On December 7, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report entitled Protecting Those Who Protect Us. The report sought to quantify, for the first time, the use of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) interest rate reduction benefit. According to the CFPB’s research, between 2007 and 2018, fewer than 10% of eligible

On November 21, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a joint amicus brief in Louis v. Bluegreen Vacations Unlimited, Inc., No. 22-12217 (11th Cir.) regarding servicemembers’ right to sue under the Military Lending Act (MLA).

The plaintiffs in the case were both covered borrowers under the MLA when

On September 27, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 1311, the Military and Veteran Consumer Protection Act of 2022 (the Act), into law. The Act takes direct aim at, among other things, the Military Lending Act’s (MLA) exceptions for loans obtained to purchase motor vehicles and other forms of personal property. It goes

A recent federal court decision from the Northern District of Texas offers some useful lessons and insights for creditors relying on the Military Lending Act’s (MLA) safe harbors for verifying whether a consumer is a “covered borrower.”

In Greenwood v. Cottonwood Financial, Ltd., 2022 WL 3754706 (N.D. Tex. 2022) (see also court decision

On July 29, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a joint letter to auto finance companies, reminding them of the protections the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) affords to servicemembers and their dependents during periods of military service. These protections include several related to auto lending and leasing, which

This week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) resolved Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) claims against two affiliated Virginia landlords for allegedly obtaining unlawful court judgments against military tenants. To settle the claims, the landlords agreed to pay restitution to affected servicemembers, a civil penalty to the United States, and various injunctive relief. This action is

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) highlighted their efforts to aggressively enforce provisions of the Military Lending Act (MLA) in a recently issued press release and testimony before Congress. The FTC — along with 18 states — announced it had brought its first-ever case, alleging violations of the

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Office of Servicemember Affairs released its annual report, detailing over 17,000 complaints filed by servicemembers, veterans, and their families in 2021. The largest number of complaints concerned incorrect information on credit reports; closely related to the first complaint was the failure of credit reporting agencies to swiftly and

In a recent post, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) discussed its ongoing efforts to investigate and curtail alleged abuses of the military allotment system by lenders. The military allotment system is a servicemember benefit dating from the Civil War, which allows servicemembers to automatically pay certain expenses directly from their pay. The importance