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Chris focuses his practice on consumer financial services compliance, guiding clients through the many federal and state laws and regulations that impact consumer credit programs.

Following a trend started during the COVID pandemic, Virginia State Delegate Bill Wiley (R) introduced a bill, HB 2389 in the current legislative session of the Virginia General Assembly that would allow employees of a Virginia-licensed mortgage lender or broker (licensee) to work at an unlicensed remote location upon certain conditions being met. Specifically

The deadline for complying with certain provisions of the Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information (Safeguards Rule) has been extended to June 9, 2023. As we previously posted, on January 10, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) final rule amending the Safeguards Rule under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act became effective. The Safeguards Rule requires nonbanking financial institutions

On October 20, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, seeking public comment on the harms stemming from what it characterizes as “junk fees,” i.e., fees that are allegedly unnecessary, unavoidable, or unexpected, and that inflate costs while adding little value. The term also encompasses “hidden fees,” which are fees

​The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a $3.38 million settlement with Passport Automotive Group (Passport) and two of its officers over allegations that the automotive group violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the FTC Act by adding “junk fees” onto the cost of its vehicles and discriminating against Black and Latino consumers by charging

On October 13, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Reserve Board, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced increased dollar thresholds used to determine whether certain consumer credit and lease transactions in 2023 are exempt from Regulation Z (Truth in Lending) and Regulation M (Consumer Leasing).

Specifically, based on the annual

On September 19, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a blog post, exploring the potential relationship between rising car prices and changes in auto loan performance. The CFPB found that the rate of delinquency, especially for low-income borrowers, has risen over the past year. For example, auto loans for consumers with deep subprime

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released a Bringing Dark Patterns to Light report, detailing the rise in sophisticated “dark patterns” that the FTC asserts are designed to trick and trap consumers. As the FTC’s latest effort on the subject, the report follows an April 2021 workshop that featured a variety of speakers, including

After analyzing public feedback, as well as information gathered from the five providers of Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) products, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a report, making it clear that the CFPB plans to increase regulation of the BNPL industry.

A form of credit that allows a consumer to split a retail

Please join Consumer Financial Services Partner Ethan Ostroff and his guests and colleagues Alan Wingfield, Chris Capurso, and Derek Schwahn in the third episode of a special four-part series on recent developments with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). In this episode, topics include:

  • The CFPB’s recent focus on the furnishers’ obligation to respond to

As we previously posted here, in March, Utah enacted its Commercial Financing Registration and Disclosure Act (CFRDA), requiring commercial financing providers to register with the Utah Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). The process requires registering with the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry (NMLS), providing certain information about the provider, and disclosing information about