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June 23, 2022
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services today voted to advance a bill to close the industrial loan company (ILC) loophole. The ILC loophole allows Big Tech and other nonbank companies to offer financial products and services without complying with the safeguards and oversights required of bank holding companies. The “Close the ILC Loophole Act” (H.R. 5912) now heads to the floor for consideration by the entire legislative body. Americans for Financial Reform, Bank Policy Institute, Center for Responsible Lending, Consumer Federation of America, Credit Union...
June 1, 2022
BATON ROUGE, LA – Last night, Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana vetoed SB 381, a bill that would have expanded predatory lending in the state by legalizing larger loans with longer terms at triple-digit annual interest rates. Statement from Davante Lewis, Director of Public Affairs and Outreach for the Louisiana Budget Project: Louisiana Budget Project applauds Governor Edwards for recognizing the harm that triple-digit interest debt traps cause working families. We applaud his veto of SB 381, a narrowly passed bill that was supported only by companies interested in making high-...
May 25, 2022
Military servicemembers, veterans, and their families report outrageously high interest rates and deceptive lending practices WASHINGTON – The predatory lending practices of EasyPay Finance and Utah-based, FDIC-supervised Transportation Alliance Bank (TAB Bank) are hurting military servicemembers, veterans, and their families, according to a new report from a coalition of consumer advocacy groups released in advance of Memorial Day. EasyPay Finance, which charges up to 189% APR, is popping up as a financing option at furniture stores, auto repair shops, pet stores and other retail...
April 27, 2022
Hiding Ability to Compare True Costs of Loan Options Lets Lenders Take Advantage of Consumers WASHINGTON – The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) today released a video for Financial Literacy Month to educate the public on why readily providing the APR (annual percentage rate) of payday loans is essential to providing financial fairness for consumers, and to urge Congress and states that still have payday lending to pass a 36 percent rate cap for annual interest on these loans. Payday loans – also known as cash advance loans – cost American families more than $4 billion annually....
April 5, 2022
Washington, D.C. — A broad coalition of bank and credit union associations and consumer organizations submitted a letter today to the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services urging passage of the Close the ILC Loophole Act, introduced by Representatives Chuy Garcia (D-IL) and Lance Gooden (R-TX). The ILC loophole allows large technology companies — such as Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten, whose primary business is monetizing consumer data — and other commercial firms to own and operate what is essentially a full-service FDIC-insured bank, and do so entirely free from the regulatory...
February 17, 2022
RI Senators Introduced Effective 36% Rate Cap Bill Last Week PROVIDENCE, R.I.— After State Senator Ana Quezada and cosponsors introduced S2166 last week, a bill that would cap payday loans at 36% annually by repealing authorization for their triple-digit annual interest rates, the Center for Responsible Lending, The Economic Progress Institute and Capital Good Fund released a poll showing broad support for such a measure. Rhode Islanders are eager to limit the interest rate payday lenders can charge on loans that typically trap borrowers in long-term cycles of debt, according to the...
February 14, 2022
TAB Bank is helping EasyPay Finance evade state laws that prohibit 189% APR loans WASHINGTON – In advance of National Love Your Pet Day on February 20, the Center for Responsible Lending, along with its Stop the Debt Trap coalition partners, is teaming up with animal welfare advocates to launch a campaign to stop TAB Bank from making predatory puppy loans, many of which go to buy puppies from puppy mills. At pet stores across the country, Transportation Alliance Bank (TAB Bank) is helping predatory lender EasyPay Finance evade state interest rate laws and make pet loans at 130% to 189% APR...
February 4, 2022
Today’s departure of FDIC Chair appointed by former President Trump presents a new opportunity for the agency to stop illegal loans with 100%+ APR that are exploiting financially vulnerable families WASHINGTON, D.C. – With a new chairman taking the helm of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Center for Responsible Lending joined with more than a dozen other organizations in calling for the FDIC to “stop permitting its supervised institutions to front for predatory lenders evading state interest rate limits.” The letter, linked here, is addressed to the FDIC’s Board of...
January 7, 2022
Washington, D.C.— A coalition of public interest and advocacy organizations recently urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to expand the data collection and reporting requirements under its proposed rule to implement changes to Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Protection Act. The CFPB’s proposal would expand the data collection and reporting requirements in the small business lending market to include women-owned and minority-owned small businesses. The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders (...
December 22, 2021
79 Groups Ask CFPB to Provide Much Needed Oversight for Emerging Credit Products WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Center for Responsible Lending, Consumer Federation of America, National Consumer Law Center, Student Borrower Protection Center, and 75 additional organizations called for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Rohit Chopra to carefully examine fintech credit products and fee models that are evading consumer protection laws and creating debt traps for consumers. Read their letter. The groups applauded the CFPB for its recent inquiry into five large buy now, pay later...

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