Author Archives: Mike Landis

Update on the claims process in the Equifax data breach litigation

Yesterday, Tara Siegel Bernard of the New York Times published a story providing an update on the claims process in the Equifax data breach litigation. The deadline to file initial claims was January 22, 2020. She reports that as of December 1, 2019, “just more than 10 percent of the consumers affected had filed for […]

Seventh Circuit: Student Loan Borrowers Can Sue Servicers Under State Consumer Protection Laws

Yesterday, a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion in Nelson v. Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc. in which it concluded that the federal Higher Education Act (HEA) does not preempt state law claims against student loan servicers. The case involves a student loan borrower who brought a […]

Anticipating the CFPB’s Debt Collection Rules

Reporter Renae Merle has a story up at the Washington Post about the debt collection rules that the CFPB is expected to unveil “in a few weeks.” The story was prompted, in part, by a recent speech given by CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger during which she “laid out a business-friendly vision for the CFPB.” The […]

“Dormant: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Law Enforcement Program in Decline”

That’s the title of a new report from Chris Peterson at the Consumer Federation of America. According to the executive summary: This study analyzes whether the CFPB, under the Trump Administration, is delivering on its statutory law enforcement objectives and stated commitments to take aggressive action in the area of consumer law enforcement, particularly where […]

New Report from U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group on Auto Lending

Today, my colleagues at U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group released a new report, “Driving Into Debt: The Hidden Cost of Risky Auto Loans to Consumers and Our Communities.” According to the executive summary (emphasis in original): In much of America, access to a car is all but required to hold a job […]

Important Decision from the Illinois Supreme Court Protecting Consumer Privacy

Can a consumer sue if a company took that consumer’s biometric information without first getting the consumer’s informed consent? Yes, said the Illinois Supreme Court in a January 25, 2019 unanimous opinion in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. This decision is a clear win for consumer privacy. (Disclosure: I served as co-counsel on an […]

Holding Facebook Accountable

According to a recent story from Tony Romm and Elizabeth Dwoskin at the Washington Post, “U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook” for violating a 2011 consent decree that settled charges that Facebook deceived consumers with regard to its privacy policies and practices. In March 2018, the Federal Trade Commission […]

CFPB to Settle Auto Finance Claims Against Santander

Reuters is reporting that the CFPB and Santander have reached a settlement regarding allegations that the auto finance lender misled borrowers about the cost of auto loans and related GAP insurance policies. According to the story, Santander has “agreed to pay a fine and strengthen its consumer protections,” but the size of the fine is […]

Total U.S. Household Debt Rises for the 16th Straight Quarter

Last week, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York issued its quarterly report on U.S. household debt and credit. It found that—for the 16th straight quarter—aggregate household debt balances increased in the second quarter of 2018. Debt from mortgage loans, auto loans, and credit cards increased, while outstanding student loan debt decreased. On the bright […]

“‘Too Little Too Late’: Bankruptcy Booms Among Older Americans”

Yesterday, the New York Times ran a distressing story by personal finance reporter Tara Siegel Bernard about the increasing rate of people 65 and older filing for bankruptcy protection. The story relies on a study that was recently released by professors Deborah Thorne of the University of Idaho, Pamela Foohey of the Indiana University Maurer School […]