Mere days before Halloween, California enacted California Senate Bill 666, imposing a set of restrictions on the fees that commercial financers may charge their small business customers. Signed by the governor on October 13, the legislation marks an escalation of the state’s regulation of commercial financing. What began as a disclosure-based regime with California’s broad 2018 commercial finance disclosure law (the “CFDL”) has developed into the direct regulation of commercial financing business practices with the affirmative prohibition of charging certain fees to “small businesses.” SB 666 closely follows an August 2023 rulemaking by the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (“DFPI”) targeting unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices (“UDAAPs”) in commercial financing and requiring commercial financers to submit annual reports of their activities to the state.

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