John L. Culhane, Jr.

John L. Culhane, Jr.

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Third Time Is the Charm: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Argument in Disparate Impact Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.—the case presenting the issue of whether disparate impact claims are...more

1/29/2015 - Age Discrimination DHCA v Inclusive Communities Project Disparate Impact FHA HUD LIHTC Oral Argument Public Housing Authorities Racial Discrimination SCOTUS

Debt Collector’s TCPA Violation Does Not Establish FDCPA Violation, Pa. Federal Court Rules

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently ruled that a debt collector did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because it failed to identify itself at the beginning of a...more

1/26/2015 - Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA Robocalling TCPA

FTC continues to press concerns about credit report accuracy in follow-up report

A follow-up report on credit report accuracy issued this week by the Federal Trade Commission is likely to be cited by the CFPB as additional support for the CFPB’s concerns about inaccurate credit reporting. In December...more

1/23/2015 - CFPB Credit Reporting Agencies Credit Reports FTC Reporting Requirements

CFPB proposes scorecard for colleges seeking to partner with financial institutions

The CFPB has issued a request for information (RFI) in which it seeks comments on a draft “Safe Student Account Scorecard” to be used by colleges and universities to obtain information from prospective financial institution...more

1/15/2015 - CFPB Colleges Consumer Financial Products Financial Institutions Request For Information Students Universities

FTC Increases Exclusionary Limit for Certain Door-to-Door Sales

The Federal Trade Commission has adopted a final rule amending its Cooling-Off Rule to exclude from the Rule’s coverage door-to-door sales of consumer goods or services with a purchase price of $130 or more that are made at...more

1/9/2015 - Amended Regulation Cooling-Off Rule Door-to-Door Sales Final Rules FTC

CFPB endorses MLA expansion

In an effort to build support for the Department of Defense’s proposal to significantly expand Military Loan Act coverage, the CFPB has released a report entitled “The extension of high-cost credit to servicemembers and their...more

12/30/2014 - Banking Sector Banks CFPB DOD FDIC Military Lending Act Military Service Members

CFPB report highlights inadequate disclosure of campus financial products

In its fifth annual report on college credit card agreements, the CFPB takes financial institutions as well as colleges and universities to task for failing to adequately disclose their marketing agreements for campus...more

12/19/2014 - CARD Act CFPB Colleges Credit Cards Disclosure Requirements Marketing Universities

Amicus Curiae Oppose Disparate-Impact Liability

Recently, following the U.S. Supreme Court's grant of certiorari, more than a dozen organizations, groups, and associations filed separate amicus curiae briefs in support of the notion that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) does not...more

12/15/2014 - Disparate Impact FHA SCOTUS

CFPB requires credit bureaus to identify furnishers and industries with highest dispute rates and issues study of collections...

In conjunction with its field hearing today on medical debt collection, the CFPB released a study that “describes characteristics of the medical and non-medical collections tradelines on consumers’ credit reports and the...more

12/12/2014 - CFPB Credit Reporting Agencies Credit Reports Debt Collection

New York Issues Far-Reaching Debt Collection Regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) published its final debt collection regulations on December 3, 2014, following an extensive rulemaking period. The regulations impose requirements on third-party debt...more

12/8/2014 - Debt Buyers Debt Collection Department of Financial Services Disclosure Requirements Electronic Communications FDCPA New Regulations Prior Express Consent

PA Elder Abuse Prevention and Reporting Update

The Elder Law Task Force of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (the "Task Force") recently issued a report containing 130 recommendations to prevent elder abuse in Pennsylvania. A large portion of the report and a significant...more

12/8/2014 - Elder Abuse Financial Abuse Information Reports

CFPB to hold Dec.11th field hearing on medical debt collection

The CFPB has announced that it will hold a field hearing on medical debt collection in Oklahoma City, OK on December 11. The hearing will include remarks from Director Cordray and testimony from consumer groups, industry...more

