Department of Justice flip-flops, withdraws support from CFPB in PHH case

  • Whether or not the president has the power to remove the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's director has become a central issue in a case between the CFPB and mortgage lender PHH that began in 2014.
  • An appeals court ruled the CFPB's structure unconstitutional last fall, and the Department of Justice is no longer on the bureau's side.

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What does it look like when a federal department changes its mind? And if that department’s opinion has been offered in an ongoing court case involving a federal agency — what does that mean?