Payday & Title Lending

The FTC File Suit To Crack Down on Abuses by Internet Payday Lenders

09/18/11

I recently presented a paper at the University of San Francisco School of Law, after which Professor Jesse Markham sent me a link about the FTC’s power to regulate payday loans.  I have been a bit fixated on what the CFPB what might be able to do to regulate these products, particularly the entirely unregulated wolrd of internet payday loans (see my brief musings on that topic in the Harvard Business Law Journal), but I had no idea this had also caught the attention of the FTC.

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Minnesota Attorney General Sues 5 Internet Payday Lenders for Automatically Extending Loans

09/07/11

The five lenders, Flobridge Group LLC, Silver Leaf Management and Upfront Payday, all of Utah; and Integrity Advance and Sure Advance LLC,  were each sued separately for violating Minnesota’s small loan laws.  The total U.S. market for Internet payday loans is estimated at $10.8 billion.

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Is it That Hard to Find a Good Payday Loan? One Woman Paid $900 in Finders Fees

07/14/11

Following our prison visit in clinic this past week, we promised to report on a brand new (to us) scam, one involving a company that helps people “find” payday lenders. My student Bridget Mullins reports on it here.

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What Can The CFPB Do To Regulate Payday Lenders?

06/28/11

Even though the CFPB cannot cap interest rates on payday loans, there is still plenty that the CFPB can do to regulate these lenders. But what should the Bureau do? Some of the trickiest aspects of the payday lending issue have nothing to do with interest rates, and everything to do with how the loans are marketed and used.

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