On August 31, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued an industry letter to all supervised mortgage lending institutions and their affiliates on preventing sexual orientation discrimination in mortgage lending. New York’s Fair Lending Law prohibits discrimination in, among other things, the granting, withholding, extending, or renewing, or in the fixing of the

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Illinois Predatory Loan Prevention Act (Act) into immediate effect on March 23. The Act imposes sweeping changes and contains broad language, leaving the state’s lenders and borrowers with an uncertain future.

To understand this new law, one must recognize that Illinois based the Act on the federal government’s Military

The Sixth Circuit recently confirmed student loan servicers, who begin servicing debts after default and resale, are not liable to borrowers under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because the servicers are not acting as “debt collectors.”

On March 25, in Willison v. Nelnet, Inc., the Sixth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for student

On March 22, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) moved to dismiss a challenge to a final rule it promulgated last summer. But this routine filing was followed by a blog that expressed the Bureau’s intent to address the challenged rule outside of court and clarified that its “brief address[es] only the court’s jurisdiction to

In Guzman v. I.C. Sys., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42595, 2021 WL 861914 (E.D.N.Y. Mar 8, 2021), Carolina Guzman (plaintiff) alleged that I.C. System, Inc. (defendant) violated the FDCPA by reporting to Experian that her debt to Sprint was “[s]eriously past due date/assigned to attorney, collection agency, or credit grantor’s internal collection department.” Id.

In Frank Gilbert v. I.C. System, Inc., the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied the defendant’s motion to compel arbitration in a FDCPA class action, holding that the corporate declaration offered by the defendant was insufficient to prove that the plaintiff actually saw and agreed to the account terms

In a statement recently disseminated to all Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) personnel, Acting Director Dave Uejio set forth new priorities for the CFPB’s Supervision, Enforcement, and Fair Lending Division (SEFL), specifically around providing COVID-19 relief to consumers and racial equity.

In the statement, Uejio communicated his belief that “strong oversight” can make a

In a final act of his tenure, Brian Brooks, the acting Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) on January 14 finalized a rule to ensure “fair access to banking services provided by large national banks, federal savings associations, and federal branches and agencies of foreign bank organizations.” Brooks announced that he would be stepping down from

On September 15, 2020, after considerable delay and pursuant to a court settlement, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Outline of Proposals Under Consideration and Alternatives Considered for small business lending data collection rulemaking. When the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) was passed, Section 1071 amended the Equal Credit

The CFPB recently published a blog post about the agency’s on-going efforts to monitor industry updates and innovation and how these changes align with regulatory obligations under the CFPB’s consumer protection laws. This post specifically highlighted using artificial intelligence (AI) and/or machine learning (ML) related to the adverse action notices that are required under the