CFPB argues civil liberties irrelevant to PHH case

In its brief, the CFPB argues that under binding precedent, the only relevant question to determining the constitutionality of an agency’s structure is whether or not that structure is “of such a nature that it will impede the President’s ability to perform his constitutional duty…to take care that the laws are faithfully executed” (emphasis in the original).

Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania is a warning to the banking industry

Regulators’ action against Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania has huge ramifications for the banking industry. Three regulators − the CFPB, FDIC and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency – have ordered Citizens to pay $14 million in refunds to consumers and another $20.5 million penalty.

As community banks leave mortgage market, former CFPB official prepares to benefit

The ex-CFPB Deputy Director Raj Date has attracted criticism for creating a mortgage company which competes in nonqualified mortgages, a category of loan he helped create at the CFPB. While Date’s conduct has its critics and defenders, one thing is certain. Community banks have been pushed out of the mortgage business by the rules Date helped write, and Date’s company now plans to soak up the extra loans.

Lessons learned from the CFPB’s first enforcement actions

Since its creation in July 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has entered into five public consent orders with financial institutions and, in one case, a service provider, to correct alleged consumer protection violations. While these orders involved some of the biggest institutions in the industry (Capital One, Discover and American Express), there are valuable insights to be gleaned from these orders for both institutions directly monitored by the CFPB and institutions that are examined for consumer protection compliance by their prudential regulators (especially since the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) joined in two of the orders).

CFPB permits contributions to qualified plans: Justification for cautious optimism?

Often when Congress creates a new agency, those subject to such agency’s jurisdiction anxiously await the implications. Bankers are no exception with respect to the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). While we hope for the best, the skeptic in us naturally expects draconian consequences and inflexible policies designed to benefit consumers without consideration of the safety and soundness of the financial institution. However, a recent CFPB bulletin provides reason to be cautiously optimistic that the CFPB may be responsive to the business needs of the banking industry under the proper circumstances.

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