Mark J. Furletti

Mark J. Furletti

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Best Practices Issued for Small Business Alternative Finance Industry

The Small Business Finance Association (SBFA) has issued "Small Business Finance Principles" that represent best practices for providers of merchant cash advances (MCA) and other companies in the alternative finance industry...more

4/20/2016 - Best Practices Commercial Loans Financing Professional Responsibility Small Business Transparency

TCPA Exemption for Collection of Federal Debts Applies Retroactively, CA Federal Court Rules

The new Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) exemption for calls made to cellular numbers to collect debts owed to or guaranteed by the United States applies retroactively to calls made before the exemption's effective...more

4/18/2016 - ATDS Bipartisan Budget Cell Phones Debt Collection Exemptions FCC Federal Loans Federal Student Loans Popular Retroactive Application TCPA

Third Circuit Follows Gomez on Mootness Issue, But Narrowly

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's holding in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez that an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of complete relief does not moot a plaintiff's individual claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third...more

4/8/2016 - Article III Campbell Ewald v Gomez Class Action Class Representatives Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk Mootness Rule 68 SCOTUS Settlement Offer Standing TCPA

FDIC Developing Guidance on Risks For Banks Lending Through Third Parties

New guidance being developed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to address risks associated with banks making loans through third parties could significantly impact marketplace lending, private label credit...more

3/24/2016 - Banks Consumer Lenders FDIC New Guidance OIG Online Marketplace Lending Third-Party Risk

FCC Chairman Previews Proposed Regulations for Implementing New TCPA Exemptions

A recent letter from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler describes the regulations being considered by the FCC for implementing new Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) exemptions for calls made...more

3/16/2016 - Auto-Dialed Calls Corporate Counsel Debt Collection Exemptions FCC IRS NPRM Popular Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA

Creditor Can Obtain TCPA "Prior Express Consent" Through Intermediary, Sixth Circuit Rules

A creditor that received a consumer's cell phone number through an intermediary had the consumer's ''prior express consent'' under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive calls from a debt collector, the U.S....more

2/29/2016 - Auto-Dialed Calls Cell Phones Corporate Counsel Debt Collection FCC Health Care Providers Popular Prior Express Consent Putative Class Actions Summary Judgment TCPA

Owner of Payday Lenders, Attorney Hit with Federal Criminal Indictment

A man alleged to be the owner and operator of a group of payday-lending companies and an attorney alleged to have submitted false affidavits and structured sham arrangements have been indicted by a federal grand jury in New...more

2/15/2016 - Banking Sector Indictments Native American Issues Payday Loans Regulation Z RICO Sovereign Immunity Tribal Loans Truth in Lending Act (TILA)

FDIC Highlights Marketplace Lending Risks for Bank Partners

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC) publication of an article highlighting the risks for banks that partner with marketplace lenders further underscores the focus of federal regulators on marketplace lending....more

2/10/2016 - Anti-Money Laundering Banks Due Diligence FDIC Financial Services Industry Online Marketplace Lending Popular Risk Management

Ninth Circuit Rejects Attempt to Challenge FCC Order on TCPA

In an unpublished opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed summary judgment for the defendant in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) case, refusing to entertain the plaintiff’s...more

2/10/2016 - ATDS FCC Prior Express Consent Putative Class Actions Summary Judgment TCPA Text Messages

DOJ Settles Action Alleging Bank Discriminated Against Disability Income Recipients

The U.S. Department of Justice recently entered into a consent order with Evolve Bank & Trust to settle charges that the bank discriminated against mortgage loan applicants on the basis of disability and receipt of public...more

2/3/2016 - Banking Sector Consent Order Disability Discrimination DOJ ECOA Fair Housing Act (FHA) Mortgage Lenders Qualified Settlement Funds

PA Federal Court Ruling Illustrates Need for Lenders to Properly Structure Bank Partnerships

A recent federal court decision refusing to dismiss Pennsylvania racketeering claims against companies alleged to have partnered with a state bank to market Internet loans illustrates the risks inherent in these relationships...more

1/28/2016 - Banking Sector Online Marketplace Lending Preemption Racketeering

Maryland Licensing Threat to Bank Partner Model to be Reviewed by Court of Appeals

The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest appellate court, last week agreed to review an October 2015 Maryland Court of Special Appeals (MCSA) decision that illustrated how the bank partner structure used by many...more

12/23/2015 - Appeals Banking Sector CashCall Debt Collection Online Marketplace Lending

