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Mark helps clients navigate regulatory risks posed by state and federal laws aimed at protecting consumers and small business, particularly in connection with credit, deposit, and payments products. He is a trusted advisor, providing practical legal counsel and advice to providers of financial services across numerous industries.

On November 14, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Senior Deputy Comptroller for Bank Supervision Policy Grovetta Gardineer delivered keynote remarks at the 2022 CRA & Fair Lending Colloquium where she discussed the OCC’s commitment to “elevating fairness” and ongoing efforts to ensure its regulated institutions comply with the federal fair lending laws.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a $100 million settlement with Vonage over allegations that the internet phone service provider violated the FTC and Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA) by adding “junk fees” and using “dark patterns” to make it difficult for consumers to cancel. In addition to the fine that will be used

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

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 28, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber), together with the Longview Chamber of Commerce, American Bankers Association, Consumer Bankers Association, Independent Bankers Association of Texas, Texas Association of Business, and Texas Bankers Association, filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to prevent the amendment

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

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

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

On August 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued an interpretive rule, detailing when digital marketing providers for financial firms must comply with federal consumer financial protection laws. The interpretive rule addresses digital marketing providers that commingle the targeting and delivery of advertisements to consumers with the provision of advertising “time or