Payday Lending News

The latest news on payday loans and the payday lending industry from the Center for Responsible Lending.

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  • N.Y.'s Lawsky Urges Crackdown on Payday Lenders' ACH Access 
    American Banker 15 Jan 2014
    New York Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky has written an open letter to NACHA -- the electronic payments group that banks use to process debits from customer accounts -- pressing for ...
  • Four Oaks Bank Agrees to $1M Fine to Settle DOJ Suit 
    WRAL.com  09 Jan 2014
    In North Carolina, Four Oaks Bank has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle accusations that it and its parent company allowed illegal activity in its accounts tied to payday lending. The proposed deal -- which still needs court approval -- requires the bank to help federal authorities in possible criminal investigations of its executives, board members, and customers.
  • Critics of Payday Lending Foresee a New Bill in the Upcoming Idaho Legislature 
    Idaho Statesman 06 Jan 2014
    The grass-roots Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN), which has encouraged the state to pass stricter payday lending rules, also encourages local governments �to stand up and recognize that they ...
  • Birmingham Council Expected to Back Efforts to Curb Payday Loans 
    MyFoxAL 31 Dec 2013
    A measure to curb payday lending is expected this month in the Alabama state legislature, and elected officials in the city of Birmingham are expected to get on board the campaign to pass statewide controls.
  • Davis Calls on Cash America Exec to Step Down From State Commission 
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram 30 Dec 2013
    In Texas, Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) has called for Cash America executive William J. White to resign as chairman of the Finance Commission of Texas, a state panel with authority over lending institutions. Davis spoke out after an article in the El Paso Times quoted White as blaming borrowers, rather than payday lenders, for getting caught in a cycle of debt with the high-interest loans. She said that White’s 2009 appointment to the commission was a “blatant conflict of interest” and noted that Fort Worth-based Cash America recently settled alleged abusive practices with the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Lac du Flambeau Chippewa Enter Payday Loan Business With Eye to Online Gambling 
    Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel 29 Dec 2013
    About two dozen Native American tribes have launched short-term online lending operations and are also considering online gaming. Barry Brandon, executive director of the Native American Financial Services Association, says that some of the legal and political battles that tribes fought over Indian casinos are now being fought over online lending.
  • TIOR Capital Agrees to Forfeit $1M in Outstanding Loans 
    Riverside Press-Enterprise (CA) 26 Dec 2013
    Authorities in California have reached a settlement with TIOR Capital, which offered unlicensed payday loans online to consumers across the state through its Nevada-based affiliates.
  • Reining in Payday Lenders 
    New York Times 17 Nov 2013
    Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it will start to collect complaints from borrowers who may have experienced unreasonable fees, unauthorized withdrawals from their checking accounts, or other abuses from payday lenders.
  • Average Payday Loan in Utah Has Triple-Digit Interest 
    Salt Lake Tribune 15 Nov 2013
    There are now 565 payday lending and title loan locations in Utah, providing short-term advances at an average interest rate of nearly 500 percent.
  • State Puts Brakes on Online Lender 
    Coeur d'Alene Press 13 Nov 2013
    Financial regulators in Idaho have imposed a cease-and-desist order against AAA Payday Advance, an online lender that is based in Utah and has no license to do business in Idaho. Violation of the licensing requirements renders payday and other consumer loans void, uncollectable, and unenforceable, according to Idaho Department of Finance director Gavin Gee.
  • Faith Groups Urge Stricter Rules on Payday Loans 
    Minneapolis Star Tribune 12 Nov 2013
    The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition has released a report calling for a broad new crackdown on payday lending in Minnesota, arguing that current limits on the industry are inadequate.
  • Here’s How Veterans Are Being Targeted for Crippling Loans 
    Care2 11 Nov 2013
    Although the nation's former enlisted personnel can receive a variety of benefits through the Veterans Administration (VA), many find themselves the targets of exploitative lending practices in the financial sector, such as bait-and-switch loan terms and 400 percent interest rates.
  • The Dangers of Online Lending 
    U.S. News & World Report 22 Oct 2013
    Although regulators and consumer advocates have worked for years to curtail payday lending, more and more firms are moving the business to the Web -- raising new policy challenges and threatening consumer protections at the state level, writes Tom Feltner of the Consumer Federation of America.
  • States Sharpen Payday-Loan Scrutiny 
    Wall Street Journal 26 Sep 2013
    State regulators are trying to rein in payday loans by pressuring lenders to submit customer information to state databases. Alabama became the most recent state to call for a database, following similar proposals in California, Pennsylvania, and other areas.
  • FDIC Accused of Waging Stealth Crackdown on Online Lenders 
    American Banker 23 Sep 2013
    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has been ramping up reviews of banks' third-party relationships just as some online lenders, which rely on banks to process their transactions, are facing serious questions about their exorbitant interest rates and their liability under state licensing laws.
  • Lawsuit Filed to Try and Block Payday Loan Database 
    AL.com 23 Sep 2013
    Payday lenders that include Cash Mart and Rapid Cash have filed a lawsuit in a bid to derail a new database to track short-term borrowing in Alabama.
  • Kansas City Area Taking the Lead in the Online Lending Industry 
    Kansas City Star 21 Sep 2013
    At least six agencies within the U.S. government have launched a crackdown on Internet short-term lending, which is good news for low-income consumers hurt by high interest rates and fees, according to an editorial in the Kansas City Star.
  • Long Beach City Council Restricts Short-Term Lenders 
    Long Beach Press-Telegram 19 Sep 2013
    The Long Beach (Calif.) City Council has unanimously voted to push consumer-finance lending businesses from neighborhood commercial and other areas into locations that are more automobile-oriented and widen the separation between the businesses from 1,000 feet to 1,320 feet.
  • Governor Approves Database of Loans Made by Payday Lenders 
    Anniston Star 19 Sep 2013
    As part of state regulations approved Wednesday to help consumers avoid excessive debt, Alabama will soon know which area residents have loans from payday lenders.
  • Editorial: California Legislature Whiffs on Reining in Payday Loans 
    Fresno Bee 19 Sep 2013
    This Fresno Bee editorial criticizes the California Legislature for failing to get a bill out of the banking committee to protect citizens from usurious lending. California remains among the most lax states when it comes to payday lending.
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