On July 18, 2024, in the lawsuit challenging the CFPB’s credit card late fee rule (Rule), the CFPB refiled its notice of supplemental authority in support of its motion to dismiss or transfer the case, motion to dissolve the preliminary injunction, and brief in support its motion. The filings were previously stricken due to the district court’s lack of jurisdiction.… Continue Reading

On July 11, 2024, the CFPB filed Respondent’s Motion for the Immediate Issuance of the Mandate. In the motion, the CFPB states that they do not plan to seek a rehearing before the same Fifth Circuit or En Banc and requests the Fifth Circuit to issue its mandate forthwith to allow the District Court to entertain further proceedings in the case.… Continue Reading

On July 8, 2024, in the lawsuit challenging the CFPB’s credit card late fee rule (Rule), the CFPB filed a notice of supplemental authority in support of their motion to dismiss or transfer the case, a motion to dissolve the preliminary injunction, and a brief to support their motion.

On July 10, 2024, without addressing the merits of the CFPB’s motions, Judge Pittman issued an order to the Clerk to “STRIKE and UNFILE” the above mentioned filings from the docket due to the district court’s lack of jurisdiction until after the Fifth Circuit issues its mandate.… Continue Reading

(As a refresher, if you forgot where things stood the last time you read one of our blogs related to the CFPB credit card late fee rule litigation, click here.)

On Friday May 24, in response to the CFPB’s motion requesting the Fifth Circuit to accelerate the issuance of its mandate from July 9, 2024 with respect to its earlier dismissal of the plaintiffs’ appeal, the Fifth Circuit ordered that the mandate be issued “forthwith.”… Continue Reading

Yesterday, the Texas federal district court hearing the industry lawsuit challenging the CFPB’s final credit card late fee rule (Rule) issued the following unusual order:

On March 10, 2024, this Court granted Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction.  The Court therefore has questions concerning the live causes of actions in this case and what next steps are appropriate to move the case along.… Continue Reading

Last Friday, May 10, the Texas federal district court hearing the lawsuit challenging the CFPB’s final credit card late fee rule (Rule) granted the plaintiffs’ preliminary injunction motion and stayed the Rule.  The Rule was set to become effective tomorrow, May 14.  The district court’s ruling followed the entry of an order by the Fifth Circuit vacating the district court’s order denying the plaintiffs’ motion for expedited consideration of their preliminary injunction motion and remanding the case to the district court with instructions to rule on the plaintiffs’ preliminary injunction motion by May 10.… Continue Reading

Last week ended with several new developments in the lawsuit challenging the CFPB’s final credit card late fee rule (Rule), both of which appear to reduce the likelihood that the Rule will be stayed before its May 14 effective date.

First, the CFPB filed a Petition for Panel Rehearing on April 18 and the Fifth Circuit has directed the plaintiffs to file a response by April 30. … Continue Reading

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) Director Rohit Chopra shared his insights at Consumer Bankers Association Live industry conference in Washington D.C. Reuters reported that Chopra told sideline reporters, “We are going to be looking into the credit card rewards market due to an increase in consumer complaints. What the marketing gurus and consultants are telling credit card issuers is that they should focus consumers’ attention on splashy rewards, but then withhold information from them when they’re paying lots of interest and could switch to a lower-rate card, even within the same bank.”… Continue Reading

On March 5, 2024, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued its final credit card late fee rule (the “Final Rule”). The timing for publication of the final rule was widely perceived as coordinated with the President’s State of the Union address, and in his March 7, 2024 address, President Joe Biden did briefly mention the Final Rule, citing the reduction of credit card late fees to $8 and adding “I’m saving American families $20 billion a year with all the junk fees I’m eliminating.”… Continue Reading

After targeting credit card late fees in its proposed rule, the CFPB has set its sights on further attacking credit card pricing through interest rates. The CFPB published a blog late last month stating that credit card interest rate margins are at an all-time high, with an average 14.3% margin in 2023 compared to 9.6% margin in 2013, and have fueled the profitability of revolving balances.… Continue Reading