Organized labor plays a vital role in balancing corporate power—but antitrust law has historically inhibited workers’ collective action. That must change.
Welcome Back to the Fight
Waller Spencer: In reforming antitrust law, Congress must focus on the big picture, not the minutiae. Here's how it can do so.
Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018
In a memo to CFPB staff, acting director Mick Mulvaney expressed plans to move away from his predecessor's "good guys" fighting "bad guys," approach to one in which the agency conducts enforcement with "humility and prudence." The Bloomberg Editorial Board argued that the CFPB's plan to reconsider payday lending rules is misguided.
Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018
The CFPB released its sixth annual report to Congress on college credit card agreements, which departs from past reports in taking schools to task for failing to meet their obligation under the CARD Act to publicly disclose their college credit card marketing agreements.
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.
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: 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.
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: The Fiduciary Rule Comes And Goes
On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Easha, Charlie, and Jason discuss the Fifth Circuit's recent decision striking down the so-called "Fiduciary Rule" that would have required those who sell retirement investment products in 401(k) plans to act in the best interests of their clients. Listen now!
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: Trump Versus Facebook
On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie talk about an unusual and surprising case where the Trump Administration has filed a brief in support of fair housing advocates who have sued Facebook for its part in enabling discriminatory advertising. Listen now!
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.
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.
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: Are There Lawsuits About Gun Regulation?
On a new episode of Versus Trump, Easha, Jason, and Charlie discuss what's going on in courts related to gun regulation. They focus on one set of Versus Trump lawsuits in this area: suits by the Gabby Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence requesting any Trump Administration records that would show the influence of the gun lobby on the Administration. Listen now!
Cooperation for the 99%
The FTC and DOJ have welcomed corporate consolidation and monopolization, but targeted workers and small proprietors who organize
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.