Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in the U.S. Senate on the evening of October 24, 2017 to overturn the arbitration rules proposed in July by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. The House of Representatives had already voted in late July to repeal the arbitration rule under the Congressional Review Act. President Donald Trump has indicated that he will sign the resolution shortly, applauding Congress for “standing up for everyday consumers and community banks and credit unions, instead of the trial lawyers, who would have benefited the most from the CFPB’s uninformed and ineffective policy.” Senator Elizabeth Warren, who had led opposition to the repeal resolution, called the move “a giant wet kiss to Wall Street.” Continue Reading In Case You Missed It: Senate Moves to Overturn CFPB Arbitration Rule
Jesse advises financial institutions and other clients on a wide variety of legal and regulatory compliance issues. He has experience with a variety of federal and state laws and regulations, such as TILA, RESPA, FDCPA, FCRA, FCBA, ECOA, GLBA, BSA, TCPA, the Bankruptcy Code, the Moss-Magnuson Act, the Unruh Act, etc. He also has experience in transactions such as mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financing.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed Friday to temporarily relax the scope of upcoming changes to Regulation C, which implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), by raising one threshold for HMDA reporting. Under Regulation C amendments previously finalized and scheduled to take effect in 2018, HMDA reporting requirements would apply to any financial institution originating 100 or more open-end home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) per year over the prior two years. Under the new proposal, the HMDA reporting requirements would apply through calendar year 2019 to institutions that originated 500 or more HELOCs per year over the prior two years. In the meantime, the CFPB would conduct further studies to help determine whether to permanently change this threshold. Continue Reading CFPB Offers Smaller HELOC Lenders Temporary Relief from HMDA Coverage; HMDA Changes Still Loom In the Future
Court Also Interprets RESPA Section 8 Anti-Kickback Provisions and Rules that the CFPB Is Subject to RESPA Statute of Limitations
RESPA issues may be the most relevant aspect of the October 11, 2016, ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 15-1177 (D.C. Cir. Oct. 11, 2016). While the opinion’s strongly worded 2-1 holding that the CFPB is unconstitutionally structured is quite noteworthy—to say the least—further consideration by the entire D.C. Circuit seems likely. And en banc consideration could result in the panel’s opinion on the unconstitutionality of the CFPB being vacated, if the court can avoid reaching that issue at this juncture. Continue Reading D.C. Circuit Panel Rules CFPB Structure Unconstitutional
The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has stated that discrimination by creditors based on gender identity or sexual orientation violates the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. As Slate online magazine put it, when providing the first widespread coverage of this issue in an article published last week,“[t]he federal government just accomplished a decades long goal of LGBTQ advocates with a single letter.” The letter referred to was actually sent on August 30, 2016, from the CFPB to Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (“SAGE”), a national social service and advocacy organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender elders.
Continue Reading Don’t Ask, Don’t Discriminate: CFPB States That ECOA Prohibits Creditor Discrimination Based on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
After much anticipation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has released its proposed small-dollar lending rule. Spanning 1,334 pages in length, the proposal marks the first time the CFPB has exercised its authority to issue regulations prohibiting unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices (“UDAAP”). Until now, the CFPB has elected to define UDAAP through its enforcement actions. And despite the proposal’s length, it does not appear that it fully covers the waters of consumer credit in the CFPB’s sights. Accompanying the proposed rule is a Request for Information (“RFI”) asking additional questions about certain other high-cost, longer-term installment loans and open-end lines of credit, raising the possibility of additional rulemakings in the future.
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has finalized its long-awaited beneficial ownership rule, which it proposed in 2014. The regulation does two things. First, it extends Customer Due Diligence (CDD) requirements under Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) rules to the natural persons behind a legal entity. Second, the regulation adds a fifth pillar to the traditional “four pillars” of an effective anti-money laundering (AML) program by requiring covered financial institutions to establish risk-based procedures for conducting ongoing customer due diligence. As of May 11, 2018, entities subject to BSA will be required to identify and verify the identity of beneficial owners of legal entity customers at the time the customer opens a new account, subject to certain exclusions and exemptions, as well as develop risk profiles and conduct ongoing monitoring of customers.