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Battles rage across the country between the payday lending industry and coalitions of citizens groups who are increasingly insisting they will not accept 400 percent interest lending. Fifteen states plus the District of Columbia have outlawed triple-digit interest, and two states rejected them in ballot measures last November – Ohio and Arizona, which becomes the sixteenth state to put a stop to the predation through an interest rate cap as of July 2010.

Other than protecting military families with a 36% APR cap on small predatory loans, Congress has not yet moved to expand reforms across the country, and some big national banks are beginning to get into the business with loans that are virtually indistinguishable from storefront payday loans.

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  • Comments to CFPB on Overdraft Practices
    Published: Jul 6 2012      Issue: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Overdraft Loans

    CRL joined with CFA and NCLC to provide the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) with documentation of bank overdraft practices and their impact on consumers. The CFPB should stop banks from...

  • Oppose HR 1909--Don’t Undermine State, Federal Consumer Protections
    Published: Jul 5 2012      Issue: Payday Loans

    HR 1909 will move oversight of non-bank lenders from the CFPB to the OCC, allow the OCC to charter nonbank lenders like those that offer 400% payday loans, and preempt stronger state laws nationwide.

  • FDIC Promises Investigation of Bank Payday Lending
    Published: May 31 2012      Issue: Bank Payday Loans, Payday Loans

    The FDIC has promised that to make investigation of bank payday lending a priority investigation. In response to a letter submitted by 250 advocates, Acting Chairman Martin Gruenberg said the...

  • Comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Payday Lending Abuses
    Published: Apr 23 2012      Issue: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Payday Loans

    Comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on payday lending abuses on behalf of several organizations concerned about the documented abuses of payday lenders.

  • Letter to Bank Regulators: Stop Bank Payday Lending
    Published: Feb 22 2012      Issue: Payday Loans

    Two hundred and fifty national, state and local organizations and individual advocates have asked bank regulators to stop banks from making predatory payday loans, which carry triple-digit annual...

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