Updates | The Week of November 20, 2017
The Trump administration filed suit to block the AT&T/Time Warner merger. Mick Mulvaney, of OMB, may soon head the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau.
Not So Fast, Mr. President
Under Dodd-Frank, now that Richard Cordray has resigned as Director, the CFPB’s Deputy Director is the Bureau’s acting Director. President Trump may decide he doesn’t care what Dodd-Frank says, but he doesn’t get the final say.
Update | Week of October 30, 2017
CFPB Director Richard Cordray called on President Trump to veto Congress' override of CFPB's arbitration rule allowing for class-action suits against financial firms.
Updates | The Week of October 23, 2017
The Administration continued advancing its deregulatory agenda, repealing regulations on commercial drones and deceptive practices in livestock production.
Versus Trump: Versus DeVos (Re-Air)
On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, as summer ends and a new school begins, we re-air Jason's interview with Toby Merrill, the director of the Project on Predatory Student Lending at Harvard Law School, about several lawsuits she's involved with against newly-confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. We'll be back soon with new episodes.
Versus Trump: Trump vs. The CFPB
On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie talk about the Trump Administration's position in a lawsuit contending that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—commonly known as the CFPB—is unconstitutional, because its sole director does not serve at the pleasure of the President but instead serves a set term and can be terminated only for-cause. Listen now!
Versus Trump: Versus DeVos (Interview with Toby Merrill)
On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Jason has an interview with Toby Merrill, the director of the Project on Predatory Student Lending at Harvard Law School, about several lawsuits she's involved with against newly-confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Listen now!
Versus Trump: "What About Congress? + Steven Wu"
On a new episode of Versus Trump, Take Care's podcast, Easha, Jason, and Charlie discuss Congress's role and powers in investigations of the Executive. Then, Jason talks with Steven Wu, a Deputy Solicitor General in the Office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, about the case against Trump University, the active role of states in recent years, and other issues in which New York is adverse to the President. Listen now!
Versus Trump: I Want Out!
On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Charlie and Easha discuss the cases against Trump University, the global settlement that was reached, and whether the pending challenge by a lone objector can—or should—alter the result. Listen now!
DeVos Gives Accountability the Boot
Education Secretary Betsy DeDos has jettisoned memos that hold student loan services accountable for past performance. That hurts everyone except her buddies in the loan servicing industry.
The Constitutional Challenge To The CFPB
The major constitutional challenge to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rests on the claim that the President of the United States does not have enough power over the agency.
Alternative Facts & History, and Alarming Implications, in DOJ's CFPB Brief.
DOJ's brief attacking the CFPB is riddled with alternative facts and offers a fictional history of the separation of powers. It may inflict lasting damage on DOJ's credibility. And the implications of DOJ's position for the SEC, Federal Reserve, and U.S. Postal Service, among other federal agencies, are alarming.
Updates | The Week of July 10, 2017
While a new CFPB rule prohibits consumer arbitration clauses in financial services, a proposed CMS rule would eliminate similar protections for nursing home residents.
Updates | The Week of July 24, 2017
The FTC is poised to pull back on enforcement and the House of Representatives voted to repeal CFPB's rule that would protect consumers' rights to sue banks in class actions.
The Story Thus Far: Consumer Protection
Since Trump took office, bitter fights have erupted within the federal government about the future of consumer protection. Here are some useful analyses of the story thus far.