Lawyers explore legal options over CFPB dispute

Lawyers for a woman who argues she's the rightful acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are exploring their legal options now that a judge has declined to block the man President Donald Trump picked for the job.

Judge Timothy Kelly denied a request by Leandra English, who was named last week as acting director by outgoing CFPB chief Richard Cordray, for a temporary restraining order to block Mick Mulvaney from taking the post.

“The administration applauds the Court’s decision,” White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said in a statement. “It’s time for the Democrats to stop enabling this brazen political stunt by a rogue employee and allow Acting Director Mulvaney to continue the Bureau’s smooth transition into an agency that truly serves to help consumers.”

Deepak Gupta, English’s lawyer, told reporters that he would have to consult with his client about the next steps. These could either involve seeking a preliminary injunction or requesting a ruling on a permanent injunction, either of which could be appealed to a higher court.

“This court is not the final stop,” Gupta said. “This judge does not have the final word on what happens in this controversy, and I think he understands that.” He praised the court for acting expeditiously but criticized the government for proposing a litigation schedule that would continue into next year.

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