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CFPB reflects on 2023 enforcement actions; states upcoming enforcement goals

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On January 29, the CFPB released a blog post on its enforcement actions from 2023, as well as its outlook for 2024.  In 2023, the CFPB reportedly filed 29 enforcement actions and resolved six final orders on previously filed lawsuits. Compensation-wise, the Bureau required entities to pay approximately $3.07 billion in compensation to consumers and nearly $500 million in civil money penalties. The CFPB highlights some key enforcement actions from 2023, such as helping protect servicemembers from loan exploitation, as previously covered in Infobytes here, and taking action against the alleged illegal junk advance fees from credit repair services, also covered in Infobytes here.

Looking forward to 2024, the CFPB stated its intent to increase its capacity. The Bureau’s outlook falls in line with previous comments from a CFPB representative in an FTC panel, covered by InfoBytes here. The blog post provides greater detail, outlining the Bureau’s plans to hire more technology experts to help enforce the law against emerging technologies, as well as expanding its enforcement capacity by adding more attorneys, analysts, paralegals, and economists, among others.