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English Goes Back to Court Over CFPB Role

Phil Hall
Jan 16, 2018
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced that it has taken measures to make it easier for consumers with urgent financial needs to obtain access to mortgage credit more quickly in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic

Leandra English is hoping the third time is the charm in her legal pursuit to gain the title and office of acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
 
After twice failing to get a federal court to void President Trump’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney to serve as acting director, English has filed an appeal with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, with the request that the decision be expedited. In her latest legal challenge, English’s appeal stated that she was “entitled by law” to hold the acting director position that was given to her by outgoing CFPB director Richard Cordray in November.
 
In her appeal, English stated that she was “suffering a continuing and manifestly irreparable injury: the usurpation of her position at the fore of a federal agency in a role that will disappear as soon as the President nominates and the Senate confirms a new director.” English also insisted that Mulvaney’s presence at the CFPB “has generated substantial attention in the media, which has repeatedly noted the existence of public confusion over the CFPB’s leadership,” adding that the CFPB employees, the public and the financial services industry “will continue to suffer under a cloud of disruptive legal uncertainty” as long as Mulvaney remains in his job.
 
English filed her appeal on Jan. 12, and it is unclear when the court will review and rule on this case.
 
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