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CFPB Files Suit Against Student Loan Servicer

On May 31, 2024, the CFPB announced that it had filed suit against a Pennsylvania-based student loan servicer for engaging in allegedly unfair, deceptive and abusive acts or practices in violation of the CFPA, 12 U.S.C. §§ 5531, 5536(a)(1)(B), and for failing to establish reasonable credit reporting procedures in violation of Regulation V, 12…

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CFPB Issues Consent Order Against Credit Reporting Agency For Alleged Failures to Timely Place Credit Freezes And Locks On Conumser Reports

​​On October 12, 2023, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a consent order and a stipulation ​against a parent credit reporting agency and two of its subsidiaries for for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Report Act (FCRA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA). The CFPB alleged that as early as…

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CFPB Enters Into $37.5 Million Penalty With Large National Bank

On July 28, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a large national bank to resolve alleged violations of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), 15 U.S.C. § 1601 et seq., and its implementing regulation, Regulation Z (Reg Z), 12 C.F.R. part 1026; the Fair Credit…

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CFPB Settles with Auto Lender for $19 Million to Resolve Alleged FCRA Violations

​On July 26, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it settled with a California-based auto lender who purchases and services retail installment contracts and vehicle leases for an affiliated automaker.  The settlement resolves alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., and…

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CFPB Encourages Consumers To “Hold Accountable” Consumer Reporting Companies By Filing Disputes and FCRA Lawsuits

On January 27, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published its updated annual list of consumer reporting companies for the purpose of encouraging consumers to seek access to their files, and sue if they believe there is a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violation.  The CFPB’s press release announcing the…

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FTC Settles FCRA Claims With Home Security Company for $20 Million

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On April 29, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it had reached a settlement with a Utah-based home security company to resolve allegations that the company misused consumer credit reports when determining whether prospective customers qualified for financing to purchase the company’s products and services. In a complaint filed by the Department of…

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CFPB Sues Connecticut-Based Mortgage Lender

​On January 15, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it had filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut against a Connecticut-based mortgage company and three individual defendants for alleged violations of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA)​, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act…

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CFPB and Arkansas AG Settle with Home Security Company for Alleged FCRA and CFPA Violations

On December 11, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) and the Arkansas Attorney General (AG) announced that they filed a complaint and proposed stipulated judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas against a home-security company​.  The complaint alleges that the company—which provided credit to customers for its products and services—violated the Consumer…

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CFPB Settles with Telecommunications Debt Collector for Alleged FCRA and CFPA Violations

On November 12, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced ​​that it had entered into a consent order with an Illinois-based debt collector that collects debts on behalf of telecommunications companies and furnishes consumer-account information to credit reporting agencies. The CFPB alleged that the debt collector violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the…

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CFPB Settles with Debt Collector for Over $15 Million

On October 15, 2020, the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau (CFPB) announced that it has reached a proposed settlement with the nation’s largest debt collector. The CFPB previously reached a consent order with this company in 2015 for alleged violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA),…

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CFPB Settles with Three Companies Over Alleged UDAAP and FCRA Violations

On June 23, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it reached a settlement with three companies that issued contracts for deeds with consumers.  According to the CFPB, between 2010 and 2016, these companies allegedly had a business plan of acquiring foreclosed properties in bulk and reselling them to consumers through seller financing…

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CFPB Settles with Lender and Student Loan Debt Relief Companies Over Alleged Misuse of Credit Reports

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On May 14, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a proposed stipulated judgment and final order with a California-based mortgage lender and several affiliated individuals and companies (collectively, the “lender”) resolving allegations that the lender had obtained consumer credit reports for an improper…

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COVID-19 and Credit Reporting - Regulatory Response and Resulting Litigation Risks

Passed in response to the impact of COVID-19, section 4021 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748, 116th Cong. (2020)) amended the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in a variety of ways that impact credit reporting entities.  Mainly, it requires a furnisher of credit information…

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CFPB Announces $1.3 Million Settlement With Short-Term Lender Resolving Allegations of Unfair and Deceptive Practices

On April 1, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with an installment-loan lender, resolving allegations that the lender violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA), 12 U.S.C. §§ 5531(a), 5536(a)(1)(B), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq….

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CFPB Files Suit Against Companies for Allegedly Funneling Credit Reports to Student-Loan Debt-Relief Scheme

​On January 9, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had filed a complaint against a constellation of companies for allegedly requesting credit reports without a permissible purpose in order to deceptively market sham student-loan debt relief services to consumers, in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act…

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CFPB Settles FCRA Claims with NY Background Screening Company

On November 22, 2019 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had filed a proposed stipulated judgment in the federal district court in the Southern District of New York that would resolve claims that a New York-based employment background screening company violated sections 605(a), 607(b), and 613(a) of the Fair Credit…

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CFPB Settlement with Military Travel Loan Lender, Servicer Results in $3.5 Million "Suspended Judgment"

On November 25, 2019, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed concurrent consent orders against a Kentucky-based military travel loan lender (here) and its loan servicer (here). The lender sold and financed airline tickets to military servicemembers and their families from 2010-2016​ by both facilitating financing by other creditors and originating loans itself.  The CFPB…

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