On June 26, 2024, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or the “Bureau”) released its annual Fair Lending Report (the “Report”) for the calendar year 2023. The reporting period ran through December 31, 2023, so any subsequent fair lending developments are not included.

The first section of the Report covers the CFPB’s fair lending enforcement and supervision activities in 2023.… Continue Reading

The CFPB (or “Bureau”) filed a cross-motion for summary judgment in the lawsuit regarding the small business lending data collection and reporting rule, also known as the 1071 rule based on the Dodd-Frank section that requires the CFPB to adopt the rule (the “Rule”). Last month, the plaintiffs and intervenors in the lawsuit challenging the Rule filed a consolidated motion for summary judgment.… Continue Reading

The plaintiffs and intervenors in the lawsuit filed in a Texas federal district court challenging the CFPB’s final small business lending rule implementing Section 1071 of Dodd-Frank (Rule) have filed a consolidated motion for summary judgment.  The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are the Texas Bankers Association, Rio Bank, McAllen, Texas, and the American Bankers Association. … Continue Reading

Last week, by a vote of 221-202, the House of Representatives voted to approve S.J. 32, the resolution introduced under the Congressional Review Act to override the CFPB’s final Section 1071 small business lending rule (1071 Rule).  The Senate voted to approve S.J. 32 in October 2023.  President Biden is expected to veto the resolution and there is unlikely to be sufficient votes to override his veto. … Continue Reading

The Texas federal district court hearing the lawsuit challenging the validity of the CFPB’s final rule implementing Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act (Rule) has issued an order that preliminarily enjoins the CFPB from implementing and enforcing the Rule on a nationwide basis against all entities covered by the Rule.  On July 31, the court had denied the request of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit for nationwide preliminary relief and instead issued an order that granted preliminary relief only to the plaintiffs and their members. … Continue Reading

Yesterday, by a vote of 53-44, the Senate voted to approve S.J. 32, the resolution introduced under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to override the CFPB’s final Section 1071 small business lending rule (1071 Rule).

The Senators voting for the resolution included three Democratic Senators (Senators Hinckenlooper, Manchin, and Tester) and the two Independent Senators (Senators King and Sinema). … Continue Reading

The CFPB has filed its opposition to the motion for a preliminary injunction filed by the plaintiffs in the Kentucky federal court lawsuit challenging the CFPB’s final small business lending rule (Rule).

The plaintiffs in the Kentucky lawsuit are the Kentucky Bankers Association and several Kentucky banks.  The Kentucky plaintiffs chose to file a separate lawsuit rather than intervene in the lawsuit pending in a Texas federal district court challenging the Rule filed by the American Bankers Association, Texas Bankers Association, and Rio Grande Bank and in which several credit unions, community banks, credit union and community bank trade associations, an auto floor plan lender, and a trade association for financial services companies and manufacturers in the equipment finance sector have already intervened and filed preliminary injunction motions. … Continue Reading

This past Thursday, August 31, another preliminary injunction motion was filed in the Texas lawsuit challenging the CFPB’s small business lending rule (Rule).  The latest motion was filed by XL Funding, LLC d/b/a Axle Funding, LLC (Axle) and the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) (collectively, the ELFA Intervenors), following the court’s entry of an order granting their motion for leave to intervene and their filing of an intervenor complaint. … Continue Reading

A group of trade associations has sent a letter to CFPB Director Chopra urging the CFPB to address the disparity that has resulted from the order entered by the Texas federal district court in the lawsuit challenging the CFPB’s small business lending rule that granted preliminary injunctive relief only to the plaintiffs and their members. … Continue Reading

Yet another unopposed emergency motion for leave to intervene has been filed in the Texas lawsuit challenging the CFPB’s final small business lending rule (Rule).  The latest proposed intervenors are XL Funding, LLC d/b/a Axle Funding, LLC (Axle) and the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) (collectively, the Proposed ELFA Intervenors).… Continue Reading