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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

Process vs. Outcomes Debated at Hearing on Constitutionality of CFPB Structure

As we had indicated, on March 16, the subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Financial Services Committee conducted a hearing entitled “The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional...more

Son of Noel Canning? Worst Blog Title Ever? Supreme Court Takes Another Shot at NLRB Vacancy History

How important are the titles “temporary” or “permanent” when it comes to an appointee to run a federal agency? Apparently, very important. On March 21, the U.S. Supreme Court waded back into the messy timeline of President...more

Justice Department Tells Court CFPB is Unconstitutional

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief in the case of PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and is scheduled for...more

Trump’s DOJ supports striking Cordray’s removable-only-for-cause protection from Dodd-Frank

The DOJ submitted its amicus brief in the PHH case on Friday, March 17.  We have blogged extensively about this case since its inception. Unsurprisingly, the Trump DOJ supports striking from Dodd-Frank the...more

Should Congress End Agency Deference?

At its core, agency deference – as enshrined in the United States Supreme Court’s decision, Chevron U.S.A. Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 467 U.S. 837 (1984) – is both reasonable and necessary. Indeed, in...more

Judicial interpretation governing administrative trademark appeals effective on March 1

On January 10, 2017, the Supreme People's Court of China (the SPC) promulgated a judicial interpretation concerning trademarks, entitled the SPC Provisions on Certain Issues Related to Trials of Administrative Cases Involving...more

First Circuit Revives Class-Action Overtime Lawsuit over Absent Comma

Sometimes, small things can turn out to be very big. Take punctuation, for instance. Just recently, the First Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that proves the point: finding that an absent comma created an...more

Three Things You Missed Since CFPB Received En Banc Hearing in PHH Case

All eyes are on the future of the CFPB as it fights for its existence in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals through the matter, PHH Corp. et al. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On February 16, the D.C. Circuit agreed...more

PHH files opening en banc brief; seven supporting amicus briefs filed

On Friday, PHH filed its opening en banc brief with the D.C. Circuit in the rehearing of its appeal of Director Cordray’s June 2015 decision that affirmed an administrative law judge’s (ALJ) recommended decision concluding...more

50/50 Ownership Relationships can be Trouble, Plan Ahead

Case Study: Trans Perfect Global, Inc. Philip Shawe v. Elizabeth Elting, Delaware Supreme Court, February 13, 2017 - TransPerfect is a successful global translation business founded by two college friends, Philip...more

Ninth Circuit Adds to Circuit Split on Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Protection for Internal Whistleblowers

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation protection extends to whistleblowers who report alleged unlawful activity internally but not to the...more

D.C. Circuit grants motion of U.S. for leave to file amicus brief in PHH by March 17; denies motions to intervene

The D.C. Circuit has entered an order granting the unopposed motion of the United States for leave to file an amicus brief in PHH by March 17, 2017.  As we previously observed, the motion appears to signal the DOJ’s intention...more

Motion filed by U.S. seeking leave to file amicus brief by March 17 signals support for PHH

The United States, at the Solicitor General’s request, has filed an “unopposed motion” with the D.C. Circuit for leave to file an amicus brief in PHH by March 17, 2017.  The motion states that both PHH and the CFPB have...more

PHH opposes intervention by plaintiffs in another case challenging CFPB’s constitutionality

PHH has filed a response opposing the motion of the plaintiffs in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew to intervene in the en banc rehearing.  The D.C. Circuit granted the CFPB’s petition for en banc...more

Plaintiffs in Another Case Challenging CFPB's Constitutionality Move to Intervene in PHH Case

The plaintiffs in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew have filed a "Motion To Intervene In Any En Banc Proceeding That May Be Granted" in the PHH case. The motion follows the D.C. federal district court's...more

Court Grants CFPB's Petition for Rehearing in PHH

The D.C. Circuit has vacated its prior order in PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and ordered the matter be reheard en banc. The parties have been specifically asked to address the following issues in...more

D.C. Circuit grants CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc in PHH case

The D.C. Circuit has entered an order granting the CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc in the PHH case.  Because the order was issued per curiam, it does not indicate which of the active judges voted to grant the petition...more

Plaintiffs in another case challenging CFPB’s constitutionality move to intervene in PHH case

The plaintiffs in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew have filed a “Motion To Intervene In Any En Banc Proceeding That May Be Granted” in the PHH case. The motion follows the D.C. federal district court’s...more

Democratic lawmakers/ Democratic state AGs/ consumer advocacy groups seek reconsideration en banc of motions to intervene in PHH...

After the D.C. Circuit panel issued a per curiam order on February 2 denying the three motions to intervene that were filed in the PHH case, we expected the next development in the case to be a decision by the D.C. Circuit on...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

D.C. Circuit denies motions to intervene in PHH case

The D.C. Circuit panel that issued the PHH decision last October has issued a per curiam order denying the three motions to intervene that were filed in the case last month....more

PHH opposes motion to intervene filed by Democratic lawmakers

PHH has filed a response in opposition to the motion filed with the D.C. Circuit by Democratic lawmakers Senator Sherrod Brown and Representative Maxine Waters to intervene in the PHH appeal.  The lawmakers are, respectively,...more

PHH files supplemental response to CFPB’s rehearing petition; opposes state AGs’ motion to intervene

This past Friday, PHH filed a supplemental response to the CFPB’s petition for en banc rehearing and a response opposing the motion filed by Democratic Attorneys General of 16 states and the District of Columbia to intervene...more

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