The bureau has tightened the use of “abusive” practices under its sweeping authority to prohibit unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices. Industry watchers believe the impact of the new policy might be limited.
Analyst Jaret Seiberg of Cowen: "This guidance should restrict how the abusive standard can be used. This doesn't mean the CFPB can't investigate these products. It is more that its power to bring aggressive enforcement actions will be less.”
According to the complaint, Monster purchased more than 7 million credit reports from Experian between December 2015 and May 2017. The reports included consumers’ names, addresses, number of student loans and aggregate student loan balances.
The court-appointed CFPB defender said the petition challenging the bureau’s structure is “remarkably weak.” According to him, there is no basis “to take the grave step of invalidating an act of Congress.”