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Federal Court Dismisses Some, But Not All, Counts by CFPB Against Structured Settlement Factoring Company

Federal Court Dismisses Some, But Not All, Counts by CFPB Against Structured Settlement Factoring Company

A federal district court this month dismissed four of five counts of a complaint brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau against a structured settlement factoring company’s allegedly abusive business practices. The ruling by District Judge J. Frederic Motz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, in Consumer Fin. Proc. Bureau v. Access Funding, L.L.C., Civil No. 16-03759-JFM, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149519 (D.Md. Sept. 13, 2017), lets stand one count concerning allegedly illegal business practices arising…

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Court Rules Against Pension Factoring Company That Challenged Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Authority, Investigation

Court Rules Against Pension Factoring Company That Challenged Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Authority, Investigation

A federal court has upheld the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Board’s structure, and further found that the CFPB’s investigation into a pension factoring company’s business practices was neither overboard nor outside the CFPB’s jurisdiction. In Consumer Fin. Prot. Bureau v. Future Income Payments, LLC, Case No. SACV 17-00303-JLS ((SSx), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80074 (C.D. Cal. May 17, 2017), Judge Josephine L. Staton of the federal district court for the Central District of California granted the CFPB’s petition…

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Factoring Company’s Identity Revealed: Future Income Payments Is the ‘John Doe’ Company Fighting the Consumer Financial Protection Board

Factoring Company’s Identity Revealed: Future Income Payments Is the ‘John Doe’ Company Fighting the Consumer Financial Protection Board

A company that has been fighting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s jurisdiction and authority to issue a civil investigative demand – and did so under the name “John Doe Company” because it said its business would be harmed if its identity were known – has now been revealed. The company is Future Income Payments, LLC. And the CFPB issued its civil investigative demand to look into whether the company violated any federal law in connection with transactions involving pensions, annuities,…

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Warning about Structured Settlement Factoring Transactions

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Warning about Structured Settlement Factoring Transactions

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a “warning” to consumers about structured settlement factoring transactions. The CFPB – which has become more and more involved in seeking to regulate structured settlement factoring, including litigating in two currently-pending lawsuits against structured settlement factoring companies – this month issued the consumer warning about “What should I know before giving up my monthly disability, personal injury or structured settlement payments in exchange for a one-time lump sum payment?” The CFPB’s web…

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Federal Appeals Court’s Dissenting Judge Says CFPB Is Unconstitutional, Would Have Ruled For Secondary Market Company

Federal Appeals Court’s Dissenting Judge Says CFPB Is Unconstitutional, Would Have Ruled For Secondary Market Company

As described here, in a 2-1 opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied a motion for an injunction, pending appeal, against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by a secondary insurance market company, and rejected that company’s argument that the CFPB’s structure violates the U.S. Constitution. The unidentified company had filed a lawsuit (John Doe Company v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, et al., Civil Docket No. 1:17-cv-00049-RC, U.S. Dist. Ct., District of Columbia) against the Consumer…

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D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects Secondary Market Company’s Constitutional Challenge to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects Secondary Market Company’s Constitutional Challenge to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

A federal appellate court has rejected a secondary market company’s constitutional challenge to the federal  Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s authority to investigate the company. The opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Doe Co. v. Cordray, No. 17-5206 (D.C. Cir. Mar. 3, 2017) – decided with two judges in the majority, and one dissenting – is one of the latest developments in multiple fronts alleging that the actions or authority of the Consumer Financial…

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J.G. Wentworth Cites New Opinion to Argue CFPB Lacks Authority

J.G. Wentworth Cites New Opinion to Argue CFPB Lacks Authority

As described in previous Secondary Insurance Market Blog posts (such as those here, here and here), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has sought to investigate structured settlement factoring company J.G. Wentworth, which argued that the CFPB lacked authority to conduct such an investigation. In the lawsuit brought by the CFPB to enforce its investigation, J.G. Wentworth recently cited a new opinion as supplemental authority in its arguments. In a filing with the court last week, J.G. Wentworth cited CFPB v. Harbour…

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More News Reports Describe CFPB Lawsuit, Reactions

More News Reports Describe CFPB Lawsuit, Reactions

The Consumer Protection Financial Bureau’s lawsuit against factoring company Access Funding, alleging violations of federal law in connection with structured settlement factoring transactions between the company and Maryland residents, has led to a number of news reports and other articles describing both the litigation and some reactions. Here is a sample of the media pieces and what they say: Federal Watchdog Sues Md. Company Over Lead Paint Settlements, Baltimore Sun (available here), which reports on how the CFPB lawsuit followed an…

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Washington Post Continues Reports on Structured Settlement Factoring with Story About Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Lawsuit

Washington Post Continues Reports on Structured Settlement Factoring with Story About Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Lawsuit

As described here, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed a lawsuit against Access Funding and other defendants, alleging violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act in connection with structured settlement factoring transactions involving Maryland payees. The lawsuit is the latest in a series of developments that can be traced back to an August, 2015 front-page investigative news story by The Washington Post. The Post, which has published a number of stories about allegedly abusive practices by structured settlement factoring companies,…

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sues Factoring Company Over Structured Settlement Transfer Deals, Alleges Violation of Federal Law

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sues Factoring Company Over Structured Settlement Transfer Deals, Alleges Violation of Federal Law

In the latest development involving structured settlement factoring transactions that have come under scrutiny in Maryland since 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed suit against factoring company Access Funding, LLC, alleging that the company engaged in unfair and deceptive practices that are prohibited by federal law. The transactions involve Maryland structured settlement payees who agreed to sell structured settlement payment rights to Access Funding companies in the past five years, and whose deals were approved by court orders in…

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