A group of unidentified businesses in the consumer credit counseling market made a choice recently to take their complaint against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to a federal court in Washington.

The judge’s ruling, published this week, kept the identities of the companies and an individual secret—some measure of comfort for businesses and their lawyers who are navigating consumer-protection enforcement by a relatively new agency that doesn’t have much guidance yet from the courts.

Although the case showed an aggressive push by the bureau for total transparency, the judge’s decision to redact the plaintiffs’ names “does give some comfort,” Ballard Spahr commercial litigation partner Dino Panagopoulos, who was not involved in the case, told the NLJ this week.

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