On March 11, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or “Bureau”) announced it was rescinding its “Statement of Policy Regarding Prohibition on Abusive Acts or Practices” (the “2020 Policy Statement”).  The rescission is the latest in a series of actions under Acting Director David Uejio that demonstrate a recalibration in the Bureau’s regulatory

On Tuesday, June 25, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) convened the first in a new series of symposia on consumer protection topics. The symposium series was announced in Director Kathleen Kraninger’s first major speech as the Bureau’s Director on April 17, 2019. The intent of the series is to initiate dialogue with stakeholders that will inform the Bureau’s future rulemakings. The topic of the first symposium, in which our colleague Eric Mogilnicki participated, was the meaning of “abusive acts or practices” under section 1031 of the Dodd–Frank Act. The “abusive” standard has been on the Bureau’s rulemaking agenda since the fall of 2018. 
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On November 16, 2017, the CFPB filed suit in Montana federal court against Think Finance for activities connected to its tribal-affiliated internet lending business.  Think Finance worked with lenders owned by Native American tribes to offer small-dollar loans to consumers that the Bureau alleges are void under state law.  This suit came on the same day that the upcoming departure of Director Richard Cordray became public, an indication perhaps that Bureau leadership may believe that the aggressive theories of the case (discussed below) would not be pursued under new leadership.  Think Finance declared bankruptcy in Texas federal court three weeks ago, so the CFPB filed may have filed suit to ensure that it could be a creditor.  As indicated by the recent bankruptcy action, Think Finance may not have the resources to defend itself in this action.

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On September 8, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota entered an order granting in part and denying in part a motion to dismiss claims brought by the CFPB against TCF National Bank (“TCF”) for alleged wrongdoing in connection with offering overdraft services.

Brought in January, the case centered on allegations that

On February 14, 2017, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) introduced a bill in the House and Senate to abolish the CFPB.

Excluding its introductory language, the bill reads in full: “The Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (12 U.S.C. 5481 et seq.) is repealed, and the provisions of law amended

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