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Volume 26 - Number 17

August 24, 2015

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Mortgage Lenders Again Call For TRID Transition Period

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council should institute an official transition period to provide lenders greater clarity and certainty in anticipation of the CFPB’s new TILA/RESPA integrated disclosure rule (TRID) slated to take effect Oct. 3, the American Bankers Association said in a letter to the financial regulatory group. The CFPB is one of the regulatory bodies that comprise the FFIEC. “We request that the FFIEC – on behalf of all banking regulators – formally establish a transition period and clarify how regulators will oversee and examine regulated institutions for TRID compliance during this time,” the ABA said in a recent letter to the council. “In so doing, the FFIEC would provide needed certainty to the credit markets and encourage lenders to ...

CFPB Moves Against Citizens Bank Over Checking Account Practices

The CFPB, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency brought a combined $37.3 million enforcement action against Citizens Bank earlier this month for allegedly failing to credit consumers the full amounts of their deposited funds. The regulatory agencies accused the bank of keeping money from deposit discrepancies when receipts did not match actual money transferred. “Citizens Bank regularly denied customers the full credits of their deposits when there were discrepancies between deposit slips and the actual money transferred into the bank,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “The bank chose to ignore these discrepancies and harmed many consumers by pocketing the difference.” The CFPB said its investigation found that from January 1, 2008, to ...

CFPB, NYDFS Sue Pension Advance Companies

In another example of joint agency enforcement and jurisdictional cooperation, the CFPB and the New York Department of Financial Services filed a lawsuit in federal court last week against Pension Funding LLC and Pension Income LLC, and three of the companies’ managers over allegations they deceived consumers about the costs and risks of their pension advance loans. From 2011 until about December 2014, Pension Funding and Pension Income, two California-based companies, offered consumers lump-sum cash advances for agreeing to redirect all or part of their pension payments over a period of eight years, according to CFPB and the NYDFS. More specifically, the joint complaint alleges that the companies and individual defendants Steven Covey, Edwin Lichtig and Rex Hofelter represented to ...

CFPB Brings Action Over Health-Care Credit Enrollment Tactics

The CFPB last week ordered Springstone Financial LLC of Westborough, MA – now known as Lending Club Patient Solutions – to provide $700,000 in relief to roughly 3,200 victims of allegedly deceptive credit enrollment tactics. The bureau said the business practices at issue took place mostly before the company’s acquisition by LendingClub Corp., a $140 million transaction that took place back in April 2014 with financing provided from funds and accounts handled by T. Rowe Price Group Inc., Wellington Management Company LLP, BlackRock Inc. and Sands Capital, according to Bloomberg News. According to the CFPB, a number of consumers who signed up for Springstone’s deferred-interest loan product at dental offices to finance dental work were led to believe that the product was ...

CFPB Rejects Lead-Generation Firm’s Effort to Dismiss, Revise CID

The CFPB has denied a recent petition from Selling Source, LLC, a lead-generation company in Las Vegas, and Tim Madsen, a company employee and recipient of a civil investigative demand from the bureau, to modify or set aside the action. “Petitioners raise a number of objections to the CID, none of which warrants setting aside or modifying the CID,” said the bureau. First, the petitioners contend that the CID’s notification of purpose is too vague and thus fails to comply with legal and regulatory requirements, according to the CFPB’s decision. The bureau said the related statute and regulation do not require a detailed narrative and that it may draw the boundaries of its investigation quite generally. Second, the petitioners contend ...

World Acceptance Corp. Faces Legal Action From the CFPB

World Acceptance Corp., a publicly traded small-loan consumer finance company based in Greenville, SC, recently revealed that CFPB enforcement staff is considering whether to recommend the agency bring legal action against the company. The company received a civil investigative demand from the bureau back in March, the stated purpose of which is to determine whether the company has been or is “engaging in unlawful acts or practices in connection with the marketing, offering, or extension of credit.” World Acceptance Corp. responded, within the deadlines specified in the CID, to “broad requests for the production of documents, answers to interrogatories and written reports related to loans made by the company and numerous other aspects of the company’s business,” the firm said ...

