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  • CRL tells CFPB the CARD Act Works, Encourages Risk-based Pricing
    Published: Feb 19 2013      Issue: Credit Cards

    Comments submitted by the Center for Responsible Lending to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in response to the Request for Information Regarding Credit Card Market. The CARD Act has made...

  • CRL Tells CFPB: Prepaid Cards Lack Consumer Protections
    Published: Jul 24 2012      Issue: Credit Cards, Prepaid Cards

    The CFPB should prohibit overdraft and credit features on prepaid cards.

  • Are prepaid credit cards helping or hurting consumers?
    Published: May 25 2012      Issue: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Credit Cards, Prepaid Cards

    Martin Eakes remarks on prepaid cards before a CFPB field hearing.

  • Highlights of the New Credit Card Rules: What They Do and Don’t Do
    Published: Jan 26 2012      Issue: Credit Cards

    Credit CARD Act of 2009 – Learn what the law does and does not cover.

  • Comments to the OCC: We Oppose Preempting State Consumer Protections on Mortgages, Credit Cards and Other Banking Products
    Published: Jun 28 2011      Issue: Credit Cards, Mortgage Lending

    CRL joins several groups in opposing proposed rules that would continue the OCC's broad preemption of state laws governing mortgages, credit cards, bank accounts and other banking products.

  • Comment: Potential Violations of the Credit CARD Act
    Published: Jul 7 2010      Issue: Credit Cards

    CRL and consumer coalition express concerns about credit card issuer potential violations of the the Credit CARD Act of 2009. Problems related to penalty rate disclosures, variable rates, payment...

  • Comments on Proposed Reg Z Rules Re Implementation of Credit Card Act Provisions
    Published: Apr 14 2010      Issue: Credit Cards

    CRL and other consumer groups comments to the Federal Reserve on proposed credit card rules related to the implementation of the Credit CARD Act and penalty rates and fee increases.

  • Consumer Financial Protection Agency Could Have Stopped Abuses that Plague Americans Today
    Published: Oct 23 2009      Issue: Auto Financing, Car Title Loans, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Credit Cards, Mortgage Lending, Overdraft Loans, Payday Loans

    CRL shares stories of everyday people affected by financial abuse and emphasizes the need for the Consumer Financial Protection Agency to ensure that they and others are protected from such abuses...

  • Consumer Financial Protection Agency Could Have Stopped Abuses that Plague Americans Today
    Published: Oct 23 2009      Issue: Auto Financing, Car Title Loans, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Credit Cards, Mortgage Lending, Overdraft Loans, Payday Loans

    CRL shares stories of everyday people affected by financial abuse and emphasizes the need for the Consumer Financial Protection Agency to ensure that they and others are protected from such abuses...

  • CRL supports a strong, non-preemptive Consumer Financial Protection Agency
    Published: Oct 19 2009      Issue: Auto Financing, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Credit Cards, Mortgage Lending, Overdraft Loans

    CRL letter to Members of House Financial Services Committee outlining support and opposition to various CFPA amendments on states' rights, credit-related insurance, and carve outs for credit unions...

  • CRL supports a strong, non-preemptive Consumer Financial Protection Agency
    Published: Oct 19 2009      Issue: Auto Financing, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Credit Cards, Mortgage Lending, Overdraft Loans

    CRL letter to Members of House Financial Services Committee outlining support and opposition to various CFPA amendments on states' rights, credit-related insurance, and carve outs for credit unions...

  • Neglect and Inaction: An Analysis of Federal Banking Regulators’ Failure to Enforce Consumer Protections
    Published: Jul 13 2009      Issue: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Credit Cards, Mortgage Lending, Overdraft Loans

    The failure of the bank regulators to protect consumers is a systematic problem that has stretched over at least several decades.

  • Financial Reform that Protects Consumers
    Published: Jun 25 2009      Issue: Auto Financing, Car Title Loans, Credit Cards, Mortgage Lending, Overdraft Loans, Payday Loans, Refund Anticipation Loans

    For years, federal bank regulators looked the other way; now Congress has a chance to reform our system of checks and balances, make banks accountable, and protect consumers from abusive financial...

  • Financial Reform that Protects Consumers
    Published: Jun 25 2009      Issue: Auto Financing, Car Title Loans, Credit Cards, Mortgage Lending, Overdraft Loans, Payday Loans, Refund Anticipation Loans

    For years, federal bank regulators looked the other way; now Congress has a chance to reform our system of checks and balances, make banks accountable, and protect consumers from abusive financial...

  • Six Principles for Real Reform: Balancing Bank Safety and Sensible Lending
    Published: Jun 24 2009      Issue: Auto Financing, Car Title Loans, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Credit Cards, Mortgage Lending, Overdraft Loans

    As Congress considers how to address improving consumer protection and regulation of our financial system going forward over the next several months, we offer six essential principles for achieving...

  • Regulatory Restructuring: Enhancing Consumer Financial Products Regulation
    Published: Jun 24 2009      Issue: Auto Financing, Car Title Loans, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Credit Cards, Mortgage Lending, Overdraft Loans, Payday Loans, Refund Anticipation Loans

    Kathleen Keest, Senior Policy Counsel at CRL, testified before the House Financial Services Committee on CRL's support for a strong, state-of-the-art consumer protection agency for financial...

  • Congressional Research Service Memo re H.R. 627
    Published: May 12 2009      Issue: Credit Cards

    This memorandum provides a comparative analysis of H.R. 627 (the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009), as passed by the House on April 30, 2009, and the amendment in the nature of a...

  • H.R. 2309, the Consumer Credit and Debt Protection Act
    Published: May 12 2009      Issue: Auto Financing, Credit Cards

    The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a legislative hearing on H.R. 2309, the Consumer Credit and Debt Protection Act.

  • Testimony of Kathleen Keest In Regards To HR 2309
    Published: May 12 2009      Issue: Auto Financing, Credit Cards, Financial Literacy, Overdraft Loans, Payday Loans

    Testimony of Kathleen E. Keest on behalf of the Center for Responsible Lending, Consumer Federation of America, and the National Consumer Law Center before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and...

  • Comment: Unfair or Deceptive Practices with Respect to Credit Cards
    Published: Aug 4 2008      Issue: Credit Cards

    Comments on Federal Reserve Board proposals regarding unfair and deceptive credit card practices, August 4, 2008.

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