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GAO Finds that the CFPB’s 2013 Bulletin on Indirect Auto Lending is a Rule for Purposes of the Congressional Review Act.

On December 5, 2017, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a letter finding that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s March 21, 2013 Bulletin on Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act is a “rule” for the purposes of the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”), and therefore should have been submitted to … Continue Reading

The OCC Rejects Operation Chokepoint in Letter to Chairman Hensarling

On August 21, 2017, Keith Noreika, the Acting Comptroller of the Currency, sent a letter to Jeb Hensarling, the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, stating that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) is not, and never was, a part of Operation Chokepoint, and that Operation Chokepoint is not the policy … Continue Reading

CFPB Publishes Final Rule on Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements

Earlier this week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published a final rule substantially curtailing the ability of financial services providers and consumers to enter into voluntary pre-dispute arbitration clauses.  The final rule, like the proposed rule that preceded it, would i) prevent financial services providers from including arbitration clauses in consumer contracts unless those arbitration … Continue Reading

FTC Enforcement Action Signals Possible Changes Coming In Unfairness Doctrine

On February 6, the FTC, along with the State of New Jersey, announced a settlement with TV-maker VIZIO related to VIZIO’s alleged data collection practices on millions of its ‘smart,’ network-connected TVs. According to the complaint, VIZIO collected information on consumers which it then shared with third parties, without sufficiently disclosing the data collection and … Continue Reading

Post-Election Outlook for Financial Regulatory Agencies: Federal Trade Commission

On the campaign trail, President-elect Trump said little about his plans for the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”), but he has a unique opportunity to remake the FTC early in his term, because of an unusual number of Commissioner vacancies, one expired term, and his presidential prerogative to designate one Commissioner as the Chair.… Continue Reading

FTC Obtains Preliminary Injunction Against Companies For Allegedly Impersonating Government Agencies

On September 29, 2016, the FTC obtained a preliminary injunction against three companies and their principals for allegedly impersonating government transportation authorities (such as the U.S. Department of Transportation) to obtain payments for federal and state motor carrier registrations and required reports from commercial truckers and trucking companies.  The complaint in FTC v. DOTAuthority.com, Inc. … Continue Reading

New Senior Officials Take The Reins At The CFPB

On October 13, 2016, the CFPB announced the names of three new individuals who will be filling senior leadership positions at the CFPB.  As with the CFPB’s announcement of leadership positions in July, all three individuals currently serve in the CFPB. Stacy Canan will take over as the CFPB’s Assistant Director for the Office of … Continue Reading

Comments Due Soon on CFPB’s Proposed Amendments Relating to Disclosure of Records and Information

The October 24 deadline for commenting on the CFPB’s Proposed Amendments Relating to the Disclosure of Records and Information, CFPB-2016-0039, is fast approaching.  The current rule is 12 C.F.R. Part 1070.  The proposed amendments contain several troubling changes, the most notable of which are outlined below.  Those regulated by the CFPB should not let these … Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Clips CFPB’s Wings

The D.C. Circuit Court’s decision in PHH Corp., et al. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau deals a major blow to the CFPB and represents a victory for financial services industry. Although the Court’s constitutional holding may dominate the headlines, the most significant aspects of the Court’s decision for the industry are the limits on the … Continue Reading
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