Joanna Pearl as Public Rights Project Legal Director

CFPB Moves to Drop, Delay Cases as Priorities Shift Under Mulvaney

By Ryan Barber

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday dropped a suit in Kansas federal court against four payday lenders, the latest signal the Trump-appointed interim director of the agency is shifting enforcement priorities.

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Meanwhile, a lawyer on the CFPB’s enforcement command staff is preparing to leave the agency to join the California-based Public Rights Project in February as legal director.

Joanna Pearl, the chief of staff under the past three enforcement directors, played a key role in setting the CFPB’s enforcement strategy. She was not immediately reached for comment.

Pearl will lead the group’s work “to assist state and local governments looking to expand their efforts to enforce civil rights, consumer protection, and environmental laws,” Jill Habig, founder and president of the Public Rights Project, said in a statement. Habig said Pearl’s “background and experience leading enforcement teams to protect consumers from fraud and predatory conduct will be a huge asset.”

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Originally published January 19, 2018.   

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