Consumer Groups Fight Limits to Oversight of Indirect Auto Finance

A number of consumer-oriented organizations are urging members of Congress to defeat H.R. 1737, the “Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act,” legislation they say would cripple the bureau’s ability to act against discriminatory auto lending practices. H.R. 1737, introduced this spring by Rep. Frank Guinta, R-NH, would require the CFPB to rescind its guidance from March 2013 regarding the fair lending risks associated with car dealer interest rate markups. The bill also would require the bureau to provide notice and take comments only for guidance related to auto lending through car dealers. Additionally, the legislation would make publicly available all information relied on by the CFPB, and redact any information exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act....

Women in Real Estate Biz Support Joint Agency Statement on Diversity

The National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses is among the industry groups that generally support the final interagency statement on diversity policies and practices issued by the CFPB, the federal banking regulators and the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, in its comment letter to the agencies, one of the issues the group addressed was ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected under the final statement. “Detail is important; when releasing information, agencies and their regulated entities must carefully detail the ways they are promoting diversity and the success and shortcomings of each of their efforts,” the NAWREB said. “The difficulty will always be ensuring that the minority and women inclusion is ...

CFPB Report on Arbitration is Flawed, Law Professors Contend

The CFPB’s arbitration report to Congress “contains substantial methodological flaws and does not support a ban on arbitration clauses in consumer credit contracts,” law professors at the University of Virginia and George Mason University concluded in a recent study. “To the contrary, the data presented in the report show that consumers on balance are better off if they have the arbitration process available to them for dispute resolution,” they added. “Rather than relying on flawed methodology and inaccurate data, the CFPB should focus on the actual benefits arbitration provides to consumers.” Jason Scott Johnston, a law professor at UVA, and Todd Zywicki, a law professor at GMU, reviewed the bureau report for the Mercatus Center and determined that CFPB’s findings ...

Consumer Complaints About Debt Collection Plunge From Year Ago

The number of complaints that consumers filed with the CFPB about debt collection practices fell 9.6 percent from the first quarter to the second and plunged 53.3 percent at the six-month mark versus one year ago, a new analysis by Inside the CFPB found. The biggest banks among the top 50 companies as ranked by complaints all acquitted themselves well at the mid-year 2015 point compared with the year before. Most notable in this regard was Wells Fargo, which saw consumer gripes fall 74.7 percent. Top debt collection firms had a more mixed performance. On the one hand, Encore Capital Group saw consumer criticisms fall 67.2 percent year over year, and 14.9 percent quarter over quarter. But Enhanced Recovery Company ...

Ex-CFPB Deputy Antonakes Steps Through Revolving Door to Industry

Former CFPB Deputy Director Steve Antonakes is the latest high level official at the bureau to cash in on his few years at the agency, taking a position as chief compliance officer for Eastern Bank, a full-service commercial bank headquartered in Boston. Antonakes, who most recently served as deputy director and as the associate director for supervision, enforcement and fair lending at the CFPB, brings 25 years of compliance, risk management and financial services experience to Eastern Bank. While at the CFPB, Antonakes served as its second-highest-ranking official and was responsible for the supervision of all banks and non-banks under the bureau’s jurisdiction and the enforcement of federal consumer protection and fair lending laws. Antonakes was appointed by successive governors ...

In Brief: All About TRID / Also Worth Noting

Get Your TRID On. The CFPB has put out a Know Before You Owe guide for real estate professionals to help them navigate the upcoming TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, otherwise known as TRID. The guide spells out the major elements of the rule, such as the steps associated with closings, and provides an explanation of the new disclosures. Industry pros can download from the bureau’s website print-ready versions in Adobe Acrobat PDF format as well as pre-order printed copies from the U.S. Government Printing Office. TRID Drives ClosingCorp to Integrate With Savana’s Loan Origination Product. ClosingCorp, a San Diego-based residential real estate closing cost data and technology vendor for the mortgage and real estate services industries, has integrated its Loan ...

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