Alan S. Kaplinsky

Alan S. Kaplinsky

Ballard Spahr LLP

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New Putative FCRA Class Action May Signal a Trend

A borrower recently filed a putative class action against Fannie Mae under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleging that Fannie engaged in unauthorized inquiries into borrowers'...more

6/24/2016 - Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Corporate Counsel Credit Reports Debt Equifax Fannie Mae FCRA Putative Class Actions

FTC Backs FCC’s Proposed Rule on TCPA Amendments for Calls Collecting Government Debt

The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection issued a Staff Comment on June 16, 2016, supporting several of the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) proposed regulations implementing amendments to...more

6/22/2016 - Corporate Counsel Debt Collection FCC Federal Loans FTC Loans Prior Express Consent TCPA

Regulators Raise Marketplace Lending Concerns at FTC FinTech Forum

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently held a FinTech forum addressing marketplace lending. The forum was promoted by the FTC as the first in a series it plans to hold exploring emerging financial technology and its...more

6/21/2016 - Banking Sector Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders ECOA FCRA Financial Services Industry FinTech FTC Innovative Technology Online Marketplace Lending Popular

Ban Proposed on Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements by Schools Receiving Title IV Aid for Student Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a proposed rule that includes a ban on mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV assistance under the Higher Education Act (HEA) and a new federal...more

6/20/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Department of Education Federal Arbitration Act Higher Education Act Student Loans Title IV

Modernize TCPA, ACA International Urges in White Paper

In a new white paper, ACA International, a trade association for members of the credit and collection industry, argues that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) must be modernized to accurately reflect the current...more

6/8/2016 - ATDS Debt Collection FCC Financial Sector Right to Privacy Robocalling TCPA Telecommunications Telemarketing Unsolicited Phone Calls White Paper

Seventh Circuit Refuses To Impose a Heightened Litigation Standard on Debt Collector

In St. John v. Cach, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently issued an opinion holding that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) does not prohibit debt collectors from filing collection...more

6/6/2016 - CFPB Consumer Lenders Corporate Counsel Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA Litigation Strategies

New York DFS Brings Enforcement Action Against Two Debt Buyers for Collecting on Payday Loans

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced last week that it had entered into consent judgments with Webcollex LLC d/b/a CKS Financial (CKS) and National Credit Adjusters (NCA) for allegedly violating the...more

6/1/2016 - Civil Monetary Penalty Consumer Financial Products Debt Buyers Debt Collection FDCPA Financial Institutions NYDFS Online Marketplace Lending Payday Loans

Solicitor General/OCC Opine Madden Was Incorrectly Decided, But Recommend Denial of Supreme Court Review

In a widely anticipated brief requested by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Solicitor General and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) have expressed the view of the United States that the Court should deny the...more

5/27/2016 - Banking Sector Debt Buyers Financial Services Industry Interest Rates Madden v Midland Funding National Bank Act OCC Online Marketplace Lending Preemption SCOTUS Solicitor General Usury

TCPA Under Scrutiny in Court and by Senate

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and a 2015 omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (2015 Order) interpreting the TCPA issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have recently faced additional challenges...more

5/25/2016 - ATDS Congressional Investigations & Hearings Declaratory Judgments FCC First Amendment Free Speech Legislative Committees Political Campaigns TCPA

Contractor's Use of AG Letterhead Not a Violation of FDCPA, Supreme Court Holds

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously held that an independent contractor to the Ohio Attorney General did not mislead consumers in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) when it used the Attorney...more

5/24/2016 - Attorney Generals Class Action FDCPA SCOTUS Sheriff v. Gillie

High Praise for WSJ Editorial, with a Small Caveat

A recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal is a “must read” for those who will be affected if the CFPB’s May 5, 2016 proposed rule banning class action waivers in consumer financial services arbitration agreements becomes...more

5/23/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Dodd-Frank Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Service Contracts Wall Street Journal

"Real" Harm Required To Recover Statutory Damages, U.S. Supreme Court Rules

In a long-anticipated and significant decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 6-2 that a plaintiff alleging a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) does not have standing under Article III of the U.S....more

5/18/2016 - Article III Class Action FCRA Injury-in-Fact SCOTUS Spokeo v Robins Standing Statutory Damages

CFPB Sues All American Check Cashing

On May 11, 2016, the CFPB sued All American Check Cashing, Mid-State Finance and their President and owner Michael E. Gray. It alleged that the Defendants engaged in abusive, deceptive, and unfair conduct in making certain...more

5/17/2016 - Banking Sector CashCall CFPB Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Payday Loans Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

