Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Given Stay of Execution
We wrote in a recent blog entry how the future of the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau (CFPB) was in danger as a consequence of national politics. The CFPB is an agency responsible for protection members of the public from the abusive actions of banks, mortgage companies, credit card companies and other financial institutions and businesses which regularly interact with members of the public. The CFPB is only a few years old but has been doing a lot of good work to protect members of the public. Some of the better known examples of what the CFPB has done is to stop credit card companies from putting hidden charges into credit card statements, or intentionally creating credit card statements or agreements which are intentionally designed to be as confusing as possible.
Unfortunately, in light of political changes in Washington last year, the CFPB is essentially being hollowed out. Most new enforcement actions have stopped and the new officer in charge of the CFPB has openly stated that they are hostile to the purpose of the CFPB and instead that they see the purpose of the CFPB to protect businesses from “overregulation”. While none of that is good news, it will take time to unwind all of the CFPB’s policies and while they are still in effect Loan Lawyers and other consumer-protection law firms will continue using such policies to help members of the public.
A court ruled previously that the CFPB’s leadership was unconstitutional because of how its leadership is selected. The Court of Appeals for the District Court of Columbia recently determined that the previous ruling was in error. The Court ultimately found that the CFPB’s leadership structure is sufficiently similar to other executive agencies as to pass constitutional muster. The Court went on to comment that if PHH’s arguments were actually correct, many executive agencies would have to be overhauled, throwing large portions of the government into disarray. Fortunately the District Court ruled properly, if they had not then challenges to many government agencies would likely have followed and the CFPB rulings which help protect mortgage borrowers might have been thrown into question.
The entirety of the Court’s decision can be read here.
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