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October 16, 2018
DURHAM, N.C. – A new Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) policy analysis calls for the State of New Jersey to protect student borrowers from abusive practices in the face of weakening federal protections. New Jersey, which ranked sixth in the nation for the level of debt carried by 2017 graduates, can take concrete steps to protect their citizens from the worst impacts of a student loan crisis that is rocking the nation. CRL is releasing the report as part of the New Jersey Citizen Education Fund’s 9th Annual Financial Reform Summit being held today in Newark....
October 5, 2018
Payday Loan Sharks are Allied with New Leadership at the CFPB in Trying to Stop Consumer Safeguards WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalizing its rule to stop payday and car-title debt traps. It is the first-ever federal rule of its kind and came after more than five and a half years of development, as shown in this interactive timeline. At the heart of the rule is the common sense and widely-supported principle that lenders check a borrower’s ability to repay before issuing a loan. The Center for Responsible...
October 3, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A breaking news report from The New York Times exposes even more racially derogatory remarks from Eric Blankenstein, a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) political appointee handpicked by President Trump and CFPB head Mick Mulvaney to oversee supervision, enforcement, and fair lending. Mr. Blankenstein’s comments are dismissive of racism and show that he is unfit to oversee the agency’s policing of discrimination. The Center for Responsible Lending’s Senior Legislative Counsel Yana Miles issued the following statement: Mr. Blankenstein must be removed from...
October 3, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Education publicly announced that it would miss a November 1 deadline to issue new rules to replace Obama-administration rules known as Borrower Defense to Repayment and Gainful Employment. Under Secretary DeVos, the Department had sought to delay, suspend, and rewrite the rules designed to protect students and hold career and technical colleges accountable. The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and other students and advocates were deeply concerned about the Department’s new proposals, which significantly weakened oversight and recourse for...
October 2, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services introduced a bill to reverse the Trump Administration’s anti-consumer agenda. The Consumers First Act, (H.R. 6972) proposes legislative remedies to restore to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): Full supervisory and enforcement powers in the Bureau’s fair lending office; Prior interagency agreements that promote effective coordination among governmental offices; Adequate CFPB staffing in its enforcement and supervisory positions to effectively...
September 28, 2018
Center for Responsible Lending warns policymakers against giving companies a “Get Out of Jail Free” card WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today at approximately 9 a.m. ET, the Center for Responsible Lending’s (CRL) Director of Federal Advocacy, Scott Astrada, will testify before the House Financial Services Committee’s Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee for a hearing entitled: Examining Opportunities for Financial Markets in the Digital Era. In the hearing, the committee and its witnesses will discuss a recent U.S. Department of Treasury report on financial technology (fintech),...
September 26, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, September 28, at approximately 9 a.m. ET, the Center for Responsible Lending’s (CRL) Director of Federal Advocacy, Scott Astrada, will testify before the House Financial Services Committee’s Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee for a hearing entitled: Examining Opportunities for Financial Markets in the Digital Era. In the hearing, the committee and its witnesses will discuss a recent U.S. Department of Treasury report on financial technology (fintech), which was released in July. CRL has heavily criticized the Treasury report because of its...
September 19, 2018
OAKLAND, CALIF. – California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law SB 818, a bill to restore key provisions in California’s landmark “Homeowner’s Bill of Rights” (HBOR) legislation which passed in 2012 in response to the foreclosure crisis. HBOR has prevented thousands of avoidable foreclosures by requiring mortgage loan servicers to engage in timely, fair and transparent process with struggling homeowners before proceeding to foreclosure. The bill’s sponsor is Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose), who introduced the bill after concerns that HBOR has been weakened by the 2017 legislative sunsets...
September 11, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday September 10, 2018, the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), and the National Student Legal Defense Network (NSLDN) filed a brief in the D.C. District Court to advocate on behalf of D.C. in a lawsuit challenging the District’s right to pass laws that better protect residents against the problematic practices of servicing companies that manage student loan repayment. The brief filed in Student Loan Servicing Alliance v. Taylor, et al. urges the court to reject the plaintiff loan...
September 11, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Bank recently rolled out its online Simple Loan product where borrowers can take out loans of $100 to $1,000. The borrower would be required to pay the loan back over three monthly installment payments with an annual percentage rate (APR) of 70% to 88%, well over the 36% APR cap that consumer advocates and civil rights organizations recommend. The 36% finds precedent in the Military Lending Act for loans to military servicemembers and in many state laws. This product marks the first major rollout of a new national bank installment loan product since the OCC’s...

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