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Senate votes in favor of cloture for confirmation of Richard Cordray as Director of the CFPB

The Senate voted 71-29 in favor of cloture. That means that the Republicans will not use the threat of the filibuster to block a confirmation vote in the Senate of Richard Cordray’s nomination by President Obama to be...more

Reid moves to end debate on Cordray nomination

Politico has reported that Democratic Senator Harry Reid has officially moved for cloture on Richard Cordray’s nomination as CFPB Director as well as on several other nominations made by President Obama....more

Supreme Court Will Resolve Questions About Obama Recess Appointments and CFPB Authority

As anticipated, the United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, signaling the next chapter in the challenges that have been raised as to the legitimacy of certain...more

Further thoughts on the Supreme Court’s grant of review in NLRB v. Noel Canning

As we have reported in this blog and in an E-Alert, the Supreme Court on Monday June 24 granted certiorari in the Noel Canning case, in which the D.C. Circuit held that President Obama’s January 4, 2011 recess appointments to...more

Update on cases challenging Cordray appointment

We have been following two federal court cases that involve challenges to Director Cordray’s appointment. The California case, CFPB v. Chance Edward Gordon, was filed in summer 2012 by the CFPB against an attorney and his law...more

Congressional Research Service issues two reports on Canning decision

The D.C. Circuit’s January 2013 decision in Noel Canning v. NLRB is the subject of two recently-issued reports by the Congressional Research Service. The decision held that President Obama’s recess appointments of three...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Remains In Limbo

The authority and leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a body created by Dodd-Frank to regulate consumer protection of financial products and services, continues to remain in limbo in the wake of the...more

Financial Services Report - Spring 2013

Editor’s Note - This is a dignified law firm newsletter, not like the “Brand X” versions. You won’t find pandering, attention-grabbing stories about Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Ashton Kutcher, Prince William, or...more

Will New U.S. Court Of Appeals Decision On ‘Recess Appointments’ Stay Dodd-Frank Powers Granted To CFPB And Vacate Certain...

Holding that recess appointments authorized by the Recess Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution are limited to “intersession recesses” – “the period between sessions of the Senate when the Senate is by definition not...more

Senate Democrats Complete Battle Lines Over CFPB Nomination

On February 14, 54 of the 55 Senators in the Democratic caucus joined a letter to President Obama supporting the nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the CFPB and expressing opposition to “efforts to weaken the CFPB through...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

The political posturing continues….

President Obama’s renomination of Richard Cordray to serve as CFPB Director is now official. On February 13, the White House announced that his nomination was sent to the Senate....more

Will Actions of the CFPB Be Deemed Invalid?

A recent decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has brought into question the validity of actions taken by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The case in question,...more

D.C. Circuit’s Invalidation of President Obama’s Recess Appointments Raises Questions Concerning Actions Taken by the Consumer...

The D.C. Circuit’s Decision in Noel Canning - On January 25, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were...more

DC Court of Appeals Decision May Impact CFPB Powers and Authority

A recent decision by a three-judge appellate panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (DC Circuit) may hold the key to whether, and to what extent, actions taken by Richard Cordray as the Director...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

The Senate Republicans officially weigh in on Cordray’s nomination

Whatever hope President Obama may have had that his nomination of Richard Cordray to serve a five-year term as Director of the CFPB vanished today when 43 Republican Senators joined in a letter to the President saying that...more

D.C. Circuit Declares President Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointments Unconstitutional

On January 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made by President Obama in January 2012 during a purported Senate recess were unconstitutional,...more

This Week in Washington - January 25, 2013

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Inauguration. After being officially sworn in to a second term at the White House on Sunday, January 20, as prescribed by law, President Barack Obama and Vice...more

What Next for the NLRB? [Video]

In late January, 2013, a DC circuit court ruled that President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional, and therefore invalid. The ruling calls into question numerous...more

D.C. Circuit Hands the CFPB a Setback?

At the end of last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its decision in Noel Canning v. National Labor Relations Board, holding that President Obama’s recess appointments to the National...more

New CFPB Deputy Director about to be appointed

The word on the street is that tomorrow Richard Cordray will appoint a new Deputy Director to replace Raj Date who has been serving in that capacity since Jan. 6 of 2012....more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - January 25, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - E-COMMERCE - Excerpt...more

D.C. Circuit NLRB Decision Casts Doubt on Validity of Cordray Appointment

The validity of President Obama’s January 2012 recess appointment of Richard Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now under a dark cloud as a result of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

CFPB Powers Could Be Invalidated Following Ruling on NLRB Recess Appointments

On January 25, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that President Obama’s purported “recess appointments” to the NLRB last year are constitutionally invalid....more

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