As the industry continues to digest the Fifth Circuit’s opinion in Community Financial Services Association of America, Ltd. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which held the Bureau’s funding mechanism to be unconstitutional, new litigation illustrates the challenges that the decision creates to the CFPB’s ability to conduct oversight and enforcement.

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Three Republican House members sent a letter last week to CFPB Director Chopra raising questions about the Bureau’s relationship with state attorneys general and its interpretive rule issued in May 2022 regarding the authority of state attorneys general and state regulators (State Officials) to enforce the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).

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In remarks given on Tuesday to the National Association of State Attorneys General (NAAG), CFPB Director Chopra promoted an aggressive approach to enforcement by both the CFPB and state attorneys general (AGs).

In his most noteworthy remarks, Director Chopra:

  • Identified federal preemption as having played a major role in the 2007-2009 sub-prime mortgage crisis and

The CFPB recently entered into a consent order with Nationwide Equities Corporation (Nationwide), which the CFPB refers to as a mortgage broker and mortgage lender that primarily provides jumbo reverse mortgage loans and Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Loans (HECMs). The CFPB asserts in the consent order that Nationwide engaged in direct mail advertising practices that

The CFPB recently filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut alleging violations of various federal consumer protection laws by 1st Alliance Lending, LLC (1st Alliance), a former mortgage lender. The complaint also names several principals of 1st Alliance as defendants. According to the complaint, certain

On December 18, 2020, the CFPB announced a consent order with Seterus, Inc. (Seterus), and its successor-in-interest, Kyanite Services, Inc. (Kyanite), based on findings of mortgage servicing violations.

The consent order alleges the following violations by Seterus while it was in operation:

  • Unfair acts or practices for failing to accurately review, process, track, and communicate

On December 21, 2020, the CFPB issued its third consent order involving violations of Subpart B of Regulation E, 12 C.F.R. §§ 1005.30 to 1005.36, the Remittance Transfer Rule (“Remittance Rule”) in the last four months and fourth order since August 2019. This most recent consent order was issued against Envios de Valores La Nacional

On November 20, 2020, the CFPB filed a lawsuit against a student-loan debt-relief company, FDATR, Inc., and its owners, Dean Tucci and Kenneth Wayne Halverson. FDATR was an Illinois company that involuntarily dissolved in September 2020.  Through telemarketing and telephone sales, FDATR promised to provide student-loan debt-relief and credit-repair services to consumers.

The complaint,

Coming on the heels of the Presidential election results, the CFPB circulated an internal e-mail suspending a reorganization that would have stripped the Office of Enforcement’s autonomy to open investigations and issue civil investigative demands.

Bloomberg Law reported the suspension after obtaining a copy of the internal e-mail. According to the Bloomberg article, Bryan Schneider,