On May 16, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published its second metrics report as part of its ongoing supervisory monitoring of mortgage servicers’ COVID-19 pandemic response. The data collected is part of the Bureau’s metrics requests to sixteen servicers representing “a broad cross-section of the mortgage servicing industry.” The first report, published in August 2021, covered the period from December 2020 through April 2021.
With the rapid rise of nonbank financial product and service companies in an everchanging marketplace, there is growing concern that nonbanks will evade federal oversight. To keep pace with these changes, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it will expand its oversight of nonbank entities, including nonbanks that brand themselves as “fintechs.”
CFPB Director Rohit Chopra intends to hold nonbanks to the same standards to which banks are held. To level the playing field for banks and nonbanks, the CFPB will conduct examinations of nonbank financial companies that the CFPB has “reasonable cause” to determine are posing risks to consumers. Mr. Chopra seeks to “stop harm before it spreads.”…
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Rohit Chopra warned consumer finance companies that he will be expanding the bureau’s anti-discrimination efforts “to combat discriminatory practices across the board in consumer finance.”
Under the Dodd-Frank Act, it is unlawful for providers of consumer financial products or services to engage in any unfair, deceptive, or abusive act or practice (UDAAP). The Act also provides the CFPB with supervisory and enforcement authority to detect and prevent UDAAPs in connection with any consumer financial product or service.
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Through a series of recent public comments, top leadership from the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) is warning that the agency is poised to play an increasingly affirmative role in the oversight of new payments systems, including the technologies and technology companies involved.
On July 21, Acting Director Dave Uejio celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by giving prepared remarks highlighting the CFPB’s activities over the past 10 years in enforcement, consumer empowerment, and racial equity, as well as its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Uejio advised that the CFPB’s enforcement and supervision work has resulted in approximately $14.4 billion in consumer relief and that its enforcement actions have resulted in $1.7 billion in civil penalties; however, he notes that there is much more to be done in enforcement.
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The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (the OCC) True Lender Rule is all but repealed. On May 11, 2021, the U.S. Senate voted to approve a joint resolution to repeal the True Lender Rule under the Congressional Review Act (the CRA). The House is expected to pass the measure and the president has expressed support for the resolution.
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Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an interim final rule supporting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) temporary eviction moratorium. The CDC’s temporary eviction moratorium has been extended through June 30, 2021 based on the current and projected epidemiological context of SARS-CoV-2 transmission throughout the United States. The CDC order generally prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for non-payment of rent if the tenant submits a written declaration that they are unable to afford full rental payments and would likely become homeless or have to move into a shared living setting. This prohibition applies to an agent or attorney acting as a debt collector on behalf of a landlord or owner of the residential property.
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On April 5th, the CFPB proposed a set of rule changes intended to prevent foreclosures as emergency federal foreclosure protections expire this summer. Given that the expected surge of borrowers exiting forbearance in the fall will put mortgage servicers under strain, the proposed rules seek to ensure that servicers and borrowers work together to prevent foreclosures.
The proposed rules intend to:
- Give borrowers time: The proposed rules provide a special pre-foreclosure review period that would generally prohibit servicers from starting foreclosure until after December 31, 2021.
- Give servicers options: The proposed rules permit servicers to offer certain streamlined loan modification options to borrowers with COVID-19-related hardships based on the evaluation of an incomplete application. This provision would only be available for modifications that do not increase a borrower’s monthly payment and that extend the loan’s term by no more than 40 years from the modification’s effective date.
- Keep borrowers informed: The proposed rules provide temporary changes to certain required servicer communications to make sure that borrowers receive key information about their options at the appropriate time.
The CFPB issued a compliance bulletin on April 1st warning mortgage servicers to take all necessary steps to prevent a wave of foreclosures this fall. The CFPB advised that beginning with the expiration of the federal foreclosure moratoriums at the end of June 2021, mortgage servicers will need ramped-up capacity to reach out and…
As the government revives its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with hundreds of billions of dollars in additional loans available to small businesses, there are fresh signs that government fraud investigations and whistleblower litigation related to the loan program are ramping up. DOJ’s first-ever settlement of violations of the civil False Claims Act related to the …