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CFPB’s Arbitration Rule Dies at Hands of Senate and President

by Goodwin on

Three months after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on July 25, 2017 to block the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Arbitration Rule, the U.S. Senate followed suit. On October 24, 2017, the Senate passed a...more

12 O'clock High, a Podcast on Business Leadership-Communication Skills

by Thomas Fox on

In the episode, I consider two different issues around communication skills. The first is communicating across cultural boundaries. The second is the technique of asking questions to boost leadership. One of the things most...more

Update: President Trump Sticks a Knife in the CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

Key Takeaway: For now, pre-dispute arbitration clauses with class action waivers are safe. On November 1, President Trump abrogated a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rule that would have given consumers the...more

Breaking Insights: U.S. Senate Disapproves Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Rule

U.S. Senate disapproves Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's rule prohibiting arbitration clauses in consumer contracts with Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaking vote....more

GAO determination that leveraged lending guidance is subject to CRA could foreshadow similar fate for CFPB indirect auto finance...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In May 2017, we blogged about press reports that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) had accepted a request from Senator Patrick Toomey for a determination concerning whether the CFPB Bulletin 2013-02, titled “Indirect...more

CFPB Releases Long Awaited Small Dollar Rule: 5 Things You Need to Know

After months of speculation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a final small-dollar loan rule on October 5. If the final rule takes effect, lenders will be required, among other things, to determine...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - September 2017

by DLA Piper on

Report on consumer and retailer hurdles regarding electronic disclosure of GMO ingredients. - Consumers and small retailers face “key technological challenges” regarding electronic disclosure of GMO ingredients in foods,...more

"Better Deal" Legislative Proposal Would Overhaul U.S. Antitrust Merger Review

by Jones Day on

A number of Democrats in Congress have proposed to revamp U.S. antitrust law with a "Better Deal" economic plan. The proposed legislation takes aim at large corporations and includes measures that are at odds with decades of...more

Governor's Order Protects Against Price Gouging Following Hurricane Harvey

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In addition to providing much needed relief for the people and businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's declaration of disaster also has implications for anyone doing business within the affected...more

Senate bill would attach strings to state licensing boards’ antitrust immunity

As we noted last month, the FTC has recently been voicing concerns about potentially anticompetitive actions of state professional licensing boards. Our post also discussed the scope of such boards’ immunity from antitrust...more

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

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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

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

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

CFPB Moves to Eliminate Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses, but Congress Looks to Keep the Rule Off the Books

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) unveiled a long-awaited and highly contentious final rule to severely curtail the scope of arbitration clauses in consumer financial contracts. While the rule...more

CFPB Finalizes Arbitration Rule, Paving the Way for More Class Action Litigation

by Goodwin on

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the release of its anticipated Arbitration Rule, opening the door for more consumer class actions against financial institutions concerning financial...more

Congressional Hearing on Driverless Cars: Tuesday, June 27

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing today on self-driving vehicle legislation at 10 am. ...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- 2017 Virginia Attorney General Election Update- Following uncontested primaries, incumbent Democrat AG Mark Herring and Republican challenger John Adams will proceed to the Virginia general election this...more

Dodd-Frank Re-Write—the House of Representatives Edition

The House has approved major changes to signature aspects of Dodd-Frank. While those changes are unlikely to survive intact, they are certainly worthy of close attention. We’ve studied the nearly 600-page bill so you don’t...more

Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Quarterly Newsletter - Summer 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Read the latest news on antitrust, competition and economic regulation (ACER) in this summer's edition of our quarterly ACER newsletter. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

If the White House gets its way, Richard Cordray and the CFPB (and many other current Wall Street regulators and regulations) would be virtually unrecognizable as compared to their current form....more

US House of Representatives Approves the Financial Choice Act

On June 8, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Financial CHOICE Act (FCA) primarily along party lines, 233-186. The FCA was introduced by Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, and co-sponsored by 40 of his...more

Where's the beef? – 5 minutes for the highlights of German Competition Act reform

by Hogan Lovells on

The 9th reform of the German Competition Act is due to take effect on 9 June 2017. It primarily transposes the EU Cartel Damages Directive into German law. On top, it brings a number of other amendments. Here is a summary of...more

GAO to opine on whether CFPB indirect auto finance guidance is a rule subject to disapproval under the Congressional Review Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

American Banker has reported that the Government Accountability Office has accepted a request from Senator Pat Toomey on whether the CFPB’s indirect auto finance guidance issued in March 2013 is a “rule” under the...more

Governor Signs Amendment to Tennessee Data Breach Notification Law

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

During the recent 110th Regular Session of the Tennessee General Assembly, Governor Bill Haslam signed into law an amendment to the Tennessee Identity Theft Deterrence Act of 1999....more

CFPB Director Cordray Testifies Before House Financial Services Committee

by Goodwin on

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

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