Payday Lending News

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

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Personal Finance: Illegal Online Lenders Plague Payday Loan Industry 
    Sacramento Bee 17 Sep 2013
    Storefront payday lenders in California are getting pushed aside by unlicensed online competitors who are increasingly accused of ripping off consumers.
  • 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.
  • Maryland Issues Cease and Desist Order Against Online Payday Lenders 
    Baltimore Sun 17 Sep 2013
    Mark Kaufman, Maryland's Commissioner of Financial Regulation, announced Tuesday that his division had issued a final cease and desist order against online payday lenders and their owners.
  • 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.
  • Military Officials Want to Clamp Down on Payday Lenders Unfairly Targeting Soldiers 
    KXXV-TV News Channel 25 16 Sep 2013
    All around Fort Hood in Texas, lending advertisements target soldiers who are in financial hardship, but may be afraid to tell their superiors.
  • Payday Loans Suck Up Billions in Fees in States Where They’re Unregulated 
    Washington Post  11 Sep 2013
    More than half of U.S. states allow payday loans to operate with few or no restrictions, generating $2.6 billion in fees annually, according to a new report by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). These small, easily accessible loans have been the target of growing increasing criticism in recent years because of their high interest rates and fees, which can be particularly heavy burdens for low-income borrowers.
  • New York, Indian Tribes to Face Off in Court on Loans 
    Wall Street Journal  10 Sep 2013
    New York Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky is locked in a legal battle with two Indian tribes as he tries to determine whether states can block online lenders that operate outside their borders.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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