Alan S. Kaplinsky

Alan S. Kaplinsky

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Defense Department Proposes Expansion of Military Lending Act Regulations

The Department of Defense (DoD) has issued a proposal to revise and significantly expand the coverage of its rule implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA). The proposed revisions would limit interest charged to...more

9/30/2014 - Banks DOD Military Lending Act Nonbank Firms Proposed Amendments TILA

CFPB Releases Report on Fair Credit Exams and White Paper on Proxy Methodology

Along with its proposed larger participant rule for the auto financing market, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a special edition of Supervisory Highlights (the "report") describing its fair credit supervisory...more

9/24/2014 - Automotive Industry Automotive Loans Car Dealerships CFPB Debt Buyers Larger Participant

Federal Court Dismisses Industry Challenge to NYC Responsible Banking Law but Leaves Door Open For Future Lawsuit

A federal judge recently dismissed a complaint brought by the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) seeking to invalidate the New York City Responsible Banking Act (the Responsible Banking Act). In New York Bankers Ass’n Inc....more

9/23/2014 - Banking Reform Banks Department of Financial Services OCC

N.Y. Announces New Rules To Govern Default Judgments in Consumer Collection Lawsuits

The New York Court System has adopted new rules effective October 1, 2014, to obtain a default judgment in a consumer collection action, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced recently. Debt collectors and debt buyers should...more

9/23/2014 - Debt Buyers Debt Collection Default Judgment Document Retention Policies Final Rules Recordkeeping Requirements

New FAQ on Volcker Rule CEO Attestation Requirement

The five agencies that jointly issued the final Volcker Rule last December recently added to their existing list of “frequently asked questions” (FAQs) a new item addressing the attestation requirement applicable to CEOs of...more

9/22/2014 - Attestation Deadlines Banks CEOs FBOs Volcker Rule

CFPB Proposes Rule To Supervise Nonbank Auto Finance Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a proposal to supervise nonbank companies that qualify as “larger participants of a market for automobile financing.” Comments on the proposal will be due 60 days after the...more

9/19/2014 - Automotive Industry Automotive Loans Banks CFPB Nonbank Firms

CFPB may provide details on auto finance disparate impact methodology at tomorrow’s field hearing

Since the CFPB issued its guidance on indirect auto finance in March 2013, lawmakers and industry have been asking the CFPB to provide details concerning its methodology and proxies for analyzing potential fair lending...more

9/18/2014 - Automotive Loans CFPB Disparate Impact

New Larger Participant Rule Enhances Supervision of Remittance Transfer Rule Requirements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently finalized a larger participant rule for nonbank international money transfer providers and left it largely unchanged from the rule as originally proposed in January. The new...more

9/17/2014 - CFPB Dodd-Frank EFTA Money Transfer Nonbank Firms Regulation E

OCC Issues Final Rule on Heightened Expectations

According to the final rule recently issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) formalizing the agency’s “heightened expectations” supervisory regime, the largest U.S. federally chartered depository...more

9/16/2014 - Banking Sector Banks Board of Directors FDIA Final Rules OCC Risk Management

Pa. Banking Secretary Issues Letter on Amendments to Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Act

Significant changes to Pennsylvania law governing retail installment sales will take effect before the end of this year as a result of Act No. 2013-98 (Act 98). The Act 98 changes to the state’s Motor Vehicle Sales Finance...more

9/16/2014 - Automotive Industry Automotive Loans Motor Vehicles

Disparate impact cases against HUD: Illinois federal court issues decision; update on D.C. case

Because of their potential impact on the CFPB’s conclusion that the ECOA and Regulation B encompass disparate impact claims, we have been following two insurance industry lawsuits involving a challenge to HUD’s Federal...more

9/15/2014 - CFPB Disparate Impact ECOA FHA Homeowner's Insurance HUD Insurers Regulation B

Rohit Chopra from CFPB focuses on student loan modifications at ABA Consumer Financial Services Committee program in Chicago

I attended a program this morning entitled “All I Need to Know I Learned from the Government: A Look at the Regulatory and Enforcement Landscape for Student Lending.” Among the panelists was Rohit Chopra. Rohit serves as an...more

