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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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TD Bank Settlement $122 Million for Overdraft Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a settlement with TD Bank, N.A. for $122 million – an estimated $97 million in restitution to be paid to approximately about 1.42 million consumers and a civil money penalty of $25 million, along with adjustments to the Bank’s processes. What was the reason for this hefty consent order with the CFPB? The CFPB’s consent order states that TD Bank violated the: Electronic Funds Transfer Act and Regulation […]

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REMITTANCE TRANSFER RULE CONSENT ORDER

On August 27, 2019 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a settlement with Maxitransfers Corporation (Maxi), a company that serves consumers looking to send money overseas. This is the CFPB’s first enforcement action based on violations of the Remittance Transfer Rule, which implements the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA). Maxi provides remittance transfer services from more than 1,600 third-party locations in the U.S., such as grocery stores and pharmacies, to over 19,500 payment locations […]

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HAS REDLINING ENFORCEMENT RETURNED?

At the end of the Obama administration redlining consent decrees were becoming coming. Redlining cases, once the purview of large banks, had drifted down to the community bank level. Since the beginning of 2016 redlining cases have dried up, other than one case left over from the prior administration that was settled favorably for the bank. On June 13, 2009 The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of […]

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KICKBACK SCHEME – PROSPECT MORTGAGE AND OTHERS

On January 21, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Prospect Mortgage, LLC, a major mortgage lender, for paying illegal kickbacks for mortgage business referrals. The CFPB also took action against two real estate brokers and a mortgage servicer that took illegal kickbacks from Prospect. Under the terms of the action, Prospect will pay a $3.5 million civil penalty for its illegal conduct, and the real estate brokers and servicer will pay […]

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