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CFPB PUBLISHES FINAL DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT RULE

On October 30, 2020. the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final Regulation F, which governs the activities of debt collectors. The final rule addresses, among other things, communications in connection with debt collection and prohibitions on harassment or abuse, false or misleading representations, and unfair practices in debt collection. The final rule: Will be effective one year after publication in the Federal Register, which is expected soon. Together with the supplementary information, runs […]

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CFPB SETTLES NINTH AND FINAL VA CONSENT DECREE

On October 26, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a consent order against Low VA Rates LLC (Low VA Rates) to address the CFPB’s finding that Low VA Rates sent consumers mailers for mortgage loans guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that contained false, misleading, and inaccurate statements. Low VA Rates’ conduct violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act’s (CFPA) prohibition against deceptive acts and practices, the Mortgage Acts and Practices […]

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CFPB ISSUES SECTION 8 FAQS

On October 7, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published guidance in the form of fourteen Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) Section 8 topics. The FAQs provide an overview of the provisions of RESPA Section 8 and respective Regulation X sections, and address the application of certain provisions to common scenarios described in CFPB inquiries involving gifts and promotional activities, and marketing services agreements (MSAs). In addition, the CFPB determined […]

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LONG-DELAYED REGULATORY REQUIREMENT INCHES FORWARD

On September 15, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the release of an Outline of Proposals Under Consideration and Alternatives Considered for Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act governing small business lending data collection and reporting. The Bureau will convene a Small Business Advocacy Review panel in October 2020. The panel will prepare a report that examines the impact of the potential rule on small businesses. Section 1071 requires financial institutions to collect […]

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EIGHTH CONSENT ORDER RELATED TO VA-GUARANTEED MORTGAGE LOANS

On September 14, 2020 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a consent order against ClearPath Lending, Inc., an Irvine, California, corporation that is licensed as a mortgage broker or lender in about 22 states. ClearPath offers and provides mortgage loans guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The CFPB announcement said ClearPath’s principal means of advertising VA-guaranteed loans is through direct-mail advertisements sent primarily to U.S. military servicemembers and veterans. The CFPB found […]

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