California Statute Permits Unlicensed "Small Dollar" Lending By Some Nonprofits

On the eve of the Great Depression, the United States Bureau of Printing and Engraving made a big change by introducing small bills.  The Bureau reduced the size of bills by about 30% to save money on ink and paper - the downsizing allowed 12 bills...

For Finance Lenders, The Times They Are A-Changing

The California Financing Law (fka Finance Lenders Law) requires that persons engaged in the business of making loans be licensed by the Department of Financial Protection & Innovation (fka Department of Business Oversight fka Department of...

DBO Proposes To Transition All CFL Licensees To NMLS

The State Regulatory Registry LLC, an affiliate of the Conference of State Banking Supervisors, developed and operates the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS).  In 2008, Congress enacted the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage...

DBO Seeks Comments On Commercial Loan Disclosure Rules

This September, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1235 (Stats. 2018, Ch. 1011) into law.  In a nutshell, SB 1235 adds a new division to the Financial Code imposing specific loan disclosure requirements on providers of commercial financings.  These...

California Will Soon Require Novel Disclosure Requirements Providers Of Commercial Financings

In February, I noted the introduction of a bill that would require any person engaged in the business of commercial financing to provide specified disclosures to prospective borrowers.  On September 30, Governor Brown signed the bill, SB 1235, into...

Watch Out, Small Commercial Lending Might Soon Become A lot More Complicated!

Way back in February, I wrote about a bill, SB 1235, that would impose specific disclosure requirements on persons engaged in the business of commercial financing.  In the ensuing months, the bill was amended eight times, including three amendments...

Supreme Court Shows No Deference To The DBO

For U.S. Supreme Court followers, a hot topic is whether the Court will continue to apply "Chevron deference".  Under Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, 467 U.S. 837 (1984), a court will uphold an agency's interpretation of...

California Supreme Court Empowers The DBO And The Courts To Regulate Interest Rates

Section 22303 of the California Financial Code establishes the maximum interest rates applicable to loans less than $2,500.  The preceding section incorporates by reference the general Civil Code provision about contract unconscionability, Section...

Has The DBO Misstated This Statute?

The California Department of Business Oversight administers and enforces the California Financing Law (fka Finance Lenders Law).  Visitors to the DBO's website will find a basic description of the CFL, including the following statement:

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