Payday Lending News
The latest news on payday loans and the payday lending industry from the Center for Responsible Lending.
- Fight Against Illegal Payday Loans Turns to Banks
Minneapolis Star Tribune (MN) 09 Nov 2013
Regulators and lawmakers have long been attempting to limit payday loans, but the struggle is moving away from the companies that offer the loans and in the direction of the mainstream financial institutions that help process them. New Jersey borrower Angel L. Gordon, for example, has filed a potential class-action lawsuit against U.S. Bank for its role in processing allegedly illegal loans that she obtained last year from online lender National Opportunities Unlimited Inc. Gordon spent $1,814 over 10 weeks to repay an $800 advance.
- CFPB Now Taking Payday Loan Complaints
Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH) 06 Nov 2013
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Nov. 6 confirmed that it now accepts payday loan gripes from consumers. The bureau is the first federal agency to have supervisory authority over the payday industry. It will field consumer complaints related to unexpected fees or interest, unauthorized or incorrect bank-account charges, receipt of loans for which the consumer did not apply, and failure to deliver loans.
- Reforming Minnesota Payday Lending
Twin Cities Daily Planet (MN) 04 Nov 2013
Some payday lending companies have taken advantage of a loophole in Minnesota’s law that allows exorbitant interest rates. Between 2007 and 2011, the number of payday loans in the state ballooned from 172,000 to 338,000. Data from the Minnesota Department of Commerce indicate that the typical payday borrower takes out an average of 10 loans a year. In 2012, the city of Minneapolis alone accounted for more than $8.6 million of payday loans, at annual percentage rates of 400 percent and higher.
- Corinth TX Mulls Rules on Lending
Denton Record-Chronicle (TX) 02 Nov 2013
Officials in Corinth, Texas, are contemplating a move to regulate credit-access, payday, and title lending companies within city limits, which would make it the eighth city to do so, according to a Texas Municipal League report. The paper notes that many states have enacted laws “to restrict predatory lending practices, but meaningful reforms have failed to pass the Texas Legislature in the last three sessions.”
- 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.
- 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.
- Making Money Off the Poor
New York Times Opinionator 17 Sep 2013
Many different businesses and schemes are making money off of low-income Americans, Tom Edsall writes in a New York Times opinion piece.
- Editorial: Crack Down on Abusive Lending
Cincinnati Enquirer 17 Sep 2013
This Cincinnati Enquirer editorial calls on regulators at the Ohio Department of Commerce "to step in, investigate, and then revoke the licenses of those businesses found to be evading payday lending laws."
- Online Lender Seeks Dismissal of New York Suit
Wall Street Journal 17 Sep 2013
Western Sky Financial LLC, an online lender targeted by state regulators for charging steep interest rates, said Sept. 17 that a lawsuit filed against it by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman should be dismissed because the state lacks authority over the business.