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House Passes Bill to Fix Privilege Waiver Problem for Nonbanks

A bill (H.R. 5062) recently passed by the House of Representatives would amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act (the CFPA), which is Title X of the Dodd-Frank legislation, to provide protection against waiver of state...more

Patent Troll Legislation: Oregon State Courts Curb Abuse of Patent Laws by NPEs

Patent trolls, or more politely, Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs), are firms that collect “license” fees on patent rights by threatening lawsuits. Rarely do NPEs make any products, provide any services or operate any systems...more

D.C. federal court reconsiders decision on FOIA requests to CFPB

Last September, a federal district court in Washington, D.C. issued an opinion on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests made by Judicial Watch to the CFPB for documents relating to Richard Cordray’s recess appointment as...more

California’s Governor Brown earmarks funds for Prop 65 regulations but the threat of unnecessary litigation remains

California’s Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, finally has the attention of legislators and the governor’s office and is undergoing key changes. ...more

D.C. federal court dismisses Morgan Drexen lawsuit against CFPB

A Washington, D.C. federal district court has dismissed the lawsuit filed by Morgan Drexen against the CFPB that alleged the Bureau’s structure was unconstitutional because it violated the Constitution’s separation of powers....more

D.C. federal court issues decision on FOIA requests to CFPB

Although the controversy over the validity of Richard Cordray’s recess appointment as CFPB Director effectively ended with his confirmation by the Senate this past July, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for...more

Opening the Flood Gates? California Voters May Create Presumption of Harm in Privacy Breach Cases

California has moved one step closer towards amending its Constitution to create a presumption of harm whenever personal data is shared without a consumer’s express opt-in, a change that would clear a significant hurdle to...more

D.C. federal court grants CFPB’s motion to dismiss in State National Bank of Big Spring

Yesterday, the CFPB’s motion to dismiss was granted in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew, et al., the case filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C. that included a challenge to President...more

Court set to rule on CFPB’s motion to dismiss in State National Bank of Big Spring

It looks like the court is finally set to rule on the CFPB’s motion to dismiss in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew, et al., the case still pending in federal district court in Washington, D.C. that...more

California Court Denies Defendant's Challenge to CFPB Enforcement Authority

A California district court judge has denied a defendant's challenge to the authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to bring a civil enforcement action against the defendant in federal court. Judge Percy...more

White House Issues Executive Actions and Legislative Recommendations Aimed at Patent Assertion Entities

Recognizing a problem that has long plagued Silicon Valley technology companies, on June 4, 2013, President Barack Obama issued executive actions and legislative recommendations "to protect innovators from frivolous...more

California Governor Proposes Reforms to Proposition 65, Seeks To Prevent Abuse of Statute by "Unscrupulous Lawyers"

California Governor Edmund Brown has added his voice to a number of California legislators calling for an overhaul of the state's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 – better known as Proposition 65 (the...more

Reforming Proposition 65: Governor’s “Update” Is a Promising Start

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown’s office announced his intention to propose “updates” to Proposition 65 (Health & Safety Code section 25249.5 et seq.) supposedly designed to make the law less susceptible to the widespread...more

House Committee Refuses To Allow CFPB Director To Appear

On April 22, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) sent letters to CFPB Director Richard Cordray and CFPB General Counsel Meredith Fuchs stating that the House Financial Services Committee cannot...more

DOJ fights back on recess appointments in Third Circuit

Recently the Department of Justice filed a letter brief in a case pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in the hopes of dissuading that court from following the D.C. Circuit’s recent Recess Appointments...more

CFPB files another motion to dismiss in D.C. case challenging Cordray appointment

Because it includes a challenge to Director Cordray’s appointment, we continue to follow the case filed this past June in federal court in Washington, D.C. by State National Bank of Big Spring against the CFPB, the Department...more

Defendants In CFPB Enforcement Action Renew Challenge To Validity Of Director’s Appointment

On February 11, a law firm and related parties sued by the CFPB for allegedly deceiving consumers through a network of mortgage loan modification businesses filed a brief in which they renewed a challenge to the CFPB...more

Update on CA case challenging Mr. Cordray’s appointment

We have been following the case filed this past summer by the CFPB in a California federal court against an attorney and his law firm that offered mortgage assistance relief services to consumers. In CFPB v. Chance Edward...more

President Obama Re-nominates Richard Cordray For CFPB Director, Nominates Mary Jo White For SEC Chair

On January 24, President Obama announced his re-nomination of current CFPB Director Richard Cordray. Mr. Cordray has led the Bureau since January 2012 when President Obama used his recess appointment authority to install the...more

Legislation to fix CFPB privilege waiver problem passes Congress

The U.S. Senate, by unanimous consent, has passed a bill previously approved by the House of Representatives (H.R. 4014) that amends the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to provide protection against waiver of the...more

Special Alert: Congress Passes Bill Extending Privilege Waiver Protections To CFPB

Yesterday, the Senate passed H.R. 4014, an important bill that clarifies that privileged materials produced to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) retain their privileged character as to third parties. Because the...more

The AFSA proposal on privilege protection: needed fix or political roadblock?

Last week, the American Banker reported that while the legislative “fix” to the CFPB privilege waiver problem is stalled in the Senate, an alternative version of the legislation is being circulated in Congress. This...more

Experts Predict Passage of the Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act of 2010: What Does This Law Mean to U.S. Importers...

One of the more controversial bills brewing in Congress is the Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act of 2010. Although a variation of this bill was introduced in the Senate Finance Committee last year, it received...more

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