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National Bank Settles with NY Attorney General for $700K

​On April 17, 202​4, the New York State Attorney General (NY AG) announced that it entered into an Assurance of Discontinuance​ (AOD) with​ a national bank, resolving​ allegations related to the bank’s debt collection practices.  The bank is a nationally chartered bank that issues debit cards, prepaid cards, payroll cards, and gift cards, primarily through third-party servicers, many of whom…

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CFPB Enters Into Consent Order with For-Profit Coding School

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​On April 17, 2024, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced ​that it had entered into a consent order​ with BloomTech Inc., d/b/a Bloom Institute of Technology (BloomTech), and BloomTech’s CEO, Austen Allred, resolving allegations that the company’s practices with respect to income-share agreements (ISAs) violated various consumer protection statutes.  BloomTech, formerly known…

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California DFPI Settles with Financial Services Company Over Customer Service Complaints

On February 27, 2024, the California Department of  Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) announced ​that it entered into a consent order with a San Francisco-based financial services company resolving allegations that​​ the company’s handling of consumer complaints violated California’s Consumer Financial Protection Law (CCF​PL)​.  The company, which partners with regional banks to provide mobile…

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Payments Company Settles with DFPI Over Alleged Junk Fees

​On January 9, 2024, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) announced that it entered into a consent order with an internet-based financial services company that allows online merchants to offer payment in installments to its customers.  The DFPI alleged that the company violated the California Consumer Financial Protection Law (CCFPL) by failing to disclose…

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