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CFPB creates online form for regulatory questions

The CFPB has created a new online form for obtaining informal staff guidance on questions about CFPB regulations.  A link to the new form appears on the CFPB’s website on the “Compliance and guidance” page....more

House Financial Services Committee details case for contempt proceedings against Director Cordray for failing to comply with...

A report by the majority staff of the House Financial Services Committee concludes that there is a “valid and factual basis” for instituting contempt of Congress proceedings against Director Cordray. The report states that...more

CFPB issues third report on checking account overdraft services and model form prototypes

The CFPB has issued another report on checking account overdraft services, “Data Point: Frequent Overdrafts.” The new report represents the CFPB’s third report dealing with overdraft services. It previously issued a white...more

CFPB July 2017 “special edition” complaint report highlights complaint process

The CFPB’s July 2017 complaint report, which the CFPB calls another “special edition complaint report,” departs from the format of the CFPB’s standard monthly reports. (The CFPB’s June 2017 complaint report was also called a...more

Updated OIG work plan for CFPB adds new project on sharing complaint data

Since our last blog post about the Office of Inspector General’s work plan for the CFPB, the work plan has been updated as of July 1, 2017 to add one new planned project....more

House Financial Services Committee Democratic staff report on CFPB assails Republicans, defends CFPB and arbitration rule

A report prepared by the Democratic staff of the House Financial Services Committee takes aim at Republicans for “attempt[ing] to ensure that the country reverts back to a big bank-oriented regulatory environment and to...more

Trade associations urge Congress to disapprove CFPB arbitration rule

A group of 11 trade associations have sent a letter to members of Congress expressing their “strong disapproval” of the CFPB’s final arbitration rule and urging Congress to pass the resolutions introduced in the House and...more

CFPB issues Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda

The CFPB’s Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda has been published as part of the Spring 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The preamble indicates that the information in the agenda is current as of...more

Republican lawmakers move forward on CRA resolutions to override CFPB arbitration rule

House and Senate Republicans announced yesterday that they are sponsoring Congressional Review Act resolutions to override the CFPB’s final arbitration rule, which was published in the Federal Register. ...more

Speculation heats up over Director Cordray’s departure plans

According to news reports yesterday, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill has told media sources that he was informed by an unnamed mutual friend that Director Corday plans to enter the 2018 Democratic primary for Ohio...more

State bankers associations urge CRA override of CFPB arbitration rule

State bankers associations from all 50 states and Puerto Rico have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer urging them to support efforts to override the CFPB’s final...more

House Appropriations Committee approves bill making CFPB reforms

This past Thursday, by a  vote of 31-21, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill.  In addition to multiple provisions to reform the CFPB,...more

FTC proposes using Internet panel for class action notice study

As part of its “Class Action Fairness Project,” the FTC is seeking comment on its plans to use an Internet panel to conduct research on class action notices. According to the FTC’s Federal Register notice, the project...more

U.S. Chamber to hold July 19 event on CFPB final arbitration rule

This Wednesday, July 19, the U.S. Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness  and U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform will hold an event in Washington, D.C. entitled “CFPB’s Anti-Arbitration Rule: Analysis &...more

CFPB announces new advisory board/council members

The CFPB has announced the following new members to its Consumer Advisory Board, Academic Research Council, Community Bank Advisory Council, and Credit Union Advisory Council. New members to the Consumer Advisory Board and...more

House Financial Services subcommittee to hold July 12 hearing on community financial institution relief; bills to be examined...

On July 12, 2017, a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Examining Legislative Proposals to Provide Targeted Regulatory Relief to Community Financial Institutions.” The...more

CFPB issues eleventh Semi-Annual Report

The CFPB has issued its eleventh Semi-Annual Report to the President and Congress covering the period October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. The 178-page report recycles information from previously-issued CFPB reports and...more

CFPB files contempt motion for failure to comply with CIDs

The CFPB is asking a Michigan federal district court to hold two companies in contempt for failing to comply with civil investigative demands. While the CFPB has filed numerous petitions to enforce a CID, the contempt motion...more

CFPB files proposed stipulated final judgments in actions against credit repair companies and individuals

The CFPB announced that it had simultaneously filed two complaints and corresponding proposed stipulated final judgments in a California federal district court in actions against four credit repair companies and three...more

Trade associations voice support for commission to run CFPB

A group of 22 trade associations sent a letter last week to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees expressing their “strong support” for the creation of a five-member bipartisan...more

CFPB details complaint process at Comply2017 Conference

At the Comply2017 conference held earlier this week in New York City, Scott Steckel, a member of the CFPB’s Office of Consumer Response, gave a presentation in which he detailed the CFPB’s complaint process and how the CFPB...more

Treasury report on U.S. financial system recommends significant CFPB reforms

The report issued earlier this week by the U.S. Treasury Department to President Trump in response to his February 2017 Executive Order 13772, “A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities-Banks and Credit Unions,”...more

CFPB withdraws CID issued to structured settlements purchaser, petition to enforce CID denied as moot

The CFPB’s petition filed in a Pennsylvania federal district court last June to enforce a CID issued to J.G. Wentworth, LLC, a purchaser of structured settlements and annuities, was denied by the court last week as moot. The...more

CFPB May 2017 complaint report highlights complaints from older consumers

The CFPB has issued its May 2017 complaint report highlighting complaints from “older consumers,” who the CFPB defines as consumers who voluntarily reported their age as 62 or older.  The CFPB reports that consumers...more

OIG reports on CFPB’s public website security controls

The Office of Inspector General for the Fed and CFPB has completed a report setting forth its findings from an audit in which it evaluated “selected security controls for protecting the [CFPB’s] consumerfinance.gov website...more

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