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Director Cordray’s Op-Ed Disregards Many Inconvenient Facts

In an op-ed published in today’s New York Times, CFPB Director Richard Cordray argues against congressional repeal of the agency’s final arbitration rule by “correcting the record.” He contends that the CFPB’s March 2015...more

Alleged FCRA Violation Sufficiently Concrete for Article III Standing, Ninth Circuit Holds in Spokeo II

On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has held in Spokeo v. Robins that an alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violation was sufficiently concrete to support Article III...more

California Supreme Court to Decide Key Finance Lender Law Usury and Unconscionability Issue

Although the California Finance Lenders Law (the CFLL) does not limit the interest rates that may be charged on loans of $2,500 or more, Section 22302 of the law expressly states that loans made under the CFLL may be held...more

CFPB warns consumers about debt relief/settlement companies

Last week, the CFPB published a blog post with tips for consumers facing a cash flow emergency. We were glad to see that the blog post included a warning to consumers about debt relief or settlement companies. ...more

More speculation about Director Cordray’s resignation

On July 20, we reported that Director Cordray is scheduled to give a speech at the September 4 Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic.  Assuming the speculation that Director Cordray plans to run for Ohio governor is accurate,...more

Sixth Circuit: Firm's Post-Foreclosure Conduct Does Not Violate FDCPA

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against a foreclosure firm—Reimer, Arnovitz, Chernek & Jeffrey (the Reimer firm)—under the Fair Debt Collection Practices...more

FDCPA Bona Fide Error Defense Did Not Protect Debt Collector Despite Following Controlling Precedent, En Banc Seventh Circuit...

In a 7-4 en banc decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that the bona fide error defense in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) did not protect a debt collector who complied with...more

Why David Silberman, the CFPB’s Acting Deputy Director, will not succeed Richard Cordray (if and when he resigns)

On July 31, I published a blog post in which I suggested that, if Director Cordray resigns, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin would be the obvious and logical person to serve as CFPB Acting Director until President Trump nominates,...more

Senate bill introduced to override Madden decision

Democratic Senator Mark Warner has introduced a bill, S.1642, that would override the Second Circuit’s decision in Madden v. Midland Funding. (In Madden, the Second Circuit ruled that a nonbank that purchases loans from a...more

State AGs urge Senate rejection of CRA resolution to disapprove CFPB arbitration rule

A group of 19 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia attorney general have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer expressing the AGs’ “strong...more

Acting Comptroller passes on FSOC challenge to CFPB arbitration rule

In a statement released today, Acting Comptroller Keith Noreika announced that he will not petition the Financial Stability Oversight Council to stay the effective date of the CFPB’s final arbitration rule....more

Can President Trump appoint an Acting Director upon Director Cordray’s departure?

Given the speculation that Director Cordray will soon resign to run for Ohio governor, we have been pondering whether President Trump could appoint an Acting Director upon his resignation or whether David Silberman, the...more

House passes H.J. Res. 111 to override CFPB arbitration rule

Yesterday afternoon, the House of Representatives, by a 231-190 partisan vote, passed H.J. Res. 111 which provides for Congressional disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) of the CFPB’s final arbitration rule...more

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

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