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Consumer Financial Services Law Blog

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Announcing the New NextGen Financial Services Report

Consumer Financial Services Law Blog authors are now blogging on the new NextGen Financial Services Report. Please click here to visit and subscribe to e-mail notifications.

Topics to be covered include: Banking Corporate, Banking Operational, Consumer Financial Services Litigation, Consumer Lending, Commercial / Real Estate Lending, Financing, Financial Services Regulatory, FinTech, Payments and Digital Commerce, Legislation, and Retail Banking Products.

The Financial Services Industry has gone through a tremendous amount of regulatory and operational IT change in recent years, and with a new presidential administration more changes and developments are on the way. Fast-paced changes are also being driven by rapid technology developments, big data, mobile banking/payments, privacy and data security, and social media technologies affecting banks and credit unions. The need for regulatory compliance and financial services industry reporting and monitoring technology will also be essential. Dykema’s NextGen Financial Services Report authors are national authorities on many of these operational, financial regulation, litigation, IT vendor and FinTech developments.

Take a Second Look at Incentive Programs, the CFPB Warns

The CFPB is warning financial services companies to carefully evaluate their employee incentive programs. Specifically, companies should scrutinize bonus structures that tether compensation and employment status to unrealistic sales goals. Such bonus structures, the CFPB cautions, “may intentionally or unintentionally encourage illegal practices such as unauthorized account openings, unauthorized opt-ins to overdraft services, deceptive sales tactics, and steering consumers into less favorable products.”  Read More ›

FinCEN Publishes New Advisory on Cyber-Events and Cyber-Enabled Crimes

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) recently published an Advisory to Financial Institutions on Cyber-Events and Cyber-Enabled Crime. The Advisory does not change or create any new regulatory obligations, but it does clarify how existing Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) regulations for reporting cyber-events and cyber-enabled crimes apply to financial institutions. Specifically, the Advisory provides additional guidance for reporting cyber-enabled crime and cyber-enabled events through Suspicious Activity Reports (“SARs”), including cyber-related information in SARs; collaborating between BSA units and in-house cybersecurity units to identify suspicious activity; and sharing cyber-related information among financial institutions to prevent and report money laundering, terrorism financing, and cyber-enabled crimes. Read More ›

Spokeo’s Impact (So Far) on FDCPA Claims

Last week, Dykema’s Consumer Financial Services Law Blog discussed in detail the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016). In anticipation of that decision, district courts across the country issued stays pending guidance from the Supreme Court on one key issue: “Whether Congress may confer Article III standing upon a plaintiff who suffers no concrete harm, and who therefore could not otherwise invoke the jurisdiction of a federal court, by authorizing a private right of action based on a bare violation of a federal statute.” Read More ›

Spokeo v. Robins: Supreme Court Requires Concrete and Particularized Injury Before Consumers Can Sue Under Federal Statutes, Giving Financial Services Providers an Additional Defense

The United States Supreme Court held earlier this year in Spokeo v. Robins that to maintain Article III standing, a plaintiff must allege an injury-in-fact that was both concrete and particularized. Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540, 1542 (2016). This requirement of requiring an injury to actually exist has the potential to eliminate spurious suits from plaintiffs based on alleged federal statutory violations, including particularly alleged violations of federal statutes related to consumer financial services. Read More ›

United States Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split Involving the Constitutionality of “No Surcharge” Laws

On September 29, 2016, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in the matter of Expressions Hair Design et al. v. Schneiderman, on appeal from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in order to resolve a circuit split involving whether state “no-surcharge” laws violate the First Amendment.   Read More ›

Seventh Circuit Holds That Filings in Court Can Fall Within the FDCPA

Last month, the Seventh Circuit reversed the dismissal of a putative class action alleging that debt collector defendants used misleading language in their state court collection complaints in violation of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). In so ruling, the Seventh Circuit joined the numerous other circuits that have already addressed the issue in concluding that “pleadings or filings in court can fall within the FDCPA.” Read More ›

Lenders Beware: Settlement Suggests Illinois Attorney General Is Cracking Down on Interest Fees

A court settlement involving Illinois lenders suggests that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is making good on her promise to crack down on lenders’ attempts to charge excessive fees to debtors. The settlement in Illinois v. CMK Investors, Inc., which the Attorney General’s office announced this week, requires CMK Investors, Inc. to both cease efforts to collect on accounts with excessive fees and reimburse customers who overpaid. The settlement also permanently and immediately prohibits CMK from making loans with an interest rate above the state’s 36 percent limit.  Read More ›

Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving Interplay Between Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Bankruptcy Code

On October 11, 2016, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in the matter of Johnson v. Midland Funding LLC, on appeal from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in order to resolve whether a conflict exists between the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) and the Bankruptcy Code. In Midland Funding, the appellate court found a debt collector to have violated the FDCPA by filing a proof of claim on time-barred debt in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Read More ›

D.C. Circuit Panel Rules CFPB Structure Unconstitutional

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.  Read More ›