OCC Distances Itself from Operation Chokepoint

OCC Distances Itself from Operation Chokepoint

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) acting director, Keith Norieka, informed House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R- TX) on August 18th that the OCC was never involved in Operation Chokepoint (OCP), a federal policy that...
California Pursues Its Own Arbitration Rule

California Pursues Its Own Arbitration Rule

Similar to the final arbitration rule recently published by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Democrats in the California State Senate have advanced their own arbitration law (California Senate Bill 33) to the General Assembly for a vote....
Indian Education and the Benefits of Tribally-Owned Businesses

Indian Education and the Benefits of Tribally-Owned Businesses

There are currently more than 1.1 million American Indians and Alaska Natives under the age of 24. The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), a subagency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior, educates more than 42,000 students each year through...
ABA Weighs In On Proposed Break Up of Ninth Circuit

ABA Weighs In On Proposed Break Up of Ninth Circuit

The American Bar Association, a group that counts more than 400,000 attorneys as members, voted through its House of Delegates on Monday to fight Congressional efforts to split the Ninth Circuit into two courts. The Ninth Circuit is a federal appellate court with...
CFPB Argues to Retain Illinois Venue in Upper Lake TLE Case

CFPB Argues to Retain Illinois Venue in Upper Lake TLE Case

Attorneys for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a memorandum to the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois on Monday arguing the district judge should deny a motion to relocate the agency’s hotly contested case against four tribal lending...
Tribal Lenders Petition Supreme Court in Fight Against CFPB

Tribal Lenders Petition Supreme Court in Fight Against CFPB

Two tribal lending entities (TLEs), Great Plains Lending of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and Plain Green of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court to review a January 2017 decision by the Ninth Circuit. The circuit court...
Federal Court Rules Reservation Never Disestablished

Federal Court Rules Reservation Never Disestablished

A recent ruling out of the Tenth Circuit could have a big impact on tribal jurisdiction over lands opened up to non-Indian settlement decades ago. The court overturned the conviction of Patrick Dwayne Murphy, a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, after he was...
Courts, Lawmakers Continue Tussle Over CFPB’s Future

Courts, Lawmakers Continue Tussle Over CFPB’s Future

On the heels of publishing a new rule on mandatory arbitration, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is caught in a struggle for its future in multiple federal courts and Congress. As courts diverge and lawmakers clash over healthcare, the budget, Russia,...
New Senate Bill Could Undo Controversial Debt Collection Ruling

New Senate Bill Could Undo Controversial Debt Collection Ruling

Senator Mark Warner (D- VA) introduced a new bill that would allow a third party that purchased or otherwise obtained a debt from a bank to continue charging during collection the interest rates of the bank’s home state. The bill contains similar language to...

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