Upcoming Event: The Future of Payments is … Now (?)
Posted 1 day ago

Bill Gates once opined that “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.”

Join us in an informal conversation at Money2020 about trends in the legal, compliance and state licensing landscape for payments and find…

CFPB Proposes No-Action Letter Policy for Innovative Products
Posted 7 days ago

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed a no-action letter…

CFPB Proposes No-Action Letter Policy for Innovative Products
Chip-and-PIN is Coming…To the US Government
Posted 10 days ago

Last Friday, in the wake of numerous data breaches, President…

Chip-and-PIN is Coming…To the US Government
CFPB Identifies Deceptive, Abusive Practices in the Marketing of Credit Card Promotional APR Offers
Posted 16 days ago

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently issued a bulletin (CFPB…

CFPB Identifies Deceptive, Abusive Practices in the Marketing of Credit Card Promotional APR Offers
CFPB Director Proposes Checking Accounts for All
Posted 21 days ago

On Wednesday, in a speech at the Forum on Access…

CFPB Director Proposes Checking Accounts for All
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Developments and Commentary

Upcoming Event: The Future of Payments is … Now (?)

Bill Gates once opined that “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” Join us in an informal conversation at Money2020 about trends in the legal, compliance and state licensing landscape for payments and find ...

CFPBCordCFPB Proposes No-Action Letter Policy for Innovative Products

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed a no-action letter policy under which the agency would issue letters stating that its staff “has no present intention to recommend initiation of an enforcement or supervisory action” with respect to specified matters involving innovative financial products or services. The proposal is an ...

Chip-PinChip-and-PIN is Coming…To the US Government

Last Friday, in the wake of numerous data breaches, President Obama signed a new Executive Order that will change how federal agencies use payment cards and allow access to certain government portals.  Those changes include the adoption of chip-and-PIN (also known as EMV) payment terminals and cards, and the implementation of multi-factor authentication on digital applications ...

CFPBIdentifiesCFPB Identifies Deceptive, Abusive Practices in the Marketing of Credit Card Promotional APR Offers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently issued a bulletin (CFPB Bulletin 2014-02) warning credit card issuers to avoid potentially deceptive and abusive practices in connection with the marketing of credit card promotional APR offers. Among other things, the Bulletin highlights the challenges that companies face in complying with prescriptive federal ...

Richard_Cordray_articleCFPB Director Proposes Checking Accounts for All

On Wednesday, in a speech at the Forum on Access to Checking Accounts CFPB Director Richard Cordray returned to two of his most frequent themes – the consumer reporting process and urging actions that he is unable to mandate. Specifically, he raised concerns that some consumers are being unfairly prevented ...

Resource Updates

A Survey of Activities Identified as Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive by the CFPB

DWT payments team member Adam Maarec recently co-authored an article entitled "A Survey of Activities Identified as Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive by the CFPB," published by the American Bar Association. In January 2014, the authors released a survey of activities identified as unfair, deceptive or abusive (UDAAP) by the CFPB in 2012 & 2013. ...

plaresourceFair Lending Analysis of Credit Cards

PLA today posts a link to a Philly Fed discussion paper entitled “Fair Lending Analysis of Credit Cards.”  The paper addresses, among other matters, disparate impact risks in credit scoring models and prescreen campaigns.  The paper is of interest not only for its conclusions and recommendations, but also as an ...

Requirements-and-Best-Practices-for-Truncating-Card-Account-Numbers1-300x177FACTA Class Actions

In the July 2014 issues of The Review of Banking & Financial Services, DWT payments team members Burt Braverman and Micah Ratner wrote about the truncation requirement of FACTA, which has spawned a wave of class action litigation with potentially ruinous damages for “willful” violations. The authors describe the court rulings ...

Failure of Mandated Disclosures

PLA often posts links to scholarly articles assessing or speculating about the effectiveness, from a consumer-protection standpoint, of disclosure and other regulatory regimes.  Past such posts include, for example, “Behaviorally Informed Financial Services Regulation,” “The Cost of Anchoring on Credit-Card Minimum Payments,” “Insights from Behavioral Economics for Personal Finance,” and ...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau logoFTC Responds to CFPB, Submits Summary of Enforcement Activities

In response to a request from the CFPB, the FTC recently submitted  a summary of its 2013 enforcement activities (the “Summary”), which related the FTC’s enforcement actions and consumer education efforts with respect to Regulation Z (Truth in Lending), Regulation M (Consumer Leasing Act) and Regulation E (Electronic Fund Transfer ...