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October 18, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court said today that it will take up Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a case attempting to undermine the independence of the nation’s consumer protection watchdog.  Seila Law LCC is pushing the Supreme Court to give President Trump influence and control over how the CFPB oversees the financial services industry. Specifically, the lawsuit contends that the structure of the CFPB is unconstitutional because it only allows the President to remove the CFPB Director for-cause. Congress, however, established the independent CFPB to...
October 17, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Center for Responsible Lending Executive Vice President Nikitra Bailey released the following statement today on the passing of U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform: We are saddened by the passing of Chairman Elijah Cummings. He was a steadfast leader who served his community and country with passion and conviction. For consumers, he was the voice who championed reforms to protect families from abusive payday lenders, predatory for-profit colleges, and housing discrimination. His legacy is a shining example of what...
October 7, 2019
2008 Crisis Echoes Through American Politics As Americans Seek More WASHINGTON, DC – As candidates vie to set the agenda for the next presidency, Democratic primary voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina strongly support a tough approach to oversight and reform of Wall Street, according to a new poll conducted by the bipartisan team of Lake Research Partners and Chesapeake Beach Consulting. The views of these voters, whose decisions will influence the early trajectory of the race for the Democratic nomination, align with Democrats and independents broadly, and on many...
September 20, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (FAIR Act) (H.R. 1423), a bill that would restore the ability of Americans to take their disputes with companies to a real court of law. Specifically, the legislation would prohibit contracts from requiring civil rights, consumer, or employment disputes be settled in arbitration – a process shown to be rigged in favor of powerful companies and against the average American. Center for Responsible Lending Executive Vice President Debbie Goldstein issued the following statement...
September 17, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger joined the Trump Administration in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to give the president more influence and control over the CFPB, the agency that regulates the financial services industry. Kraninger and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly asked the Court to consider an appeal that would allow the president to remove the CFPB director at-will instead of for-cause. Since its creation, the CFPB has operated as an independent agency, free of political influence or interference. In joining DOJ...
September 10, 2019
CFPB finalizes policy that gives companies a private channel to seek approvals of untested new products and a promise that the CFPB will not take action for consumer protection law violations WASHINGTON D.C. — Consumer advocates criticized today’s announcement by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that it has finalized policies to give banks, fintech companies, and other corporations no-action letters and approvals that will protect companies from enforcement and deem potentially risky new products and services to be in compliance with the law. “The new ‘compliance assurance...
August 12, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released new rules that drastically expand the criteria that determines whether an immigrant is likely to become a “public charge” and therefore be denied a green card or legal status in the United States. Among the new policy’s provisions, DHS is now requiring immigrants to provide their credit score and credit report. Center for Responsible Lending and Self-Help Co-founder and CEO Martin Eakes released the following statement on behalf of Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Credit Union, and the Center for the...
July 22, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, two years after the massive Equifax data breach, the credit monitoring agency has agreed to a settlement of up to $700 million. The agreement includes at least $400 million in consumer relief, $175 million to states, and $100 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in civil penalties. CRL Director of State Policy and Executive Vice President Diane Standaert released the following statement: The consequences of this data breach will be lasting, and it only underscores the need for rigorous oversight and reform over credit monitoring agencies....
January 23, 2019
Center For Responsible Lending Calls for Answers on CFPB Settlement That Seems To Let Predatory Lender Off the Hook WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which is led by Director Kathy Kraninger, announced a settlement with Mark Corbett, who sold veterans deceptive, high-interest loans. While under the settlement Mark Corbett will not continue in this line of business, he also received a civil money penalty of a single dollar. This settlement arrives a few days after Director Kraninger announced that the CFPB will not monitor lenders to verify...
December 6, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, upon the Senate voting on party lines to confirm Kathy Kraninger for Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Center for Responsible Lending Senior Legislative Counsel Yana Miles issued the following statement: Mulvaney’s tenure at the CFPB wasn’t public service—it was service to predatory lenders. The Administration’s pattern of nominating unqualified, political candidates to important independent agencies, like the CFPB, is dangerous, misguided, and will cause irreparable harm to families across the country. Kathy Kraninger’s inexperience...

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