Appeals court rules CFPB funding structure unconstitutional

An appeals court has ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutionally funded. The Oct. 19 ruling, written by a three judge panel in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, invalidates the bureau’s 2017 payday lending rule limiting the collection options for payday lenders. 

Trade groups ask bureau to rescind examination manual

Banking trade groups have jointly called for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to withdraw a revised examination manual which would allow it to scrutinize discriminatory conduct under its authority to enforce the Consumer Financial Protection Act’s prohibition on unfair, deceptive and abusive acts and practices.

CFPB launches inquiry into ‘employer-driven debt’

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launched an inquiry into practices and financial products it believes could lead employees indebted to their employers. The agency wants to know if consumers have a “meaningful choice” in accepting employer-driven debt products.

Bank of America docked over illegal garnishment

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued an enforcement action against Bank of America for processing out-of-state garnishment orders against its customers’ bank accounts, fining the North Carolina bank $10 million.

CFPB to examine nonbanks posing customer risk

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced April 25 that it will conduct supervisory examinations of nonbank financial companies that pose risks to consumers, using an obscure legal provision. 

CFPB increases focus on PSLF program

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a bulletin recommending actions servicers should consider taking to ensure they do not misrepresent borrower eligibility or make deceptive statements to borrowers about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and an expanded forgiveness waiver issued in October 2021.

CFPB signals scrutiny of credit card fees

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to take a closer look at credit card fees, according to a blog post on the agency’s website. “Given the outsize role that credit card debt plays for many households, the CFPB is looking to ensure that there is robust and fair competition in the credit card market,” the bureau said.

CFPB director pledges tougher stand on bank overdraft, NSF fees

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Rohit Chopra is pledging to take a stronger stand against bank overdraft and non-sufficient fund fees by enhancing supervisory and enforcement scrutiny of financial institutions “that are heavily dependent on overdraft fees.” 

CFPB names deputy director, other staff

Zixta Q. Martinez has been named deputy director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, overseeing its operations division. The agency also named a chief of staff, chief technologist and associate director for consumer education and external affairs.

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