The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) agreed to a March 31, 2023 deadline to issue a final rule under Section 1071 of Dodd-Frank. Section 1071 amended the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) to impose significant data collection requirements on small business creditors. The CFPB accepted the deadline as part of a previously agreed

On May 26, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) announced that federal anti-discrimination law requires companies to explain to applicants the specific reasons for denying an application for credit or taking other adverse actions, even if the creditor is relying on credit models using complex algorithms.

In a corresponding Consumer Financial Protection Circular

On May 6, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its Fair Lending Report for 2021. As in 2020’s report, published last year, the CFPB shows that its focus remains on what it characterizes as “financial inclusion, racial and economic equity, and fair competition”:

“As part of the prioritization process, the CFPB

On May 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its Supervisory Highlights report on legal violations discovered during examinations in the second half of 2021.

The Supervisory Highlights detail issues identified by CFPB examination teams across a wide number of segments of the consumer financial services industry. Summarized below are those issues

On March 16, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) unveiled an enormous change to its fair lending philosophy that will have major ramifications for financial services providers of all types. In a press release, the CFPB announced that it will begin targeting discrimination as an unfair practice under its unfair, deceptive, and

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, has introduced the Arbitration Fairness for Consumers Act. The legislation, introduced on March 7, proposes to amend Title X of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to prohibit pre-dispute arbitration agreements and class-action waivers in contracts

The Northern District of California has approved a $53 million settlement to be paid by the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) to resolve racial discrimination claims concerning Fannie Mae’s management and marketing of real estate-owned (REO) properties.

In 2016, multiple nonprofit housing organizations filed a complaint against Fannie Mae, alleging that the organization failed

On December 8, District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine transmitted the “Stop Discrimination by Algorithms Act of 2021 (Act)” for consideration and enactment by the Council of the District of Columbia. While discrimination of various types is prohibited by a variety of federal and D.C. laws, this bill would apply to a

On January 18, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) conditionally approved an application by Social Finance Inc. (SoFi) to acquire Golden Pacific Bank, National Association, so long as the new bank does “not engage in any crypto-asset activities or services.”

SoFi’s application allows for the creation of SoFi Bank, National Association (SoFi

On November 29, House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and committee member Bill Foster (D-IL) sent a letter to the leaders of multiple federal regulators, asking them to monitor technological development in the financial services industry to ensure that algorithmic bias does not occur. The letter was sent to the following individuals:

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