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Earthquake advocates sued by 17 former clients

A company that took multiple claims against the Earthquake Commission (EQC) and insurance companies on behalf of earthquake victims is being sued itself.

Claims Resolution Service Ltd (CRS), previously headed by high profile businessman Bryan Staples, is being sued in the High Court in Christchurch by 17 complainants, represented by class action specialist Grant Cameron, of GCA Lawyers. 

Staples developed a reputation for taking an aggressive approach on behalf of earthquake claimants and was not shy to file legal action against EQC and insurance companies before settlements were finalised.

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This led to insurance companies claiming the court system was being used as a bargaining tool in settlement negotiations and to encourage grossly unrealistic expectations in claimants.

Consumer Bureau Highlights That It Has Taken Enforcement Actions Under Mulvaney

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday released its first enforcement  highlights report  under acting Director Mick Mulvaney, drawing attention to fixes made by lending companies to bring themselves into compliance with consumer law.

The findings addressed automobile loan servicing, credit cards, debt collection, mortgage servicing, payday lending and small business lending largely from December 2017 to May 2018.

Coming as Mulvaney’s agenda has been derided by  consumer advocacy groups  as pro-corporate, the report “shares information regarding general supervisory and examination findings, communicates operational changes to the bureau’s supervisory program and provides information on recent bureau final rules.”

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Under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act, the bureau is authorized to supervise banks and credit unions with more than $10 billion in assets, as well as certain nonbanks.  The new iteration of a regular report noted that “institutions are subject only to the requirements of relevant laws and regulations,” and CFPB does not “impose any new or different legal requirements.”

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