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State and Local Governments Prepare to Fill the Consumer Regulatory Enforcement Void

Last week, the Democratic Attorneys General sent a letter to President Trump expressing concern over his choice for CFPB director, Mick Mulvaney and the future of consumer protection, more generally. As was expected, the states are preparing to take on more aggressive roles in consumer protection given the significant weakening of the CFPB. "State attorneys general have express statutory authority to enforce federal consumer protection laws, as well as the consumer protection laws of our respective states," the group said in its letter. "We will continue to enforce those laws vigorously regardless of changes to CFPB’s leadership or agenda." More ›

U.S. Senate Joins The House To Eliminate The CFPB’s Final Rule Against Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses; The President Is Expected To Sign

With Vice President Pence casting a dramatic tie-breaking vote just after 10 p.m. E.D.T. on October 24th, the U.S. Senate joined the U.S. House of Representatives to eliminate, based on their authority under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau's (CFPB) controversial Final Rule on arbitration agreements, which was issued in July. The CFPB's Final Rule would bar providers of consumer financial products and services from including mandatory class action waivers in the arbitration clauses of their agreements with consumers. More ›

CFPB Rule Bars the Use of Mandatory Arbitration Clauses to Prohibit Class Actions; Some Members of Congress Vow to Take Action to Reverse

This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) adopted a final rule prohibiting a broad range of financial firms from using mandatory arbitration clauses to bar class action suits and received wide press coverage. The CFPB announced that this final rule would "restore the ability of groups of people to file or join group lawsuits." Some in the financial services industry potentially subject to the rule have already issued statements opposing and attacking it and asking that Congress use its statutory authority to reverse the CFPB's action. More ›

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