CFPB enforcement lawyer tries to clarify when a state law violation is also a UDAAP

On Thursday, May 11, 2016 in Chicago, I moderated the “CFPB Speaks” panel which was the lead-off panel at the sold-out Practicing Law Institute 21st Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute. The CFPB speakers were: Jeff...more

5/17/2016 - CashCall CFPB Consumer Lenders Interest Rates Internet Lenders Payday Loans UDAAP

Treasury Releases White Paper on Online Marketplace Lending

The U.S. Treasury Department has released a white paper addressing the online marketplace lending industry. Based in part on the responses to Treasury's July 2015 Request for Information (RFI), the white paper offers a broad...more

5/16/2016 - Community Development Entities Consumer Lenders Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Loans Online Marketplace Lending Peer-to-Peer Request For Information Small Business Transparency U.S. Treasury White Paper

New Guidance Issued on FCRA Compliance in Employee Screening

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued new guidance to help background screening companies comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when conducting background checks on current or prospective employees. The new...more

5/16/2016 - Background Checks Corporate Counsel Credit Reports Employer Liability Issues FCRA FTC Hiring & Firing Job Applicants New Guidance Screening Procedures

FCC’s Proposed Regulations Would Gut TCPA Exception for Debts Owed to or Guaranteed by U.S.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Act) amended the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to remove the prior express consent requirement for calls ''made solely to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United...more

5/13/2016 - ATDS Banking Sector Bipartisan Budget Cell Phones Comment Period Debt Collection FCC Federal Loans Mortgages NPRM Prior Express Consent TCPA

FinCEN Finalizes Beneficial Ownership Identification Rules

As part of the U.S. Treasury Department's ongoing efforts to prevent bad actors from using U.S. companies to conceal money laundering, tax evasion, and other illicit financial activities, the Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

5/11/2016 - Bad Actors Bank Holding Company Act Beneficial Owner Covered Financial Institutions Due Diligence Financial Institutions FinCEN IRS Limited Liability Companies LLC Panama Papers Reporting Requirements Tax Evasion

Mobile Financial Services Addressed in FFIEC Examination Handbook

The federal body tasked with creating standards for the uniform regulation of financial institutions has released new information to assist examiners in evaluating mobile services offered by financial institutions and their...more

5/9/2016 - Banking Sector FFIEC Financial Institutions Financial Services Industry Mobile Banking Risk Management Third-Party Service Provider

CFPB Issues Proposed Regulations To Prohibit Class Action Waivers in Consumer Arbitration Agreements

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced at a field hearing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that it is proposing regulations that would prohibit covered providers of certain consumer financial products...more

5/6/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Dodd-Frank Federal Arbitration Act Financial Services Industry Service Contracts

Chamber of Commerce suggests issues for CFPB to address at May 5 arbitration field hearing

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness has sent a letter to Director Cordray suggesting a series of issues for Mr. Cordray to address in his prepared remarks at the CFPB’s field hearing on...more

5/3/2016 - American Arbitration Association Arbitration Capital Markets CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Financial Services Industry Richard Cordray SBREFA Service Contracts

One-Year Period of SCRA Foreclosure Protection Remains in Effect through 2017

On March 31, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015, which continues through December 2017 a provision of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) that...more

4/25/2016 - Amended Legislation Barack Obama Foreclosure Military Service Members Mortgages SCRA

Industry Trade Groups Renew Challenge to HUD Disparate Impact Rule

Two industry trade associations whose members sell homeowners insurance have been granted leave to file an amended complaint in their lawsuit challenging the Fair Housing Act (FHA) disparate impact rule (Rule) adopted by the...more

4/22/2016 - Administrative Procedure Act Affordable Housing Disparate Impact Fair Housing Act (FHA) Homeowner's Insurance Motion to Amend Race Discrimination SCOTUS Texas Dept of Housing v Inclusive Communities

CFPB to hold May 5 field hearing on arbitration

The CFPB has announced that it will hold a field hearing in Albuquerque, New Mexico about arbitration on May 5, 2016.  We expect the field hearing to coincide with the release of the CFPB’s proposed rule on the use of...more

4/21/2016 - Arbitration Banking Sector CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Dodd-Frank Financial Services Industry SBREFA

Best Practices Issued for Small Business Alternative Finance Industry

The Small Business Finance Association (SBFA) has issued "Small Business Finance Principles" that represent best practices for providers of merchant cash advances (MCA) and other companies in the alternative finance industry...more

4/20/2016 - Best Practices Commercial Loans Financing Professional Responsibility Small Business Transparency

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