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More speculation about Director Cordray’s resignation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 20, we reported that Director Cordray is scheduled to give a speech at the September 4 Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic.  Assuming the speculation that Director Cordray plans to run for Ohio governor is accurate,...more

Governors of 38 States Join a Cybersecurity Compact

by Wilson Elser on

On July 16, 2016, the chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), unveiled his 2016-2017 initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge. Over the past year, the...more

Senate Bill Promises Antitrust Immunity to Boards That Reform Licensure in Latest State Action Defense Development

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) recently introduced a bill that would extend a limited state action immunity to state licensure boards only if states implement reforms that reduce occupational...more

Texas Amends Insurance Code In Response To Weather Claims

by Cozen O'Connor on

On May 26, 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbot signed into law Texas House Bill 1774/Senate Bill 10. The new law makes changes to the Texas Insurance Code that will impact the way in which weather claims are brought and how those...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 21

by Clark Hill PLC on

US Budget Deficit Narrowed to $42.9 Billion in July: The federal budget deficit fell sharp­ly in July from a year earlier, largely because of a quirk in the calendar. The U.S. Treasury Department said that the budget gap came...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

Update on FCC Privacy Rules

We previously reported on the FCC’s 2016 Privacy Order, “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services” impacting Internet service providers’ data privacy practices and obligations and...more

With a New FBI Chief, Compliance Cops Remain on the Beat

by NAVEX Global on

Leaders of organizations across the country might be tempted to view the appointment of Christopher Wray, confirmed as the new head of the FBI on Tuesday, as a sign the new administration plans to ease up on regulating...more

Why David Silberman, the CFPB’s Acting Deputy Director, will not succeed Richard Cordray (if and when he resigns)

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 31, I published a blog post in which I suggested that, if Director Cordray resigns, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin would be the obvious and logical person to serve as CFPB Acting Director until President Trump nominates,...more

Trump Nominates Buerkle as Permanent CPSC Chair

On July 24, 2017, the White House announced President Trump’s intent to nominate Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) as the next Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for a seven year term beginning October 27, 2018....more

Senate bill introduced to override Madden decision

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Democratic Senator Mark Warner has introduced a bill, S.1642, that would override the Second Circuit’s decision in Madden v. Midland Funding. (In Madden, the Second Circuit ruled that a nonbank that purchases loans from a...more

Can President Trump appoint an Acting Director upon Director Cordray’s departure?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Given the speculation that Director Cordray will soon resign to run for Ohio governor, we have been pondering whether President Trump could appoint an Acting Director upon his resignation or whether David Silberman, the...more

The Evolution of the President’s Commission to Enhance National Cyber Security

by NAVEX Global on

Through a presidential commission and executive order, the presidencies of the former and current administrations have been linked in a shared effort to bolster our nation’s cyber security. ...more

Shift In CPSC Leadership Means More Changes To Come

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

At the midpoint of 2017, we look back on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s activity under the new administration, including how recalls and penalties stack up against previous years, new focal points for safety...more

Governors Of 38 States Sign Cybersecurity Compact

by King & Spalding on

As Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) completed his term as Chair of the National Governors Association, he announced on July 14, 2017, that 38 governors had signed a compact to improve state cybersecurity. The compact was the...more

President Trump Nominates Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle as Permanent Chairman of the CPSC

Today, President Donald Trump officially announced his intent to nominate Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle to be the permanent Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Her new seven year term will begin on...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

House Panel Approves Groundbreaking Federal Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Draft

by Perkins Coie on

The House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection reached bipartisan agreement on July 19, 2017, regarding major aspects of legislation to address the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. The...more

Speculation heats up over Director Cordray’s departure plans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

According to news reports yesterday, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill has told media sources that he was informed by an unnamed mutual friend that Director Corday plans to enter the 2018 Democratic primary for Ohio...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

President Trump Changes Course On Joint “Cyber Security Unit” With Russia

by King & Spalding on

On Sunday, July 9, 2017, coming out of the G20 Summit during which President Trump had met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for over two hours, Trump tweeted that he and Putin “discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber...more

Government of Ontario Proposes Amendments to Payday Loans Act

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Providers of payday loans in Ontario, take notice—the Government of Ontario is seeking input on the implementation of new regulations intended to strengthen consumer protection which will have wide-ranging impacts on the...more

Who Listens When Congress Holds a Hearing on a Proposed Merger?

Last week, a Rhode Island Congressman published a letter he sent to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee requesting that the committee hold a hearing on the recently-announced Amazon-Whole Foods merger. This post...more

Claims management companies face stronger regulation

by DLA Piper on

Tighter regulation of Claims Management Companies (CMCs) is edging closer as the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill (Bill) makes its way through parliament. The Bill was announced in the Queen's Speech on 21 June. Amongst...more

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