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Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Restructure the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

On January 11, 2017, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) introduced Senate Bill 105 which proposes a substantial change to the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”). Senator Fischer was...more

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Hensarling Proposes Changes to the CHOICE Act.

On Monday, Chairman Hensarling circulated a memorandum to the House Financial Service Committee Leadership Team suggesting key revisions to the CHOICE Act. It only addresses proposed changes to the CHOICE Act; several key...more

Do Tax Regs Have an Out From the New 2-1 Rule?

As I previously discussed (here), President Trump issued an Executive Order requiring government agencies to identify two regulations for repeal for every new regulation that they wish to issue. The initial reaction of this...more

OIRA guidance confirms executive order to reduce regulations does not apply to independent agencies

Interim Guidance issued by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to implement President Trump’s executive order entitled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” confirms that the order does...more

Trump’s 2 for 1 Regulatory Reduction Challenged in Court

President Donald Trump’s Executive Order requiring two regulations be repealed for every new one adopted and related OMB guidance have been challenged in a law suit commenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of...more

President Trump Directs DOL to Review the Fiduciary Rule and Consider Modifications or Revocation

On February 3, 2017, President Trump directed the Department of Labor (“DOL”) to review the fiduciary rule adopted in April 2016 (the “Fiduciary Duty Rule”) and consider whether the Fiduciary Duty Rule should be modified or...more

OMB Provides Guidance on Trump’s 2 for 1 Regulatory Cuts

OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has provided interim guidance on the requirements in Section 2, “Regulatory Cap for Fiscal Year 2017,” of the Executive Order of January 30, 2017, titled “Reducing Regulation...more

"The Uncertain Future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau"

Since its inception in July 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has sought to prove itself as a powerful regulator through significant enforcement actions and settlements. In 2016, the CFPB continued to...more

Some thoughts on President Trump’s authority to replace Director Cordray

There has been some debate about President Trump’s authority to designate a replacement for Director Cordray should he resign or be removed by the President. The Dodd-Frank Act authorizes the CFPB Director to appoint a...more

Text of Senate bill released to replace CFPB leadership with five-person board

Last month, we blogged about reports that a bill (S. 105) has been introduced by three Republican Senators to change the CFPB’s single-director leadership structure to a five-person commission....more

Another view on Presidential authority to remove Director Cordray

As rumors swirl that President-elect Trump is planning to remove Director Cordray immediately after January 20th, conflicting views have emerged about his authority to do so before the appeal in PHH is resolved. We...more

With President-Elect Trump, What Happens Next for the CFPB?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will have its hands full in the coming months with the combined one-two punch it has suffered at the hands of a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals in PHH Corporation v....more

Whither the CFPB? In Uncertain Times, Rep. Hensarling’s Vision May See New Life

Given the outcome of the presidential election, the focus is now on President-Elect Trump’s campaign promises to scale back the Dodd-Frank Act and pursue deregulation of financial services. As of now, little is known about...more

PHH v. CFPB, Part I: President of Consumer Finance No More

In response to a challenge from mortgage servicer PHH Corp. regarding the constitutionality of the single director structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB or Bureau), the United States Court of...more

Implications of the 2016 Election for Banks, Systemically Important Financial Institutions and Their Investors

Campaign promises rarely turn into specific actions, but when they do, they are necessarily impacted by the dynamics of the legislative process. History suggests, however, that the policies of candidates can be a predictor of...more

Legislation Establishes New Reporting Requirements for State and Local Debt Obligations

Annual Reports Filed with the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission Must Include Additional Information - State and local agencies that issue debt must now file new specified information in the annual...more

SALT Alert: North Carolina Enacts New Administrative Procedure to Challenge Statute Of Limitations Determinations in Tax Cases

On June 30, 2016, Governor McCrory signed House Bill 533 into law as S.L. 2016-76. The legislation provides a new administrative procedure for a taxpayer to seek review of a North Carolina Department of Revenue...more

A Day of Reckoning for the CFPB?

Virtually ever since its inception on July 21, 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has inspired wariness and skepticism in the financial institutions and financial services providers, subject to this new...more

SEC Announces First Charges Against Underwriters under MCDC Initiative

On June 18, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 36 municipal bond underwriters, the first enforcement actions against underwriters brought by the SEC under the...more

Nevada Legislature Changes Procedure For Certain Bonds (AB 170)

AB 170, a bill amending NRS 350.020 passed by the Nevada Legislature, was signed by the Governor on June 11, 2015. It amends subsection 3 of NRS 350.020 which specifies the procedures to be followed to issue general...more

Shelby Draft Regulatory Relief Bill Addresses Various Residential Mortgage Issues

On May 12, 2015 Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) released a draft of a regulatory reform bill entitled the Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015. The draft bill addresses various residential mortgage lending issues, a...more

See You In Court – May 2015

Seymour Dollars, the irascible Chairperson of the Nutmeg Board of Finance, gave the Board of Education a very hard time throughout the entire budget process this year. He questioned the Board down to the minutest detail of...more

California Legislators Seek to Mandate More Transparency and Accountability in Government

In the wake of various investigative reports and public scandals, three California lawmakers have proposed reform legislation aimed at providing greater transparency and accountability in government. Three separate bills, now...more

House Republicans ask CFPB and banking agencies to disclaim “Operation Choke Point”

Six Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee, including Chairman Jeb Hensarling, have sent identical letters to the CFPB, OCC, Fed and NCUA asking each agency to “publicly disclaim [its] past, present, and...more

SEC 2015 Budget Impacts Investment Management Industry

This past December, President Obama signed an appropriations bill that provides an $11.8 million budget increase for the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) intended to bolster the agency’s cost-benefit...more

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