The federal government shutdown continues and, in the wake of the President Donald Trump’s Oval Office address in support of the border wall, it appears that it could continue for some time. Press reports say approximately 800,000 federal workers are furloughed or working without pay. Consumer-facing companies are asking: What is the impact of the shutdown on their regulatory and litigation docket, as well as anticipated regulatory matters?

At a high level, from a consumer protection point of view, the most notable emerging impacts are on the federal judiciary, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission; on the other hand, the banking regulators are fully operational and open for business. Here’s a summary of the state of the judiciary and the federal regulatory agencies under the shutdown.

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Photo of Alan D. Wingfield Alan D. Wingfield

Alan Wingfield is a partner in the firm’s Consumer Financial Services practice, with a focus on Financial Services Litigation and consumer law compliance counseling. Alan has represented businesses in many venues nationally in class action and individual consumer litigation. Alan’s practice includes compliance counseling to help businesses with the myriad federal and state consumer protection laws and laws regulating financial services companies.

Photo of David N. Anthony David N. Anthony

David is an experienced trial attorney with a concentration in litigating financial services and business disputes, including class actions related to the FCRA, FDCPA, TCPA and other consumer protection statutes.

Photo of Julie D. Hoffmeister Julie D. Hoffmeister

Julie is part of the firm’s national practice defending consumer-facing companies of all types in defense of individual and class action claims, including claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA).

Photo of Kathleen M. Knudsen Kathleen M. Knudsen

Kathleen is an associate in the Financial Services Litigation section whose practice includes work in consumer law, business disputes, and commercial litigation in both federal and state court. Specifically, Kathleen focuses on defending against claims arising under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), as well as other federal and state statutes, and common law.

Photo of Keaton Stoneking Keaton Stoneking

Keaton Stoneking is an associate in Troutman Sanders’ Financial Services Litigation practice.

Keaton graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law with Honors in 2018, where he served on the North Carolina Law Review and as an Honors Writing Scholar. Prior to attending Law School, Keaton worked for Wells Fargo as a corporate witness, traveling nationwide to testify in trials and depositions.