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CFPB Invokes Dormant Authority to Examine Nonbank Companies Posing Risks to Consumers

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is invoking a largely unused legal provision to examine nonbank financial companies that pose risks to consumers. The CFPB believes that utilizing this dormant authority will help protect consumers and level the playing field between banks and nonbanks. The CFPB is also seeking public comments on […]
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CFPB Charges TransUnion and Senior Executive John Danaher With Violating Law Enforcement Order | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

“Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is filing a lawsuit against TransUnion, two of its subsidiaries, and longtime executive John Danaher for violating a 2017 law enforcement order. The order was issued to stop the company from engaging in deceptive marketing, regarding its credit scores and other credit-related products. After the order went into […]
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CFPB Issues Warning on Use of Prepaid Cards to Pay Government Benefits

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warned financial services companies Tuesday about a longstanding prohibition on using prepaid debit cards as the sole method for distributing government benefits. Companies that get hired by government agencies to distribute payments to consumers may be extracting illegal fees that would be considered an abuse of their exclusive contracts, the […]
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PayPal Calls CFPB’s Fee Disclosure Rule ‘Problematic’ – Law360

“PayPal has asked the D. C. Circuit to uphold its win against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over the agency’s disclosure rules for prepaid cards and digital wallets, calling the requirements “problematic. “The CFPB is allowed by law to craft model disclosures for prepaid cards and digital wallets, but the agency overstepped its authority by […]
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Card Issuers Resisted Slashing Credit Limits During Pandemic: CFPB

“In a shift from the previous U.S. economic crisis, credit card issuers last year mostly avoided clamping down on their existing customers’ borrowing limits, according to a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The report, one of the most extensive analyses of credit card trends during the pandemic, found a significant tightening of […]

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U.S. Consumer Chief Chopra to Revisit Rules Around Credit Card Fees, Abuses

“The U.S. consumer watchdog will revisit its rules around credit card fees in a bid to stamp out abuses, discourage excessive late fees and boost competition, the agency’s director told Congress on Wednesday, confirming a Reuters April report.  “I am asking the staff to look at whether we should reopen the CARD Act rules … […]
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CFPB Research Shows Banks’ Deep Dependence on Overdraft Fees | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

“Banks continue to rely heavily on overdraft and non-sufficient funds (NSF) revenue, which reached an estimated $15.47 billion in 2019, according to research released today by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Three banks—JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America—brought in 44% of the total reported that year by banks with assets over $1 […]
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Regarding the CFPB’s Inquiry into Big Tech Payment Platforms

“Congress has tasked the CFPB with ensuring that markets for consumer financial products and services are fair, transparent, and competitive. To that end, it has authorized the CFPB to require participants in the marketplace to provide information that help the Bureau monitor risks to consumers and to publish aggregated findings that are in the public […]
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CFPB Proposes Rule to Shine New Light on Small Businesses’ Access to Credit | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today proposed a new rule designed to help small businesses gain access to the credit they need and deserve by increasing transparency in the lending marketplace. This rule, mandated by Congress in the Dodd-Frank Act, would, if finalized, require lenders to disclose information about their lending to small businesses, […]