Regulatory Enforcement + Compliance

On November 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a circular, stating that both consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) and furnishers may be held liable under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for failing to investigate disputes, including when they impose what the CFPB views as barriers to the submission of disputes. Specifically, the

On November 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a new complaint bulletin, highlighting consumer complaints it has received related to crypto-assets. The bulletin suggests that fraud, theft, hacks, and scams pose a significant problem in crypto-asset markets. Also, according to the bulletin, consumers reported issues with executing transactions and transferring assets between

Do district courts have jurisdiction to hear constitutional challenges to federal agencies, or must plaintiffs first raise such challenges in administrative proceedings before the agency? On November 7, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on this issue in two similar cases: Axon Enterprise v. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) v.

Missouri recently modernized its money laundering statute to define cryptocurrency and to include cryptocurrency within its definition of “monetary instruments.” This is a significant step for Missouri as it eliminates what was once a safe harbor, by clarifying any underlying confusion and permitting state prosecutors to pursue previously elusive criminal activity.

Missouri amended its money

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a $100 million settlement with Vonage over allegations that the internet phone service provider violated the FTC and Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA) by adding “junk fees” and using “dark patterns” to make it difficult for consumers to cancel. In addition to the fine that will be used

On October 31, a Texas federal court ordered a stay in a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) enforcement action, pending the issuance of the Fifth Circuit mandate in Community Financial Services Association of America Ltd. v. CFPB, which declared the CFPB funding mechanism unconstitutional. In the enforcement action CFPB v. Populus Financial Group, Inc.

On November 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a blog post, exploring the potential impact of student loan payment reinstatement. The CFPB found that student loan borrowers are increasingly likely to struggle once their monthly student loan payments are reinstated. However, the CFPB also found that student debt cancellation may substantially reduce

Five Democratic Senators — Elizabeth Warren (MA), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Brian Schatz (HI), Jack Reed (RI), and Alex Padilla (CA) — recently petitioned the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to “take action to eliminate hidden fees associated with international remittance payments.”

The Remittance Transfer Rule requires transfer providers to provide prepayment disclosures to consumers prior

In an October 27 letter, the American Bankers Association (ABA) expressed concern regarding a proposal currently being considered by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that would shift liability from consumers to banks for scams involving peer-to-peer (P2P) payments. This would include requiring banks to reimburse consumers for P2P payments made but later identified

As part of its ongoing initiative to scrutinize so-called “junk fees,” the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published guidance on two practices that it opines potentially violate the Consumer Financial Protection Act’s prohibition on unfair practices. Specifically, the CFPB published a compliance bulletin, cautioning against charging across-the-board depositor fees to consumers who deposit a