While most attention is focused on the CFPB, state attorneys general are very active in investigating and enforcing state laws relating to consumer financial services (and often federal laws when incorporated into state law or when using their Dodd-Frank authority). We first discuss the CPD’s priorities and how they are determined; use of its state law UDAP authority and available remedies; enforcement of federal law; and collaboration with the CFPB and other state AGs.… Continue Reading
On September 29, 2022, the Attorneys General of Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Carolina filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against President Biden, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, and the U.S. Department of Education (4:22-cv-01040) seeking to halt implementation of the Biden Administration’s student loan relief plan announced on August 24, 2022.… Continue Reading
In January, attorney generals representing all 50 states called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to put a plan in place to counter what they perceived to be a growing tide of fraudulent robocalls. The FCC proposed states act collaboratively to share information for investigations which it claims would prevent duplicative efforts, allowing pooling of resources, and accelerate investigations. … Continue Reading
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Timbs v. Indiana, which presents the issue of whether the prohibition on excessive fines in the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is incorporated against the States under the Fourteenth Amendment. Although it involves a civil asset forfeiture arising from the petitioner’s criminal conviction, the case could have significant implications for consumer financial services companies facing fines and penalties sought by State attorneys general and regulators. … Continue Reading
A group of 16 Democratic state attorneys general have sent a letter to the CFPB in response to its Request for Information Regarding Bureau Civil Investigative Demands and Associated Processes.
The AGs express their opposition to any curtailment of the Bureau’s investigatory authority because “it would significantly hinder the Bureau’s ability to fulfill its mandate of promoting fairness, transparency, and competitiveness in the markets for financial products and services.” … Continue Reading
On April 5, in a letter to Congressional leaders, attorneys general (AGs) from 17 states (Iowa, California, Maine, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Vermont, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island) and the District of Columbia urged Congress to cease its efforts to nullify the rule under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).… Continue Reading
On Monday, we blogged about the highlights of the panel I moderated, “The CFPB Speaks,” that was part of the Practicing Law Institute’s 22nd annual Consumer Financial Services Institute in Manhattan. The next panel, “Federal Regulators Speak: Priorities & Coordination,” focused on priorities and developments at the Department of Justice (DOJ), the OCC, and the FTC.… Continue Reading
The Democratic Attorneys General of 16 states and the District of Columbia have filed a motion with the D.C. Circuit seeking to intervene in the PHH appeal. The states are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.… Continue Reading
The Attorneys General for the states of Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, and Vermont recently took the unusual step of filing a joint motion to intervene to modify the settlement terms of a CFPB enforcement action.
The motion was filed in the CFPB’s action filed in a New York federal district court in December 2014 against Sprint Corporation that alleged Sprint had violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act by allowing unauthorized third-party charges on its customers’ telephone bills. … Continue Reading
Since last Tuesday’s election, there has been much discussion of how expected changes under a Trump Administration are likely to reduce the CFPB’s impact, particularly in the enforcement arena. Little attention, however, has been paid to the election’s implications for the role of state attorneys general and state financial services regulators in enforcing federal and state consumer financial protection laws.… Continue Reading