Consumers’ Top Watchdog: The CFPB’s Vital Role Amid Legal Challenges

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) protects consumers, holds financial institutions accountable for predatory practices, and has returned $17.5 billion since 2011 to wronged consumers across all 50 states. However, recent legal challenges have threatened the agency’s autonomy, potentially spreading uncertainty and harm far beyond the agency. This series explores the ways the CFPB helps and advocates for consumers, as well as the potential implications of CFPB v. Community Financial Services Association of America, in which the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling could undermine the agency’s independent funding structure and, by extension, its capacity to protect everyday consumers.

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The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., reflects the sunlight in January 2022. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

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CFPB v. CFSA: How the Supreme Court Could Harm Consumers and Financial Markets Report

CFPB v. CFSA: How the Supreme Court Could Harm Consumers and Financial Markets

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case challenging the autonomy of the single most important agency for the protection of consumers in the financial markets—and its decision could spread uncertainty and harm far beyond the agency.

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