The ABA Journal has begun accepting nominations for its ABA Journal Web 100.  The Web 100 honors blogs, law podcasts, and tweeters followed by lawyers.  It replaces the ABA’s Blawg 100 which was limited to the best legal blogs.  Our Consumer Finance Monitor was honored to be recognized by the Blawg 100 for five consecutive years and we would be grateful to be recognized by the Web 100 in 2018.

Our blog, among the first in the legal industry, was launched as the “CFPB Monitor” on July 21, 2011, the same day the CFPB was stood up, because we recognized right from the start that the CFPB was going to have an enormous impact on the consumer financial services industry and the lawyers who counsel members of that industry.  In February 2017, we renamed our blog the “Consumer Finance Monitor,” and expanded its coverage to include the many other federal agencies that regulate our industry as well as relevant state agency and attorney general developments.

We hope our readers not only find our blog to be a place where they can go to get up-to-the-minute reporting on important developments, but also a place where they can find informed analysis that helps them to understand the significance of those developments.

We also believe our blog has been a thought leader for our industry’s perspective on many key issues and has influenced the actions of lawmakers, most notably Congress’s use of the Congressional Review Act to overturn the CFPB’s arbitration rule and its auto finance guidance.  Here are links to some of our blogs on these issues as well as small-dollar lending and the ongoing battle over the CFPB’s constitutionality:

Director Cordray continues to doubt safety and soundness concerns are raised by the final arbitration rule

Treasury Department report eviscerates CFPB arbitration rule

Congress disapproves CFPB Bulletin concerning discretionary pricing by auto dealers

OCC small-dollar lending bulletin: one step forward but one step back?

Will the CFPB appeal Judge Preska’s ruling striking Title X?

If you enjoy following our blog and value the information it provides and its role in influencing the legal debate, we hope you will nominate us for the Web 100 by completing the ABA’s nomination form by Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CT.  (The ABA refers to nominations as “Web 100 Amici/Friend of the Web briefs.”)  The form will ask you to supply the Consumer Finance Monitor’s URL (which is: and a link to a recent blog post (you can use any of the posts above or another that you liked).

As always, we appreciate your support, and thank you for following Consumer Finance Monitor.