U.S. Senate

Senate Bill Seeks to Bestow Additional Enforcement Powers on State Attorneys General

On December 22, 2017, four Democratic Senators, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), introduced a bill titled the “Accountability for Wall Street Executives Act of 2017.”  The bill amends the Revised Statutes, 12 U.S.C. § 484, to arm state attorneys general and other law enforcement…

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Republicans File Congressional Review Act Challenge to CFPB's Arbitration Rule

As LenderLaw Watch previously reported, on July 10, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Arbitration Rule, which blocks the use of mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer financial products and services contracts that prohibit class action lawsuits.  On July 19, 2017, the CFPB published this Rule in the Federal Register,…

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Senate Democrats Press Treasury Secretary Nominee Mnunchin for Views on Bank Regulation and Fair Lending Laws

On December 21, 2016, the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), sent a pointed letter to President-elect Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin.  The letter is an attempt to gain an understanding of Mr. Mnuchin’s views on topics over which…

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Potential CFPB Reform in the Wake of the Election

The results of the recent election have led to speculation regarding what legal changes are in store for the consumer financial services industry and the CFPB in particular.  Although President-elect Trump and other Republicans have made statements regarding “dismantling” the Dodd-Frank Act, few concrete proposals have been put forward.  In…

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OCC, FRB, and FDIC Push Ahead on Reducing Regulation of Community Banks

On May 4, 2015, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry, Federal Reserve Board (FRB) Governor Daniel Tarullo, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman Martin Gruenberg held the third in a series of outreach meetings to discuss with the public their efforts to reduce the regulatory burden on community banks…

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Financial Services Firms' Projected Cybersecurity Spending Increase Is Money Well Spent

One of the most persistent and insidious threats to companies is cyber attacks.  Whether these attacks involve theft of intellectual property, installation of malware, or denial of service, they pose a significant risk to businesses and their customers.  For many companies, especially financial services companies, the risk is heightened by…

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Money Remittance Improvement Act Eases Regulatory Requirements for MSBs

On August 1, Congress passed the Money Remittances Improvement Act of 2014 (signed by President Obama on August 8, 2014), which reduces regulatory hurdles and duplication between state and federal regulation of money services businesses.  Specifically, the Act permits the Secretary of the Treasury to “rely on examinations conducted by a…

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