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CFPB and FTC Representatives Speak at Symposium on Fine Print

CFPB General Counsel Meredith Fuchs and CFPB Assistant General Counsel for Law and Policy Anne Zorc spoke last week at the Georgetown Consumer Law Society and Citizen Works’ symposium entitled “Making the Fine Print Fair.”...more

Toronto Real Estate Board Heads Back to the Competition Tribunal

On February 3, 2013, the Federal Court of Appeal released a significant ruling that reversed the Competition Tribunal’s earlier finding that the abuse of dominance provisions of the Competition Act do not apply to the Toronto...more

FTC Submits Financial Acts Enforcement Letter To CFPB

On May 14, the FTC released a letter it sent to the CFPB’s assistant directors for fair lending and supervision examinations describing activities related to the FTC’s administration and enforcement of the regulations...more

Competition Tribunal Dismisses Commissioner’s Application Against TREB and Confirms That Abuse of Dominance Applies Only When...

In an unexpectedly brief decision dated April 15, 2013, the Competition Tribunal dismissed the Commissioner of Competition’s application challenging certain practices of the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) under the abuse of...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - January 18, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Approves NYSE and NASDAQ New Compensation Committee and Adviser Listing Standards - SEC Extends No-Action Letter Permitting Broker-Dealers to Rely on Certain Investment Advisers to Conduct...more

Home Loan Modification Tips

As the recession continues to take its toll, it is not uncommon for many home owners to try to renegotiate the terms of their loans. The main federal agencies responsible for regulating the loan modification and foreclosure...more

FTC’s Mortgage Acts and Practices Advertising Rule May Not Help Consumers

The FTC recently issued the Mortgage Acts and Practices – Advertising Final Rule. This rule is the FTC’s response to a congressional directive to address unfair or deceptive acts in the mortgage loan industry. Briefly, the...more

How to Protect Yourself From Mortgage Relief Scams: More Stress For Homeowners in Distress

THANKS ... to the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC, for kindly providing much of the information in this article. The possibility of losing your home to foreclosure can be terrifying. The fact that scam artists...more

REBA v. NREIS Ruling: Massachusetts Real Estate Attorneys Must Not Only Conduct Closings But Take “Substantive Participation” In...

The long awaited ruling from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in case of Real Estate Bar Association (REBA) v. National Estate Information Services (NREIS) has just come down. The net effect of the Court’s ruling is...more

FTC's Loan Modification Advance Fee Ban Takes Effect

The following information was posted on the Federal Trade Commission's website (www.ftc.gov) on February 10, 2011: FTC's Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Advance Fee Ban Takes Effect The advance fee ban under the...more

Countrywide Home Loans Will Pay $108,000,000 to Customers Affected by its Unfair Lending Practices -- and Give Adequate Notice of...

Summary: After two years of investigating Countrywide Home Loans Inc., the U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) in Washington wrapped up litigation concerning Countrywide’s improper conduct in servicing home loans. As part of the...more

Ninth Circuit Rules That The National Bank Act Preempts California's Unfair Competition Law

On March 9, 2010, the Ninth Circuit held that the National Bank Act ("NBA") preempts claims of "unfair" and "fraudulent" conduct in violation of state law. See Martinez v. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc., No. 07-17277 (9th...more

In Brief - General Comments on Legal Development of Concern to Business and Individuals

Mergers involve a variety of interesting legal aspects, including competition and antitrust issues. In separate articles, James Musgrove and Martin Masse discuss some of those from both a practical and legal perspective, and...more

Antitrust & Trade Regulation Briefing By Robert K.Taylor

IN THIS ISSUE: *Supreme Court To Revisit Minimum Resale Price Maintenance, Address IPO Practices *Lawsuit Against Realtors To Proceed *Antitrust Modernization Report To Issue To Congress *Supreme Court Lets Revocation...more

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