Kwamina Thomas Williford

Kwamina Thomas Williford

Holland & Knight LLP

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Newly Announced FTC "Operation Collection Protection" Targets Debt Collectors

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced today a major law enforcement initiative targeting deceptive and abusive debt collection practices. "Operation Collection Protection" is a nationwide initiative that the FTC is...more

11/5/2015 - CFPB Debt Collection Debt Collectors DOJ Enforcement Actions Financial Institutions FTC U.S. Commerce Department Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Key Takeaways from the Consumer Protection Forum

Holland & Knight and the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) hosted a half-day forum that featured government officials discussing hot-button issues in consumer protection regulation and enforcement. Speakers at the...more

10/28/2015 - American Express CFPB Chamber of Commerce CID Civil Investigation Demand Compliance Cybersecurity Data Protection Data Security Debt Collection Disclosure Requirements Enforcement Actions FCC Financial Institutions FTC Mortgage Lenders Popular Privacy Concerns Robocalling Sharing Economy Telecommunications Telemarketing

CFPB Affirms Its Authority to Serve Civil Investigative Demands - Companies That Transact Business with Financial Institutions...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray rejected challenges to the CFPB's investigation powers and the Bureau's use of broadly worded civil investigative demands (CIDs). Director Cordray did so in...more

8/13/2015 - Banking Sector Banks CFPB CID Civil Investigation Demand Compliance Dodd-Frank Financial Institutions

CFPB Report Addresses Need for a Compliance Management System

The CFPB's Supervisory Report Provides Important Insight into the CFPB's Supervision and Enforcement Priorities and Desired Business Practices. HIGHLIGHTS: - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)...more

7/1/2015 - Annual Reports CFPB Consumer Complaint System Consumer Lenders Examination Priorities Fair Lending Loan Servicing Mortgage Loan Originators Mortgage Loan Servicing Standards Student Loans Supervision

SCOTUS Ruling Makes it Easier for Borrowers to Rescind Home Loan Under Truth in Lending Act

On January 13, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that borrowers may reserve and effect their right to rescission by simply notifying creditors of their intent to rescind a loan within three years after receiving...more

1/15/2015 - Bank of America Countrywide Material Disclosures Mortgage Lenders Mortgages Rescission SCOTUS Statute of Limitations Written Notice

D.C. Circuit Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege in Internal Investigations - Privilege Protections Triggered When a Significant...

Corporate counsel can rest a little easier now. In a widely anticipated decision issued June 27, 2014, In re Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., the D.C. Circuit granted a writ of mandamus and vacated a district court order requiring...more

7/1/2014 - Attorney-Client Privilege Compliance False Claims Act (FCA) Internal Investigations KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) Work-Product Doctrine

D.C. Circuit Upholds Protection of Attorney Client Privilege in Internal Investigations Conducted Pursuant to Regulatory Mandate

In a widely anticipated decision, today, the D.C. Circuit granted a writ of mandamus and vacated a district court order requiring the production of a company's internal investigation documents presumed to be protected by the...more

6/30/2014 - Attorney-Client Privilege Compliance Corporate Counsel Internal Investigations KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) Writ of Mandamus Young Lawyers

Federal District Court: Documents Created During an In-House Corporate Compliance Investigation Are Not Privileged

In a noteworthy decision in Barko v. Hallilburton Co., a federal court has ruled that a company's internal investigations are not privileged and must be produced to a whistleblower. In light of the ruling in Barko, government...more

3/27/2014 - Attorney-Client Privilege Compliance Corporate Counsel Internal Investigations Work Product Privilege

Establishing an Effective Compliance Program: An Overview to Protecting Your Organization

In This Issue: - Overview - Standards and Procedures - Organizational Leadership and Culture - Reasonable Efforts to Exclude Bad Actors From Managerial Ranks - Training and Education - Monitoring,...more

1/31/2013 - Audits Compliance Discipline FCPA Federal Sentencing Guidelines Performance Incentives Remedial Actions Risk Assessment Standards & Procedures Training

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