Consumer Financial Protection Bureau News

Experian fined $3 million for alleged deceptive use of credit scores

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 10, 2017

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has fined Experian and its subsidiaries $3 million for allegedly deceiving consumers about the use of credit scores sold to consumers.

Kansas AG joins multi-state coalition against CFPB

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 30, 2017

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has joined the attorneys general of 14 other states in filing a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia arguing that the current setup of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) violates the Constitution.

Nationstar Mortgage fined $1.75 million over alleged reporting errors

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 29, 2017

Nationstar Mortgage LLC has been ordered by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to pay a record $1.75 million for allegedly failing to report mortgage transaction data.

Bill to limit use of forced arbitration clauses reintroduced

By Jessica Karmasek | Mar 22, 2017

U.S. Sens. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., along with U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., reintroduced the Arbitration Fairness Act March 7. The legislation, previously introduced in 2011 and 2015, would eliminate forced arbitration clauses in employment, consumer, civil rights and antitrust cases.

CFPB, Dodd-Frank reforms won't happen soon, CFPB expert says

By Karen Kidd | Mar 7, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Despite legislation to increase the number of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's directors to five, and support noised by the White House, a consumer financial services attorney active in New York and Philadelphia says not to expect it soon.

When, how or will Trump change consumer protection bureau's leadership

By Jessica Karmasek | Feb 27, 2017

Richard Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general, remains the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, considered a thorn in the side of many Republicans. Some experts say they are surprised President Donald Trump hasn’t yet given Cordray the boot.

Institutions should include CFPB's database in risk assessment

By Tabitha Fleming | Feb 24, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s website could be used as a data-mining tool for plaintiffs attorneys, says Douglas Thompson of Bryan Cave.

Attorney: Teamwork necessary for CFPB, N.Y. attorney general to sue RD Legal Funding

By David Hutton | Feb 22, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A company accused of scamming 9/11 heroes and NFL concussion victims is facing an uphill legal battle, according to one lawyer.

Consumer board targets law firms over alleged illegal fees

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 16, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Jan. 30 that it has filed a complaint in federal court against a group of law firms and attorneys who allegedly collaborated to charge illegal fees to consumers seeking debt relief.

MasterCard, UniRush to pay $13 million in penalties for alleged system breakdowns

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 15, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken action against MasterCard and UniRush following allegations of system breakdowns that caused harm to tens of thousands of economically vulnerable RushCard users.

Consumer board targets Woodbridge Gold & Pawn for alleged customer deception

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 14, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Feb. 2 that, along with Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, that it took action against Woodbridge Coins and Jewelry Exchange Inc., doing business as Woodbridge Gold & Pawn, for allegedly deceiving consumers about the actual annual costs of loans.

Officials say legal funding company scammed 9/11 heroes, NFL concussion victims

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 14, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Feb. 7 that, along with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, it has filed a lawsuit against RD Legal LLC, two related entities and Roni Dersovitz, the companies’ founder and owner, for allegedly scamming 9/11 heroes and NFL concussion victims out of money.

Consumer board orders Prospect Mortgage to pay $3.5 million for alleged kickback scheme

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 9, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Jan. 31 that Prospect Mortgage LLC will pay a $3.5 million civil penalty for allegedly paying illegal kickbacks for mortgage business referrals.

Consumer financial board alleges CityFinancial Servicing, CitiMortgage misled consumers

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 2, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Jan. 23 that it took separate actions against CitiFinancial Servicing and CitiMortgage Inc. for business practices involving struggling homeowners seeking options to save their homes.

Structured settlement company argues CFPB shouldn’t bring action against it in light of D.C. Circuit ruling

By Jessica Karmasek | Jan 24, 2017

The company, listed on the lawsuit as John Doe Company, filed the lawsuit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Director Richard Cordray in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Jan. 10.

CFPB orders medical debt relief collection law firms to pay $577,135 to consumers

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 19, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Jan. 9 that it is ordering Works and Lentz Inc., Works and Lentz of Tulsa Inc., and their president, Harry A. Lentz Jr., to provide $577,135 in relief to consumers, correct their business practices and pay a $78,800 penalty for allegations of falsifying documents sent to consumers in the debt collection process.

CFPB targets Equifax, TransUnion, orders them to pay $23 million in penalties

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 11, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Jan. 3 that it took action against Equifax Inc., TransUnion and other subsidiaries for allegedly deceiving consumers about the cost and usefulness of the credit scores it sold.

Consumer board alleges Virginia pawnbrokers deceived consumers about loans

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 5, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced lawsuits Dec. 19 against four Virginia pawnbrokers that allegedly deceived consumers about the cost of loans.

CFPB unveils Consumer Credit Trends to provide consumers with historical lending trends

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 5, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Dec. 15 the unveiling of Consumer Credit Trends, a digital tool that will help consumers monitor developments in lending and forecast potential risks.

CFPB alleges Military Credit Services in Virginia violated federal laws

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 5, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a lawsuit Dec. 20 against Military Credit Services LLC (MCS) for allegedly making loans with improper disclosures.

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