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Supreme Court Will Hear Lucia’s Challenge to Appointment of SEC ALJs

On January 12, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the Lucia case in which Raymond J. Lucia is challenging how the SEC appoints administrative law judges (“ALJs”)....more

English Appeals Court’s Denial of Her Preliminary Injunction Motion

Last week, Leandra English filed a notice of appeal with the D.C. District Court. She is appealing the Court’s denial of her preliminary injunction motion through which she sought to block Mick Mulvaney from serving as the...more

Court Denies English’s Preliminary Injunction Motion; Mulvaney Continues to Exercise Acting CFPB Director Authority

Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly denied Leandra English’s motion for a preliminary injunction in a 46-page opinion. English had sought to block President Trump’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney to serve as...more

Credit Union Files Reply Brief in SDNY Case Challenging Mulvaney’s Appointment

On December 29, 2017, the Lower East Side People’s Credit Union (“People’s”) filed a reply brief in support of its preliminary injunction motion in which it seeks to block the appointment of Mick Mulvaney as the Acting CFPB...more

DOJ seeks dismissal of credit union’s SDNY lawsuit challenging Mulvaney’s appointment as Acting CFPB Director

On December 22, 2017, the Department of Justice responded to the preliminary injunction motion (“PI motion”) filed by the Lower East Side People’s Credit Union (“People’s”) in its lawsuit challenging Mick Mulvaney’s...more

Judge’s questions highlight serious concerns he has over English’s bid to claim the Acting Director role at the CFPB

On December 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held oral arguments on Leandra English’s preliminary injunction motion through which she seeks to block Mick Mulvaney from continuing to serve as the...more

Credit union seeks preliminary injunction in SDNY case challenging Mulvaney’s appointment as CFPB Acting Director; parties submit...

As we’ve reported, Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union (“People’s”), filed suit in the Southern District of New York to block Mick Mulvaney’s appointment as CFPB Acting Director. On December 12, People’s filed a...more

CUNA supports Mulvaney as Acting CFPB Director

On December 12, the Credit Union National Association (“CUNA”) filed an amicus brief in D.C. Federal District Court. In the brief, CUNA opposes Leandra English’s motion for a preliminary injunction. English seeks to block...more

DOJ sides with Lucia against the SEC in dispute over whether ALJs are inferior officers

The Supreme Court is considering a cert petition requesting that it hear the Lucia case, which we have blogged about extensively due to its potential impact on the outcome of the PHH case. Significantly, the DOJ recently...more

OCC Revises its Enforcement Policies and Procedures Manual

In an update to its Policies and Procedures Manual (PPM), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has revised PPM 5310-3, “Enforcement Action Policy,” dated September 9, 2011. The PPM sets forth the OCC’s policies...more

OCC Revises its Enforcement Policies and Procedures Manual

In an update to its Policies and Procedures Manual (PPM), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has revised PPM 5310-3, “Enforcement Action Policy,” dated September 9, 2011. The PPM sets forth the OCC’s policies...more

House Passes Bill Limiting Joint-Employer Liability

The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed H.R. 3441—the Save Local Business Act—which, if enacted, would redefine the term "joint employer" under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Fair Labor Standards...more

11th Circuit Affirms FTC's $13.5 Million Judgment Against Mortgage Relief Fraudster

On November 2, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed a $13.5 million judgment that the FTC obtained against a group of individuals, law firms, and related entities that engaged in a massive nationwide...more

Judge Fitzwater Assigned to Hear Industry Suit to Block CFPB Arbitration Rule is Experienced and Well-Respected

As we’ve mentioned, the finance industry recently filed suit to overturn the CFPB’s arbitration rule in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Shortly after the case was filed, it was assigned to...more

CFPB “Can Improve” Recordkeeping and Notifications of Purpose in Civil Investigative Demands, OIG Finds

On September 20, 2017, the Federal Reserve’s Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a report on the CFPB’s process for issuing Civil Investigative Demands (“CID”). The OIG found that the CFPB “generally complied” with...more

The CFPB Settles Litigation And Enforcement Action With Lead Aggregator, Zero Parallel, And Its CEO

On September 5, 2017, the CFPB entered into a consent order with Zero Parallel, LLC (“Zero Parallel”), an online lead aggregator based in Glendale, California. At the same time, it submitted a proposed order in the U.S....more

Middle District of Pennsylvania Ignores Key Constitutional Questions in Navient Case

As we’ve discussed before, the CFPB sued Navient over its student loan servicing practices in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. In doing so, the CFPB followed its strategy of announcing new legal standards by enforcement...more

Lucia appeals D.C. Circuit ruling to Supreme Court

On July 21, 2017, an investment adviser sought review by the Supreme Court of the D.C. Circuit’s recent ruling in Lucia that allowed to stand a district court decision holding that SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are...more

En banc D.C. Circuit Split Leaves Intact Panel Ruling That SEC ALJs Are Not Inferior Officers

On June 26, 2017, the en banc D.C. Circuit was equally divided on the question of whether SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are “inferior officers.” This leaves intact the D.C. Circuit panel decision in Lucia, which held...more

En banc D.C. Circuit split leaves intact the panel ruling that SEC ALJs are not inferior officers

On June 26, 2017, the en banc D.C. Circuit was equally divided on the question of whether SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are “inferior officers.” This leaves intact the D.C. Circuit panel decision in Lucia which held...more

Kerfuffle on statute of limitations issue in PHH case

On June 7, the CFPB submitted a Rule 28(j) letter to the D.C. Circuit in the PHH case. In the letter, the CFPB embraced the fact that the Supreme Court’s recent Kokesh v. SEC decision makes the five-year statute of...more

D.C. Circuit Publishes Transcript of PHH v. CFPB Oral Arguments

On June 6, 2017, the D.C. Circuit published the 85-page transcript of the May 24, 2017 oral arguments in the PHH v CFPB case...more

Attorney General bans DOJ settlements conditioned on payments to “special interest groups” or “political friends”

On June 7, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum directing that “Department attorneys may not enter into any agreement on behalf of the United States in settlement of federal claims or charges . . . that...more

Supreme Court’s Kokesh v. SEC ruling limits CFPB disgorgement

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Kokesh v. SEC. In Kokesh, the SEC took the position that disgorgement was not a penalty and therefore not subject to the statute of limitations in 28...more

D.C. Circuit poised to decide constitutionality of CFPB structure in PHH case

On May 24, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (D.C. Circuit) held oral argument in the PHH case, which we have blogged about extensively. The constitutionality of the CFPB’s structure was the central issue at...more

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