CFPB Defends Constitutionality In 9th Circ. Oral Args

By Jon Hill (January 9, 2019, 10:01 PM EST) -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau defended the constitutionality of its single-director, independent structure before a Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday in an appeal brought by a California law firm that wants to be freed from an agency administrative subpoena.

During the CFPB's first appellate oral arguments on the constitutionality issue since Kathleen Kraninger took over last month as director, agency attorney Kevin Friedl pushed back on Seila Law LLC's proposition that it was unconstitutional for the agency to be set up with a single director who can't be fired except for cause.

"If the court does go to reach the merits...

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