“Reasonable belief” must be legally permissible

Calderone alleged that he was terminated, in retaliation for reporting a car dealership’s alleged refusal to finance cars for racial minorities, in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act.  Unfortunately for Calderone, no matter how reasonable his belief may have been, car dealers are exempt from the CFPA by its plain terms, as other agencies have regulatory authority in that sector of the economy. “Under the CFPA, a plainitff may have a reasonable, but mistaken, belief of fact or law that a statute has been violated. But the CFPA does not permit a plaintiff’s reasonable beliefs to expand the CFPB’s jurisdiction.” Calderon v. Sonic Houston JLR, L.P., No. 17-20029 (Jan. 9, 2018).

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