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How does the PHH case impact presidential authority to remove Director Cordray?

Posted in CFPB General

A blog post entitled “The President’s Removal Power and the PHH Litigation” by Aditya Bamzai, an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, challenges the assumption of many observers that the new President would have to let the PHH litigation run its course before acting to remove Director Cordray. As we… More >

Petition for writ of certiorari filed in case asserting recess appointment defense to CFPB enforcement action

Posted in CFPB General

Since it was filed in a California federal court in July 2012, we have been following CFPB v. Chance Edward Gordon, a case in which the CFPB alleged that an attorney duped consumers by falsely promising loan modifications in exchange for advance fees and, in reality, did little or nothing to help consumers.  The CFPB… More >

Election results portend significant changes for CFPB; Ballard Spahr to conduct Nov. 30 webinar

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, CFPB People, CFPB Rulemaking

As a result of Donald J. Trump’s election as President, coupled with the Democrats’ failure to wrest control of the House or Senate from the Republicans, the CFPB can be expected to undergo significant changes that are likely to have the effect of reducing the agency’s impact. On November 30, 2016, from 2 p.m. to 3… More >

Cordray remarks to MBA signal continued CFPB focus on servicing, likely petition for rehearing in PHH case

Posted in Mortgages

In his remarks at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual meeting in Boston on October 25, Director Cordray signaled that mortgage servicing will continue to be a focus of CFPB supervisory and enforcement activity, with the CFPB taking a rigorous approach to compliance.   While noting that the CFPB has seen “some progress” in compliance with CFPB… More >

Breaking News: In PHH v. CFPB, D.C. Circuit Holds that CFPB Structure is Unconstitutional

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, CFPB General, Hot Issues, Mortgages, TILA / RESPA

The D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in PHH Corporation v. CFPB. In reversing the decision of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Cordray to impose an enhanced penalty of $109 million on PHH for its use of a captive (wholly-owned) mortgage reinsurer, the court made several landmark rulings. First, it held that the CFPB’s… More >

Director Cordray responds to letter from Senators seeking tailored rulemaking for community banks and credit unions

Posted in CFPB Rulemaking

Last month, a bipartisan group of 70 Senators were signatories to a letter sent to Director Cordray urging the CFPB to “carefully tailor its regulations to match the unique nature of community banks and credit unions.”  In their letter, the Senators referenced Dodd Frank Section 1022(b)(3)(A) which allows the CFPB to create exemptions from its… More >

CFPB issues ninth Semi-Annual Report

Posted in CFPB General

The CFPB has issued its ninth Semi-Annual Report to the President and Congress covering the period from October 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016. The 188-page report recycles information from previously-issued CFPB reports and reviews ongoing and past developments, which we have covered in previous blog posts. By way of aggregate statistics, the report indicates that… More >

Ninth Circuit rejects Director Cordray’s recess appointment as defense to CFPB enforcement action; dissenting judge disagrees

Posted in CFPB Enforcement

Since it was filed in a California federal court in July 2012, we have been following CFPB v. Chance Edward Gordon, a case in which the CFPB alleged that an attorney duped consumers by falsely promising loan modifications in exchange for advance fees and, in reality, did little or nothing to help consumers.  The CFPB charged… More >

Republican Congressmen seek CFPB forum on impact of payday lending rule on state and tribal sovereignty

Posted in CFPB Rulemaking, Payday Lending

Two Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee, Randy Neugebauer and Mick Mulvaney, have sent a letter to Director Cordray asking him to convene a forum or roundtable of state and tribal officials before the CFPB proposes a payday loan rule. In the letter, the Congressmen assert that comments made by CFPB officials about… More >

Director Cordray defends CFPB positions in appearance before Senate Banking Committee; comments on small business lending and Fintech companies

Posted in Auto Finance, CFPB Enforcement, Fair Credit, Payday Lending, Small Business

Much of Director Cordray’s testimony in his appearance before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday consisted of his predictable defense of various CFPB positions.  While the hearing was much less contentious than last month’s hearing of the House Financial Services Committee at which Director Cordray appeared, the questions raised by Republican Senators focused on many of the… More >

