Marjorie Peerce

Marjorie Peerce

Ballard Spahr LLP

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New York Department of Financial Services To Begin Cybersecurity Examinations of Financial Institutions

On May 6, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) will soon begin examining financial institutions for their cybersecurity preparedness. Governor Cuomo stated that,...more

5/9/2014 - Audits Bank Records Cybersecurity Data Breach Financial Institution Liability Information Governance Reporting Requirements

New York Proposes Additional Reforms To Protect Consumers in Collection Lawsuits

For the second time in less than a year, the New York State Unified Court System has proposed affidavits that a plaintiff would be required to execute and file before seeking a default judgment in a consumer credit collection...more

5/8/2014 - Debt Collection Debt Collectors

Guilty pleas entered in CFPB’s first criminal referral

The CFPB’s first publicly announced criminal referral has resulted in the entry of guilty pleas by a debt settlement company and its principal, according to a Reuters report. The referral, which was made to the U.S. Attorney...more

4/10/2014 - CFPB Debt-Relief Industry Guilty Pleas

New York Announces Settlements with Six Auto Dealers

Last week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced settlements with six auto dealers imposing fines ranging from $7,500 to $15,000 for allegedly engaging in deceptive and misleading advertising practices. The...more

4/1/2014 - Car Dealerships CFPB False Advertising Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

N.Y. Banking and Insurance Superintendent Unveils Aggressive Agenda

Benjamin M. Lawsky, who heads the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), indicated that his agency is seriously considering more aggressive investigation and pursuit of individuals whose malfeasance has led...more

3/26/2014 - Anti-Corruption Anti-Money Laundering Banks Compliance Department of Financial Services Enforcement

New York Attorney General Announces Settlement with Large Payday Lender

On January 24, 2014, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that a settlement had been reached with Western Sky Financial, LLC, Cash Call, Inc., WS Funding, LLC, and their principals for alleged violations of...more

2/17/2014 - Interest Rates Lenders Payday Loans Predatory Lending Settlement Usury

DOJ Hits First Bank Target in ‘Operation Choke Point’

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lengthy complaint and consent order in a lawsuit against Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company. The DOJ action is the first lawsuit (and settlement) under "Operation Choke...more

1/20/2014 - Banking Sector CashCall DOJ EFTA Fair Lending Payday Loans Payment Processors

SEC Task Force Scrutinizing Non-GAAP Measurements

A new Financial Reporting and Audit Task Force formed by the Securities and Exchange Commission is scrutinizing companies’ use of measurements that do not comply with generally accepted accounting practices (GAAP), according...more

12/17/2013 - Accounting Financial Accounting GAAP SEC

New York Payday Loan Crackdown Continues as DFS Subpoenas 16 Lead Generators

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) opened a new front in its campaign against the payday lending industry by subpoenaing 16 online lead generation firms that allegedly collected and sold consumers’...more

12/4/2013 - Compliance Department of Financial Services Internet Lenders Payday Loans

New York Attorney General Announces Settlement with Debt Collector of Payday Loans

A settlement with the operator of five Buffalo-area debt collection companies announced on November 21, 2013, by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman marks the latest chapter in the Attorney General's targeting of...more

12/2/2013 - Attorney Generals Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA Payday Loans Settlement

N.Y. Pension Fund Trustees and Consultants under Increased Scrutiny

In a new approach to pension fund regulatory oversight in New York, which has already resulted in subpoenas to pension fund trustees at the top state and city public plans, state Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin...more

11/8/2013 - Consultants Fraud Investment Adviser Pensions Trustees

New York City Brings Enforcement Action against National Debt Collector

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) recently filed an enforcement action to enjoin National Credit Adjusters, LLC, a national debt collector, from collecting debts in the City. The DCA had rejected the...more

11/1/2013 - Cease and Desist Debt Collection Enforcement Actions Licenses Payday Loans

New York DFS Seeks Stronger Court Rules for Default Judgments in Collection Actions

A proposal by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) would substantially drive up the costs of bringing consumer debt collection actions in the state. The DFS is seeking stronger court rules for obtaining default...more

10/25/2013 - Debt Collection Default Judgment Financial Services Authority

New York Federal Court Blocks Enforcement of “No Credit Card Surcharge” Law

Commenting that “Alice in Wonderland has nothing on” a New York law that prohibits merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases, a New York federal court has entered a preliminary injunction that prohibits the...more

10/8/2013 - Credit Card Surcharges Credit Cards Due Process First Amendment Free Speech MasterCard Preliminary Injunctions Sherman Act Visa Inc

New York Continues Payday Loan Crackdown

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) may take direct and indirect actions against online tribal lenders, Judge Richard Sullivan of the Southern District of New York held in a ruling last week. The decision is...more

10/7/2013 - Enforcement Actions Payday Loans

New York Proposes New Force-Placed Insurance Regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) recently issued proposed force-placed insurance regulations to reduce premiums and eliminate kickbacks that it claims are pervasive in the industry. The regulations will...more

9/24/2013 - Anti-Corruption Compliance Financial Conduct Authority Fraud Kickbacks Premiums Proposed Regulation

New York Continues Pressure on Force-Placed Insurance

Force-placed insurance remains in the crosshairs of New York financial regulators. Last week, the state’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) sent a warning letter to all New York-licensed insurance producers about...more

8/28/2013 - CFPB Forced-Placed Insurance Insurers Lenders Mortgage Servicers Mortgages

New York Proposes Far-Reaching Debt Collection Regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has proposed new regulations that would impose significant disclosure and other requirements on persons engaged in the collection of consumer debts....more

8/13/2013 - Debt Debt Collection Disclosure Requirements FDCPA Proposed Regulation

New York Takes Aim at Internet Payday Lenders and Other Industry Players

The Cuomo administration, through the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), recently announced aggressive enforcement-related activities in an ongoing DFS investigation designed to stop supposedly unlawful...more

8/9/2013 - Compliance FDCPA Financial Services Authority Fraud Internet Investigations NACHA Payday Loans

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