Weekly Fintech Focus

  • The CFPB terminates a no-action letter with an AI credit underwriter.
  • A CFPB circular confirms that AI underwriting models are subject to anti-discrimination laws including adverse action notices.
  • BNPL companies and credit bureaus face urging by the CFPB to properly report consumer information.
  • The CFPB launches an initiative to improve customer service at big banks.


Continue Reading Fintech Legal Report—Week of June 17, 2022

Weekly Fintech Focus

  • The CFPB plans to review CARD Act Rules.
  • The Treasury Department proposes clarifications to regulatory treatment of Earned Wage Access programs.

CFPB Director Chopra Plans to Review CARD Act Rules

The day after a tough hearing with the Senate Banking Committee, on April 27, 2022, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing in which Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Rohit Chopra spoke with lawmakers about his plans to explore whether the CFPB should revisit and potentially revise previously written rules to implement the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act (the CARD Act).

These rules cover various consumer protection requirements and restrictions such as limits on interest rate increases and certain fees. Particularly, Chopra’s comments suggest that the CFPB could pursue tougher restrictions on issuer fees as part of a broader effort to manage what he refers to as “junk fees.” Chopra did not provide a specific definition on what fees the agency may scrutinize, but his responses to inquiries from lawmakers indicates that it could cover a broad array of charges that are imposed on bank accounts, credit cards, and other financial products, such as late fees and other fees that do not compensate for a specific service.

Continue Reading Fintech Legal Report—Week of May 6, 2022

Weekly Fintech Focus

  • The CA DFPI issued an interpretive opinion on an earned wage access product, finding that the structure of the earned wage access program was not a loan product.
  • The CFPB issued a compliance bulletin outlining and reiterating prohibitions and restrictions under ECOA and Regulation B related to the distribution of government benefits

Weekly Fintech Focus

  • The CFPB shuts down an online lender for repeated failures related to deceptive marketing claims.
  • Some major credit bureaus announce plans to incorporate BNPL installment plans in credit reports.
  • FTC Chair Lina Khan provides comments on the CFPB’s inquiry into big tech platforms’ engagement in payments and financial services.


Continue Reading Fintech Legal Report – Week of January 7, 2022

Weekly Fintech Focus

  • The CFPB and OCC are taking a keen interest in bank overdraft practices.
  • The CFPB is working to encourage coordination with states on enforcement actions and to target repeat corporate offenders.
  • CFPB and HUD once again encourage the use of Special Purpose Credit Programs to remedy historical discrimination.
  • The Kansas City Fed issued a report on Buy Now Pay Later programs.
  • The FTC and DOJ meet with G7 counterparts to discuss competition issues for digital markets.
  • The FTC spotlights a rapid increase in gift card scams.


Continue Reading Fintech Legal Report – Week of December 10, 2021

Weekly Fintech Focus

  • Acting Comptroller of the Currency gave a speech describing his vision for supervising crypto and fintech firms in similar ways to banks.
  • The FTC issued enforcement policy guidance related to subscriptions and negative option marketing to tighten compliance.
  • The FTC issued a final rule amending the GLBA Safeguards Rule to cover “finders” and to significantly increase certain requirements for financial institution security requirements.


Continue Reading Fintech Legal Report—Week of November 5, 2021

Weekly Fintech Focus

  • Senators seek information about the CFPB’s agenda for fintech
  • OCC’s Acting Comptroller testifies before the Senate
  • Financial regulators updated guidance on authentication and access to services
  • FTC supports Fed’s efforts to update Regulation II to improve compliance with dual debit network availability
  • OFAC takes action against a payments company for sanctions violations
  • CFPB blogs on consumer benefits and risks of Buy-Now, Pay-Later
  • FINRA issues a report addressing cloud computing adoption by member firms
  • BIS issues a bulletin encouraging entity-based regulation of Big Tech companies


Continue Reading Fintech Legal Report—Week of August 27