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Florida Lawmakers Seek to Bring Virtual Currency into the Fold

On Monday, the state of Florida moved a step closer towards amending its money laundering statute to include the nefarious use of bitcoin and other virtual currencies. The bill, H.B. 1379, has sailed through a committee vote...more

New York’s "No Credit Card Surcharge" Law Regulates Speech, SCOTUS Rules

New York's law prohibiting merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases (Section 518 of the state's General Business Law) regulates speech, thereby making the law subject to First Amendment scrutiny, the U.S....more

Stemming Human Trafficking with AML/CFT Controls

Banks stand to advance the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery by reporting suspicious transactions and other financial activity that raise red flags, according to a report on March 15, 2017. Published by the...more

The Philippines Now a “Major Money-Laundering Country”

The Philippines has been identified by the U.S. as a “major money-laundering country” in the 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (“Report”), published this month. The country now joins 87 others as one “whose...more

Mossack Fonseca Founders Arrested and Detained on Money Laundering Charges

The founders of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were arrested on Saturday, following their indictment on money-laundering charges allegedly tied to the ever-widening Petrobas corruption scandal in Brazil. Kenia...more

Coinbase the Latest to Obtain New York BitLicense

The New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) has issued its fifth BitLicense to date, continuing a marked effort to bring legitimacy and controls to the virtual currency (“VC”) industry, whose advantages in...more

2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part Two)

In part two of our review of the 2016 developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the criminal money laundering statutes, forfeiture, and related issues, we discuss four additional key...more

2016 Year End Review: Virtual Currency: DOJ and IRS Broadly Seek Virtual Currency Account User Information

Under Internal Revenue Code section 7609(f), the IRS may issue a “John Doe” administrative summons to discover the identities of unknown taxpayers. A “John Doe” summons can be a powerful enforcement tool because it allows the...more

2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part One)

2016 was a busy year for developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the criminal money laundering statutes, forfeiture, and related issues. In part one of our year-in-review, we discuss six key...more

SCOTUS to Decide Constitutionality of State "No Credit Card Surcharge" Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether state laws that prohibit merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases violate the First Amendment. The petition for certiorari granted by the Supreme Court...more

NY DFS Brings First Data Security Action

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has announced that it has entered into a consent order with an online payday loan lead generator and its chief executive officer (CEO) (collectively, respondents) to...more

Envelope’s Display of Internal Tracking Number Does Not Violate FDCPA, New York Federal Court Rules

A federal district court in New York has ruled that a debt collector did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by sending a collection letter in an envelope that allegedly revealed an internal tracking...more

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

D.C. Circuit to Decide Scope of Judges’ Authority in Approval Process for Deferred Prosecution Agreements

A federal judge exceeded his authority when he rejected a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) entered into earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and a Dutch aerospace company, the DOJ and company will...more

Federal, State Law Preempts New York City Responsible Banking Act, Federal Court Rules

New York City’s Responsible Banking Act (RBA) is preempted by federal and state law, a federal court has ruled. Pursuant to the New York City Charter, only financial institutions that are designated “deposit banks” by the...more

New York City Can Regulate Attorney Debt Collection Conduct, Second Circuit Rules

New York City can regulate the conduct of attorneys engaged in debt collection, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled. In Eric M. Berman, P.C. and Lacy Katzen, LLP v. City of New York, et al., the...more

Vassar College Prevails in Respondent’s Title IX Lawsuit

A judge in the Southern District of New York recently granted summary judgment to Vassar College in a case brought by a former student accused of sexual assault. The plaintiff alleged that Vassar violated Title IX and various...more

‘Operation Ruse Control’ Announcement Highlights Importance of Auto Finance Compliance

The Federal Trade Commission—and numerous other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada—recently announced that an enforcement initiative dubbed “Operation Ruse Control” has resulted...more

New York Federal Court Denounces Debtor’s Attempt To Induce FDCPA Violation

A New York federal district court recently issued a strong denunciation of the practice of debtors attempting to induce debt collectors into committing violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Finding...more

New York Issues Guidance on New Third-Party Debt Collector and Debt Buyer Regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services has issued guidance about its new Third-Party Debt Collector and Debt Buyer Regulations in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”). The FAQs provide insight on the scope...more

NY Attorney General To Propose Bill To Strengthen Cybersecurity

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing an "overhaul [of] New York's data security law [that would] require new and unprecedented safeguards for the personal data of consumers." The proposal would create new...more

Petitioner Opposes NY Regulator’s Motion To Dismiss Lawsuit Seeking Access to Database of Alleged Illegal Payday Lenders

The consumer financial services attorney (the petitioner) who sued the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and its superintendent, Benjamin Lawsky, to obtain access to DFS’s database of alleged illegal...more

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

Federal Court Dismisses Industry Challenge to NYC Responsible Banking Law but Leaves Door Open For Future Lawsuit

A federal judge recently dismissed a complaint brought by the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) seeking to invalidate the New York City Responsible Banking Act (the Responsible Banking Act). In New York Bankers Ass’n Inc....more

N.Y. Announces New Rules To Govern Default Judgments in Consumer Collection Lawsuits

The New York Court System has adopted new rules effective October 1, 2014, to obtain a default judgment in a consumer collection action, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced recently. Debt collectors and debt buyers should...more

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