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Some suggested questions for Director Cordray’s expected appearance at April 5 House hearing

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On April 5, 2017, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing, “The 2016 Semi-Annual Reports of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.” Since Director Cordray has appeared at all of the...more

Consumer advocates are split on whether Director Cordray should finalize arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Monday, during “The CFPB Speaks” panel I moderated that was part of the Practicing Law Institute’s 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute in Manhattan, Diane Thompson, Deputy Assistant Director of the CFPB’s...more

Cordray’s CNBC interview answers few questions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Recently, Richard Cordray was interviewed by CNBC while eating breakfast at a diner in his hometown in Ohio.  The interview was more noteworthy for what it failed to cover than for what it covered.  He was not asked the...more

Election results portend significant changes for CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As a result of Donald J. Trump’s election as President, coupled with the Democrats’ failure to wrest control of the House or Senate from the Republicans, the CFPB can be expected to undergo significant changes that are likely...more

Bi-partisan Congressmen seek arbitration safe harbor allowing class action waivers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Republican Congressman Randy Neugebauer, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, and Democratic Congressman W. Lacy Clay, the Subcommittee’s Ranking...more

House Committee approves Dodd-Frank replacement bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

By a vote of 30-26 earlier this week, the House Financial Services Committee approved the “The Financial CHOICE Act of 2016” (H.R. 5983), the bill released in July 2016 by Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling to replace the...more

Democratic lawmakers urge adoption of CFPB arbitration proposal

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A total of 102 Democratic lawmakers, consisting of 37 Democratic Senators joined by Independent Senator Bernie Sanders and 65 House members, have signed on to letters sent to Director Cordray expressing support for the CFPB’s...more

House approves FY 2017 appropriations bill containing curbs on CFPB authority

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

By a vote of 239-185, the House of Representatives has approved a fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill that contains various provisions intended to curb the CFPB’s authority. Those provisions would fund the CFPB through the...more

Text of Dodd-Frank replacement bill released

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last month, Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, released a summary of “The Financial CHOICE Act,” a bill to replace the Dodd-Frank Act. The summary indicated that the...more

Congressman Hensarling’s Dodd-Frank replacement bill to include CFPB reforms

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee Chairman, released a summary of a bill to replace the Dodd-Frank Act.  The bill is entitled “The Financial CHOICE Act,” with “CHOICE”...more

House FY 2017 appropriations bill would curb CFPB authority, require another arbitration study

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill approved last week by the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee includes the following provisions intended...more

House Financial Services Committee Scrutinizes Basis of Proposed CFPB Arbitration Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Wednesday May 18, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing entitled “Examining the CFPB’s Proposed Rulemaking on Arbitration: Is it in the...more

House to hold May 18 hearing on CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On May 18, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit will hold a hearing entitled “Examining the CFPB’s Proposed Rulemaking on Arbitration: Is it in the Public...more

House Financial Services Committee investigating CFPB arbitration rulemaking

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On April 20, 2016, Congressman Sean Duffy sent a letter to Director Cordray indicating that the House Financial Services Committee is investigating “the examination and possible regulation by the [CFPB] of pre-dispute...more

New Jersey Legislature Looking At Changes to Consumer Contract Disputes

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The New Jersey Assembly’s Consumer Affairs Committee recently advanced several bills that would increase consumer protections in arbitration disputes. If passed into law, these bills would change the landscape for consumer...more

Democratic Senators introduce bill to limit use of arbitration agreements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy and several other Democratic Senators have cosponsored a bill that would place new limits on the use of arbitration agreements. According to Senator Leahy’s press release, the “Restoring...more

Lawmakers urge CFPB to reopen arbitration study

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A group of more than 80 House and Senate Republicans have sent a letter to Director Cordray asking the CFPB to reopen its arbitration study. The CFPB released the final results of its empirical study of consumer arbitration...more

58 members of Congress urge CFPB to ban consumer arbitration

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Senator Al Franken and 57 other members of Congress signed a letter sent to Director Cordray last week urging the CFPB “to move forward quickly to use its authority under the Dodd-Frank Act to issue strong rules to prohibit...more

Mandatory Arbitration Undercutting Consumer Rights?

by Genova Burns LLC on

New Jersey businesses may face increased litigation if proposed legislation to bar mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts is made law. The proposed bill – recommended for passage by the Assembly Consumer Affairs...more

Director Cordray’s appearance at Senate Banking Committee hearing yields arbitration news

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The only new item of information revealed by Director Cordray during his appearance yesterday before the Senate Banking Committee hearing (in response to a question from Senator Elizabeth Warren) was that he feels “quite...more

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