Federal judge issues injunction against late fee rule

A federal judge last week issued a preliminary injunction against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposal to cap most credit card late fees at $8. The May 10 ruling from Northern District of Texas Judge Mark Pittman came four days before the rule was to take effect.

Trade groups sue CFPB for reducing late fee charges

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a finalized rule on March 5 that caps consumer credit card fees at $8 per incident. In response, some trade groups filed a federal lawsuit two days later seeking a preliminary injunction against the rule. 

CFPB proposes changes to bank overdraft fees

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is looking to overhaul how banks and credit unions with more than $10 billion in assets determine overdraft expenses. The proposal, announced Jan. 17, includes two ways for banks and credit unions to determine costs. The CFPB also proposed banning the mandatory use of preauthorized electronic fund transfers to repay transactions paid into overdrafts by institutions that charge overdraft fees higher than a designated threshold.

CFPB: Mortgage applications fell last year amid rising interest rates

Driven by an increase in mortgage interest rates, the average monthly mortgage payment increased more than 46 percent to $2,045 in December 2022 from $1,400 the previous year. The median interest rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 6.5 percent at the end of last year.

CFPB warns Apple over tap-to-pay restrictions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is warning the largest tech companies about enacting restrictive tap-to-pay policies. The CFPB cited Apple’s proprietary tap-to-pay offering, which bans banks and other third-party payment apps from accessing the option on its iOS devices. The policy could reduce consumer choice and complicate efforts to create a more complete open banking system, according to the agency.

Mortgage company fined $1.75 million in kickback case

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined Boca Raton, Fla.-based mortgage loan servicer and originator Freedom Mortgage $1.75 million for providing illegal incentives to real estate agents and brokers in exchange for mortgage loan referrals. 

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