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THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING—Second Circuit Holds that Contractual Consent Provisions Cannot be Revoked

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This is the biggest TCPA news since the Omnibus—a silver bullet to defeat most revocation cases was hiding in plain sight the entire time. It seems so obvious now. ...more

Report Shows 2016 Record-Setting Year for Class Action and SEC Settlements

Last week, proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholders Services (“ISS”) published its semi-annual report of the top 100 U.S. securities class action settlements and top 50 SEC settlements of all time, as of December 31,...more

Latin America Dispute Resolution Update – The Latest Developments in Cross-Border Disputes Involving the US and Latin America

The Continuing Rise of Chinese Investment in Latin America - Chinese investment and transactions in Latin America exceeded US$125 billion in the last decade, and China is expected to continue to be a key player in Latin...more

The New 2016 ALTA Commitment with Florida Modifications: Expressing the Limitations on Liability

by Carlton Fields on

A significant change to one of the standard title insurance forms recently took effect. The new 2016 ALTA Commitment with Florida Modifications both streamlines the existing features of the title insurance commitment and, for...more

New ALTA Closing Protection Letter With Florida Modifications Corrects Unfortunate Case Law

by Carlton Fields on

The new American Land Title Association (ALTA) Closing Protection Letter (CPL) form recently took effect in Florida. The new form both streamlines the previous CPL’s language and addresses and corrects many of the problems...more

SCOTUS Says Debt Purchasers Are Not Debt Collectors

by Baker Donelson on

Debt purchasers attempting to collect on those debts across multiple jurisdictions now have uniform law that they are not debt collectors subject to the FDCPA. On June 12, in a unanimous decision, the United States Supreme...more

SEC Charges Chief Compliance Officer with AML Violations

The SEC announced that John David Telfer, the former chief compliance officer and anti-money laundering (AML) officer of a registered broker-dealer, agreed to a securities industry bar to settle charges in a pending...more

Arbitration Agreements Cannot Foreclose A Party’s Right To Seek Public Injunctive Relief Under California’s Consumer Protection...

by Weintraub Tobin on

The California Supreme Court has struck back in its ongoing battle with the United States Supreme Court as to the enforceability of arbitration agreements in consumer contracts. On April 7, 2017, in McGill v. Citibank, the...more

So Who Really Is A ‘Debt Collector’ Under The FDCPA?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

When the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act became law in 1977, it promised to regulate the conduct of anyone who “regularly collects or attempts to collect … debts owed or due … another.” But the courts have divided over...more

Fifth Circuit Reverses Mississippi District Court’s Interpretation of “Ambiguous” Language to Nullify Defense Within Limits...

by Carlton Fields on

Insurance policies that include the cost of defending a particular claim or action within the policy’s limit of liability, often referred to as “burning,” “eroding,” or “defense within” limits policies, are common in the...more

Supreme Court Decides Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc.

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court decided Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., No. 16–349, holding that a company may collect debts that it purchased for its own account without triggering the statutory definition of...more

District of New Jersey Dismisses FACTA Suit on Spokeo Grounds

by Goodwin on

Even a year after it issued its opinion in Spokeo v. Robins, the Supreme Court’s decision on Article III standing continues to be hotly contested. On June 6, 2017, the District of New Jersey cited Spokeo in dismissing an...more

Rhode Island Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss FDCPA Case against Law Firm Pursuing Mortgage Foreclosure

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Should a law firm pursuing foreclosure on behalf of a mortgagee be considered a debt collector? That is a question at issue in a Rhode Island federal court case, in which borrower Lloyd Amesbury filed a class action lawsuit...more

Secured creditors beware

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A series of cases decided by the federal district court in Chicago holds that a properly perfected secured creditor can waive its right of priority in collateral in favor of a judgment lien creditor if it fails to properly...more

Supreme Court’s Kokesh v. SEC ruling limits CFPB disgorgement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Kokesh v. SEC. In Kokesh, the SEC took the position that disgorgement was not a penalty and therefore not subject to the statute of limitations in 28...more

Fifth Circuit Enforces Reimbursement Provision in One-Page Welfare Plan

The Fifth Circuit upheld the reimbursement and subrogation terms found in a welfare benefit plan’s one-page SPD that also served as the plan document. Plaintiff, a plan beneficiary, received $71,644.77 from the plan to cover...more

Bankruptcy courts cannot approve structured dismissal of Chapter 11 case that violates absolute priority rule

by Snell & Wilmer on

In Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., 137 S. Ct. 973 (2017), the U.S. Supreme Court held that a bankruptcy court was not authorized to approve a structured dismissal of a Chapter 11 case that violated the absolute priority...more

Recovery of interest swap break costs on early redemption of loan

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Could the bank recover under an indemnity in a loan agreement for the costs of unwinding a related interest rate swap when the loan was redeemed early by the borrower? In earlier proceedings, Warren J had ruled that the bank...more

Capacity of state to contract

by Allen & Overy LLP on

A political battle between Russia and Ukraine has ended up before the English courts, in the context of a dispute over repayment of Eurobonds issued by Ukraine. The decision in The Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc v...more

Fiduciary-Rule Litigation Moves to Court of Public Opinion

by Burr & Forman on

Last week Labor Secretary Acosta chose a Wall Street Journal op-ed to announce DOL’s decision not to delay the “fiduciary rule” past the once-extended June 9 effective date....more

Substantive Consolidation of Non-Debtors-Standing and Notice Issues

by Dechert LLP on

U.S. courts generally agree that the substantive consolidation should be applied sparingly, and even more so when substantive consolidation of debtors with non-debtors is sought. While many opinions address the grounds for...more

Lone Objector’s Class-Conflict Arguments Miss the Target

by Carlton Fields on

In 2015, Target settled a class action stemming from a massive data breach of its customers’ sensitive information. According to the settlement terms, Target agreed to pay $10 million to those affected. The Minnesota district...more

Refinancing provides negligent advisors with windfall

by Allen & Overy LLP on

A loan refinancing transaction led to both the original lender and new lender being unable to recover damages against a negligent advisor who had advised on the original loan, after the borrower defaulted. In Lowick Rose LLP...more

From the Top: U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case on Scope of Section 546(e)'s Safe Harbor

by Jones Day on

On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Merit Management Group v. FTI Consulting, No. 16-784, on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals from the Seventh Circuit. See FTI Consulting, Inc. v. Merit Management...more

Debt Dialogue: May 2017 - Supreme Court to Hear Circuit Split Over Bankruptcy Safe Harbor Provision

The Supreme Court has granted certiorari in Merit Management Group L.P. v. FTI Consulting Inc. to resolve a circuit split over the interpretation of Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code, the “safe harbor” provision that...more

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