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- May 10, 2017On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the CFPB held a field hearing in Los Angeles focused on the small business lending marketplace. At the hearing, the agency introduced a request for information to learn more about the relationship between small businesses and financial institutions, with specific focus on four topics: 1. What defines a small business; 2. Which institutions lend to small businesses and...May 9, 2017On Tuesday, March 9, 2017, Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith A. Noreika discussed the importance of mutual associations and community banks to the federal banking system during remarks at the meeting of the OCC’s Mutual Savings Association Advisory Committee. At the meeting, Noreika stated, “Federal mutual savings associations are an important segment of the community bank population...May 8, 2017On Monday, May 8, 2017, the OCC issued the “Fiduciary Powers” booklet of the Comptroller’s Licensing Manual. This revised booklet replaces the booklet of the same title issued in June of 2002. The new edition incorporates updated procedures and requirements following the integration of the Office of Thrift Supervision into the OCC in 2011 and the issuance of revised regulations (12 CFR 5),...May 4, 2017On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, the OCC announced Keith Noreika will serve as Acting Comptroller of the Currency, after Thomas Curry steps down on May 5, 2017. Currently a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Mr. Noreika was a partner at Covington & Burling, specializing in banking regulation. He has extensive experience advising banks on operational structuring including compliance with...May 1, 2017On Monday, May 1, 2017, the FDIC released its “Handbook for Organizers of De Novo Institutions,” providing an overview of the business considerations and statutory requirements de novo organizers will face as they work to apply for deposit insurance and establish a new depository institution. This financial institution letter applies to all proposed insured depository institutions. The handbook...April 27, 2017On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the CFPB took action against four online lenders – Golden Valley Lending, Inc., Silver Cloud Financial, Inc., Mountain Summit Financial, Inc., and Majestic Lake Financial, Inc. – for allegedly deceiving consumers by collecting debt not legally owed. In a suit filed in federal court, the CFPB alleged the four lenders could not legally collect on these debts because the...April 27, 2017A CFPB report released Thursday, April 27, 2017, summarized strategies for promoting diversity and inclusion used by mortgage industry participants. The Bureau highlights the business case for diversity along with current approaches and practices used in the mortgage industry, such as establishing buy-in from top leadership, integrating principles of inclusion in recruiting and hiring, and the...April 26, 2017On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the CFPB announced it had entered into a consent order with Security National Automotive Acceptance Company (SNAAC), which had been subject to a previous Bureau enforcement action. In the first order, the Bureau alleged the company engaged in deceptive collection practices against servicemember borrowers who had obtained loans to purchase used vehicles. These...April 26, 2017On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the CFPB announced some student loan and mortgage servicers are violating the law by failing to provide struggling borrowers with legal protections. Agency examiners found some student loan servicers failed to refund charges imposed on borrowers who had been wrongly denied the right to defer payments while enrolled in school. The report also found some mortgage...April 26, 2017On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) filed a lawsuit against the OCC in U.S. District Court to prevent the agency from creating a national bank charter for fintech companies. “The OCC’s action is an unprecedented, unlawful expansion of the chartering authority given to it by Congress for national banks. If Congress had intended it to be used for another...