The CFPB’s Much-Anticipated Enforcement Shift Has Begun

April 26, 2021

Conventional wisdom is that under the Biden Administration, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will pivot to a more muscular approach to enforcement of consumer financial protection laws.

The current leadership has already begun to signal the CFPB’s move towards a more aggressive approach while President Biden’s nomination to lead the agency, FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra, is considered by the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.  CFPB Acting Director Dave Uejio has issued a number of statements identifying the agency’s priorities, particularly for the Bureau’s Division of Supervision, Enforcement & Fair Lending, which are expected to continue—and potentially broaden—under a Chopra CFPB.  The CFPB has already begun to rescind Trump administration policies restricting its enforcement more generally, and has indicated its intent to prioritize the enforcement of potential violations related to the COVID-19 pandemic and racial inequity.

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