Alan S. Kaplinsky

Alan S. Kaplinsky

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Noted Scholars Critique the CFPB’s Arbitration Study and Find It Lacking

We have previously blogged about the comment letter concerning the CFPB’s March 10, 2015 Study on consumer arbitration that we submitted to the CFPB on behalf of the American Bankers Association, the Consumer Bankers...more

8/26/2015 - American Bankers Association Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Banking Sector CFPB Dispute Resolution Financial Sector Financial Services Industry

Treasury Department Extends Comment Period for Online Marketplace Lending Information Request

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has extended the deadline for submitting comments in response to its request for information (RFI) regarding online marketplace lending. Initially set to close on August 31, 2015, the...more

8/20/2015 - Consumer Lenders Financial Regulatory Reform Financial Services Industry Internet Lenders Request For Information U.S. Treasury

Two Federal Circuit Courts Weigh In Ahead of Gomez

Just two months before the U.S. Supreme Court hears argument in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, two federal circuit court panels have ruled on jurisdictional issues presented in the case. Both the Seventh Circuit in Chapman v....more

8/19/2015 - Article III Campbell Ewald v Gomez EFTA Electronic Fund Transfer Act Genesis HealthCare Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk Jurisdiction Rule 23 Rule 68 SCOTUS TCPA

Federal, State Law Preempts New York City Responsible Banking Act, Federal Court Rules

New York City’s Responsible Banking Act (RBA) is preempted by federal and state law, a federal court has ruled. Pursuant to the New York City Charter, only financial institutions that are designated “deposit banks” by the...more

8/18/2015 - Banking Industry Regulations Banking Sector Banks Compliance Financial Institutions Preemption Small Business

Professor Sovern’s comments about CFPB arbitration study numbers don’t add up

In a recent blog post, Professor Jeff Sovern responded to our blog post indicating that the CFPB’s March 10, 2014 Arbitration Study strongly supports the industry’s view that consumers fare better in arbitration than...more

8/18/2015 - American Arbitration Association Arbitration CFPB Class Action Dispute Resolution Financial Services Industry

FCC Fines Companies $2.96 Million for TCPA Robocall Violations, Adopts New Interpretations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently taken two significant actions addressing robocalls under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)—the imposition of a $2.96 million fine and the adoption of new...more

8/17/2015 - Cell Phones Do Not Call List FCC Popular Prior Express Consent Private Right of Action Right to Privacy Robocalling Smartphones TCPA Telecommunications

Limited Liability Company Can Sue as “Person” Under FDCPA, Sixth Circuit Rules

A limited liability company is a “person” that can file a lawsuit under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled. In Anarion Investments LLC v. Carrington...more

8/14/2015 - Appeals Civil Liability Debt Collectors FDCPA Financial Institutions Financial Services Industry Foreclosure FTC Homeowners Limited Liability Companies LLC Mortgage Lenders Mortgage Servicers Mortgages

California Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Clause, but Unconscionability Remains a Defense to Arbitration

The California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Sanchez v. Valencia Holding Company, LLC, on August 3, 2015, reversing a finding by the Court of Appeal that an arbitration provision was unconscionable...more

8/12/2015 - Appeals Arbitration AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Best Practices CA Supreme Court Class Action CLRA Corporate Counsel Federal Arbitration Act Injunctive Relief Putative Class Actions SCOTUS Unconscionable Contracts

New York City Can Regulate Attorney Debt Collection Conduct, Second Circuit Rules

New York City can regulate the conduct of attorneys engaged in debt collection, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled. In Eric M. Berman, P.C. and Lacy Katzen, LLP v. City of New York, et al., the...more

8/10/2015 - Consumer Financial Contracts Debt Collection Debt Collectors Licensing Rules Popular Preemption Young Lawyers

Pennsylvania County Recorder Cannot Sue MERS for Failure to Record Mortgage Assignments, Third Circuit Rules in Overturning...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that Pennsylvania’s recording statute does not require the recording of all conveyances. As a result, the Third Circuit reversed the district court’s refusal to enter...more

8/7/2015 - Banking Sector Banks Class Action Declaratory Judgments Deeds Financial Institutions Financial Services Industry Lenders MERS Mortgage Lenders Mortgages Recording Fees

To Stay or Not to Stay, That Is the Question Answered by the Second Circuit

Weighing in on an issue that has divided the federal courts of appeals, the Second Circuit has held that under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), a court that grants a motion to compel arbitration of all claims must stay the...more

8/3/2015 - Arbitration Article III Class Action Corporate Counsel Dispute Resolution Federal Arbitration Act Motion to Compel Stays

Eighth Circuit: Purpose, Not Content, Determines TCPA Coverage of Calls as “Telemarketing”

