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Ethan Ostroff’s practice focuses on financial services litigation and consumer law compliance counseling. Ethan is part of the firm’s national practice representing consumer-facing companies of all types in defense of individual and class action claims and counseling them on compliance with federal and state laws.

On November 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a new complaint bulletin, highlighting consumer complaints it has received related to crypto-assets. The bulletin suggests that fraud, theft, hacks, and scams pose a significant problem in crypto-asset markets. Also, according to the bulletin, consumers reported issues with executing transactions and transferring assets between

As we previously discussed here, in March 2022, the D.C. Council of the District of Columbia Committee of the Whole met in a full hearing, in part to hear amendments introduced to B24-0357, known as the Protecting Consumers From Unjust Debt Collection Practices Amendment Act (Act). The Act contains a host of new and

Missouri recently modernized its money laundering statute to define cryptocurrency and to include cryptocurrency within its definition of “monetary instruments.” This is a significant step for Missouri as it eliminates what was once a safe harbor, by clarifying any underlying confusion and permitting state prosecutors to pursue previously elusive criminal activity.

Missouri amended its money

To help you keep abreast of relevant activities, below find a breakdown of some of the biggest events at the federal and state levels to impact the Consumer Finance Services industry this past week:

Federal Activities

State Activities

Federal Activities:

  • On November 4, the Federal Reserve Board invited public comment of a proposed rule to

Earlier this year, the Eleventh Circuit reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit when it held that monthly mortgage statements required by the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Regulation Z can constitute communications in connection with the collection of a debt under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA). More recently, the court reaffirmed this

Five Democratic Senators — Elizabeth Warren (MA), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Brian Schatz (HI), Jack Reed (RI), and Alex Padilla (CA) — recently petitioned the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to “take action to eliminate hidden fees associated with international remittance payments.”

The Remittance Transfer Rule requires transfer providers to provide prepayment disclosures to consumers prior

To help you keep abreast of relevant activities, below find a breakdown of some of the biggest events at the federal and state levels to impact the Consumer Finance Services industry this past week:

Federal Activities

State Activities

Federal Activities:

  • On October 27, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) outlined options to strengthen consumers’ access

Pursuant to its authority under Section 1022(b)(1) of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an advisory opinion to consumer reporting agencies (CRAs), highlighting their obligation to screen for and eliminate obviously false data from consumers’ credit reports. Specifically, CRAs were instructed to implement policies, procedures, and systems to screen for and

After a years-long effort, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced the approval of both the FICO 10T and the VantageScore 4.0 credit score models for use by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (Enterprises). The FHFA expects the transition to the two-score model to take multiple years to implement, which will require both scores

On October 6, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced a consent order with Rhinebeck Bank (Rhinebeck) to resolve allegations that, in violation of New York Executive Law Section 296-a, the bank instituted discretionary dealer markup policies that resulted in a disparate impact that negatively affected members of minority groups.

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