This puts all the credit card companies on notice. Gouging customers with deceptive practices will no longer be tolerated. We've got Elizabeth Warren to thank for that. It was her doggedness that kept the idea of the CFPB alive during heated and difficult Dodd-Frank negotiations. And it was Elizabeth Warren who got the Bureau off the ground while Republicans were obstructing the appointment of a permanent director.
Warren's reaction (via email):
"I'm proud that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has stood up for middle class families by holding a major credit card company, Capitol One, accountable for deceptive practices," said Warren. "The new consumer agency is only one-year old, but it is fearless. It will hold accountable the largest financial institutions and try to make sure that even the biggest banks follow the rules."This action by the CFPB puts all the banks on notice, but it also makes Elizabeth Warren an even bigger target for defeat. Her opponent, Sen. Scott Brown, is already the darling of Wall Street. Expect every banker, his children, his employees, household help and his dog to donate the maximum to Brown to make sure Elizabeth Warren is kept out of the Senate.
"The CFPB has been pushing to reduce the fine print in credit card agreements and assisting with consumer complaints, and today's action shows how important it is that consumers have someone on their side. It's critical that we keep moving forward and protect the gains we've made, to protect people from financial tricks and traps and help create a level playing field."