Five amicus briefs have been filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in support of Leandra English.  Ms. English has appealed the district court’s denial of her preliminary injunction motion in her action seeking a declaration that she, rather than Mick Mulvaney, has the legal right to serve as CFPB Acting Director.… Continue Reading

This past May, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, ruled 6-2 that a plaintiff alleging a Fair Credit Reporting Act violation does not have standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution to sue for statutory damages in federal court unless the plaintiff can show that he or she suffered “concrete,” “real” harm as a result of the violation. … Continue Reading

The CFPB, together with the DOJ, has filed a second amicus brief in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court in which the issue is whether a plaintiff who cannot show any actual harm from a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) nevertheless has standing under Article III of the U.S.… Continue Reading

Many readers probably remember Edwards v. First American Financial Corp. for its ill-fated journey to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court had granted certiorari to decide the issue of whether a plaintiff who brings a RESPA claim has Article III standing to recover statutory damages in the absence of any actual damages caused by the alleged RESPA violation. … Continue Reading

A prevailing defendant in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case can recover costs even without a court finding that the plaintiff filed suit in bad faith and for the purpose of harassment, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in Marx v. General Revenue Corp.  The Supreme Court rejected the plaintiff’s argument that a court’s authority to award costs under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 54(d) was superseded by the FDCPA’s cost provision to only allow a court to award costs if such a finding is made.… Continue Reading

This past Friday, Rachel Rodman, a lawyer at the CFPB, described the CFPB’s new amicus brief policy during a presentation she made at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.  

During the Q&A segment, I urged the Bureau to do two additional things which might create more transparency and help to allay industry suspicion that the CFPB will always align itself against the industry.… Continue Reading

Although it dealt with the Department of Labor’s (DOL) interpretation of a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulation, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision issued earlier this week in Christopher v. Smithkline Beecham Corp. has significant implications for the CFPB’s approach to amicus brief filings. 

In announcing in March that it had filed an amicus brief in a 10th Circuit TILA rescission case, the CFPB stated that it was committed to filing amicus briefs in cases involving the federal consumer financial protection laws it oversees.  … Continue Reading

On March 26, the CFPB filed an amicus brief in an appeal involving the Truth in Lending Act before the Tenth Circuit. The question presented in Rosenfield v HSBC Bank, USA is whether a lawsuit seeking rescission is timely where the consumer provided notice of rescission to the lender within three years of closing but did not file suit until after the three-year deadline had passed. … Continue Reading