How to Prepare for the End of HAMP

This article highlights steps to take to prepare for the end of HAMP and other Making Home Affordable programs that sunset at the end of 2016. Reference can also be made to Treasury Supplemental Directive 16-02 and 16-03.

Arbitration of Nursing Home Disputes Banned Effective November 28

New arbitration clauses in nursing home and other long-term care contracts are effectively banned, as of November 28, 2016. This is the latest of nine important federal actions limiting arbitration, as described in this article.

Ruling on CFPB’s Unconstitutionality Leaves Agency Intact

The DC Circuit’s October 11 decision in PHH Corp. that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional will have far more limited impact on the agency than one might presume, as explained in this article.

New NCLC Chapter on Criminal Justice Debt

The online version of NCLC’s Collection Actions treatise has added an all-new chapter 10a on representing consumers with criminal justice debt—too often overlooked, but a major problem for millions of Americans. This article describes the chapter’s highlights.

Starting Oct. 3, New Consumer Rights for 3 Million Servicemembers & Dependents

Effective October 3, Department of Defense rules limit interest rates to 36%, prohibit arbitration, and provide strong private remedies for all non-purchase money, closed end credit offered to the country’s 3 million servicemembers and their dependents, as described in this article.

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