Joseph Schuster

Joseph Schuster

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Fifth Circuit Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Texas "No Credit Card Surcharge" Law

A Texas law that prohibits merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases, but allows a discount for cash purchases, does not violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, a divided panel of the U.S....more

3/14/2016 - Business Conduct Standards Corporate Counsel Credit Card Surcharges Debit and Credit Card Transactions Due Process Financial Services Industry First Amendment Fourteenth Amendment

CFPB provides insight on treatment of big data

This will follow up on Barbara Mishkin’s January 14, 2016 blog “FTC warns use of big data may violate federal consumer protection laws.” At the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee meeting last...more

2/5/2016 - Big Data CFPB Discriminatory Lending Practices Disparate Impact FTC Popular Third-Party Service Provider

Deadline Extended for Requesting Direct Access to Military Loan Act Database

The Department of Defense has extended the deadline for requesting direct access to its Military Loan Act (MLA) Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) database until February 15, 2016. Under amendments to the MLA's implementing...more

2/5/2016 - CFPB Consumer Lenders Databases Deadlines Department of Defense (DOD) Military Lending Act Military Service Members Safe Harbors

NYDFS AML Proposal Would Require Certification of Compliance

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has proposed new regulations setting forth minimum standards for anti-money laundering (AML) transaction monitoring and filtering systems. The regulations, proposed December...more

12/18/2015 - Anti-Money Laundering Banking Sector Money Transmitter New Regulations NYDFS Transaction Monitoring

Second Circuit Rejects Constitutional Challenge to New York “No Credit Card Surcharge” Law

A New York state law that prohibits merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases does not violate the First Amendment or the Due Process Clause, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently ruled....more

10/16/2015 - Appeals Credit Card Surcharges Credit Cards Debit and Credit Card Transactions Due Process Financial Institutions First Amendment Fourteenth Amendment Free Speech Merchants Payment Systems Retail Market Retailers

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 Department of Defense (DOD) Financial Services Authority Higher Education Act Lenders Military Lending Act Military Service Members Payday Loans Regulation Z Title IV

FTC, Florida AG File Action to Stop Alleged Telemarketing Debt Relief Scam Targeting Seniors

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Florida Attorney General (AG) have jointly filed a complaint in a Florida federal court against several companies and their individual owners alleging that the defendants engaged in...more

7/3/2015 - Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) Consumer Lenders Debt-Relief Industry Elder Abuse Enforcement Actions FDUTPA Financial Abuse Financial Institutions FTC FTC Act Nonbank Firms Telemarketing

Proposed MLA expansion cleared to move forward

Last week, the House Armed Services Committee removed language from the draft Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that would have delayed the finalization of rules proposed by the Department of Defense that...more

5/4/2015 - Financial Institutions Military Lending Act Military Service Members NDAA Proposed Regulation Senate Armed Services Committee

Rule Expanding Military Lending Act Protections In Limbo

The Department of Defense's (DoD) proposed rule to revise and expand the coverage of its rule implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA) may be put on hold. The House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee for Military...more

4/27/2015 - Department of Defense (DOD) Military Lending Act Military Service Members NDAA Proposed Amendments

Candid remarks from Director Cordray

Last week, Director Cordray spoke at a National Credit Union Administration town hall webinar. While his prepared remarks were not particularly revealing, the American Banker reported that Director Cordray was unusually...more

2/18/2015 - CFPB Consumer Financial Products Overdraft Fees Regulation Z Richard Cordray Small Credit Institutions Webinar

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

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

CFPB issues Snapshot of older consumers and mortgage debt

The CFPB’s Office for Older Americans released a report this month reviewing mortgage debt held by older consumers—individuals age 65 and older. The report found that older consumers are carrying more mortgage debt into...more

5/19/2014 - CFPB Debt Mortgages Retirement Secured Debt Student Loans Unsecured Debt

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