Posts Authored by Maureen C. Flahive

Short-term CFPB director not short on changes to bureau

Interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Mick Mulvaney has not been shy about changing the bureau’s organization and structure during his short tenure on the job. Since he was named acting director in November 2017, Mulvaney has made adjustments within the department aimed at reducing oversight and redundancies, including his recent reorganization of two major offices within the bureau. What those actions will ultimately mean for individual buyers remains to be seen, but there are some potentially significant changes for two large groups of consumers that are worth keeping an eye on over the coming months. Read More >> 

 

Legal Developments

A breath of fresh air: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines updated

In an increasingly online world, financial service providers are tasked with ensuring that their websites can be accessed by all people—regardless of cognitive or physical capabilities. The risks of failure include defense of fair lending claims, given that access to credit (through the internet) should not be denied based on disability. Until the DOJ issues a statement to the contrary, companies avoiding liability and unwanted litigation should aim to fall within the W3C’s guidelines as closely as possible.

To the relief of many, this goal may be more clearly attainable in the wake of the most recent update on June 5, 2018. The W3C issued WCAG 2.1, an updated set of guidelines that builds upon previously established rules and bolsters the organization’s internet accessibility efforts.

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Compliance Management, Legal Developments

Mortgage lenders: The “black hole” has closed

In astronomy, there can be no escape from a black hole. In the world of residential mortgage lending, the CFPB has charted a new course, finally creating an escape from one of TILA/RESPA’s most impracticable rules. On April 26, 2018, the CFPB finalized amendments to “TRID”, its “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule.  

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Consumer Lending and Services