On July 10, the CFPB announced proposed rules for mortgage servicers, aimed at helping homeowners avoid foreclosures. The new rules, which would modify RESPA and Regulation X’s existing mortgage servicing framework, are designed to streamline the process for obtaining mortgage assistance, and incentivize servicers to prioritize borrower aid over foreclosure.Continue Reading CFPB Proposes Revamped RESPA Mortgage Servicing Rules

On June 14, the CFPB published a press release announcing that its 2017 Payday, Vehicle Title and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans Rule (“Payday Lending Rule”) will go into effect on or about March 30, 2025. According to the Bureau, the rule will target unfair and abusive practices in short-term installment lending and will aim to curb lenders’ efforts to repeatedly withdraw payments from a borrower’s bank account, even after knowing the borrower’s account was shown to have insufficient funds. The CFPB determined such debiting practices rarely benefited lenders and created negative consequences for borrowers such as overdraft and insufficient fund fees, or even account closures by their banks.Continue Reading Payday Lending Rule Slated to Take Effect, 7 Years Later

On June 18, the CFPB settled enforcement actions (found here and here) against two mortgage servicers who serviced reverse mortgages on behalf of HUD, for their systemic failure to respond to consumer requests for assistance, resulting in financial harm to many elderly borrowers.Continue Reading CFPB Cracks Down on Mortgage Servicers, Alleging Harmful Practices Against Older Homeowners

Florida is one of several states that has enacted “de-banking” legislation that requires financial institutions to provide consumers with fair access to financial products and services. On May 3, Governor DeSantis signed into law H.B. 989, which amends and expands upon that law and provides additional protection for consumers against discrimination by financial institutions.Continue Reading Florida Expands its “De-Banking” Law

On May 31, the CFPB filed suit in federal court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania against a Pennsylvania-based student loan servicer accusing it of illegally pursuing student loan debts discharged in bankruptcy and providing false information to credit reporting agencies. The CFPB’s lawsuit asks the court to order the servicer to stop its illegal conduct, provide redress to borrowers, and pay a civil penalty.Continue Reading CFPB Takes Legal Action Against Student Loan Servicer for Chasing Debt on Discharged Student Loans

On May 30, the CFPB announced that it was probing mortgage closing costs as part of its continued focus on so-called junk fees. The Bureau’s request for information seeks input from the public on “the impact closing costs have on borrowers and the mortgage market, including the degree to which they add overall costs or otherwise cause borrower harm, and any impact such fees may have on the ability to purchase a home, anticipate and afford monthly payments, or refinance an existing mortgage.” Continue Reading CFPB Opens Public Probe on Closing Fees

On May 16, the CFPB filed a motion for summary judgement in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida seeking a $20 million civil penalty against a California-based mortgage provider for allegedly submitting inaccurate government mortgage loan data.Continue Reading CFPB Files Motion for Summary Judgment on HMDA Enforcement Action

On May 3, a California resident filed a class action lawsuit in federal court accusing a Los Angeles-based credit union of discriminatory practices, and raised a civil rights claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and violations of the California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act. In the complaint, the plaintiff alleges his automobile loan application was unfairly denied because of his immigration status as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient.Continue Reading DACA Recipient Accuses California Credit Union of ECOA Violations

On April 25, the FTC took action against a Washington-based bill payment company and its two co-founders alleging that the company used misleading search ads to impersonate consumers’ billers and deceptive design practices to mislead those consumers into paying “junk fees” they tacked on to consumers’ bills. Continue Reading FTC Calls Out Bill Payment Company’s Use of Dark Pattern Practices

On May 1, the FTC announced a settlement in federal court in the Northern District of Georgia against a payment processing company, along with its former CEO and senior vice president, for the company’s role in handling transactions for a debt-relief company engaging in fraud. The defendants have agreed to a settlement that includes a $10 million payment to compensate affected consumers and tighter restrictions on future business operations.Continue Reading FTC Cracks Down on Payments Processor for Facilitating Fraud