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CFPB Investigating U.S. Bancorp Over Consumer Sales Practices

“U.S. Bancorp is facing regulatory scrutiny over how it sells products to consumers. The $553.8 billion-asset company is under investigation by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding “certain of the company’s consumer sales practices,” according to a securities filing this week. The CFPB has been scrutinizing banks’ sales practices in the wake of Wells Fargo’s […]
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Regulation

CFPB Poised to Reinstate Tough Stance on Payday Lenders

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is giving its clearest signal yet that a 2020 regulation easing standards for payday lenders is in jeopardy, despite efforts already in motion by the industry to implement the Trump administration rule. Acting CFPB Director Dave Uejio — appointed by the Biden administration to lead the agency following Kathy Kraninger’s […]
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Companies

PayPal Says U.S. Consumer Watchdog Investigating Payment App Venmo

“PayPal Holdings Inc said on Friday it was cooperating with the U.S. consumer watchdog regarding a civil investigation demand relating to its app Venmo’s alleged unauthorized fund transfers and collections processes. The demand from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was made last month, the digital payment processor said in a regulatory filing. ( bit.ly/3tsOHn1 […]
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Companies

Paypal Wins Bid to Strike Down CFPB Prepaid Card Regulations

“A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has invalidated part of a U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule governing prepaid cards and digital wallets, emphatically agreeing with fintech giant PayPal that the agency overstepped its authority. In a decision studded with exclamation points, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon wrote that the agency’s rulemaking authority under Dodd–Frank […]
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Regulation

CFPB investigating Regions’ overdraft practices

“Regions Financial is the latest bank to face regulatory scrutiny over fees charged to consumers who overdraw their accounts. The $145 billion-asset company disclosed Thursday that it was in the process of responding to a civil investigative demand from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over certain overdraft practices and policies. The disclosure, which did not […]
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Providers

Consumer Bureau Scraps Restrictions on Payday Loans

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday formally rescinded a plan to impose new limits on payday lending, handing the industry a major victory by killing off tighter rules that it spent years lobbying to overturn. The proposed rules would have been the first significant federal regulations on an industry that makes $30 billion a […]
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Regulation

CFPB Expands Relief for Banks and Credit Unions From Remittance Rules

“More banks will be able to estimate costs to consumers of remittance transfers rather than quote exact third-party fees and exchange rates under a final rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The rule released Monday expanded and made permanent temporary protections established in an earlier 2013 regulation. The new rule establishes a safe […]

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CFPB Annual Complaint Report Highlights More Than a Half-Million Complaints Received in 2020 | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

“Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) provided to Congress the Consumer Response Annual Report for 2020. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the consumer financial marketplace is reflected in the increase of complaints submitted to the CFPB. The CFPB handled approximately 542,300 complaints last year—a nearly 54% increase over the approximately 352,400 complaints […]
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Regulation

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Takes Action Against Payment Processor and Its Former CEO for Supporting Internet-Based Technical-Support Scams | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a lawsuit in federal court against BrightSpeed Solutions Inc. (BrightSpeed) and its founder and former chief executive officer, Kevin Howard, for knowingly processing payments for companies engaged in internet-based technical-support fraud. Chicago-based BrightSpeed was a privately owned, third-party payment processor founded and operated by Howard in 2015. It […]
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Domains

PayActiv Becomes First And Only CFPB-Approved Earned Wage Access Provider

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today issued a groundbreaking approval order (Approval) confirming that Payactiv’s Earned Wage Access (EWA) Program is not credit and therefore is exempt from the federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Regulation Z rules governing creditors.   Specifically, the Approval notes that a Payactiv EWA user does not create a debt […]