Consumer Law Professors Join Forces to Protect the Complaints Database

Professor Amy J. Schmitz joined forces with other consumer law experts Prof. Pamela Foohey of Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Prof. Angela Littwin of University of Texas School of Law to serve as the primary drafters of a response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s request for information regarding the CFPB’s reporting…

Calling for Consumer Protection

In a time when we need consumer protection, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has unfortunately decided to pull back its activities and seek to promote a free market for financial services, according to a new article by Reuters today. The CFPB will release a new strategic plan this week that will detail changes…

CFPB is Fighting the Good Fight

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today announced that its recent work resulted in $14 million in relief to more than 104,000 harmed consumers from January through June 2017. The Press release read in part: “Today’s report, the 16th edition of Supervisory Highlights, covers CFPB supervision activities from January through June 2017, and shares observations…

CFPB Rules

The CFPB is finally issuing its arbitration rule! I have not yet fully read the rule, but the substance seems to say the same as the proposed rule. It doesn’t make arbitration clauses unenforceable, just the use of arbitration clauses to preclude class actions.  Essentially, the press release read in part:   “Today’s rule prohibits…

CFPB warnings regarding college-sponsored accounts

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report raising new concerns about costly fees and risky features often related to certain college-sponsored accounts. The Bureau’s analysis of roughly 500 marketing deals between these schools and large banks found that many deals allow for risky features that can lead students to rack up hundreds…

Understanding Pre-paid cards

Understanding Pre-Paid Cards Many people don’t realize that pre-paid cards and credit cards are not the same thing, although a pre-paid card may have a card network logo (like Visa, MasterCard, Discover, etc.) on it, this card is different from a credit card. When you use a prepaid debit card to make a purchase you…