David Dayen: It’s About to Get a Lot Easier to Sue Your Bank for Screwing You Over- unless the Republicans kill the new regulation

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It’s About to Get a Lot Easier to Sue Your Bank for Screwing You Over

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Unless Republicans in Congress decide to kill a new regulation, that is.

It’s almost unheard of for the federal government to ban anything done by Wall Street bankers. Maybe the feds ask for banks to provide more disclosure or somehow limit a particularly onerous practice. But a ban, especially in this new era of industry friendliness ushered in by Donald Trump? Yeah, right.

That’s what makes the Monday announcement by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the watchdog agency conceived by Elizabeth Warren, so unique. A new rule promises to straight-up ban (in almost all cases) a harmful activity affecting consumers across America. It also sets up the ultimate put-up or shut-up moment for the Republican Congress: They can continue to whine about the agency…

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