders
Wynter Deagle, Partner, Troutman Sanders
Sharon Klein, Partner, Pepper Hamilton
Alex Nisenbaum, Partner, Pepper Hamilton
Sadia Mirza, Associate, Troutman Sanders
Sam Hyams, Associate, Troutman Sanders

On June 24, 2020, the California Secretary of State released a memorandum (available here) stating that the

On June 23, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued an interim final rule (“IFR”) intended to make it easier for consumers to transition out of COVID-19-related financial hardship and easier for mortgage services to assist those consumers. The IFR will become effective on July 1, 2020.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review an appellate court ruling that two mortgage companies defrauded a federal mortgage insurance program, leaving them owing nearly $300 million in damages to the United States government.

In August 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in United

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia issued a moratorium on evictions in March that was extended earlier this month. Beginning June 29, pursuant to an order issued by the Supreme Court of Virginia on June 22, those eviction proceedings can resume.

However, opponents assert that thousands of families who are still facing financial difficulties

On June 18, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launched a pilot advisory opinion (“AO”) program in an effort to address some uncertainty in its existing regulations and make that process more public.

The program will allow entities to seek direct guidance on uncertainties they have with regulatory requirements that the CFPB oversees. The Bureau will

Earlier this month, the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas permanently banned Madera Merchant Services and B&P Enterprises, LLC from payment processing for their involvement in business practices that scammed consumers out of millions of dollars. The Federal Trade Commission and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed their complaint in 2019.