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CFPB Advisory Opinion on Special Purpose Credit Program

On December 21, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published an Advisory Opinion (AO) on Special Purpose Credit Programs established per the requirements of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B. It is designed to address regulatory uncertainty in special purpose credit programs designed and implemented by for-profit organizations to meet special social needs. Specifically, this AO clarifies: The content that a for-profit organization must include in a written plan that establishes and administers […]

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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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CFPB SPRING 2020 AGENDA

On June 30, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published its Spring 2020 Agenda. The agenda lists the regulatory matters that the CFPB expects to focus on between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. Those matters include: A final rule amending the CFPB’s Remittance Rule to provide tailored exceptions that permit certain insured institutions to disclose estimates instead of exact amounts to consumers in certain circumstances. The final rule also increases (from 100 remittance […]

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SCOTUS SEXUAL ORIENTATION DECISION

On June 15, 2020 the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS), in Bostock v Clayton County, Georgia (Bostock) ruled that firing an employee for being homosexual or transgender constitutes discrimination based on the employee’s sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Bostock is an employment case in which SCOTUS determined that disparate treatment of  homosexual or transgender individuals is sex discrimination. Both the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and the Fair Housing Act […]

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REGULATION B – CLARIFICATION FOR PPP LOANS

On May 6 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued three clarifying Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQs) to support small businesses who have applied for a loan from their financial institution under the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Question 1. – Creditors are generally required under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B to notify applicants within 30 days of receiving a “completed application” of the creditor’s approval, counteroffer, denial or […]

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