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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

CFPB Director Cordray Testifies Before House Financial Services Committee

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On April 5, 2017, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee to present the CFPB’s semi-annual report, which is...more

Witnesses announced for April 26 House CHOICE Act hearing

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The House Financial Services Committee has released the witness list for the hearing it will hold this Wednesday, April 26, 2017, to discuss the Financial CHOICE Act....more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Money Panel Passes Budget Bill - On a vote of 7-0, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $5.8 billion budget on Friday that closes a $72 million projected gap between revenues and expenditures in the 2018...more

New Mexico becomes 48th state to enact data breach notification law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

New Mexico recently became the 48th state to enact a data breach notification law. This continues the accelerated pace of state data breach legislative activity in the last two years. Since 2015, at least 41 states have...more

Revisiting the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act – Again

For the second time in two years, West Virginia’s legislature passes a bill to modify the state consumer protection law....more

House to hold April 26 hearing on revised Financial CHOICE Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The House Financial Services Committee announced that it will hold a hearing on April 26, 2017 to discuss the Financial CHOICE Act.  It also released a discussion draft of a revised version of the bill....more

Richard Cordray’s tenure as CFPB Director is uncertain

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Clients are always asking me and others in our Consumer Financial Services Group about how long Richard Cordray will remain as CFPB Director. The short answer is nobody knows, perhaps not even Richard Cordray. ...more

Additional CHOICE Act changes proposed by Chairman Hensarling would further reduce CFPB’s power

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On February 6, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Hensarling circulated a memorandum to the House Financial Services Committee Leadership Team describing key revisions to the Financial Choice Act. Last week, he...more

For the Second Time, Fiduciary Rule Applicability Date is Pushed Back

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In an unsurprising move, the Department of Labor (DOL) postponed the applicability date of the fiduciary rule on April 4 for an additional 60 days. The new applicability date for the rule is June 9, 2017, although the DOL...more

Controversial NY lender and student loan servicer licensing proposals removed from budget bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A New York lender licensing proposal that threatened to create new regulatory burdens for financial service providers and to potentially adversely affect credit availability to New York residents and businesses, has been...more

Amid attacks, Attorney Generals from 17 states and the District of Columbia defend the CFPB’s Prepaid Account Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Since the CFPB issued its final rule for general purpose prepaid accounts on October 5, 2016, it has faced attacks from Congress and criticism from industry participants On April 5, in a letter to Congressional leaders,...more

Director Corday’s appearance before House Committee: strong on theater, weak on substance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Despite its long duration (over five hours including a recess for a vote), the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on April 5 at which Director Cordray was the sole witness provided a strong dose of political theater...more

CFPB’s prepaid account rule faces further attacks

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Since the CFPB issued its final rule for general purpose prepaid accounts on October 5, 2016, it has faced challenges from Congress and criticism from industry participants. In recognition of the numerous compliance...more

West Virginia Legislature Approves Amendments to WVCCPA

by Burr & Forman on

The West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee and the West Virginia Senate recently approved amendments to the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act (“WVCCPA”), West Virginia Code §§ 46A-1-101 et seq, which was last...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

Trump Administration Continues to Indicate Tide Change Away from Support of the CFPB

by Sedgwick LLP on

As previously reported on this blog, President Trump’s issuance of an Executive Order and the subsequent introduction of bills seeking to eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) signaled a...more

The New Administration's Plans for the CFPB Take Shape

For those who have been wondering—as I did in a previous post—what the new presidential administration would mean for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an agency that has been in Republicans’ crosshairs...more

Market Solutions, Volume 26, No. 1

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Sanctions: Will the Trump Administration Stay the Course? President Trump made many statements during the campaign regarding actions he plans to take to reverse Obama administration sanctions policies. These included...more

Consumer Lending Industry Targeted by the Alabama Legislature

Last month, a group of 45 members of Alabama’s House of Representatives introduced a proposed amendment to the Alabama Constitution that would cap the interest rate a lender may charge an individual on a “consumer loan, line...more

House subcommittee to hold hearing tomorrow on CFPB’s constitutionality

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Financial Services has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow entitled “The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional Design.” The memo...more

CFPB covered by executive order on plan for reorganizing the executive branch

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

President Trump has signed a new executive order entitled “Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch.” Unlike the regulatory freeze memo issued on Inauguration Day by...more

Lawmaker seeks CFPB fair lending investigation of fintech small business lenders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by fintech companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the CFPB “to vigorously investigate whether [such...more

Lawmaker Seeks CFPB Fair Lending Investigation of Fintech Small Business Lenders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by financial technology (fintech) companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the Consumer Financial...more

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