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May 5, 2016, Covington Alert
Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published a proposed rule substantially curtailing the ability of financial services firms and consumers to enter into voluntary pre-dispute arbitration clauses. The proposed rule would prevent financial services providers from including arbitration clauses in consumer contracts unless those arbitration clauses expressly permit class actions to proceed in court. The rule would also require financial services firms to provide copies of consumer arbitration agreements, claims and decisions to the Bureau for possible publication.
February 3, 2017, Covington Alert
Throughout his campaign, President Donald Trump promised to curtail financial regulations, particularly those promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Act. President Trump argued frequently that the regulations issued under the act have proven overly burdensome and, among other things, limited job growth. This afternoon, the President took his first formal step in ...
October 11, 2016, Covington Alert
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today released its long-awaited decision in PHH Corp., et al. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, No. 15-1177 (D.C. Cir., Oct. 11, 2016). The 110-page decision, which includes a concurrence and a concurrence in part and dissent in part, represents a significant blow to the CFPB.
March 8, 2016, Covington Alert