After bouncing from the Texas federal district court to the D.C. federal district court to the Fifth Circuit and back again to the Texas federal district court, the industry lawsuit challenging the CFPB’s credit card late fee rule (Rule) is poised for another round of possible twists and turns in the wake of the U.S.… Continue Reading

As we previously reported, here, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted to issue a final rule (the “Rule”) that would prevent most employers from enforcing noncompete agreements against workers, with only limited exceptions for existing noncompetes with senior executives and noncompetes made in connection with the bona fide sale of a business. … Continue Reading

On May 16, 2024, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, ruled that the CFPB’s funding mechanism does not violate the Appropriations Clause of the U.S. Constitution. That ruling is discussed here.

Shortly after the ruling, the CFPB issued a statement about the decision. It stated that “The Supreme Court has rejected [the] radical theory that would have devastated the American financial markets.… Continue Reading

On May 16, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado held a hearing in NAIB, et al v. Weiser, et al. on a motion filed by three financial services industry trade groups to preliminarily enjoin Colorado from enforcing Colo. Rev. Stat. § 5-13-106 (the “Opt-Out Legislation”) to the extent it purports to apply Colorado’s interest rate and fee limitations to loans made by federally insured out-of-state state-chartered banks to Colorado borrowers.… Continue Reading

The Bipartisan Senate AI Working Group, led by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released a comprehensive Roadmap for AI policy entitled, “Driving U.S. Innovation in Artificial Intelligence.”  The wide-ranging Roadmap is a call to action to Congress, federal agencies, and the private sector to foster advancements in, and address risks posed by, artificial intelligence.… Continue Reading

Florida Bankers Association President and CEO and former Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Kathy Kraninger wrote an editorial in the May 14, 2024 American Banker titled “CFPB Must Stop Manipulating Data to Support Its Policy Preferences.” Kraninger served as Director of the CFPB from December 2018 to January 2021.… Continue Reading

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, ruled today that the CFPB’s funding mechanism does not violate the Appropriations Clause of the U.S. Constitution. 

In the Dodd-Frank Act, Congress provided that the CFPB would receive annual funding from the combined earnings of the Federal Reserve System.  Each year, the Federal Reserve Board is directed to transfer to the CFPB an amount determined by the CFPB Director to be reasonably necessary to carry out the CFPB’s authorities, with that amount not to exceed 12% of the Federal Reserve’s total operating expenses as reported in 2009 (approximately $600 million) as adjusted for inflation.  … Continue Reading

The U.S. Supreme Court has held unanimously in Smith v. Spizzirri that when a district court finds that a lawsuit involves an arbitrable dispute and a party has requested a stay of the court proceedings pending arbitration, Section 3 of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) compels the court to issue a stay of the suit; the court lacks jurisdiction to dismiss the suit on the basis that all of the claims are subject to arbitration. … Continue Reading

Our special guest is Professor Richard Frankel of Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law and the author of a recent article on mass arbitration.  In this episode, we first discuss what mass arbitration is, how it relates to class action lawsuits, and the role of public enforcement.  We then discuss the industry and consumer positions on the use of mass arbitration and the empirical study conducted by Prof.… Continue Reading

On behalf of the American Bankers Association (ABA) and the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA), Ballard Spahr has submitted an amicus brief in NAIB et al. v. Weiser et al., the lawsuit challenging Colorado’s opt-out legislation  The amicus brief was filed in support of the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction.

The law at issue is the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980 (DIDMCA). … Continue Reading