The U.S. Supreme Court’s Pending Ruling on National Bank Preemption: A Discussion of Cantero v. Bank of America, N.A.

May 2, 2024
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On February 27, 2024, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Cantero v. Bank of America, N.A., a case involving the effect of the Dodd-Frank Act on the scope of preemption under the National Bank Act (NBA). The specific question before the Court is whether, post-Dodd-Frank, the NBA preempts a New York statute requiring banks to pay interest on mortgage escrow accounts. The decision, however, could have ramifications well beyond the specific New York law at issue. This episode repurposes a recent webinar roundtable and brings together as our guests four attorneys who filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court: Jonathan Y. Ellis, William M. Jay, and Matthew A. Schwartz, partners in private law firms, and Professor Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr. After we review the procedural history of Cantero, our guests discuss the arguments made in favor of and against preemption in their amicus briefs and share their reactions to the oral argument and predictions for how the Court will rule.

Alan Kaplinsky, Senior Counsel and former Practice Group Leader in the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Group, moderates the discussion.

View the recording transcript here.

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