12/2/2014 - Administrative Hearings CFPB Debt Collection Healthcare Costs Richard Cordray

Federal Trade Commission Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Used Car Rule

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that it is seeking supplemental public comments on proposed changes to its Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (Used Car Rule) and the Used Car Buyers Guide (Buyers...more

12/1/2014 - Automotive Industry Car Dealerships FTC Proposed Amendments Public Comment

AFSA vehicle sales finance study finds significant flaws in CFPB disparate impact methodology and approach

A study of indirect auto financing commissioned by the American Financial Services Association found that the CFPB’s proxy methodology for measuring disparities in auto dealer reserve is “conceptually flawed in its...more

11/25/2014 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Automotive Loans Car Dealerships CFPB Retail Installment Sales Contracts

FTC Challenges Privacy Self-Regulation Offered by TRUSTe

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced an enforcement action against TRUSTe, a provider of privacy certifications for online businesses. The settlement resolves allegations that TRUSTe deceived consumers about...more

11/21/2014 - Certifications Enforcement Actions FTC Privacy Policy

CFPB highlights alleged credit reporting errors relating to discharged student loans of disabled veterans

In a new blog post, the CFPB provides credit reporting advice to service-disabled veterans who take advantage of federal student loan forgiveness available from the Department of Education for veterans who receive a 100...more

11/20/2014 - CFPB Credit Reports Department of Education Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dischargeable Debts Loan Servicer Student Loans Veterans

Another Federal Court Rules Debt Collector’s Voice Message Does Not Violate FDCPA

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently ruled that a voicemail message containing the caller’s name and identifying the caller as a debt collector with “an important message” was not a...more

11/19/2014 - Confidential Communications Corporate Counsel Debt Collection FDCPA Voicemail

CFPB Proposes Sweeping Changes for Prepaid Cards

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued an 870-page proposal for prepaid cards (including 156 pages of actual proposed rules) that mandates new disclosures, error resolution procedures, consumer liability limits...more

11/14/2014 - CFPB Prepaid Payment Products Proposed Regulation

Federal District Court Vacates HUD Disparate Impact Rule

In a Fair Housing Act (FHA) case we have been watching for some time, the federal district court in Washington, D.C., recently issued an opinion vacating the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s)...more

11/6/2014 - Administrative Procedure Act Disparate Impact FHA HUD

Web-Based Platform Not Autodialer under TCPA, California Federal Court Rules

A California federal court recently ruled in Marks v. Crunch San Diego, LLC, that a third-party Web-based platform used by a health club to send text messages to its members was not an “automated telephone dialing system”...more

11/6/2014 - FCC Robocalling TCPA Text Messages

Disparate impact on the ropes: federal district court vacates HUD rule

A federal district court in Washington, D.C. dealt a heavy blow on Monday to HUD’s position that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). In American Insurance Association v. U.S. Department of...more

11/6/2014 - Administrative Procedure Act Certiorari Disparate Impact Fair Housing Act HUD Popular

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman Files Third Annual Report Highlighting Bureau’s Hot Button Issues in Student Lending

The CFPB released its third Annual Report of the Student Loan Ombudsman, Rohit Chopra, discussing complaints received by the CFPB about private student loans and the lessons drawn by the Ombudsman from those complaints....more

10/21/2014 - CFPB Fair Lending Information Reports Ombudsman Student Loans Students

Debt Collector’s Automated Calls Did Not Fall within TCPA’s ‘Prior Express Consent’ Exception, Second Circuit Holds

Yesterday, the Second Circuit held that a plaintiff did not provide his “prior express consent” under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to automated calls to his cell phone when he gave his cell phone...more

10/20/2014 - Debt Collection FCC Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA

Third Time's the Charm? Supreme Court Agrees Again To Hear FHA Disparate Impact Case

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed for the third time in recent history to decide whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The Supreme Court granted the Texas Department of...more

10/3/2014 - Affordable Housing Discrimination Disparate Impact FHA SCOTUS

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

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