Search Results: Payday or Small Dollar Lending

CFPB Issues New Supervisory Highlights Report

On July 26, 2023, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a Supervisory Highlights report covering findings from its examinations completed between July 2022 and March 2023 (the Report), which found, among other violations, several instances of unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or practices related to auto lending, and illegal…

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CFPB Reaches $40.6 Million Agreement With Lender to Cease Operations

On December 21, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it reached an agreement with a California-based fintech company that would require the company to cease “(1) making new loans; (2) collecting on outstanding loans to harmed consumers; (3) selling consumer information; and (4) making misrepresentations when providing loans or collecting debt or helping…

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FTC Announces $114 Million Settlement with Payday Lenders

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On February 11, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a $114 million settlement with the owners and operators of an alleged tribal payday lending scheme.  The settlement resolves allegations concerning defendants’ purported violations of the unfair or deceptive practice provisions (UDAP) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), 15 U.S.C. § 45(a), the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud…

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CFPB Files Complaint Against Florida-Based Payday Lender

On November 5, 2020, the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had filed a complaint against a Florida-based payday lender and its CEO in the Southern District of Florida. The complaint alleges that the company violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) by engaging in deceptive acts and practices in connection with the…

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FTC Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Against Tribal Payday Lending Enterprise

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On May 22, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had obtained a temporary restraining order against a payday lending enterprise for alleged violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Telemarketing Sales Rule, the Truth in Lending Act and Regulation Z, and the Electronic Funds Transfer Act and…

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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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Michigan AG Sues Tribal Lender Alleging Usurious Interest Rates

On October 31, 2019, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (“Michigan AG”) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against an online tribal lender for allegedly charging borrowers interest rates in excess of state usury laws and committing unfair, deceptive, and/or abusive acts or practices under…

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North Carolina Attorney General Obtains TRO Against Florida-Based Payday Lender

On May 21, 2019, the North Carolina Attorney General’s office (AG) announced that it had obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) as a result of a consent agreement with a Florida-based online lender in a lawsuit it filed in North Carolina state court on May 15, 2019.  The AG alleged that the online lender, which was not licensed in North…

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CFPB Announces Settlement with Tennessee Small Dollar Lender

On October 24, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it had entered into a Consent Order with a Tennessee-based small dollar lender, resolving allegations that the lender had committed deceptive acts and practices in violation of ​the Consumer Financial Protection Act (“CFPA”), 12 U.S.C. §§ 5531, 5536(a)(1)​​(B).  The Consent Order…

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CFPB Files Complaint Against Pension-Advance Lender

On September 13, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it filed a complaint against a lender, its president, and related entities (“Defendants”) for allegedly making small-dollar loans in exchange for borrowers’ monthly pension payments, which the CFPB alleges is a violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act, 12 U.S.C. § 5536(a)(1)(B).  The Complaint…

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Virginia Attorney General Files Suit Against Online Lender Alleging Predatory Lending

On May 4, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (“VA Attorney General”) announced that its Predatory Lending Unit had filed suit in Virginia state court against a Chicago-based online lender, alleging violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act, Virginia Code §§ 59.1-196 to 59.1-207 (“VCPA”). The complaint alleges that the lender, one of the largest online…

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California DBO Reaches $160,000 Settlement with Payday Lender

​On March 12, 2018, the California Department of Business Oversight (California DBO) announced that it reached a settlement with a payday lender over allegations that the lender improperly raised the principal value of its vehicle-secured loans to avoid interest rate caps imposed by the California Finance Law, Fin. Code §…

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Virginia AG Reaches $243,000 Settlement with Online Payday Lenders and Servicers

On February 23, 2018, the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia (“Virginia AG”) announced that it had entered into a settlement agreement with several affiliated online payday lenders and debt collection companies (the “Defendants”).  According to the Virginia AG, the Defendants, all out-of-state organizations, provided short-term, small-dollar loans to borrowers in Virginia…

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Court Awards $10 Million Penalty Against Payday Lender, Rejecting CFPB’s Request for $280 Million in Restitution and Penalties

In August 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted partial summary judgment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in a federal lawsuit against a California-based online payday lender, its individual owner, its subsidiary, and a servicer of its loans (“Defendants”), where the CFPB alleged that…

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Jury Convicts Payday Lender Owner for Allegedly Fraudulent Payday Lending Scheme

On November 15, 2017, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (“​USAO”) announced that a jury has convicted the owner of an alleged fraudulent lending scheme (the “Defendant”) for one count of conspiracy to collect unlawful debts in violation of the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”); one…

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FTC Obtains $4.1 Million Judgment Against Seller of Fake Payday Loans

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On October 17, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced​ that it obtained a $4.1 million default judgment from the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas against a phony debt collection operation that sold lists of fake payday loan debts to debt collectors.  According to the FTC, the operation harassed consumers for debts…

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