On August 18, Judge Kenneth M. Karas of the Southern District of New York, granted the CFPB’s petition to enforce a civil investigative demand that it issued to the Law Offices of Crystal Moroney prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Seila Law decision and that was subsequently ratified by Director Kraninger.… Continue Reading
This past Friday, March 20, the Fifth Circuit entered an order granting rehearing en banc in All American Check Cashing. The Fifth Circuit also vacated the 2-1 panel decision issued on March 3 (the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Seila Law) that ruled that the CFPB’s structure is constitutional.… Continue Reading
The Consumer Bankers Association has sent a letter to the leadership of the House of Representatives urging the House to enact legislation that replaces the CFPB’s single director leadership structure with a five-person, bipartisan commission.
The CBA advocates for such legislation as a way to avoid the adverse consequences that it believes would result if the Supreme Court were to rule in Seila Law that the CFPB’s current structure is unconstitutional and the appropriate remedy is to sever the Dodd-Frank Act’s provision that only allows the President to remove the CFPB Director “for cause.” … Continue Reading
This past Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it has agreed to decide whether the CFPB’s single-director-removable-only-for-cause structure is constitutional. The Court granted Seila Law’s petition for a writ of certiorari seeking review of the Ninth Circuit’s decision that held the CFPB’s structure is constitutional.
Tomorrow, October 22, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.… Continue Reading
A unanimous Ninth Circuit panel has ruled in CFPB v. Seila Law LLC that the CFPB’s single-director-removable-only-for-cause structure is constitutional.
Appellant Seila Law had asked the Ninth Circuit to overturn the district court’s refusal to set aside a Bureau civil investigative demand, arguing that the CID was invalid because the CFPB’s structure is unconstitutional. … Continue Reading
A Florida federal district court has granted the motion filed by Ocwen Financial Corporation to invite the U.S. Attorney General to express the AG’s views on the CFPB’s constitutionality.
In April 2017, the CFPB filed a lawsuit against Ocwen in which it alleged Ocwen had engaged in unlawful conduct in connection with its servicing of residential mortgages. … Continue Reading
The D.C. Circuit, in a divided decision, denied a motion for an emergency injunction pending appeal filed by a company seeking to halt all CFPB action adverse to the company, including enforcement of a CID and disclosure of the company’s identity. The company seeking the injunction in John Doe Company v.… Continue Reading
Just before year-end, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in Bandimere v. United States Securities and Exchange Commission, set aside an SEC decision finding the petitioner liable for violating various securities law on the grounds that the SEC’s administrative law judge (ALJ) who conducted the proceeding was unconstitutionally appointed. … Continue Reading
The D.C. federal district court has rejected the plaintiffs’ attempt in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew, et al. to invalidate the actions taken by Director Cordray while he was a recess appointee. The district court deferred ruling on the plaintiffs’ separation of powers constitutional challenge to the CFPB pending a decision by the D.C.… Continue Reading
A recent decision by the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit suggests that an attempt by a company or individual that is the target of a CFPB administrative enforcement action to bring a separate action in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the CFPB’s use of an administrative law judge (ALJ) is likely to face a significant jurisdictional hurdle. … Continue Reading