California Launches Marketplace Lending, Merchant Cash Advance Inquiry

The recent announcement by the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) that it has launched an inquiry into the marketplace lending industry represents an important development that could presage increased industry...more

12/22/2015 - Consumer Lenders Department of Business Oversight Online Marketplace Lending Regulatory Agenda Small Business

DOJ Settles Fair Lending Claims Based on Bank’s Mortgage Pricing System

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a proposed consent order with Sage Bank to settle charges that the bank violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by discriminating on...more

12/7/2015 - Consent Order DOJ ECOA Fair Housing Act (FHA) Mortgage Lenders Race Discrimination

CFPB issues compliance bulletin on preauthorized electronic payments

The CFPB has issued a compliance bulletin (Bulletin 2015-06) concerning the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA) and Regulation E requirements for obtaining a consumer’s authorization for preauthorized electronic fund...more

11/25/2015 - CFPB Compliance E-SIGN EFTA Electronic Fund Transfer Act Regulation E

Colorado Supreme Court Ruling That Litigation Financing is a Loan Could Have Broader Reach

The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that two litigation financing programs are non-recourse “loans,” not purchases, and therefore subject to licensing and other requirements of the state’s Uniform Consumer Credit Code...more

11/23/2015 - CO Supreme Court Financial Sector Financing Non-Recourse Loans

FTC Finalizes Rule Banning Telemarketer Use of Remotely Created Payments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized changes to its telemarketing sales rule (TSR) that will prohibit sellers and telemarketers from creating or accepting remotely created payment orders or checks, cash-to-cash...more

11/23/2015 - Consumer Fraud FTC Popular RCPOs Telemarketing Sales Rule Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

“Human Intervention” Precludes ATDS Classification under New FCC TCPA Order, California Federal District Court Holds

In a memorandum opinion, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently held that the defendant’s manual use of a desktop telephone was not subject to liability under the new Federal Communications...more

11/16/2015 - ATDS Do Not Call List FCC Prior Express Consent TCPA

Bipartisan Budget Act Creates New TCPA Exemptions

Prior to the amendment, these calls would have been prohibited absent the recipient’s prior express consent if placed to a cellular telephone and if they were made by an automatic telephone dialing system or included an...more

11/9/2015 - Bipartisan Budget Cell Phones Corporate Counsel Debt Collection Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA

Commerce Clause Does Not Prevent Minnesota from Regulating Internet Loans Made to State Residents, Minnesota Supreme Court Rules

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution does not preclude Minnesota from applying its payday lending law to loans consummated in Delaware that are made to Minnesota residents...more

10/30/2015 - Banking Sector Commerce Clause Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Financial Institutions Home State Exception Online Marketplace Lending Online Platforms Payday Loans Websites

FCC Issues Citations for Violations of TCPA Consent Requirement for Autodialed or Prerecorded Telemarketing Calls

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued citations to two companies charged with violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) consent requirements for autodialed or prerecorded calls to wireless...more

9/21/2015 - Apple Pay Banking Sector Banks Cell Phones Class Action Disclosure Requirements FCC Online Banking Opt-Outs Prior Express Consent Right to Privacy Robocalling Smartphones TCPA Telecommunications Telemarketing

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Reports on Online Small Business Lending Focus Groups

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland recently issued a special report on the results of online focus groups it conducted with the Federal Reserve Board “to better understand small businesses’ perceptions of online...more

9/4/2015 - Borrowers Consumer Lenders Cyber Threats Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Security Federal Reserve Financial Institutions Loans Online Marketplace Lending Popular Privacy Concerns Request For Information Small Business

11th, 6th Circuits Rule on TCPA Consent for Autodialed Calls to Cell Phones

The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 11th and Sixth Circuits recently issued two rulings regarding when a consumer has given “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive text messages or...more

9/3/2015 - Appeals Cell Phones FCC Hobbs Act Loan Modifications Prior Express Consent Reasonable Expectation of Privacy Right to Privacy Robocalling TCPA Telecommunications Telemarketing Text Messages Unsolicited Phone Calls

The Next EFTA Class Action Wave Has Started

A new type of Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA) class action is now being filed in volume. This trend is highly likely to continue, as the cases are being filed by a consumer class action firm that has filed hundreds of...more

9/2/2015 - Banking Sector Banks Class Action Debit and Credit Card Transactions EFTA Financial Institutions TCPA Written Consent

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