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CFPB Moves to Eliminate Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses, but Congress Looks to Keep the Rule Off the Books

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) unveiled a long-awaited and highly contentious final rule to severely curtail the scope of arbitration clauses in consumer financial contracts. While the rule...more

House Financial Services Committee Plans Major Changes to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

One of the cornerstones of the Republican platform during the 2016 elections was to undertake a major overhaul of the Dodd-Frank Act, the landmark Obama-era law that spurred over 22,000 pages of new regulations and...more

Unified Republican Government Likely to Ax Dozens of Regulations

Next year will mark the first time in over a decade that Republicans will control both chambers of Congress and the White House. This has generated tremendous interest around the Congressional Review Act (CRA)—a rarely used...more

Brownstein's 2016 Post Election Outlook

Friends and colleagues - In what some are billing as the biggest upset in American political history, Donald Trump defied pundits and pollsters and won a convincing victory Tuesday over Secretary Hillary Clinton. White...more

CFPB Releases Proposed Rule Restricting Arbitration Clauses

As expected, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) used today’s field hearing in Albuquerque, N.M. to roll out a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would significantly limit companies’ ability to use...more

The CFPB Is Watching Online Marketplace Lending—So Should You

On March 7, 2016, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that its complaint database would now accept complaints from consumers encountering problems with loans from online marketplace lenders. According to...more

NLRB Establishes New Joint Employer Test

On Aug 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) dramatically revised its test for the joint employer doctrine, under which two or more companies, even if not affiliated, may be held liable for each other’s labor...more

2015 Washington Outlook

In this issue: - Congressional Outlook - Senate Committees - House Committees - Excerpt from Congressional Outlook: Deadlines, Expirations, and Important Dates in 2015 - As the 114th...more

Johnson and Crapo Release Housing Finance Reform Proposal

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) recently released the highly anticipated text from their housing finance reform proposal. As expected, the 442-page proposal—officially...more

2014 Washington Outlook

In this issue: - Overview - Tax Reform Outlook - Immigration Outlook - Health Care Outlook - Telecommunications Outlook - Energy Outlook - Financial Services Outlook -...more

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