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CFPB Issues New Rule on Use of Artificial Intelligence Models in Mortgage Lending

On June 24, 2024, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had approved a new rule about the use of algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) for home appraisals and valuations. The new rule was promulgated by the CFPB, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National…

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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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Interpretable Algorithms as a Potential Solution to CFPB’s Guidance on AI-driven Credit Denials

In September 2023, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued guidance on the use of artificial intelligence in issuing credit denials, a prevalent practice among lenders.  The CFPB explained that when denying a credit application, lenders must provide a substantive reason behind the denial.  The guidance further explains that the…

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USAO Reaches $1.9 Million Agreement with Bank to Resolve Lending Discrimination Claims

On January 17, 2024, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee (“USAO”) announced that it entered into a consent agreement with a full-service bank, resolving allegations of lending discrimination in violation of the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601–3619 and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”),…

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CFPB and DOJ Sue Land Developer Over Allegations of Discriminatory Lending

​On December 20, 2023, the CFPB announced that, along with the DOJ, it had filed suit against a Texas-based developer and lender for operating an allegedly illegal land sales scheme that targeted Hispanic borrowers. ​The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, alleges that the lender sells…

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The Justice Department and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issue Joint Statement Focused on Antidiscrimination in Lending Practices

Last month, the Justice Department (DOJ) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a joint statement that reminded financial institutions that all credit applicants are protected from discrimination on the basis of their national origin, race and other characteristics covered by the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), regardless of…

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FTC Consent Order Results in Permanent Ban for Cash Advance Business Owner

On October 30, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York​ (SDNY) granted a permanent injunction containing a lifetime ban for the owner of a small-business lending company​​ for unfair business practices and aggressive debt collection methods. On September 27, 2023, Judge Jed. S. Rakoff of SDNY granted summary…

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DOJ Reaches $1.3 Million Settlement with Mortgage Lender for Allegedly Discriminatory Pricing Practices

On September 29, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it reached a settlement with a Memphis-based bank to resolve alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601–3619, and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1691–1691f, and its implementing Regulation B, 12 C.F.R. §…

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CFPB and DOJ Reach $24.4 Million Settlement with Mortgage Originator for Alleged Lending Discrimination

On July 27, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that they reached a settlement with a nonbank residential mortgage lender to resolve allegations of race-based lending discrimination in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3619; the Equal Credit Opportunity Act…

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DOJ Settles with Social Media Company to Resolve Fair Lending and Discriminatory Advertising Allegations

On June 21, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a complaint and settlement agreement in federal court alleging that a social media company is in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601-3619, for employing tools that allow advertisers of housing-related services to exclude certain…

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HUD Reaches Settlement with Mortgage Originator for Alleged Lending Discrimination

​On June 2, 2022,​ the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it reached a settlement agreemen​t with a non-bank residential mortgage lender to resolve allegations of race-based lending discrimination in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.  The settlement arose from a complaint filed ​with a fair…

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Arizona AG Announces $1.6 Million Settlement with Debt Collectors

​On May 16, 2022, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (Arizona AG) announced that it reached a settlement agreement with the owner of several debt collection companies regarding alleged deceptive debt collection practices in violation of state law. The agreement resolves a lawsuit by the Arizona AG filed in September 2020, alleging that the companies collected or attempted to collect payments…

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FTC Obtains Permanent Injunction Against For-Profit Medical School

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On April 15, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it obtained a permanent injunction against an Illinois-based, offshore, for-profit medical school for deceptive marketing practices. In its complaint ​and stipulated ​order​ filed same-day in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the FTC alleged that the school violated the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) when…

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DC AG Reaches $4 Million Settlement with Online Lender

On February 8, 2022, the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (DC AG) announced​ that a Delaware-based online lender has agreed to pay $3​.3 million to refund over 2,500 consumers who allegedly received misleadingly high-cost loans and lines of credit.  This agreement resolves​ a lawsuit filed by the DC AG in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia,…

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Emory Law Journal Reports New Studies That Authors Claim Show Racial Inequities in Lender Advertisements

A new essay published in the Emory Law Journal argues that two empirical studies of advertising by certain banks and payday lenders in Houston, Texas indicate that payday lenders steer African Americans and Latinos to their products, while banks market primarily to white consumers.  The authors suggest that, consistent with…

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New York Governor Hochul Signs Consumer Credit Fairness Act, Creating Significant Changes for Debt Collection Actions Brought in the State

On November 8, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Consumer Credit Fairness Act (the Act) into law.  The Act will likely have substantial impact on debt collection lawsuits filed by creditors or debt collectors in New York.  The Act not only reduces the statute of limitations for filing…

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CFPB, DOJ, and OCC Reach Settlement with Bank for Alleged Lending Discrimination

On October 22, 2021, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced ​that the CFPB, Department of Justice (DOJ) and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) collectively reached a joint settlement with a national bank that resolved allegations of mortgage lending discrimination in the Memphis metropolitan area in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA),…

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DOJ and OCC Obtain $5.5 Million Settlement, Resolving Allegations of Lending Discrimination

On August 30, 2021, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that, together with Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), it reached a settlement with a bank, resolving allegations that the bank engaged in lender discrimination in the Houston, Texas area. In 2017, the OCC initiated a fair lending examination…

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OCC Proposes Rescinding 2020 Amendments to CRA Regulation; Coordinated Agency Regulations Coming

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released an interagency statement on July 20, 2021 that all three agencies will act together to revise their regulations implementing the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).  The OCC also…

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