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D.C. Circuit Holds CFPB Structure Constitutional

  • Written by Eric J. Mogilnicki at The National Law Review

cfpbToday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en bancheld that the structure of the CFPB is constitutional, overturning an earlier ruling by a panel of the Court that would have allowed the President to fire the CFPB director at will.  The Court’s decision, finding that the Bureau’s structure is protected by well-established precedent and does not violate the separation of powers provision of Article II of the U.S. Constitution, preserves the CFPB’s current structure as an independent agency headed by a single Director removable only for cause.  As a result, the pending nomination of the Bureau’s next Director takes on more weight, while litigation relating to PHH itself has been remanded to the Bureau for further proceedings.

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