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Good morning. Thank you for the opportunity to speak here this morning at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The opportunity is especially meaningful for me, since my first formal experience in public service was through an internship with Senator Glenn in the spring of 1980. I was a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed college student, and […]
Thank you. Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Justice are announcing a joint action against Hudson City Savings Bank for illegal redlining. We are filing a complaint which alleges that Hudson City structured its mortgage business to provide unequal access to credit products in majority-Black-and-Hispanic neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey, […]
Bank Illegally Denied Black and Hispanic Neighborhoods Fair Access to Mortgages WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a joint action against Hudson City Savings Bank for discriminatory redlining practices that denied residents in majority-Black-and-Hispanic neighborhoods fair access to mortgage loans. The complaint filed by […]
Report Also Includes In-Depth Look at Consumer Complaints in Denver, Colo. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its latest monthly consumer complaints snapshot, which highlights mortgage complaints. According to the report, consumers continue to face problems with mortgage servicing, particularly during certain circumstances, such as when they apply for a […]
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) today announced the availability of data on mortgage lending transactions at 7,062 U.S. financial institutions covered by the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). Covered institutions include banks, savings associations, credit unions, and mortgage companies. The HMDA data made available today cover 2014 lending activity, and include applications, originations, […]
Bureau Extends Provisions to Cover More Community Banks, Credit Unions, and Other Creditors WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today finalized several changes to its mortgage rules to facilitate responsible lending by small creditors, particularly in rural and underserved areas. The new rule, which was proposed in January, will increase the number […]
Thank you for inviting me today. That renowned philosopher from the Garden State of New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen, once said, “I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream.” For the past few years, we have all been judging that distance for ourselves, and we have seen how the […]
Tools Provide Additional Shopping Help for Consumers as New Mortgage Disclosure Rule Takes Effect WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is releasing new online tools as part of its Know Before You Owe initiative aimed at helping consumers navigate the mortgage process. The tools provide an interactive, step-by-step overview of the […]
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act directed the CFPB to combine certain federal mortgage disclosures that consumers receive when taking out a mortgage. In November 2013, after extensive testing of the new forms, the CFPB finalized the combined, easier-to-understand new Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosures, the Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure. […]
Lawsuit Names Individuals Responsible for Bilking $67 million from 21,000 Consumers WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it has obtained a preliminary injunction against World Law Group and its senior leaders for running a debt-relief scheme that charged consumers exorbitant, illegal upfront fees. The Bureau alleges the debt-relief scheme falsely […]
Thank you all for joining us on this call. Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking action against Encore Capital Group and Portfolio Recovery Associates, the two largest debt buyers in the country, for their illegal debt collection activities. Encore and PRA demanded payments and filed lawsuits on debts that they knew very little […]
Encore and Portfolio Recovery Associates Must Refund Millions of Dollars and Overhaul Debt Collection and Litigation Practices WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against the nation’s two largest debt buyers and collectors for using deceptive tactics to collect bad debts. The Bureau found that Encore Capital Group and Portfolio […]
Report Also Includes In-Depth Look at Consumer Complaints in Los Angeles, Calif. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its monthly consumer complaints snapshot. The report spotlights credit reporting complaints, which sharply increased compared to the prior month and the prior year. According to the report, the majority of the credit […]
Companies Hid Loan Interest Rates and Fees and Deceived Consumers About Other Terms of the Deal WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) filed a lawsuit in federal court against two companies, Pension Funding, LLC and Pension Income, LLC, and three of the […]