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Payday Lenders Go To Court In Attempt To Keep Working With Banks

The payday lending industry claims that recent regulatory efforts to rein in short-term, high-interest loans have severely restricted their access to traditional banks. Now a trade organization representing the controversial lenders has asked for a federal court to intervene. [More]

Future Looks Dim For Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Under Trump Presidency

Adam Fagen

On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump made his disdain for the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reforms clear, leaving many to wonder what a Trump White House would mean for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — the financial services regulator created by the 2010 legislation. Now that pieces are beginning to fall into place for the Trump transition plan, the outlook for the CFPB does not appear very bright. [More]

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South Dakotans Vote To Cap Payday, Auto-Title Loan Interest Rates At 36%

More than a dozen states and the District of Columbia currently prohibit payday lenders and other short-term loan companies from charging exorbitant interest rates on their financial products. Last night, the residents of South Dakota added their state to that list, voting to cap interest rates on short-term loans at 36%.  [More]

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Feds Go After “Massive, Illegal” Debt-Collection Operation

A large, nationwide debt-collection operation that allegedly brought in tens of millions of dollars through illegal means — like impersonating law-enforcement officers, or threatening arrest for non-payment — is the target of a joint legal action by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the New York state attorney general. [More]

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The Consumerist Guide To Your 2016 Ballot Initiatives

We’re almost there: at long last, after one of the frankly just-plain weirdest years of news most of us can remember, Election Day is finally drawing nigh nationwide. And while the candidates at the top of the ticket have definitely captured most of the metaphorical air in the national room, there’s far more than just that at stake this year for most voters.

In addition to selecting candidates for dozens of federal, state, and local offices, voters have a wide array of state and local ballot initiatives to choose from this year. Many of those directly address major consumer issues of many kinds. So we’re helping you break those down, with a state-by-state guide. [More]

Appeals Court Calls CFPB Structure Unconstitutional; Throws Out $109M Penalty Over Alleged Mortgage Kickbacks

Adam Fagen

Since its creation as part of the sweeping financial reforms of 2010, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has, through settlements and enforcement actions, returned billions of dollars to Americans who were wronged by financial institutions. But consumer advocates say a new ruling from a federal appeals court threatens to undercut the Bureau’s independence and its ability to hold banks, credit card companies, mortgage lenders, and others accountable. [More]

New Prepaid Debit Card Rules Add Protections, Improve Transparency; Take Effect Oct. 2017

Patrick Fagan

Two years after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau first proposed rules aimed at making prepaid cards safer and less costly for the 24 million unbanked consumers who make use of these sometimes costly and fee-laden financial products, the agency is releasing the final version of the rules that will kick in a year from now.  [More]

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Operators Of Scammy Payday Lender Ordered To Pay $1.26 Billion

Four years after federal regulators sued the operators behind what might have been the scammiest payday loan Consumerist had ever seen, a federal judge has ordered Scott Tucker and his businesses to pay $1.26 billion to the Federal Trade Commission to resolve allegations of running online payday lending operations that exploited more than 5 million consumers.  [More]

Short-Term Loan Startup LendUp Ordered To Pay $3.6M Over Alleged Lending Violations

Short-Term Loan Startup LendUp Ordered To Pay $3.6M Over Alleged Lending Violations

When a company promises to lend you money and rebuild your credit — all through your phone — it can be hard to pass up the offer, especially when you’re in a pinch. But what happens when that lender doesn’t deliver? It gets fined millions of dollars by the federal government, or at least that’s the case for online lender LendUp. [More]

Former ITT Tech Students Talk About School’s High-Pressure Sales Tactics, Underwhelming Classes

Former ITT Tech Students Talk About School’s High-Pressure Sales Tactics, Underwhelming Classes

The recent collapse of ITT Technical Institute has left thousands of students stranded, unsure if they’ll be able to finish their educations, repay their loans, or even transfer their credits to other schools. Now, some of these ITT students are talking to Consumerist about the school’s high-pressure marketing, underwhelming courses, poor job-placement, and other shady practices. [More]

Online Payday Lender Can’t Hide Behind Western Sky’s Tribal Affiliation

Online Payday Lender Can’t Hide Behind Western Sky’s Tribal Affiliation

While operating a business on tribal lands may protect you from certain federal laws, an online payday lender can’t just prop up a storefront on tribal lands in order to offer high-interest loans that are illegal in many states. [More]

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Online Lender Claiming Tribal Affiliation Must Refund, Cancel $11.6M In Payday Loans

For years, online lenders have claimed affiliations with tribal groups in order to skirt state laws related to short-term, high-interest loans. Today, the state of Minnesota came to a settlement over a years-long, so-called “rent-a-tribe” loan scheme with CashCall, ordering the lender to pay $11.6 million in relief to borrowers.  [More]

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New Rules Would Require Debt Collectors Have Proof You Actually Owe Money

One of the most common complaints about debt collectors is that they harass people over debts that are either no longer owed, or weren’t owed in the first place. Federal regulators are now proposing rules that — among other protections — would cut down on these annoying, bogus collections actions by requiring that debt collectors have some sort of evidence that the person they are calling actually owes money. [More]

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Could Be In Line For Huge Payday After Verizon Deal

As you may have heard, Verizon reached a deal over the weekend to purchase Yahoo for $4.8 billion. What this means for the ‘90s internet relic, or those who serve at its helm is still unclear, but at least one of those people — CEO Marissa Mayer — stands to make a pretty penny if she indeed leaves the company when the deal is all said and done.  [More]

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Payday Lending Trade Group Promises To Clean Up Misleading Online Ads

Google dealt a big blow to the payday lending industry, when it recently decided to ban the short-term/high-cost lenders’ ads from search results. At the same time, federal regulators are pushing for stricter regulations on these controversial financial products. Now a payday lending trade group is hoping to do some damage control by creating a program to identify companies making misleading claims in online ads. [More]

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Banks Trying To Attract Customers With Products To Reduce, Repay Student Loans

With student loan debt in the U.S. now well beyond $1 trillion, everyone seems eager to get into the debt-reduction business. Some cities will pay down your debt if you move there, while a growing number of employers are making loan payment contributions part of the benefits package. Now some financial institutions are dangling the debt-reduction carrot in front of potential customers — but should you bite? [More]

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Payment Processor Ignored Red Flags, Allowed Clients To Withdraw Funds Illegally

If you’re in the business of processing payments, you have a certain obligation to look into any sort of signs that your clients may be abusing the system or illegally taking funds from customers’ bank accounts. Failing to do so can land you in some pretty hot water with federal regulators. [More]

DNC Chair Walks Back Her Opposition To Payday Lending Reform

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Only three months ago, Florida Congresswoman and chair of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was actively lobbying her fellow lawmakers in opposition to pending reforms for the payday loan industry, finding nothing wrong with lenders who charge interest rates in the range of 300% to people in dire need of cash. Now that the actual rules have been announced, the legislator has had a sudden change of heart. [More]