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IRS Issues New Requirements for IVES Participants

On June 23rd, the IRS dropped a bombshell on the lending industry.  As of Midnight on July 1, 2016, many lenders will no longer be able to  verify directly borrower income except through snail mail. If the IRS sticks to its plan, domestic lending is about to slow to a snail’s pace.  Based on a … Continue reading this entry

Reply Brief filed in Spokeo v. Robins – Oral Argument next on Nov. 2

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In its reply brief in Spokeo v. Robins, petitioner Spokeo comes out of the gate with the consequential argument that for Robins to prevail, the Supreme Court must accept his position that every violation of a statutory right qualifies as an injury-in-fact. Indeed, the case is much larger than Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) inaccuracies … Continue reading this entry

Response from Robins in the Spokeo Case at the U.S. Supreme Court

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This week, the respondent in Spokeo v. Robins filed his merits brief. The main thrust of the brief challenges Spokeo’s assertion that Robins lacks standing without “real-world” injury. Instead Robins argues that he meets the Constitution’s “Case and Controversy” requirement on one of several bases to vindicate his statutory rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act … Continue reading this entry

CFPB Extends TRID Effective Date to October 1

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it would provide mortgage lenders with additional time to prepare for the highly anticipated TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (“TRID”). Since the issuance of TRID’s final regulations in November 2013, mortgage lenders have been frantically preparing for its effective date of August 1, 2015. Generally speaking, TRID will consolidate … Continue reading this entry

A Bit of Grace

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has finally agreed to bend under the strain of numerous requests from financial industry participants and 255 bi-partisan House members and 41 senators, who requested that the CFPB delay the implementation of the new Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosures (TRID) requirements.  Although … Continue reading this entry

U.S. Supreme Court Accepts Review of Robins v. Spokeo, Inc.

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The Supreme Court recently accepted review of one of the most talked about privacy class action and consumer cases of the past year, Robins v. Spokeo, Inc., No. 13-1339 (U.S.). The issue before the Court is whether Congress can confer Article III standing on a plaintiff who suffers no concrete harm, but who can recover … Continue reading this entry

Legal Issues in Cause-Related Marketing

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Cause-related marketing is frequently used by businesses to bolster sales, improve brand reputation, and improve public relations. Under the laws of a number of states, when a business advertises that it will make a charitable contribution to a charity when a consumer purchases a product, the business becomes a commercial co-venturer with the charity. Successful … Continue reading this entry

State Attorneys General Return to Health Care Reform in U.S. Supreme Court

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in what is being teed up to be “Round 2” on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the case King v. Burwell, the question before the Court is whether the IRS can extend tax credit subsidies to those using the federal health care exchange when the … Continue reading this entry

State AGs Take Sides as U.S. Supreme Court Hears Housing Discrimination Case

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On January 21st, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, on the question of whether disparate impact claims for discrimination are recognized under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The third time may be the charm as the Supreme Court has twice dismissed recent … Continue reading this entry

The Supreme Court Hears Case Regarding Private Enforcement of the Medicaid Act Against States

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On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a significant Medicaid-preemption case from the Ninth Circuit, Exceptional Child Center, Inc. v. Armstrong. In that case, Medicaid-participating health care facilities in Idaho sued the state’s Department of Health and Welfare officials for failure to properly reimburse the providers for their … Continue reading this entry

The Supreme Court Just Held that TILA Rescission is Accomplished with Notice Alone

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Until today, courts were split over what steps borrowers must take to rescind a home loan. Some courts had ruled that a borrower simply had to send a rescission notice to his creditor within three years after taking out a loan. Others said the notice alone does not suffice; a lawsuit must be filed within three … Continue reading this entry

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Natural Gas Case in Which 21 State AGs File Brief

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On Monday, January 12, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the preemption case, Oneok v. Learjet. In reliance on state law private action remedies, Learjet sued Oneok over market manipulation in natural gas prices to large volume purchasers. 21 bipartisan state Attorneys General filed an amicus brief defending their state regulatory authority on … Continue reading this entry

