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In this Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, photo, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau enforcement director Kent Markus poses for a photo in Washington. For the 14 months it has existed, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched dozens of enforcement probes and issued more than 100 subpoenas demanding customer data, employee testimony and marketing materials from companies that include credit card lenders, for-profit colleges and mortgage servicers.

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Aggressive start for consumer bureau

The new federal agency charged with enforcing consumer finance laws is emerging as an ambitious sheriff, taking on companies for deceptive fees and marketing and unmoved by protests that its tactics go too far.

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