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Federal Preemption And Consumer Financial Protection: Past And Future, Patricia A. Mccoy, Kathleen C. Engel Mar 2012

Federal Preemption And Consumer Financial Protection: Past And Future, Patricia A. Mccoy, Kathleen C. Engel

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

Starting in 1995 and throughout the subprime boom during the next decade, Congress failed to take action to curb predatory mortgage lending. Many states and cities filled the void by passing anti-predatory lending laws of their own. Lenders, worried about potential liability, quickly organized a full-scale attack on the state and local initiatives. Their most potent strategy lay in challenging the laws and ordinances under federal preemption rules for national banks and federal savings associations that precluded states from enforcing their anti-predatory lending laws.

The Dodd-Frank Act curtailed the preemption rules by establishing that state consumer financial laws can only ...