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On August 5, 2020, the US Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs ordered the Stopping Harm and Implementing Enhanced Lead-time for Debts for Veterans Act of 2020 (the “Act”), formerly known as the Veteran Debt Fairness Act of 2019, to move forward in the legislative process. The Act seeks to substantively amend Chapter 53, title

Pursuant to the Federal Credit Union Act, the National Credit Union Administration issued a temporary final rule on April 21, easing regulatory requirements to assist federal credit unions (“FCUs”) and federally insured credit unions (“FICUs”) during the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic. The rule makes the following key changes that will be effective through December 31, 2020:

Earlier this year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created a Taskforce on Federal Consumer Financial Law to “examine the existing legal and regulatory environment facing consumers and financial services providers and report to [the Bureau] its recommendations for ways to improve and strengthen consumer financial laws and regulations.” To assist the Taskforce, the Bureau recently

The North Carolina Insurance Commissioner recently published a Frequently Asked Questions document clarifying its order, amended order, and bulletin issued over the past week, which require debt collection agencies to give North Carolina consumers the option of deferring debt payments for a period of 30 days from the due date of payment.


Last Friday, the North Carolina Department of Insurance issued an order and bulletin enacting emergency provisions that require debt collectors – including debt buyers – to provide North Carolinians with the option of deferring payments that are due during North Carolina’s major disaster proclamation. The Department provided an amended order on Monday, March 30.

The Federal Trade Commission has announced a settlement with LightYear Dealer Technologies, LLC, doing business as DealerBuilt, a company that sells software and data services to auto dealers. The FTC alleged that DealerBuilt’s poor data security practices resulted in a breach that exposed the personal information of millions of consumers. A hacker gained unauthorized access

This week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a policy change for the agency’s Civil Investigative Demands, or “CIDs.”

The CFPB is authorized by statute to issue CIDs. These updated policy changes address what may be included in those CIDs, specifically in the “notification of purpose” section. The CFPB has stated that going forward CIDs

The FTC announced that its roundtable discussion with state attorneys general, which had been set for March 25, will be postponed due to logistical issues.  A new date is not yet available on the FTC’s Hearings Calendar, and an agenda has not been posted.  This scheduled hearing is part of a larger series of

The attorneys general of all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam have offered their support to pending legislation, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (“TRACED”) Act, aimed at significantly reducing robocalls.  The support was in the form of a letter sent by

The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently entered into a consent order with collection agency Range Credit Bureau, Inc. regarding its compliance practices.

The Commissioner found numerous regulatory and compliance infractions, including the company’s ongoing failure to file an Unclaimed Property report with the state for funds owed to a customer whom the company could not