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29 Nov 2012, 10:29 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern A new Fannie Mae survey reports that nearly half of lower-income respondents and more than a third of higher-income respondents obtain quotes from only one mortgage lender.  The survey also confirms findings in other reports that "a substantial portion of all consumers do not understand key mortgage elements. [read post]
8 Jul 2012, 11:27 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern We have previously blogged about the CFPB's Credit Card Database (here, here,  and here).  [read post]
9 Apr 2010, 3:34 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern The rules in question extended the HOEPA loan protections to more subprime loans. [read post]
12 Feb 2010, 12:37 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Ed Mierzwinski of the excellent US PIRG Consumer Blog has a mind-boggling piece in the Huffington Post about an ad opposing the financial regulatory bill the House passed in December that would, among other things, create a Consumer Financial Protection Agency.  [read post]
15 Mar 2011, 11:40 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern As we noted a couple of weeks ago, the House of Representatives voted to cut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's budget.  [read post]
2 Aug 2011, 11:31 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern I have been remiss in not drawing readers' attention to the very interesting and informative Ballard Spahr blog on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB Monitor,  which started up last month.  [read post]
15 Dec 2010, 12:07 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern The Republican Commissioners on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission have issued their preliminary findings and conclusions on the causes of the financial crisis in a document titled “Financial Crisis Primer: Questions and Answers on the Causes of the Financial Crisis.”  [read post]
28 May 2010, 9:50 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Last week at the University of Houston's Teaching Consumer Law Conference (presided over by fellow-blogger Richard Alderman) I spoke about the House and Senate Consumer Financial Protection Agency (or Bureau) bills and their differences and similarities.  [read post]
27 Oct 2010, 9:03 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Today's Times has an interesting article, Adviser to Consumer Agency Had Role in Lending, about CFPB hiring (or perhaps, more accurately, Treasury hiring for what will become the CFPB).  [read post]
27 Jun 2010, 5:09 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern I haven't read the conference Dodd-Frank bill yet, so take this with a grain of salt, but judging by Gretchen Morgenson's column in today's Times, it is a long way from a complete victory for consumers. [read post]
8 Jan 2018, 10:35 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern A fitting honor for John "Andy" Spanogle, whom I have come to know as co-author of our consumer law casebook. [read post]
20 Jun 2011, 7:00 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern We posted last week on a piece in the Times that mentioned a debt collector using a pseudonym; here is my letter in the Times on that issue. [read post]
14 Jun 2017, 5:52 pm by Adam Levitin
Jeff Sovern has an excellent new article about arbitration clauses and class action waivers that uses the Wells Fargo fake account scandal as a test case. [read post]
3 Sep 2012, 5:38 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern We have blogged many times about the Republican call for the CFPB to have a commission-structure, rather than a director (see, for example, here).  [read post]
27 Feb 2011, 3:11 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Kevin Jon Heller of the Opinio Juris blog has a post about the troublesome practice of using UDAP statutes against book authors and publishers in connection with the content of their books.  [read post]