On May 25, 2022, my colleagues, Mike Gordon, John Culhane and Ron Vaske published a blog which reported on a press release issued by the CFPB on the prior day entitled “CFPB Launches New Effort to Promote Competition and Innovation in Consumer Finance.”  The blog stated:

In its press release, the CFPB states that “[a]fter

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in CFPB v. CashCall, has rejected CashCall’s constitutional challenge, affirmed the district court’s finding that the corporate defendants and its CEO were liable for engaging in deceptive practices in violation of the CFPA in connection with CashCall’s tribal loan program, ordered the district court to

Recently, Professor Jeff Sovern and I exchanged views on whether the CFPB could (or should) add arbitration rulemaking to its regulatory agenda.  Professor Sovern has now suggested that the CFPB’s 2015 Study of consumer arbitration would support a new regulation.  It would not.

The CFPB’s earlier final arbitration rule was overridden by the Congress under

In Wednesday’s edition of Consumer Law & Policy Blog, Professor Jeff Sovern laments that during Director Rohit Chopra’s recent testimony before the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee, neither he nor any member of the Committees mentioned “arbitration” as an action item on the CFPB’s agenda. Professor Sovern expresses hope that

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Alvaro Bedoya to serve as an FTC Commissioner  

Mr. Bedoya fills the seat on the Commission previously held by CFPB Director Rohit Chopra.  He joins the two other Democratic FTC Commissioners, Lina Khan, Chair of the Commission, and Rebecca Slaughter, thereby ending a 2-2 split and restoring a 3-2 Democratic

The Fifth Circuit held  oral argument yesterday in the appeal filed by the trade groups challenging the payment provisions in the CFPB’s 2017 final payday/auto title/high-rate installment loan rule (2017 Rule).  Click here for the recording of the oral argument.

The trade groups have appealed from the district court’s final judgment granting the CFPB’s summary

In a new blog post published on the Consumer Law & Policy Blog, Professor Jeff Sovern advocates very strongly in support of interpreting the “unfairness” prong of UDAAP to encompass discrimination in connection with credit and non-credit consumer financial products and services offered by banks and other persons covered by the Consumer Financial Protection Act

I want to thank Professor Jeff Sovern, a prominent consumer advocate and my frequent sparring partner, for his recent praise of our podcast.  Professor Sovern wrote:

Probably my favorite podcast is Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Finance Monitor Podcast. I learn a tremendous amount from it.  Yes, it favors the industry view, as it is certainly