Britany Riley  //  11/26/17  //  Topic Update


The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division is likely to sue to block the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner. The move raises questions, given allegations that President Trump sought to force the divestiture of CNN in the merger due to his distaste for its coverage (The HillNYTimesWSJWaPo). 

  •  President Trump has needlessly created reasons to look skeptically on the DOJ's justified and important lawsuit, writes Eric Citron for Take Care.

President Trump is expected to name Mick Mulvaney, current head of the White House Office of Management and Budget, to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)(LATimes).

Wednesday, the CFPB will remove the agency’s final arbitration rule from the Code of Federal Regulations (Consumer Finance Monitor).


Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

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

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

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.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

A legal battle over who is the rightful acting director of the CFPB prompted widespread debate.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School