Eleventh Circuit Hears Oral Argument in Landmark TCPA Case

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Industry now waits as the Eleventh Circuit considers whether to overturn a Florida district court decision rejecting the Federal Communications Commission’s definition of prior express consent under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. On September 18, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit heard argument in the Mais v. Gulf Coast Collection … Continue reading this entry

Truth in Lending Act and Consumer Leasing Act Dollar Thresholds Raised: Fewer Transactions Exempt

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More consumer credit and leasing transactions will be subject to the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Consumer Leasing Act (CLA) in 2015. Effective January 1, 2015, the dollar threshold for exemption of most consumer credit transactions and consumer leases from TILA, the CLA, and their implementing regulations (Regulations Z and M) was increased from $53,500 (the … Continue reading this entry

Credit Card Issuers Beware: CFPB Fires Warning Shot on Promotional APRs

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Who could possibly object to zero or low promotional interest rates offered for convenience checks, balance transfers or new purchases? The Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB), that’s who. In a new Bulletin based on its findings from examinations of large banks and card issuers, the CFPB warns that some credit card issuers may be engaging in deceptive … Continue reading this entry

Federal Reserve Board Proposes to Repeal Its Regulation AA (Unfair Credit Practices)

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The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is requesting comment on its proposal to repeal its Regulation AA, which for nearly 30 years has prohibited banks from engaging in specified unfair and deceptive credit practices. In the Federal Trade Commission Act (the FTC Act), Congress directed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Reserve … Continue reading this entry

Time is Running Out to Complain About the Complaint Portal

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You have 4 days! August 22, 2014 is the deadline to submit your comments in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed disclosure of consumer complaint narrative data. (https://federalregister.gov/a/2014-17274). The CFPB maintains a public Consumer Complaint Database through which consumers may file complaints regarding financial services and products (commonly referred to as the “Complaint … Continue reading this entry

Blast Fax Cases Now Harder to Certify

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Blast fax cases filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act just became harder to certify in Minnesota. On August 5, 2014 U.S. District Court Judge David S. Doty, in the case Sandusky Wellness Center LLC v. Medtox Scientific, denied Sandusky’s motion for class certification because the members of the proposed class were not objectively ascertainable. Here … Continue reading this entry

Remedies Against Receiver Must Be Exhausted Before Claim Against Assignee

From the consumer plaintiffs’ perspective, a recent appellate decision in Rundgren v. Washington Mutual Bank, FA, is far from Utopia. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of claims brought by singer-songwriter Todd Rundgren and his wife Michelle Rundgren against JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (Chase). Since the Rundgrens’ claims relate to alleged … Continue reading this entry

Eleventh Circuit Further Muddies the Waters for Collectors

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s safe harbor for calls made with the prior express consent of the called party is destroyed the moment the debtor says, “Stop calling me!” So too, a collector can be liable for autodialed calls to a third party even though a debtor gives that number as her own. These are … Continue reading this entry

When Is a Debt Not a Debt? The Supreme Court May Need to Decide

A recent decision by the Seventh Circuit has held that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) is violated when a debt collector sends a dunning letter seeking to settle a time-barred debt, even when no litigation is threatened. The Third and Eighth Circuits have disagreed. This sets up a split in the Circuits that … Continue reading this entry

Statements Rendered Credit Report Reseller a Credit Repair Organization

Sounding a cautionary note to the hypercompetitive credit report resale and monitoring industry, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that a reseller’s statements on its website and in television advertisements made it a “credit repair organization” under the federal Credit Repair Organizations Act (CROA), 15 U.S.C. sec. 1679 et seq. (Title IV … Continue reading this entry

Ninth Circuit Holds Attempted Collection of Foreclosure-Related Fees Violates Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a successor mortgage servicer violated Section 533(c) of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) when it attempted to collect, or failed to remove, fees incurred in connection with a rescinded Notice of Default. In Brewster v. Sun Trust Mortgage, Inc., No. 12-56560, ___ F.3d ___ … Continue reading this entry

CFPB Prepares to Overhaul Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Rules

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is preparing to make significant revisions to the regulations promulgated under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975 (HMDA)  (Regulation C) by requiring home mortgage lenders to disclose far more information to regulators.  In its first step toward these revisions, the CFPB is convening a Small Business Review Panel … Continue reading this entry