Payday Lending News

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

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Payday Lenders Move Online as Regulators Crack Down 
    Seattle Times 18 Sep 2013
    A growing number of websites offer short-term loans even for borrowers with credit problems, but these payday loans often have annual percentage rates of 400 percent or more.
  • 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."
  • Fast Cash Jungle: Payday Lenders Proliferate in East Ridge, Elsewhere 
    Chattanooga Times Free Press 17 Sep 2013
    According to the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions, there are nearly 90 payday lenders operating in the Chattanooga area.
  • Long Beach Council to Vote on Updating Short-Term Lender Rules 
    Long Beach Press-Telegram 17 Sep 2013
    The Long Beach City Council may further restrict payday and other short-term consumer finance lending businesses when it meets Tuesday.
  • 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.
  • Payday, Title Loan Businesses Possibly Hurting Local Economy 
    Anniston Star 17 Sep 2013
    Consumers flock to alternative financial providers, in Alabama and nationwide, because the services they offer are easily accessible to people who have no mainstream banking relationship.
  • Lawmakers Vote to Override on Mo. Lending Measure 
    connectmidmissouri.com 17 Sep 2013
    The Missouri Legislature has voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that would allow lenders to charge higher fees on certain short-term loans.
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