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Future of CFPB’s Arbitration Rule Rests in Hands of Senate

by Goodwin on

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to block the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Arbitration Rule from becoming effective with a vote of 231 to 190. The vote was mostly down party lines and...more

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

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

Controversial Rule by CFPB Limits Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

by Jones Day on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") has issued a final rule that limits the use of pre-dispute arbitration agreements for many consumer financial products and services ("Rule"). Although the controversial Rule...more

Republicans File Congressional Review Act Challenge to CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

by Goodwin on

As LenderLaw Watch previously reported, on July 10, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Arbitration Rule, which blocks the use of mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer financial products and...more

CFPB announces final Arbitration Agreements Rule: what it prohibits, what it requires, and what's next

by DLA Piper on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published its final Arbitration Agreements Rule (10 CFR § 1040, et seq.), prohibiting mandatory arbitration provisions and class action waivers in consumer financial services...more

House Appropriations Committee approves bill making CFPB reforms

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

What Real Estate Settlement Service and Other Consumer Financial Services Providers Need to Know About the CFPB’s Final...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 10, 2017, in a surprise move, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued its long awaited final rule on arbitration (Final Arbitration Rule). This rule-making has been a lightning rod issue for...more

Another Day, Another Regulation: A Summary and Description of the CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

by Vedder Price on

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) finalized its proposed arbitration rule that will prohibit providers of certain consumer financial products and services from requiring a consumer to...more

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

CFPB Finalizes Arbitration Rule, Paving the Way for More Class Action Litigation

by Goodwin on

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the release of its anticipated Arbitration Rule, opening the door for more consumer class actions against financial institutions concerning financial...more

Controversial CFPB Rule Exposes Financial Services Companies to Greater Class Action Risk

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Under a controversial new final rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on July 10, 2017, banks and credit card companies are prohibited from forcing consumers into arbitration to avoid class action...more

What You Need to Know: CFPB Issues Final Rule on Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Financial Services Contracts

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its long-anticipated final rule on pre-dispute arbitration agreements on July 10. Clocking in at 775 pages, the final rule prohibits consumer financial services providers...more

California anti-arbitration law nears passage

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

California’s legislative effort to allow consumers to sue financial institutions for fraud even though they have agreed to arbitrate such disputes passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee this week and is expected to pass the...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - April, 2017 #2

by Brooks Pierce on

This week at the Legislature, House members filed dozens of bills and tried to get as much accomplished as possible prior to the legislature's spring recess. Confirmations - The Senate continued the process of...more

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

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Labor and Public Employees Committee Begins to Speak - March 2017

At its February 21, 2017 and March 2, 2017 meetings, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee began the process of approving bills. The following is a listing (with a brief description) of the proposed...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

Proposed New Jersey Law Takes Aim at Mandatory Arbitration

Assembly Bill A-3064, which the New Jersey Assembly passed on October 20, 2016, will come up for consideration in the Senate this year. If the Senate passes and the Governor signs A-3064, no company that wants to do business...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

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