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A Closer Look at the CFPB’s “Enhanced” Supervisory Appeals Process

On February 16, 2024, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced what it heralded as a significant update to its Supervisory Appeals Process. The first of its kind since 2015, this revision introduced a seemingly more inclusive and flexible approach to how financial entities can contest supervisory findings.

Average auto loan debt grew 5.2% in 2023. How will it affect car buyers in 2024?

Drivers owed $1.51 trillion on cars, motorcycles and other personal vehicles as of the third quarter (Q3) of 2023, according to Experian data, an increase of $108 billion over 2022. The increase is attributable to a combination of factors:

Federal Ownership Information Reporting Requirement in Effect

The Corporate Transparency Act is now in effect, requiring companies established in the U.S. to identify and report owners in a new form for the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

Client Alert: New Jersey Privacy Law

On January 16, 2024, New Jersey became the fourteenth state to enact comprehensive privacy legislation after the passage of the New Jersey Data Privacy Act (“NJDPA”), adding to the growing national focus on consumer personal data protections, albeit at the state level. 

FTC Action Leads to Ban for Owners of Automators AI E-Commerce Money-Making Scheme

The owners of a money-making scheme that claimed to use artificial intelligence to boost earnings for consumers’ e-commerce storefronts have agreed to surrender millions in assets to settle the FTC’s case against them.

Unlawful fees in the mortgage market

Mortgage fees and other costs have risen significantly in recent years. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is focused on how these costs affect the affordability of home ownership as well as household balance sheets. And costs for homeowners are driven up if companies in the mortgage industry can pad their profits with illegal junk fees. 

Minnesota Debt Fairness Act to Help Consumers Struggling with Medical Debt

Katy Drahos, access to justice director at the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), spoke at a February 9th press conference about the Bar’s Consumer Debt Litigation Report alongside Governor Tim Walz, Attorney General Keith Ellison, legislators, and Minnesotans affected by the burden of unfair medical debt.

PrivacyCon looks at latest research into AI, mobile device security, health privacy, deepfakes, and more

If there were a bingo board that included just about every privacy and data security issue on the minds of consumers, academics, businesses, and government agencies, the FTC’s eight annual PrivacyCon would be a winner.

Governor Walz, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan Announce Support for Proposals to Ease Burden of Medical Debt

Minnesota Debt Fairness Act developed by Attorney General Ellison includes provisions to ban medical debt from affecting someone’s credit score and cut interest on medical debt