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E.D. Pennsylvania Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim After Plaintiff Fails to Qualify as a Whistleblower

On July 6, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed a whistleblower claim after determining that the plaintiff did not qualify as a whistleblower under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...more

CFPB conducts small business field hearing and issues related white paper and request for information

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Yesterday, I attended the CFPB’s field hearing in Los Angeles on small business lending. In connection with the hearing, the CFPB issued a white paper entitled “Key dimensions of the small business lending landscape,”...more

House Financial Services Committee passes Financial Choice Act containing CFPB overhaul, significant changes to rulemaking...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last Thursday, by a party-line vote of 34-26, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10) proposed by Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling....more

CFPB to hold May 10 field hearing on small business lending

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB will hold a field hearing on small business lending in Los Angeles, CA on May 10, 2017. The announcement, which took the form of a posting on the events page of the CFPB’s website, contains only the usual statement...more

Lawmaker Seeks CFPB Fair Lending Investigation of Fintech Small Business Lenders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by financial technology (fintech) companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the Consumer Financial...more

Exposing Bad Practice in Financial Services – Are New Whistleblowing Regulations Working towards Encouraging a Culture of...

by NAVEX Global on

September 2016 saw the enforcement of new rules by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) that aimed at increasing confidence amongst financial services employees and encouraging...more

Community banks trade group asks Trump Administration to curb fair lending enforcement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Independent Community Bankers of America issued a statement calling on the Trump administration “to rein in the overzealous application of fair lending laws.” ICBA stated that community banks are threatened by a recent...more

Finally A Clear Ruling On A Much Needed Bankruptcy Preference Defense

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has finally clarified that the administrative expense claim for goods delivered post-bankruptcy filing may be set off – dollar for dollar – to reduce any open...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: July 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the release of the third, and likely final, draft of the World...more

Mind the (Pay) Gap: Investor Requests for Reports on Gender Pay Disparities Are on the Rise

According to media reports, this year several high-profile companies, including Apple, Facebook, and Intel, have received or responded to proposals from investors requesting shareholder votes on the issue of whether the...more

Yes, Attorneys Too Can Blow the Whistle: But When and How Hard?

by BakerHostetler on

According to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Agency”), an attorney – or any individual, for that matter – should not have to first report misconduct to the SEC to fall under the protections...more

Director Cordray defends CFPB positions in appearance before Senate Banking Committee; comments on small business lending and...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Much of Director Cordray’s testimony in his appearance before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday consisted of his predictable defense of various CFPB positions. While the hearing was much less contentious than last...more

Maloney Introduces Board Gender Diversity Bill

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney introduced HR 4718, which would require that the SEC establish a Gender Diversity Advisory Group. The Group would be responsible for studying and making recommendations to the Commission on...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - February 2016 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Newest VCs: 7-Eleven, Vitamin Shoppe, JetBlue Airways launch venture operations - Looking for a one-stop shop for slurpees and early stage investment?...more

Consultation Launched on Corporate Social Responsibility

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The European Commission is currently consulting on how large public-interest entities should disclose environmental and other non-financial information, as required by Directive 2014/95/EU Corporate Social Responsibility...more

GAO Publishes Report on Gender Diversity of Corporate Boards

On December 3, 2015, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) published its report analyzing the history of gender diversity of U.S. corporate boards and provided recommendations for improving female board...more

Russian Legislation Update

by White & Case LLP on

In This Issue: - Undesirable organizations - Banking - Employment/Court Practice: a Company’s CEO and Members of the BOD - Excerpt from Undesirable Organizations: On 23 May 2015 the Russian...more

Agencies Issue Final Policy Statement for Complying With Dodd-Frank Section 342: What You Should Know

by Reed Smith on

Six federal banking agencies recently published a final interagency policy statement establishing standards for assessing diversity policies and practices. The final standards, which became effective June 10, 2015, were...more

Das Gesetz zur Quote tritt in Kraft

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Nach der auch öffentlich lebhaft geführten Debatte um die Quote und der Vielzahl an Änderungen und Modifikationen im Rahmen des Gesetzgebungsverfahrens ist der finale Gesetzestext nunmehr in Kraft getreten. Viele Unternehmen...more

Should You Sharpen Your Diversity Policies & Practices under Dodd-Frank Mandates?

The much-publicized Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 became effective on August 12, 2011. Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act, requiring the implementation of diversity practices for both...more

Feb 27th 2015 Legislative Update

The news in Raleigh was dominated by snow and ice and skeleton sessions and empty calendars. However there were a few items of interest: Fee Increases at the Secretary of State’s Office - Secretary of State...more

Mandatory Retirement in Professional Services Firms

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On May 22, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in McCormick v Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. The Court found that John McCormick, an equity partner in Faskens, was not an employee for the purposes of the...more

IRS to Count Automatic Gratuities as Wages

by Joseph Donegan on

IRS to Count Automatic Gratuities as Wages by Joseph M. Donegan on September 27, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service has provided a great deal more guidance on how tips extended to waiters and waitresses, hair stylists,...more

Report: IRS to Increase Audits of Prior- and Subsequent-Year Tax Returns

by Joseph Donegan on

Report: IRS to Increase Audits of Prior- and Subsequent-Year Tax Returns by Joseph M. Donegan on September 25, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service announced its plans to conduct more correspondence audits of those with...more

NCAA Racks Up More Circumstantial Evidence Against Johnny Manziel

by Anthony Caruso on

NCAA Racks Up More Circumstantial Evidence Against Johnny Manziel by Anthony Caruso on August 16, 2013 Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel may be facing more heat from the NCAA for potentially profiting from autograph...more

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