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House likely to pass H.J. Res. 111 today to override CFPB Arbitration Rule

Yesterday at 5:00 p.m., the House Rules Committee, by a 9-4 partisan vote, reported a rule on H.J. Res. 111 with a recommendation that the resolution be adopted. H.J. Res. 111 provides for Congressional disapproval under the...more

Acting Comptroller Noreika confirms continued OCC interest in SPNB charter proposal for fintech companies; our thoughts on the...

Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika, in remarks on July 19 to the Exchequer Club, confirmed that the OCC is continuing to consider its proposal to allow financial technology (fintech) companies to apply for a...more

Acting Comptroller reacts to Director Cordray’s latest response; final arbitration rule published in Federal Register

In a letter dated July 18, 2017 to Acting Comptroller Noreika purporting to respond to Acting Comptroller Noreika’s July 17 letter, Director Cordray continued to question how there could be “any plausible basis for [Acting...more

Director Cordray continues to doubt that safety and soundness concerns are raised by the final arbitration rule

The letter-writing war between Director Cordray and Acting Comptroller Keith Noreika continues. Director Cordray sent a letter dated July 18, 2017 to Acting Comptroller Noreika in which he purports to respond to Acting...more

CFPB final arbitration rule to be published in Federal Register on July 19

The CFPB final arbitration rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register today, July 19. The rule’s effective date will be the 60th day after publication and the compliance date will be March 19, 2018. Based...more

Nevada Enacts Multiple Laws Affecting Consumer Finance

Nevada is rolling out a slate of legislation affecting consumer finance, including a measure to protect consumers’ privacy online and programs aimed at mitigating their risk of foreclosure. Here is a list of measures recently...more

Acting Comptroller asks Director Cordray to delay publication of CFPB final arbitration rule

Keith Noreika, the Acting Comptroller of the Currency, has sent a letter dated July 17 to Director Cordray asking him to delay publication of the CFPB’s final arbitration rule in the Federal Register. The July 17 letter...more

NYDFS Updates FAQs to Clarify Cybersecurity Regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) recently updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its cybersecurity regulations, 23 NYCRR 500, to address four new issues. NYDFS published its initial set of FAQs...more

Professor Sovern unfairly criticizes Senator Cotton’s stance on CFPB final arbitration rule

Recently, Professor Jeff Sovern criticized Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas for announcing that he would seek to block the CFPB’s final arbitration rule using the Congressional Review Act. Professor Sovern quoted Senator...more

Director Cordray responds to Acting Comptroller’s arbitration rule letter raising safety and soundness concerns

Director Corday has sent a letter to Keith Noreika, the Acting Comptroller of the Currency, responding to Mr. Noreika’s July 10 letter in which he stated that OCC staff had expressed safety and soundness concerns arising from...more

The Financial Stability Oversight Council: another potential route for overturning the CFPB’s final arbitration rule

In addition to the passage of legislation amending the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA), disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, and a legal challenge filed in court, a fourth potential route for stopping the CFPB’s final...more

Justice Department Settles with Michigan Credit Union for Violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week that it reached an agreement with Michigan-based COPOCO Community Credit Union to settle a lawsuit alleging that the credit union violated the Servicemembers Civil...more

Lawmakers announce plans to use CRA to overturn CFPB arbitration rule

Two Republican Senators, Mike Crapo (who chairs the Banking Committee) and Tom Cotton (a Banking Committee member), have announced plans to draft a resolution of disapproval to overturn the CFPB’s final arbitration rule under...more

The CFPB’s arbitration rule video: education or lobbying?

In a new video posted on its website entitled “CFPB’s New Arbitration Rule: Take Action Together,” the CFPB tells consumers that arbitration agreements prevent them from joining together to hold companies accountable for...more

CFPB issues final rule prohibiting class action waivers in consumer arbitration agreements

The CFPB announced yesterday that it has issued a final rule that prohibits covered providers of certain consumer financial products and services from using an agreement with a consumer that provides for arbitration of any...more

CFPB Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Class Action Waivers in Consumer Arbitration Agreements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) yesterday announced that it has issued a final rule that prohibits covered providers of certain consumer financial products and services from using an agreement with a consumer...more

CFPB “embargoed press call” today portends release of final arbitration rule

The CFPB is holding an “embargoed press call” today at 2 p.m. ET “to announce consumer protections.”  We are virtually certain that the “consumer protections” to be announced by the CFPB will be the release of its final...more

What the D.C. Circuit decision vacating stay of EPA rule could mean for final CFPB arbitration and payday loan rules

I recently blogged about the rumor I heard from a reliable source that the CFPB will issue a final arbitration rule by the end of July. That rumor appears to be gaining traction, with a major industry trade group telling its...more

SCOTUS denies petition for certiorari in case asserting recess appointment defense to CFPB enforcement action

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari in CFPB v. Chance Edward Gordon, a case filed by the CFPB in 2012 that alleged the defendant had duped consumers by falsely promising loan modifications in...more

Sixth Circuit Holds That Court-Ordered Service by Publication Does Not Violate the FDCPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against Midland Funding, LLC (Midland), and its collection law firm under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)....more

California anti-arbitration law nears passage

California’s legislative effort to allow consumers to sue financial institutions for fraud even though they have agreed to arbitrate such disputes passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee this week and is expected to pass the...more

Second Circuit Holds That TCPA Does Not Permit Unilateral Revocation of Consent Obtained Contractually

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently held, in Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) "does not permit a consumer to revoke its consent to be...more

Will he or will he not issue the arbitration rule?

I have previously expressed serious doubt whether Director Cordray will issue a final arbitration rule. In the CFPB’s last semi-annual regulatory agenda issued last year, the CFPB stated that the arbitration rule would be...more

DOJ, reversing course, opposes NLRB ban on class action waivers

In an unusual turn-about, the U.S. Justice Department has reconsidered its earlier position in a set of closely watched arbitration cases that the Supreme Court will decide next term and filed an amicus brief supporting the...more

West Virginia Supreme Court Sides with Debt Collector

The West Virginia Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a debt collector in an action alleging a violation of West Virginia’s Consumer Credit and Protection Act. In its June 12 decision, the court held that call volume,...more

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