CFPB Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Signaling Intent to Create Registry of Repeat Offenders

As a further reflection of its recent emphasis on “repeat offenders,” on December 12, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a proposed rule with request for public comment that would require certain nonbank covered entities (with exclusions for insured depository institutions and credit unions) that are under certain final public orders issued by a federal, state, or local agency in connection with the offering or provision of a consumer financial product or service to report the existence of such orders to a CFPB registry. The CFPB would then include all final public written orders and judgments (including consent and stipulated orders and judgments) issued by the CFPB or any government agency for violation of certain consumer protection laws on an online registry. Additionally, larger companies subject to the CFPB’s supervisory authority would be required to designate an individual to attest to whether the firm is adhering to registered law enforcement orders. The CFPB states that it is proposing the rule pursuant to its authority under the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010.

According to the CFPB, the proposed rule’s objectives include:

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