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October 5, 2017
Rule is Key First Step to Stopping the Debt Trap WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, national consumer and civil rights advocates welcomed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new rule to limit short-term payday and car-title lenders’ ability to trap borrowers in an endless cycle of debt. The payday lending rule will result in fewer families falling into financial ruin. At the heart of the rule is the common sense principle that lenders check a borrower’s ability to repay before lending money. While praising the CFPB for pushing to stop the debt trap, the coalition calls on the...
October 2, 2017
AB 1636 will boost transparency of payday lenders across state OAKLAND, CALIF. – California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law AB 1636, a bill introduced by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) that aims to give the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) the tools it needs to increase transparency of payday lenders. Under California law, payday lenders can charge rates as high as 460% annual percentage rate. The new law will strengthen DBO’s ability to regulate and review lenders’ business reports, including granting the agency authority to issue penalties on...
September 29, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC. - A new analysis of 2016 mortgage lending data by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) again finds a continued lack of access to conventional loans among consumers of color and low-wealth families, but that the mortgage market has rebounded slightly from the foreclosure crisis and Great Recession. Enacted by Congress in 1975, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) requires an annual public accounting of the nation’s mortgage lending. Its data provides critical information for both the public and financial sectors by alerting the nation to trends on the groups of...
September 27, 2017
Wells Fargo Practices and Equifax Breach Show that Congress needs to prioritize consumer protections Members call on CFPB to act on overdraft practices Maloney bill to end deceptive overdraft practices, crack down on unfair fees based on successful 2009 CARD Act law that has saved consumers billions WASHINGTON, DC — Today in front of the U.S. Capitol, the Center for Responsible Lending joined Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Keith Ellison (MN-5), Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8), and Bill Foster (IL-11) in calling on Congress to crackdown on unfair overdraft fees by passing H.R....
September 26, 2017
News Report Indicates Senate Might Vote Imminently to Take Away Consumers’ Right to Sue Financial Companies for Wrongdoing WASHINGTON, D.C. – As reported by Politico, the “Senate GOP leadership is considering holding a vote later this week on legislation that would block a CFPB [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] rule prohibiting banks and credit card companies from forcing their customers into arbitration during disputes, sources familiar with the matter said." Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Senior Policy Counsel Melissa Stegman issued the following statement: Equifax,...
September 21, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC. - Today and as part of the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 47th Annual Legislative Conference, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) will convene a panel of housing stakeholders this afternoon. The session entitled, “State of Housing in Black America: Considering the Future,” will examine mortgage industry practices, and whether the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, enacted in 2010, created barriers for African-Americans seeking homeownership opportunities. Nikitra Bailey, an executive vice president with the Center...
September 20, 2017
Senate and House Legislation would end the payday lending debt trap WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), Americans for Financial Reform (AFR), and nearly 40 national and state organizations sent a letter urging Members of Congress to pass the Protecting Consumers from Unreasonable Credit Rates Act, a bicameral bill introduced by U.S. Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.) and Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.). The bill would protect consumers from predatory lenders by capping payday and car-title...
September 18, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts and their debt collector, Transworld Systems, Inc. together filed more than 2,000 illegal student loan debt collection lawsuits between 2001 and 2007. The actions were violations of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Financial Protection Act. Specifically, the lawsuits filed lacked required documentation and included both false and misleading affidavits. Many of the lawsuits pursued debts the trusts could not prove were owed. Additionally at least another...
September 14, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) released a bipartisan poll that finds voters across the country overwhelmingly support policies that allow student loan borrowers to refinance their loans (91% in favor), enroll into affordable payment options based on income (90% in favor), and have their debt forgiven after 10 years of payments if they work in qualifying public service jobs or non-profit organizations (70% in favor). The poll was conducted by Lake Research Partners and Chesapeake Beach Consulting, and it was part of a...
September 11, 2017
S. 1642 & H.R. 3299 enable out-of-state lenders to use "rent-a-bank" scheme to preempt state interest rate caps WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), and more than 150 national and state organizations sent a letter urging Members of Congress to reject S. 1642 and H.R. 3299, the Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017, (PDF) a bill that poses serious risks of enabling a vast expansion of predatory lending across the country. Specifically, the legislation makes it easier for payday lenders and other...

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