9/15/2014 - CFPB Loan Servicer Professional Conferences Student Loans Students

FDCPA Violated by Letter Suggesting Consumer Can Avoid Litigation Only by Paying Debt, First Circuit Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that a collection letter sent by an attorney violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because it would lead a “hypothetical unsophisticated consumer” to...more

9/15/2014 - Appeals Corporate Counsel Debt Collection FDCPA Written Notice

CFPB enforcement head underscores CFPB’s limited use of “abusive ” prong of UDAAP

Tony Alexis, the head of enforcement at the CFPB, spoke today in Chicago at a program sponsored by the Committee on Consumer Financial Services at the American Bar Association Section of Business Law’s Annual Meeting. The...more

9/12/2014 - CFPB Compliance Enforcement Enforcement Actions UDAAP

FTC Reviewing Telemarketing Sales Rule

As part of a systematic review of its regulations, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking comment on a variety of issues relating to its Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). The FTC is conducting the review “to determine...more

9/9/2014 - FTC Telemarketing Telemarketing Sales Rule

NY Attorney General Files Redlining Lawsuit Alleging Mortgage Discrimination

The New York Attorney General filed a complaint this week in a New York federal court against a national bank headquartered in the state and its holding company alleging that the defendants violated the federal Fair Housing...more

9/5/2014 - Attorney Generals Bank Holding Company Banks Discrimination Disparate Impact DOJ FHA HMDA Mortgages Redlining

FDCPA Is Violated When Consumer’s Account Number Is Visible through Window of Debt Collector’s Envelope, Third Circuit Holds

In a precedential opinion rendered last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that the disclosure of a consumer’s account number through the transparent window of a debt collector’s envelope violates...more

9/5/2014 - Appeals Corporate Counsel Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA Privacy Laws

A uniform code for the debt buying industry?

Among the topics being examined by the CFPB in connection with its expected debt collection rulemaking are the debt collection practices of debt buyers....more

9/5/2014 - CFPB Debt Buyers Debt Collection Rulemaking Process

Is a Uniform Debt Buying Code on Its Way?

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC), a non-partisan organization committed to drafting uniform state laws, has authorized the formation of a committee to study the need for and feasibility of state legislation to address the...more

9/4/2014 - Debt Debt Buyers OCC Uniform Law Commission

CFPB issues bulletin on UDAAP risks in marketing credit card promotional APR offers

The CFPB has issued a bulletin warning credit card issuers that offer certain promotional APRs of the risk that they may be engaging in deceptive and/or abusive acts or practices when making solicitations for such offers even...more

9/4/2014 - CFPB Compliance Credit Cards Regulation Z UDAAP

Despite FAQs and OCC Interim Examination Procedures, Little Illumination So Far for Volcker Rule Compliance

June 2014 saw the publication of some interagency FAQs on the Volcker Rule (the Rule) and interim procedures from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) for its examiners to use in assessing progress by national...more

8/29/2014 - Banking Sector Banks Compliance Enforcement Guidance FDIC Federal Reserve Foreign Banks OCC Volcker Rule

Will the CFPB really complete its arbitration study this year?

We recently learned that earlier this month, the CFPB sent letters to payday lenders demanding copies of certain of their standard loan agreements for use in connection with the CFPB’s arbitration study. The letters are...more

8/29/2014 - Arbitration CFPB Loan Agreements Payday Loans

CFPB settles enforcement action against another debt settlement payment processor

The latest chapter in the CFPB’s “comprehensive effort to address consumer harm and to root out unlawful practices across the debt settlement industry” is a settlement announced yesterday with Global Client Solutions, “a...more

8/27/2014 - CFPA CFPB Consent Order Debt Settlement Services Enforcement Actions Settlement

FinCEN Proposes More Extensive Customer Due Diligence Obligations

As part of the U.S. Treasury Department’s ongoing efforts to combat all forms of illicit financial activity, from terrorist financing and sanctions evasion to more traditional financial crimes (including money laundering,...more

8/27/2014 - Covered Banking Entity Covered Financial Institutions Due Diligence FinCEN Rulemaking Process U.S. Treasury

Standard Chartered To Pay $300M To Settle AML Charges in New York

For the second time in two years, Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), has settled another matter with Standard Chartered Bank for alleged “anti-money laundering...more

8/25/2014 - Anti-Money Laundering Banks Enforcement Actions Settlement Standard Chartered Bank

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