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David Anthony handles litigation against consumer financial services businesses and other highly regulated companies across the United States. He is a strategic thinker who balances his extensive litigation experience with practical business advice to solve companies’ hardest problems.

On January 13, a coalition of 39 state attorneys general — led by AGs from Pennsylvania, Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts, and California — reached a settlement with student loan servicer Navient over allegedly unfair, deceptive, and abusive student loan origination and servicing practices. The $1.8 billion settlement will undoubtedly draw eyes, but perhaps just as important

On July 1, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released a FCRA Tenant Screening Enforcement Compliance Bulletin, outlining its enforcement focus areas as the country transitions to a post-pandemic rental market. The Bureau states that it “intends to look carefully at the accuracy and dispute-handling practices of [consumer reporting agencies “CRAs”] that

A federal court in Michigan recently ruled that out-of-state residents have standing to sue under the Michigan Personal Privacy Protection Act (PPPA). In Lin v. Crain Communications, Inc., Case No. 2:19-cv-11889 (E.D. Mich., June 25, 2019), Gary Lin, a Virginia resident, filed a putative class-action lawsuit against Crain Communications, Inc. (Crain), a Michigan-based publishing

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and SettleIt, Inc., an online debt-settlement company, have agreed to settle “abusiveness” claims for $1.4 million.

In an April 13 complaint filed in a California federal court, the CFPB detailed SettleIt’s business practices and alleged SettleIt concealed information from its customers. SettleIt negotiates with creditors to reduce and settle

On March 31, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) announced it is rescinding its April 1, 2020 policy statement regarding the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Regulation V following the enactment of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This recission is effective April 1.

Background

On March 27,

On March 24, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) provided the Consumer Response 2020 Annual Report (CFPB Report) to Congress. The CFPB Report reflects complaints submitted by consumers to the CFPB and analyzes those complaints.

In 2020, the CFPB saw a 54% rise in complaints from 2019 — with the total number increasing from 352,400

We have long predicted that just as other states followed California in passing breach notification laws, states would follow in California’s footsteps in regulating information privacy practices with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), which was later amended by the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA).[1] The Virginia state legislature recently

On February 22, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), joined by the attorneys general for Virginia, Massachusetts, and New York (States), filed suit against Libre by Nexus, Inc. (Libre). The suit alleges that Libre, an immigration bond services business, engaged in deceptive and abusive acts or practices in connection with its offer of credit to

In a recently filed Form 10-K, PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PayPal) announced that it received a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on January 21 “related to Venmo’s unauthorized funds transfers and collections processes, and related matters.” PayPal owns and operates Venmo as part of its digital wallet portfolio.

While

In a statement recently disseminated to all Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) personnel, Acting Director Dave Uejio set forth new priorities for the CFPB’s Supervision, Enforcement, and Fair Lending Division (SEFL), specifically around providing COVID-19 relief to consumers and racial equity.

In the statement, Uejio communicated his belief that “strong oversight” can make a