The CARS Rule: What You Need To Know About the Federal Trade Commission’s Final Motor Vehicle Dealer Trade Regulation Rule, Part I
Consumer Finance Monitor
by Ballard Spahr LLP
1w ago
Our special guest is Richard (“Rick”) Hackett, former Assistant CFPB Director responsible for auto finance regulation and presently a member of the Board of F&I Sentinel, which supports lender compliance in the auto finance and insurance industry. In December 2023, the FTC announced its Combatting Auto Retail Scams Rule, otherwise known as the “CARS Rule,” which sets new requirements on the sale, financing, and leasing of new and used vehicles by motor vehicle dealers. This two-part podcast episode repurposes a recent webinar. In Part I, we begin with a discussion of the legal challenge fi ..read more
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Recent Developments Affecting Student Loan Origination and Servicing
Consumer Finance Monitor
by Ballard Spahr LLP
2w ago
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Navigating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Proposed Personal Financial Data Rule
Consumer Finance Monitor
by Ballard Spahr LLP
3w ago
In October 2023, the CFPB issued a groundbreaking proposal on personal financial data. This episode, which repurposes a webinar, begins with a review of the background of the rulemaking. We then discuss key provisions of the proposal, including the entities, data, and financial products and services that would be covered, the obligations that would be imposed on covered entities, and exceptions to the proposal’s requirements. We also look at the compliance timeline, practical takeaways, and the proposal’s operational impact on covered entities. We conclude with a discussion of the CFPB’s advis ..read more
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Understanding the Federal Reserve Board Proposal to Lower Interchange Fee Cap for Debit Card Transactions
Consumer Finance Monitor
by Ballard Spahr LLP
1M ago
Our special guest is Zarik Khan, Founder of Finsolute Advisors. In October 2023, the Federal Reserve Board issued a proposal to lower the maximum interchange fee that a large debit card issuer can receive for a debit card transaction. We first look at the roles of the various parties involved in a typical transaction in which a consumer uses a debit card to make a purchase from a merchant and the various fees imposed in connection with the transaction. We then discuss how the current debit interchange fee cap contained in the Fed’s final rule implementing the Durbin Amendment (Regulation II) t ..read more
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Will Chevron Deference Survive in the U.S. Supreme Court? An Important Discussion to Hear in Advance of the January 17th Oral Argument
Consumer Finance Monitor
by Ballard Spahr LLP
1M ago
This special podcast episode, hosted by Senior Counsel and former Consumer Financial Services Practice Leader Alan Kaplinsky, sets the stage for the upcoming oral argument in the two U.S. Supreme Court cases where the fate of Chevron deference hangs in the balance. This episode provides an essential roadmap for anyone who will listen to the oral argument or is following this critical challenge to this important doctrine. Our special guest is Kent Barnett, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and J. Alton Hosch Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law. On January 17th, the U.S. Suprem ..read more
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Foreclosing on “Zombie” Mortgages: What Lenders and Servicers Should Know
Consumer Finance Monitor
by Ballard Spahr LLP
1M ago
We discuss various issues faced by lenders and servicers when attempting to foreclose on “zombie” mortgages, meaning second mortgages on which the borrower has not made a payment for a considerable length of time and the lender or servicer has not previously taken action to foreclose. First, we look at the CFPB’s May 2023 advisory guidance on the enforcement of time-barred mortgage loans. We then discuss defenses to foreclosure raised by borrowers, specifically that the loan was charged-off, discharged in a bankruptcy, or time-barred, and look at decisions in the states of Washington, Colorado ..read more
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Community Reinvestment Act Reform: A Close Look at the Final Rule
Consumer Finance Monitor
by Ballard Spahr LLP
2M ago
On October 24, 2023, the OCC, FDIC and Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System jointly adopted final amendments to their regulations implementing the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 (CRA). In this episode, which repurposes a webinar, we are joined by guest speaker Kenneth H. Thomas, Ph.D., Founder/CEO of Community Development Fund Advisors. After reviewing the background of the adoption of the CRA and implementing rules by the banking agencies, we discuss the key elements of the final rule. We look at the requirement for banks to delineate assessment areas in which their CRA perfor ..read more
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What the Recent Developments in Federal Preemption for National and State Banks Mean for Bank and Nonbank Consumer Financial Services Providers
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by Ballard Spahr LLP
2M ago
Providers of consumer financial services that rely on federal preemption to charge customers uniform interest rates and fees on a nationwide basis are currently facing a series of legislative and litigation challenges. In this episode, which repurposes a recent webinar, we first discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in Cantero v. Bank of America on the question whether the National Bank Act preempts state laws requiring the payment of interest on mortgage escrow accounts and look at the competing arguments and preemption standards under consideration. We then look at the Dodd-Fr ..read more
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The Biden Administration’s “Junk Fees” Initiative Continues: What the Latest Actions Mean for the Consumer Financial Services and Rental Housing Industries, Part I
Consumer Finance Monitor
by Ballard Spahr LLP
2M ago
This two-part podcast repurposes our most recent webinar on the latest salvo of actions in the Biden Administration’s initiative directed at combatting so-called “junk fees.” Launched in January 2022, the initiative shows no signs of abating. In Part I, we first review the background of the initiative, the range of fees the Administration has labeled “junk fees,” and discuss the Administration’s focus on competition and its related guidance and directives to federal agencies. We then take a close look at the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed rule to regulate “junk fees,” including the ration ..read more
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A Close Look at the Federal Trade Commission’s Proposed Rule to Regulate “Junk Fees”
Consumer Finance Monitor
by Ballard Spahr LLP
3M ago
In October 2023, the FTC issued a proposed “Rule on Unfair or Deceptive Fees” targeting so-called “junk fees.” Our special guest is Stacy Cammarano, Staff Attorney in the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Advertising Practices, and a lead attorney on the proposal. After reviewing how the FTC has previously used its enforcement authority to address “junk fees,” we discuss some of the key issues identified in comments received by the FTC on its October 2022 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on “junk fees.” We then look at the price and fee disclosures that would be required by ..read more
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