Alan S. Kaplinsky

Alan S. Kaplinsky

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Federal Reserve Extends Compliance Period under Volcker Rule for Collateralized Loan Obligations

While collateralized loan obligation vehicles (CLOs) may ultimately have to be divested by “banking entities” subject to the Volcker Rule, the Federal Reserve Board (the Board) recently extended the compliance period for...more

4/23/2014 - Banks Collateralized Loan Obligations Debt Securities Exclusions Federal Reserve Time Extensions Volcker Rule

Pew Checking Accounts Report Makes Troubling Recommendations

The Pew Charitable Trusts has released another report evaluating the checking account disclosure practices of the nation’s largest banks. Despite finding that disclosure practices have improved, Pew again urges the Consumer...more

4/17/2014 - Banks Charitable Trusts Disclosure Requirements

W.Va. Requires Time-Barred Debt Disclosures in ‘Initial Written Communication’

The West Virginia Legislature recently passed H.B. 4360, which amended Section 46A-2-128 of the West Virginia Code, that defines what constitutes unfair or unconscionable debt collection activities. The amendments are...more

4/17/2014 - Debt Debt Collection Disclosure Requirements UDAAP

FTC Announces Settlements with Data Brokers over Alleged FCRA Violations

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced two more settlements with data brokers for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The settlements with Instant Checkmate, Inc., InfoTrack Information...more

4/11/2014 - Credit Reports Data Brokers Data Protection FCRA FTC

Supreme Court To Decide Evidentiary Requirements for Removal Notices in Class Actions

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the issue of what, if any, evidence a defendant must present in a notice of removal to remove a case to federal court based on the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). In granting the...more

4/9/2014 - CAFA Class Action Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. v. Owens Evidence Removal SCOTUS

Arbitration Clause Survives Contract Termination, Sixth Circuit Holds

Can an employer compel arbitration in accordance with an arbitration clause in a contract that has terminated? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently answered this question in the affirmative....more

4/8/2014 - Arbitration Contract Term Employment Contract Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

Eleventh Circuit Issues Significant Ruling on TCPA Consent for Collection Calls to Cell Phones

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that a debtor may not provide the “prior express consent” required by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for autodialed collection calls to be made...more

4/8/2014 - Cell Phones Consent Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA

House to hold hearing on economic consequences of actions taken by CFPB and other federal regulators

This Tuesday, April 8, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Who’s in Your Wallet: Examining How Washington Red Tape Impairs Economic Freedom.” ...more

4/7/2014 - CFPB FDIC NCUA OCC

CFPB official confirms larger participant rule for auto finance coming soon

Today is the final day of CBA Live 2014, which is being held at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, MD. I spoke at a program yesterday about the CFPB’s ongoing arbitration study under Section 1028 of Dodd-Frank. Based on...more

4/3/2014 - Automotive Industry Automotive Loans CFPB Dodd-Frank

FCC Eases Some Standards for TCPA Consent Compliance Regarding Texting

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted two declaratory rulings that eased some standards for complying with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's (TCPA) consent requirements regarding informational...more

4/2/2014 - Consent FCC TCPA Texting

New York Announces Settlements with Six Auto Dealers

Last week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced settlements with six auto dealers imposing fines ranging from $7,500 to $15,000 for allegedly engaging in deceptive and misleading advertising practices. The...more

4/1/2014 - Car Dealerships CFPB False Advertising Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Illinois AG files lawsuit asserting Dodd-Frank UDAAP enforcement authority

In what appears to be the first lawsuit by a state attorney general of its kind, the Illinois AG recently filed a state court lawsuit against a small loan lender alleging violations of the Dodd-Frank prohibition of unfair,...more

3/27/2014 - CFPB Dodd-Frank Enforcement UDAAP

Bankers Win Latest Interchange Battle

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently reversed a lower court decision and upheld the interchange rules adopted by the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) under the so-called Durbin Amendment to the...more

3/27/2014 - Banks Dodd-Frank Durbin Amendment Rules Federal Reserve Interchange Fees

N.Y. Banking and Insurance Superintendent Unveils Aggressive Agenda

Benjamin M. Lawsky, who heads the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), indicated that his agency is seriously considering more aggressive investigation and pursuit of individuals whose malfeasance has led...more

3/26/2014 - Anti-Corruption Anti-Money Laundering Banks Compliance Department of Financial Services Enforcement

Tribal Affiliation Not a Bar to FTC Authority

In an enforcement action alleging violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act) and other federal laws by tribally affiliated entities that operated an Internet payday lending operation, a Nevada federal court...more

3/25/2014 - FTC Jurisdiction Payday Loans Tribal Loans

Flood Insurance Reform Bill with Escrow Amendments Awaits President’s Signature

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate recently passed, and the President is expected to sign into law, amendments to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (the Act). The legislation seeks to address...more

3/19/2014 - Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act Flood Insurance Insurers Loans Mortgage Escrow Account Mortgages Premiums

FTC and EEOC Issue Joint Guidance on Employer Use of Background Checks

A new joint publication of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) serves as a reminder to employers of the risks that come with the use of background information when making...more

3/18/2014 - Background Checks Criminal Background Checks EEOC FCRA FTC

Providing Cell Phone Number To Register Membership Gives TCPA Consent for Text Message

A consumer who voluntarily provides a cell phone number when registering online for membership has given “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive a text message containing...more

3/18/2014 - Consent TCPA Texting

Voluntarily Providing Cell Phone Number Gives Text Message Consent under TCPA, California and Florida Federal Courts Rule

A consumer who voluntarily provides a cell phone number in the course of a transaction has given “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive text messages from the entity to which the...more

2/28/2014 - Consent Mobile Devices TCPA Texting

Pa. Amendments to Installment Sales Statutes Require Attention

Changes to two Pennsylvania statutes governing installment sales will take effect on November 27, 2014, as a result of House Bill 1128, signed into law by Governor Corbett as Act No. 2013-98 (Act 98). Act 98 repeals the...more

2/21/2014 - Automotive Loans Cars Credit Cards Installment Agreements Motor Vehicles Retail Installment Sales Contracts Retailers

First Glance: Obama Administration's Marijuana Guidelines 'Cold Comfort' For Banks

As long as possession of marihuana remains a federal crime, banks won't touch those businesses with a ten foot pole....more

2/18/2014 - Decriminalization of Marijuana First Glance Legal Perspectives Marijuana Obama Administration

Trade group criticizes CFPB reliance on enforcement and informal guidance

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness has sent a detailed letter to Director Cordray in which it criticizes the CFPB’s approach of “regulation by enforcement settlement combined with...more

2/18/2014 - CFPB Enforcement Fraud and Abuse

New York Attorney General Announces Settlement with Large Payday Lender

On January 24, 2014, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that a settlement had been reached with Western Sky Financial, LLC, Cash Call, Inc., WS Funding, LLC, and their principals for alleged violations of...more

2/17/2014 - Interest Rates Lenders Payday Loans Predatory Lending Settlement Usury

FCRA Claim Provides Article III Standing without Showing of Actual Harm, Ninth Circuit Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a plaintiff had Article III standing to sue a website operator for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regardless of whether he could show actual...more

2/11/2014 - Article III ATMs EFTA FCRA Injury-in-Fact SCOTUS Statutory Damages

Collection Letter Requiring Written Dispute Violated FDCPA, Fourth Circuit Holds

A collection letter violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because it stated that the debtor could only dispute the debt in writing, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled. The Fourth...more

2/7/2014 - Debt Collection FDCPA

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