Groups Commend Freddie Mac Ban on Mandatory Arbitration

WASHINGTON, DC, December 9, 2003 -- Consumer, civil rights and lending groups today hailed Freddie Mac's recent decision to ban mandatory arbitration clauses from all subprime loans it purchases. The groups include AARP, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), NAACP, Consumer Federation of America (CFA), National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TLPJ), US Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG)

CRL's Brown Tells Congress State Predatory Lending Laws Working

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- State predatory lending laws, including North Carolina's first-of-its-kind legislation targeting abusive home mortgage terms, are working to protect consumers while not drying up the availability of credit to low-income borrowers, according to testimony delivered to Congress today by Self-Help Credit Union Senior Vice President George Brown, who also is spokesperson of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). Brown also told those attending a joint hearing of the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and the Subcommittee

Groups Oppose OCC Preemption of State Anti-Predatory Lending Laws

DURHAM, NC -- Siding with groups of state officials such as the Conference of State Banking Supervisors, National Association of Attorneys General, and National Governors Association, a diverse group of leading civil rights and consumer organizations called on the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today to withdraw its controversial proposal to preempt application of state anti-predatory lending laws to national banks and their subsidiaries. According to their comment letter , signed by organizations such as ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), Center

UNC Studies Impact of NC Predatory Lending Law

Listen to UNC study telenews event (RealAudio) Download the original 2003 report (PDF) CHAPEL HILL, NC -- The nation's first anti-predatory lending law -- the North Carolina statewide measure that took effect nearly three years ago on July 1, 2000 -- has significantly reduced harmful refinance loans containing abusive terms while not limiting access to subprime credit for homebuyers and low-credit score borrowers, according to a report by the Center for Community Capitalism (CCC) at the University of North Carolina (UNC). The UNC report revealed that loans in North Carolina containing

Groups Call on Fed to Curb Fee-Based Overdraft Programs

DURHAM, NC. -- Calling fee-based overdraft programs now being used by 1,000 banks and other financial institutions "a hidden and unfair tax on the most vulnerable depositors," 54 national advocacy groups -- including the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), National Community Reinvestment Coalition, National Consumer Law Center and ACORN -- are calling on the Federal Reserve Board to implement minimum disclosure and consumer protections for fee-based overdraft charges and "free checking" accounts. The Center for Responsible Lending also issued a consumer warning alerting consumers to the

N.C. Predatory Lending Law Saves Borrowers $100 Million

Download the full report (PDF) DURHAM, N.C. -- North Carolina's 1999 landmark anti-predatory lending law, the first of its kind in the country, saved consumers at least $100 million in predatory lending costs in its first year without drying up the availability of subprime credit for low-income borrowers in the state, according to a new study released today by the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending. Based on review of over 28 million home loans in all 50 states between 1998-2000 reported to federal regulators under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), the study found that: The law

Advocacy Groups, Attorneys General Back Rule Change To Combat Predatory Lending

More than 200 national advocacy groups including the Coalition for Responsible Lending, AARP, Consumers Union, ACORN, NAACP, Consumer Federation of America, National League of Cities and National Council of La Raza joined 44 state Attorneys General in supporting an Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) proposed rule change that would help prevent a predatory lending practice that costs 500,000 American homeowners $1.3 billion in lost equity every year. The advocacy groups, representing more than 50 million Americans, jointly signed a letter to OTS Director James E. Gilleran supporting a change to

Predatory Lending Annual Toll is $9.1 Billion

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 25 -- The North Carolina-based Coalition for Responsible Lending (CRL) today released a major new report showing that predatory lending practices cost U.S. borrowers an estimated $9.1 billion annually. The U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee is to hold hearings on July 26-27th on predatory lending abuses and possible reforms. Spokesman Martin Eakes will testify before the committee, urging it to curb mortgage lending practices that were addressed in North Carolina's landmark predatory lending legislation, enacted in 1999. The Coalition was a driving