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Mobile Financial Services and the Underserved

The CFPB recently released a report regarding the use of Mobile Financial Services by underserved populations, including low-income, unbanked, underbanked, and economically vulnerable consumers. The report does not contain any findings…more

PRA removes pension obligation risk statement for insurers

PRA has deleted its legacy supervisory statement on pension obligation risk under the individual capital adequacy standards. It concerned the approach that PRA would expect insurers to take when evaluating their capital requirements in…more

Proposed Changes to Form I-9 Create New Compliance Questions

Employers take note: a new Form I-9 is in the making. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the Department of Homeland Security, announced on November 24, 2015, that it is seeking public comment on the various…more

Insight on Estate Planning - Year End 2015

Paying for LTC insurance using a tax-free exchange - Nothing can throw a monkey wrench into an estate plan like incurring long-term care (LTC) expenses. These expenses — for nursing home stays, assisted-living facilities, home…more

CMS Finalizes 2016 HCPCS Update

CMS has posted its final Level II HCPCS application determinations for 2016, addressing applications for new and revised codes for DMEPOS, surgical supplies, drugs, biologicals, radiopharmaceuticals, and radiologic imaging agents…more

Better Late Than Never? The CFTC and the NFA Publish FAQs on CPO and CTA Reporting Forms

On November 5, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“DSIO”) issued responses to frequently asked questions (“CFTC FAQs”) regarding CFTC Forms CPO-PQR and CTA-PR. On…more

A New Arrow in the Quiver for Physicians Facing Dual Civil and Criminal Fraud Investigations

At a time when doctors face increased pressure from competition, reduced fee schedules, and greater scrutiny from insurance company Special Investigative Units (“SIUs”) and State Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutors (“OIFPs”), a…more

Political Spending Disclosure Goes Mainstream

Political spending disclosure has had an irregular history, waxing and waning over the last decade according to a seminal Supreme Court decision, fluctuating SEC rulemaking and activist shareholder agendas and evolving views of good…more

Manufacturers and Suppliers Win Big in Pennsylvania Economic Loss Doctrine Argument

The economic loss doctrine (ELD) in Pennsylvania "precludes recovery for negligence 'if the plaintiff suffers a loss that is exclusively economic, unaccompanied by an injury to either property or person.'" Elliot-Lewis Corp v. Skanaka…more

House Passes Bills that Impact CFPB Mortgage and Auto Lending Policies

On November 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by voice vote H.R. 1210 and H.R. 1737, both of which will affect CFPB policies governing the mortgage and auto lending industries. The “Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act”…more

Stakeholders Say Biosimilars Names Should Be Meaningful and Memorable

FDA has received comments from more than 170 groups on its proposal for naming biosimilars. Biosimilar makers, insurers and pharmacies largely oppose distinct nonproprietary names (also known as proper names) for biosimilars. By…more

Beware of conflating power of appointment doctrine and merger doctrine in the trust context

Assume a trust that was initially for the benefit of its settlor (who is now dead) has the following additional terms: All net trust-accounting income to settlor’s surviving spouse (X) for life; trustee may invade principal for X’s…more

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