The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced it sent out a second round of redress checks in a long-lasting legal battle against an alleged payday lending scheme. While this round of redress checks brings the total financial amount returned to consumers to more than $535 million, the litigation previously resulted in a unanimous Supreme Court

In a blog post released June 15, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continued to show its interest in credit reporting by Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) lenders. Recognizing the importance of credit reporting to consumers building credit profiles through payment of BNPL obligations, the CFPB encouraged BNPL lenders to report both positive and negative

On June 9, California’s Office of Administrative Law approved commercial financing disclosure regulations (Regulations) which require consumer-like disclosures for certain commercial financing products such as small business loans and merchant cash advances. With this final step completed, the Regulations from the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) will become effective on December 9, 2022,

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 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 April 25, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) announced that it would begin invoking a provision in Dodd-Frank, previously used only infrequently, to conduct supervisory examinations over a greater number of nonbank financial companies that may “pose risks to consumers.”

Under Dodd-Frank, the CFPB has authority to examine three categories of nonbank

On February 25, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issued Guidance to all individuals and entities subject to its regulation due to the rapidly evolving situation in Ukraine, following the Russian invasion and the imposition of sanctions, in particular businesses engaged in virtual currency activity. Relatedly, on March 2, Governor Hochul announced

Last month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued orders to five companies offering buy now, pay later (BNPL) products, asking them to provide information on several topics, including:

  • Business models,
  • BNPL performance metrics,
  • Disclosures and other consumer protections,
  • User demographics, and
  • Data harvesting and monetization.

For more information the CFPB’s inquiry, please see our

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 2, the House Financial Services Committee’s Task Force on Financial Technology held a hearing titled, “Buy Now, Pay More Later? Investigating Risks and Benefits of BNPL and Other Emerging Fintech Cash Flow Products.” For the hearing, the task force invited both consumer advocates and industry tradespeople to address several products, including buy now,