Phone calls made to promote a movie constituted “telemarketing” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) even though the two prerecorded messages left on the plaintiffs’ home phone line made no reference to the...more

7/30/2015 - Article III Class Action Corporate Counsel Do Not Call List Popular Putative Class Actions Robocalling SCOTUS Spokeo Spokeo v Robins Standing TCPA Telemarketing

Envelope’s Display of Bar Code With Embedded Account Number Violates FDCPA, Federal Court Rules

A federal court in Pennsylvania has ruled that a debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by sending a collection letter in an envelope that allegedly revealed a barcode in which the plaintiff’s...more

7/29/2015 - Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA Financial Services Industry Motion to Dismiss

Defense Department Dramatically Expands Scope of Military Lending Act

The Department of Defense (DoD) dramatically expanded the scope of the Military Lending Act (MLA) on July 22, 2015, publishing its Final Rule amending the MLA’s implementing regulation. MLA coverage was previously limited to...more

7/28/2015 - Automotive Loans CFPB Consumer Lenders Credit Unions DOD Financial Services Authority Higher Education Act Lenders Military Lending Act Military Service Members Payday Loans Regulation Z Title IV

11th Circuit: Representations by Attorneys in Debt Collection-Related Court Filings Actionable Under FDCPA

In Miljkovic v Shafritz & Dinkin, 2015 WL 3956570, a panel of the 11th Circuit held that representations made by an attorney in required court filings during the course of debt collection litigation can be actionable under...more

7/24/2015 - Creditors Debt Collection FDCPA First Impression Pleading Standards Pleadings

Maryland Appeals Court Declines to Adopt “Meaningful Attorney Involvement” Standard

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals recently declined to adopt the “meaningful attorney involvement” standard for Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims based on alleged insufficient attorney involvement in debt...more

7/24/2015 - Appeals Claim Preclusion Collateral Estoppel Debt Buyers Debt Collection Debtors FDCPA Midland Funding Res Judicata

Meredith Fuchs named today as Acting Deputy Director of the CFPB

Meredith Fuchs, the General Counsel of the CFPB, has been named today by Director Cordray to be the Acting Deputy Director of the CFPB effective August 1, 2015. The CFPB previously announced that the existing Deputy Director...more

7/23/2015 - Administrative Appointments CFPB Richard Cordray

Treasury Department Seeks Information on Online Marketplace Lending

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding online marketplace lending. The RFI reflects the Treasury Department’s recognition that online marketplace lending “is a rapidly...more

7/21/2015 - CFPB Dodd-Frank Financial Services Industry Lending Loans Online Marketplace Lending Popular Request For Information U.S. Treasury

Trade groups comment on CFPB final arbitration study results

The American Bankers Association, the Consumer Bankers Association and The Financial Services Roundtable (Associations) have filed a joint letter commenting on the final results of the CFPB’s arbitration study released in...more

7/15/2015 - Arbitration CFPB Dodd-Frank Trade Associations

Connecticut Enacts New Licensing Requirement and Prohibitions for Student Loan Servicers

Connecticut’s new “An Act Concerning A Student Loan Bill of Rights” creates a licensing requirement for servicers of student loans made to state residents and imposes other significant new requirements and prohibitions on...more

7/15/2015 - Banks Licensing Rules Loan Servicing Ombudsman Student Loans

Viewing Unsolicited Fax Not Required for TCPA Standing

The Sixth Circuit recently held that standing to sue under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) does not require the plaintiff to have printed, or even viewed, a fax advertisement that violates the TCPA. The Court...more

7/15/2015 - Advertising Article III FCC Standing TCPA Third-Party Unsolicited Faxes Vicarious Liability

FCC Order Creates New TCPA Challenges for Companies

As previously reported, the Federal Communications Commission recently approved a Declaratory Ruling and Order (the Order) addressing a number of petitions that requested the FCC clarify its interpretations of the Telephone...more

7/14/2015 - Auto-Dialed Calls Collection Agencies Debt Collection Declaratory Rulings Exemptions FCC Financial Institutions Healthcare Prior Express Consent Revocation TCPA Telemarketing Text Messages

OCC Report Identifies Risks to Banks, Sets Supervisory Priorities

A new report issued by the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) identifies top safety and soundness risks to national banks and federal savings associations, as well as OCC supervisory priorities for the...more

7/13/2015 - Banking Regulators Banking Sector Banks BSA/AML Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Depository Institutions OCC Risk Assessment Supervision

Maryland High Court: Mandatory Arbitration Hinges on “Entire Agreement,” Not “Single-Document Rule”

A mandatory arbitration provision is enforceable even when not contained within the four corners of a retail installment sales contract between a consumer and an automobile dealer, Maryland's highest court has ruled....more

7/8/2015 - Arbitration Agreements Car Dealerships Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Retail Installment Sales Contracts

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