Truth In Lending Act

The Truth in Lending Act is liberally construed to protect consumers Burnett v. Ala Moana Pawn Shop, 3 F.3d 1261, 1262 (9th Cir. 1993). Congress enacted the Truth in Lending Act (15 U.S.C. § 1601 et seq. (TILA)) in recognition that uniform credit disclosures would enhance “the competition among the various financial institutions and other firms engaged in the extension of consumer credit,” and “assure a meaningful disclosure of credit terms so that the consumer will be able to compare more readily the various credit terms available to him and avoid the uninformed use of credit.” (15 U.S.C. § 1601(a).) In this regard, TILA protects consumers from inaccurate and unfair credit practices. (Ibid.; (D.N.M.1998) 12 F.Supp.2d 1230, 1232.) To address the problem of buried finance charges, Regulation Z extends TILA’s coverage to all credit transactions ” ‘for which either a finance charge is or may be imposed.’ ” (1974) 12 Cal.3d 915, 920, 117 Cal.Rptr. 541, 528 P.2d 357, citing former 12 C.F.R. § 226.2(k).) TILA’s purposes have led the courts to strictly enforce its requirements as well as those of Regulation Z. 12 F.Supp.2d at p. 1232.)

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