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Written Testimony of James S. Rice, Assistant Director, Office of Servicemember Affairs, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

CFPB Office of Servicemember Affairs Assistant Director Jim Rice discusses recent CFPB efforts to understand the veteran financial experience, enforce the law, and coordinate efforts across the federal government and in the states.

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CFPB Shuts Down Mortgage Loan Business of RMK Financial for Repeat Offenses Against Military Families

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) permanently banned RMK Financial Corporation, which does business as Majestic Home Loans, from the mortgage lending industry by prohibiting RMK from engaging in any mortgage lending activities or receiving remuneration from mortgage lending.

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CFPB Finds Members of the Reserves and National Guard Paying Millions of Dollars in Extra Interest Each Year

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released research revealing that Reserve and National Guard members called to active duty are paying an extra $9 million in interest every year because they are not always receiving the benefit of their right to rate reductions under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

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CFPB and Justice Department Caution Auto Finance Companies about Servicemember Protections

The Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a joint letter today reminding auto finance companies of their responsibilities to recognize important legal protections for military families under the Servicemembers Civil Rights Act (SCRA). While servicemembers have the same rights as non-military borrowers, the SCRA provides additional rights to protect servicemembers and their families against unique financial challenges.

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CFPB Report Highlights Experiences of Military Families with Medical Billing, Credit Reporting, and Debt Collection

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its annual report on the top financial concerns facing servicemembers, veterans, and military families, based on the complaints they submitted to the CFPB. Servicemembers told the CFPB about billing inaccuracies and that debt collectors used aggressive tactics to recover allegedly unpaid medical bills.

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CFPB Sues Pawn Lenders for Cheating Military Families

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today filed a lawsuit in a Texas federal district court against FirstCash, Inc. and Cash America West, Inc. The CFPB alleges that the two companies violated the Military Lending Act (MLA) by charging higher than the allowable 36% annual percentage rate on pawn loans to active-duty servicemembers and their dependents.

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CFPB Report Highlights High Rate of Debt Collection Complaints From Servicemembers and Their Families

CFPB Enforcement Actions Returned Over $5 Million to Servicemembers in 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an annual report today from the Office of Servicemember Affairs highlighting complaints submitted in 2015 and CFPB enforcement actions that directly impacted the military community. The report found that servicemembers have been submitting debt […]

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CFPB Orders Servicemember Auto Loan Company to Pay $3.28 Million for Illegal Debt Collection Tactics

Bureau Sued Auto Lender Earlier This Year for Deception and Threats to Contact Commanding Officers WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed an administrative order against Security National Automotive Acceptance Company (SNAAC), an auto lender specializing in loans to servicemembers, for engaging in illegal debt collection practices. The order requires the […]

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CFPB Statement On Department Of Defense Military Lending Act Final Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Defense issued a final rule expanding the types of credit products that are covered by the 36-percent rate cap and other military-specific protections under the Military Lending Act. The rule closes loopholes that have led to lenders skirting the law with products that fall outside the scope […]