Payday Lending News

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

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  • FTC Tussles With a Florida Telemarketer -- Again 
    Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH)  10 Sep 2013
    Brett Fisher, whom the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has just hit with a $25 million penalty for preying on consumers, is no stranger to the agency. It previously sued the Florida man and his company at the time, Group One Networks, over an advance-fee credit card scheme. A January 2010 settlement drew a $17 million fine -- of which the defendant was able to pay only $21,000 -- and prevented Fisher, among other restrictions, from marketing interest-rate reduction services. Undeterred by his legal loss, Fisher reportedly launched a new scheme almost immediately.
  • Payday Lenders Come Under Fire in Daly City 
    San Francisco Examiner  10 Sep 2013
    Activists in Daly City, Calif., are calling for a ban preventing any more payday lending businesses from setting up shop in the city.
  • FTC Moves to Shut Down Alleged Payday-Loan Scheme 
    Wall Street Journal MoneyBeat blog  05 Sep 2013
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken action against a group of Tampa-based businesses that promised to connect consumers over the Web with payday lenders that could provide quick cash. The operation run by Sean Mulrooney and Odafe Stephen Ogaga claimed to be affiliated with a network of 120 payday lenders.
  • Supervisors Continue Car Title Lending Case Until Next Month 
    Village News (Chester, Va.)  04 Sep 2013
    In Virginia, Chesterfield Board of Supervisor Chairman Dorothy Jaeckle called for a deferral of an auto-title lender business proposed for the corner of Jefferson Davis Highway and Osborne Road.
  • Montgomery Bans New Quick-Loan Businesses 
    Associated Press  04 Sep 2013
    City councilors in Montgomery, Ala., have put a 90-day freeze on new business licenses for payday and car title lenders.
  • High Cost Lenders Have Found a Devious Way to Dodge New Laws 
    Business Insider (TX) 03 Sep 2013
    Several Texas cities have taken action to curb high-cost lending in the state; but many big lenders are finding ways around the laws, such as giving away cash for free in exchange for title to the borrower's car.
  • Online Lenders Go Bust Following New York Crackdown 
    American Banker  29 Aug 2013
    While authorities have tried for years to drive high-cost online lenders out of business, New York state regulators may have been successful by cutting off their access to the payments system.
  • State Actions Against Payday Lenders Prove Effective 
    ConsumerAffairs.com (CA)  28 Aug 2013
    While both states and the federal government have jurisdiction when policing payday lenders and protecting consumers, states have been more aggressive on this front. Several have taken individual actions against businesses that make short-term loans with annual interest rates in the triple digits.
  • Faith Leaders to Candidates: Return Contributions From Payday/Car Title Lenders 
    Public News Service  27 Aug 2013
    The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, a coalition of faith leaders, says political candidates are taking money out of the pockets of the state's most financially disadvantaged residents when they accept campaign contributions from payday lenders
  • Online Lender Says It Will Stop Funding Loans 
    Wall Street Journal  27 Aug 2013
    Western Sky Financial LLC, an online lender with ties to the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, has posted on its website that it will stop funding loans starting in September as a result of "recent interference by state and government regulators."
  • Alabama Nears Decision on Database of Payday Lenders/Loans 
    Montgomery Advertiser (AL) 27 Aug 2013
    Next month, the Alabama State Banking Department could make a final decision on the creation of a unified database to track payday loans. However, this likely will be only the first step in a long and potentially litigious process.
  • Military Payday Loan Laws Set for Review, Improvements 
    Military Times  25 Aug 2013
    Consumer protections for troops and their families should be broadened to cover not only payday loans but also products such as overdraft checking, installment loans, and rent-to-own contracts, consumer advocates say.
  • Indian Tribes Sue New York on Online Loans 
    Wall Street Journal MoneyBeat blog  21 Aug 2013
    The Otoe-Missouria Tribe, located in Oklahoma, and the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, located near the Wisconsin-Michigan border, are suing a New York regulator in a bid to preserve their ability to make online loans to New York residents
  • Montgomery City Councilmen Seek Moratorium on Payday Lenders 
    WSFA-12 (AL)  20 Aug 2013
    An item on the Montgomery, Ala., city council's agenda could threaten the future of payday and title loan businesses in the city. Councilmen Richard Bollinger and Charles Smith have proposed a temporary freeze on business licenses for these types of lending agencies.
  • Maryland Goes After Payday Lenders' Banks to Stop Illegal Loans 
    Baltimore Sun 19 Aug 2013
    Maryland's financial regulator is trying to stop illegal online payday loans by dogging the banks that help make the advances possible. "Without the payday lender's bank, the payday lender can't operate in my state," reasons Mark Kaufman, commissioner with the state's division of financial regulation.
  • Chattanooga Payday Lender Forced to Shut Down Websites 
    Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN)  16 Aug 2013
    Chattanooga lender and philanthropist Carey V. Brown shut down his payday loan websites after correspondence from New York regulators called on banks to cut access for what it called "illegal lenders."
  • Senate Dems Ask DOD to Protect Service Members From Predatory Lenders 
    The Hill  15 Aug 2013
    A group of Senate Democrats have petitioned Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asking him to close a loophole in lending protections that they said leaves service members susceptible to abuse under certain kinds of loans.
  • Houston Must Rein in Predatory Loans 
    Houston Chronicle  15 Aug 2013
    Democratic state Sens. Rodney Ellis, Sylvia Garcia, and John Whitmire have proposed that Houston become the next Texas city to implement payday and auto title ordinances. Adding Houston to the eight cities that already restrict the short-term lending industry could encourage a push for statewide reform of the sector.
  • Both Sides in Payday Loan Debate Start Petitions 
    Springfield News-Leader (Missouri)  14 Aug 2013
    Critics and proponents of payday lending in Missouri will see a contentious 18 months as each side attempts to put constitutional amendments on the ballot.
  • Two Banks' Payday-Advance Lending Draws Scrutiny 
    Orlando Sentinel (FL)  14 Aug 2013
    Regions Bank and Fifth Third Bank, two of Florida's largest banks, are drawing criticism from consumer groups after entering the payday-advance business. Like just a few others in the United States, they now offer a type of short-term, high-cost loan that is commonly associated with payday lending. Critics say these loans' steep interest and fees can draw consumers into a dangerous "debt trap."
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