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- January 23, 2017On Monday, January 23, 2017, State Attorneys General (AG) from 17 states filed a motion to intervene in the CFPB’s case with PHH. Citing President Trump’s “strong opposition” to Dodd-Frank financial reforms, the AG’s requested permission to defend the CFPB before the U.S. Court of Appeals. The motion stated: “Given the position of the president-elect and the new administration, it is urgent that...January 20, 2017On Friday, January 20, 2017, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a memo freezing new or pending regulations in efforts to give President Trump’s appointees a chance to review them. According to the memo, no new regulations should be sent to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) until reviewed by a department or agency head appointed by President Trump. Further, any regulations...January 19, 2017On Thursday, January 19, 2017, the CFPB sued TCF National Bank for allegedly “tricking” consumers into costly overdraft services in violation of Dodd-Frank as well as the Electronic Fund Transfer Act. The Bureau specifically alleges TCF designed its overdraft application process to obscure fees and make overdraft seem mandatory for new customers to open an account. The agency also believes the...January 18, 2017Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Sens Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) held a press conference urging President-elect Donald Trump not to fire CFPB Director Richard Cordray before his term expires in July of 2018. Democrats said there was no “for cause” reason to terminate Director Cordray and cautioned, if President-elect Trump did so, Democrats would do...January 18, 2017On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, the CFPB announced it has taken action against Navient for allegedly failing borrowers in repayment by providing bad information, processing payments incorrectly, and neglecting to act when borrowers complained. The Bureau also alleges the company misled borrowers on their rights to lower repayments.January 18, 2017On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) released its third installment in its series challenging the CFPB’s use of disparate impact in indirect auto lending. Throughout the report, the HFSC set forth arguments why it thinks the CFPB would not be able to prove a disparate impact claim in court, especially given last year’s Inclusive Communities Supreme Court...January 17, 2017On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, the CFPB announced it is accepting applications for its Consumer Advisory Board, the Community Bank Advisory Council, and the Credit Union Advisory Council. These groups are designed to provide the Bureau with information about emerging trends and practices in the consumer financial marketplace. The agency is seeking applicants with experience such as: Consumer...January 17, 2017On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced the panel’s subcommittee assignments for the 115th Congress. The Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, which has primary jurisdiction over financial institutions, deposit insurance, regulatory activities of...January 17, 2017On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, the White House, through the National Economic Council, released a white paper advocating for the U.S. government to engage in efforts to promote the financial technology industry. The paper commended initiatives such as the CFPB’s Project Catalyst and the OCC’s Responsible Innovation as examples of financial regulators modernizing how they engaged with the industry...January 13, 2017On Friday, January 13, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted PHH Corp.’s motion to file additional comments in its ongoing case against the CFPB on whether the full court should review an October panel ruling that the CFPB’s leadership structure is unconstitutional. In granting PHH’s motion, the D.C. Circuit gave PHH until January 27, 2017, to file a 15-page reply...