On Jan. 31, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its long-awaited ruling in the PHH v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau case, finding that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is constitutional, but reinstating the previous panel decision rejecting the CFPB’s interpretations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and the relevant statute of limitations.  While PHH may appeal the constitutional ruling to the Supreme Court, and other cases involving the CFPB continue to raise the separation of powers and other structural constitutional issues, this decision is significant in that (a) a three-judge panel of the same circuit court had previously ruled that the CFPB’s structure was constitutionally infirm, and (b) the court has now reinstated the prior ruling rejecting the CFPB’s interpretation of RESPA Section 8(c)(2) and the applicable statute of limitation.

For more information, read the GT Alert, “D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Rules that CFPB Structure is Constitutional, but Rejects the CFPB’s Interpretations of RESPA.”