Director Cordray to appear before Senate Banking Committee on April 7

Posted in CFPB General

Director Cordray is scheduled to appear before the Senate Banking Committee on April 7, 2016 for a hearing entitled “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress.”  (The CFPB’s most recent Semi-Annual Report is the report issued in November 2015 covering the period from April 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015.) Director Cordray is expected… More >

Director Cordray appears before House Financial Services Committee

Posted in CFPB General

Director Cordray was the sole witness at the hearing held yesterday by the House Financial Services Committee, which was entitled “The Semi-Annual Report of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.”  In November 2015, the CFPB issued its eighth Semi-Annual Report to the President and Congress covering its activities from April 1, 2015 through September 30,… More >

Director Cordray acknowledges industry-wide application of consent orders

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, UDAAP

In his prepared remarks to the Consumer Bankers Association yesterday, Director Cordray attempted to defend the CFPB’s “regulation by enforcement” approach that has been widely criticized by industry. Director Cordray’s remarks included the surprising acknowledgment that despite indications by his colleagues to the contrary, the reach of CFPB consent orders is not limited to the… More >

CFPB responds to industry concerns about TRID rule liability

Posted in Mortgages

Reacting to reports of investors refusing to purchase loans based on various, often technical, violations of the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) sent a letter to the CFPB on December 21, 2015 seeking guidance to allay investor concerns.  (The version of the letter released by the MBA does not include the attachment… More >

CFPB denies petition to modify CID

Posted in CFPB Enforcement, Prepaid Cards

On December 2, 2015, the CFPB denied a petition for modification of a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) filed by UniRush, LLC.  In doing so, the CFPB reinforced its view that such petitions are disfavored.  However, in denying the petition, the CFPB actually gave UniRush the relief it sought – additional time to provide a proposed… More >

Financial literacy highlighted in Director Cordray’s remarks to the American Bankers Association

Posted in Financial Literacy

Financial literacy was the focus of Director Cordray’s remarks last week at the American Bankers Association Annual Convention.  He identified three areas where the CFPB is focusing its efforts and where financial institutions can “band together with [the CFPB]” to advance such efforts. The first area of focus is financial education in schools, with the… More >

Our thoughts on Director Cordray’s arbitration comments to the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board

Posted in Arbitration

In his remarks today to the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board, Director Cordray denigrated arbitration agreements as a “free pass” that allows companies to “sidestep the legal system, avoid big refunds, and continue to pursue profitable practices that may violate the law and harm consumers on a large scale.”  He also repeated the CFPB’s claim that… More >

Challenge to CFPB’s constitutionality reemerges

Posted in CFPB General

The issue of the CFPB’s constitutionality reemerged last week in court and Congress. On the judicial front, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew, et al., reversed the district court and ruled that the bank had standing to challenge the  constitutionality… More >

CFPB officially moves TRID effective date to October 3

Posted in CFPB General, CFPB Rulemaking, Federal Agencies, Richard Cordray, TILA / RESPA

The CFPB has issued a final rule postponing the effective date for all provisions of the TILA-RESPA Final Rule and Amendments to October 3, 2015.  The final rule also includes certain technical amendments to reflect the new effective date.  The provisions of the final rule related to the delay in the effective date, are effective… More >

CFPB to host forum on eClosing

Posted in CFPB General

On Wednesday, August 5 at 1p.m. EDT, the CFPB will be hosting a forum on the “Know Before You Owe Initiative” on eClosing. The forum will feature remarks from Director Richard Cordray, and include a panel discussion with consumer groups, industry representatives, and members of the public. The event is open to the public and… More >

Director Cordray appears before Senate Banking Committee

Posted in Arbitration, CFPB General, Military Issues, Mortgages, Payday Lending

On Wednesday, July 15, CFPB Director Richard Cordray appeared before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs to answer questions regarding the Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress and the President, which it published on June 15, 2015. Dir. Cordray observed that during the six month period covered by the report, from October 2014 through… More >