According to the press release, "the proposed rule would:
- Prohibit credit card issuers from charging penalty fees (including late payment fees and fees for exceeding the credit limit) that exceed the dollar amount associated with the consumer's violation of the account terms. For example, card issuers would no longer be permitted to charge a $39 fee when a consumer is late making a $20 minimum payment. Instead the fee could not exceed $20.
- Ban inactivity fees, such as fees based on the consumer's failure to use the account to make new purchases.
- Prevent issuers from charging multiple penalty fees based on a single late payment or other violation of the account terms.
- Require credit card issuers to inform consumers of the reasons for increases in rates.
- Require issuers that have increased rates since January 1, 2009 to evaluate whether the reasons for the increase have changed and, if appropriate, to reduce the rate."
Below is a link to the press release and the proposed rule.