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13 Feb 2018, 8:47 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Last month, the Department of Justice issued a policy that as DOJ describes it in its announcement of the policy, "prohibits the Department of Justice from using its civil enforcement authority to convert agency guidance documents into binding rules. [read post]
12 Feb 2018, 4:29 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern The Hill reports that the president's budget would subject the CFPB budget to the congressional appropriations process, which as we have noted in the past, would effectively give lobbyists power over the CFPB, even when the director is not beholden to the industry. [read post]
11 Feb 2018, 2:01 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern I am very late to this particular party, but back in November, the Second Circuit decided ARIAS v. [read post]
10 Feb 2018, 1:45 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Last month, Interim Director Mulvaney announced that the Bureau may reconsider the Bureau's payday lending rule. [read post]
10 Feb 2018, 6:03 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern AccountsRecovery.Net reports on an interview, largely about debt collection, with the Acting Director of the FTC's Consumer Protection Bureau, Thomas Pahl, at a Receivables Management Association conference this week. [read post]
6 Feb 2018, 2:02 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Income inequality causes numerous problems for the United States, including lower economic growth. [read post]
6 Feb 2018, 11:12 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Yesterday I expressed doubt about whether it matters if the CFPB backs off on investigating Equifax. [read post]
6 Feb 2018, 9:25 am by Alan S. Kaplinsky
  Professor Jeff Sovern acknowledged yesterday in the Consumer Law and Policy Blog that “the CFPB has very limited jurisdiction over the Equifax data breach, if it has any jurisdiction anyway…. [read post]
5 Feb 2018, 1:17 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern The answer to the question is that I'm not sure it does. [read post]
30 Jan 2018, 1:07 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern During the Obama administration, the Department of Education adopted a regulation obliging colleges and universities to disclose their contracts with banks governing marketing to students as well as how much the schools receive from the banks. [read post]
27 Jan 2018, 11:03 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Ian McKendry has a report in the American Banker, Is Trump team moving to political middle in CFPB director search? [read post]
24 Jan 2018, 11:45 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern In response to my inquiry, a CFPB representative, Brenda Muniz, informed me today that "There are no updates with respect to the freeze on enforcement actions or the issuance of CIDs," and that the CFPB has not announced an enforcement action since its November 21 announcement about Citibank. [read post]
23 Jan 2018, 9:52 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Back in December, the Times had an article headlined That Game on Your Phone May Be Tracking What You’re Watching on TV, that reported that hundreds--even thousands--of apps, some geared towards children, use the phone microphone to identify what shows people are watching, which can in turn be used to target ads to them more precisely. [read post]
22 Jan 2018, 9:16 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern According to Evan Weinberger, writing in Law360: Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who is leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on a temporary basis despite a court challenge from the bureau's deputy director, insisted Friday that he is not trying to destroy the federal watchdog from within.Mulvaney, who has been serving as the CFPB’s acting director since Nov. 24, told reporters at a White House briefing ahead of… [read post]
18 Jan 2018, 1:50 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern The drip of bad news for consumer protection continues. [read post]